July 15, 2011

Yaroslavl Province

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 Yaroslavl Province, located in the western part of the empire. The Volga River flows through the province, dividing it into northern and southern parts. Yaroslavl', one of the oldest Russian cities, was the administrative center. The card indicates that the distance from Yaroslavl' to St. Petersburg was 741¾ versts, and from Yaroslavl' to Moscow, 241½ versts. A verst is a Russian measurement of distance, no longer used, equal to 1.0668 kilometers.

Vladimir Province

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 Vladimir Province, located in the western part of the empire. Vladimir, the administrative center of the province, is situated on the Kliazma River. Vladimir was founded in 1108 by Vladimir II Monomakh, grand prince of Kiev. The card indicates that the distance from Vladimir to St. Petersburg was 893¼ versts, and from Vladimir to Moscow, 173½ versts. A verst is a Russian measurement of distance, no longer used, equal to 1.0668 kilometers.

Tula Province

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 Tula Province, located in the western part of the empire. Tula, the administrative center of the province, is situated on the Upa River. First mentioned in written sources in 1146, Tula became a stronghold on the southern approaches to Moscow in the 16th century. The card indicates that the distance from Tula to St. Petersburg was 894½ versts, and from Tula to Moscow, 174¾ versts. A verst is a Russian measurement of distance, no longer used, equal to 1.0668 kilometers.

Ryazan Province

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 Ryazan Province, located in the western part of the empire. Ryazan', situated on the Oka River, was the administrative center of the province. It was founded in 1095, and is one of the oldest Russian cities. The card indicates that the distance from Ryazan' to St. Petersburg was 920 versts, and from Ryazan' to Moscow, 200¼ versts. A verst is a Russian measurement of distance, no longer used, equal to 1.0668 kilometers.

Tambov Province

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 Tambov Province, located in the western part of the empire. Tambov, the administrative center of the province, was founded as a fortress in 1636, and is located on the Tsna River. The card indicates that the distance from Tambov to St. Petersburg was 1,194 versts, and from Tambov to Moscow, 474¼ versts. A verst is a Russian measurement of distance, no longer used, equal to 1.0668 kilometers.

Vologoda Province

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 Vologoda Province, located in the western part of the empire. Vologda, the administrative center of the province, is situated on the Vologda River. It was founded in 1147 by traders from Novgorod. The card indicates that the distance from Vologda to St. Petersburg was 710 versts, and from Vologda to Moscow, 428 versts. A verst is a Russian measurement of distance, no longer used, equal to 1.0668 kilometers.