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 Tver Province, located in the western part of the empire. Tver', the administrative center of the province, is situated at the confluence of the Volga and Tvertsa rivers. Tver' was founded as a fortress in the late 12th century, and later became the center of the powerful principality of Tver’. The card indicates that the distance from Tver' to St. Petersburg was 558 versts, and from Tver' to Moscow, 161¾ 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: June 3, 2015