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How Much do Old Russia Postcards Sell For / with Prices

What are Russia Postcards Worth

We have seen so many very unique Russian Postcards.  Russia has a rich history which we will explore in this article.  We also have included pricing Tables according to market demand.  We will Explore How much Russia Postcards Cost?

Check the Table below for current pricing at the market demand for what current selling pricing on  Vintage Postcards from Russia.  Many of the most populated cities are listed below with Old Postcards of those Russian Cities. To find out what Collectible postcards cost

Russian Postcards of the Early Russian Empire are often not as popular as postcard dealers, but there are many of them.  You can find them before the Russian Revolution.  The revolution began in 1917  when peasant revolted against Nicholas II.  He was a ruling class called the Tsars.  They controlled the land, most of the wealth the military and the church were all under their direction.  Life was very hard for the peasant people, severe working conditions, little food, slave-like conditions.  The peasants banded together and marched on the Tzars Castle.

The tzar instead of listening and answering their concerns ordered his men to fire upon them.  That was known as “Bloody Sunday:  From then on the revolution spread.   WWI began and the tzar forced many of the young men of the peasants into the army.  No Food, Clothes, no weapons over 2 million died during the effort.   The people blamed the tzars.  The revolution was led by  Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin.  They led their army and they became known as  Bolsheviks.  And they overthrow the Tzars.   This was the beginning of the Communist Government in Russia.  It was the beginning of the Soviet Union.

One of the difficulties in collecting Russian Postcards was the Language Barrier.  The Russian alphabet is different than the US and British languages.   It is difficult to be able to recognize the name of the city the postcards are from.  Pricing if you look at tables is higher for the more rarer postcards.  There seems to be a correlation between the size of the cities and the number of postcards there.

Cards that were used in Siberia during WWI are very valuable.

 

Russia Postcard Value Calculator - How Much is Postcard Worth

Russian PostcardsRussian NameAverage $$ Hi - LoNumber of PostcardsEbay Link to Postcards
Over 4 Million Postcards
Moscow Russia PostcardsМосква$ 2.25$ 274.98 / .416920Postcards
Saint Petersburg Russia PostcardsСанкт-Петербург$ 4.99$ 159.49 / .1110,363Postcards
Kazan Russia PostcardsКазань$12.29$ 32 / 3.00210Postcards
Novosibirsk Russia PostcardsНовосибирск$ 7.99$ 32.50 / 1.9949Postcards
Yekaterinburg Russia PostcardsЕкатеринбург$ 7.00$ 8.49 / 5.6024Postcards
Nizhny Novgorod Russia PostcardsНижний Новгород$ 8.00$ 15.00 / 7.3085Postcards
Chelyabinsk Russia PostcardsЧелябинск$ 4.00$ 13.50 / 1.0022Postcards
Omsk Russia PostcardsОмск$ 8.00$ 8.006Postcards
Samara Russia PostcardsСамара$ 8.50$ 25 / 7.6165Postcards
Ufa Russia PostcardsУфа$ 12.00$ 14.96 / 5.61252Postcards
Rostov-on-Don Russia PostcardsРостов-на-Дону$ 10.50$ 25 / 7.9947Postcards
Krasnoyarsk Russia PostcardsКрасноярск$ 20$ 66 / 15.2036Postcards
Voronezh russia PostcardsВоронеж$ 18$ 55 / 4.6018Postcards
Perm Russia PostcardsПермь$ 13.99$ 50 / 1.1276Postcards

 

Old Postcards of Russian History

  • 1914 Russia enters WWI – against Austria – Hungary in defense of Serbia.

    • It was the entrance into WWI that led to the demise of the Tzars ruling Russia.  Over three years of Hard terrible fighting took its toll on the Russian Army.  Russa’s economy was not very strong and the war brought tremendous strain on the whole country.  In contrast to that Germany was a powerhouse.  After 3 years of fighting left the country poor and starving

  • 1917 Russian Revolution

    • The country was plagued by industrial strikes, low wages, bad conditions. developed an atmosphere of unrest.  There were 118 strikes before the revolt.  It centered on the  Putilov steel plant.  It set the stage for a revolt.

  • 1929 – 1953 Joseph Stalin

    • Joseph Stalin took a broken country and forged a new nation.  From a peasant society. Stalin called himself a Man of Steel.  Under Stalin was transformed from a peasant society into an industrial and military superpower. However, he ruled by terror, and millions of his own citizens died during his brutal reign.  He had been put in prison 8 times during his rise.  by the Russian secret police.   He has been regarded as one of the greatest mass murders of all time.

    • His rise to power began with the Russian revolution and the tzar was overthrown.  in 1917  and began the soviet union.  Lenin died in 1924.  There was an immense political struggle for power in which Satlin took over.  Under Stalin, Russia became a world superpower, second strongest in the world.

    • It was a reign of terror, either you complied or you were sent off to a labor camp or executed.

