This early-19th century playing card is from a set of 60 such cards, each devoted to a different province or territory of the Russian Empire, which at the time included the Grand Duchy of Finland, Congress Poland, and Russian America. One side of each card shows the local costume and the provincial coat of arms; the other side contains a map. This card depicts Tavrich Province, part of present-day Ukraine. Bordered by the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea, the province was located on territory annexed by Russia from the Khanate of Crimea in 1783. Simferopol', the administrative center of the province, is situated on the Salhir River. The card indicates that the distance from Simferopol' to St. Petersburg was 2,068¾ versts, and from Simferopol' to Moscow, 1,505½ versts. A verst is a Russian measurement of distance, no longer used, equal to 1.0668 kilometers.
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9.5 x 6.5 centimeters. Color lithograph
Last updated: September 22, 2015