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 Pskov Province, located in the northwestern part of the empire. Pskov, situated on the Velikaia River, was the administrative center of the province and is one of the oldest Russian cities. In the mid-14th century Pskov was an independent city-state and a thriving commercial center that traded with the Hanseatic League. The card indicates that the distance from Pskov to St. Petersburg was 331 versts, and from Pskov to Moscow, 740½ 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