    • Three Million Pollacks died as a result of his policies.  He increased food production through forced farming.  He forced industrialization which resulted in thousands of Deaths.

    • Stalin and Hitler had signed a treaty. but that did not last.  It fell apart and Hitler invaded Russia.  Both sides were starving, but Hitler had underestimated Stalin’s power.  During the battle of Stalingrad, the Germain soldered gave food to the Russian children if they would bring them water when the Russian children returned, Stalin had them shot by snipers for helping the germans.  He was a terrifying leader.  He was the most feared man in Russia.  The Russians lost 20 million people during WWII, which was more than any of the allies.

    • When the war was over he demanded much of Europe as payment.  Stalin established the Iron Curtain.  He established the Soviet Union as a major superpower with nuclear capabilities

  • 1939 –  WWII Begins – begins, and, in accord with a pact between Stalin and Adolf Hitler, Russian invades Poland, Romania, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Finland. Germany breaks the agreement in 1941, invading Russia, which then joins the Allies. The Russian army’s win at the Battle of Stalingrad serves as a major turning point in ending the war.

  • 1949 – Soviets explode the first nuclear bomb

    • The United States and Russia are in a nuclear standoff. Both Nations expanding their arsenals.

  • 1957 Russian Sputnik I – the first artificial satellite that orbits the Earth in about 98 minutes and spurs the Space Race. In 1961, Soviet Yuri Gagarin becomes the first person to fly in space.  Soviets shocked the world with this endeavor.  Soviets now have extended their reach into outer space.  They also had the first testing and firing of the first intercontinental missile.

    • This was the beginning of the space age.  World’s first satellite. – inside radio and batteries, and after 3 months fell back to the earth.  It is thought that the goal for the exploration was to be able to perfect a method for carrying Hydrogen bomb – as ballistic missiles.

  • 1962 Cuban Missle Crisis

    • This took place during the JFK presidency.  Fidel Castro allowed Russians Missles to be used for defense.  Many thought that this could have been the spark to start another world war.  I can remember as a child having to training drills in our school in case of a bombing.  nothing ever happened but the fear was real.  A standoff between Russia and the United States took place.

  • 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow

    • They were officially known as the Games of the XXII Olympiad.  They were the first and only Olympic Games to be held in Europe.  80 Nations attended but 66 boycotted the games because of the Russian invasion of Afghanistan.  That year the Soviet Union Won The majority of the gold medals given.  I have a link in the above table for Postcards that can be found for that event.

  • 1985 – Mikhail Gorbachev – elected  Russias Leader

    • He was born to a poor peasant family who lived under the time of Joseph Stalin – He worked on industrial collective farms.  He was an able politician.  He worked with President Regan on Nuclear arms limiting and deescalation,  He also took down the Iron Curtain.   It was during his time that a coup was attempted and he eventually resigned from office.   It also initiated the virgin land initiative.  Which led to the great expansion of farming.  Especially corn farming.

  • 1986 – Chernobyl – Ukraine – nuclear explosion

    • April 26, 1986 – newly commissioned reactor number 4  one of Russia’s proudest achievements, exploded.   The Radiation was devasting.  Top nuclear engineers were monitoring and trying to manage the problem.   Some feel that this also hastened the dissolve of the soviet union.  Ar time was home to 14,000 people.  Today town is abandoned with about 600 people in outlying areas.   Even today international tourists visit the site.  A skeleton of what it used to be.  It has been rated as the worst nuclear accident in the modern world.  Radioactive dust went as far as Sweden carried by the wind.  There were 31 people killed by the explosion and it is thought another 50 died from that day’s exposure due to recent events that took place.  a total of about 4,000 deaths are now being attributed to the disaster as a total evaluation of all circumstances.  Today the abandoned city has become the home to a lot of wandering animals.

  • 1953 – 1991 – Soviet Union Dissolves

    • The change took place where political rivals would lose positions of authority, rather than being shot like before under Stalin.  The great period of economic stagnation.  Prices were fixed.  and corruption was everywhere.  many became dissatisfied because of poor living conditions.  Very high levels of Military spending for the arms race also complicated things.  The United States had outpaced the growth of soviet union 2/1 during these years  Openness of the press increased and this increased the resentment of the current economy and situation in Russia.  It got worse when Chernoble happened because the Russia government did make it know until 2 weeks after a disaster – further increasing distrust.  Democratic Reforms.

  • 1999 – 2012 – Vladimir Putin – Leader of Russia

    • Was working for KGB when the Berlin wall fell.    When it dissolved it divided into 15 new countries.   New Country had to sell off 45,000 businesses that were state-run.

    • Becomes deputy Mayer of St Petersburg

    • Yelton Appoints Putin as Prime Minister

    • Yeltsin Resigns making Putin President

    • Putin Then wins the Election

    • Putin serves two terms then becomes prime minister again because Russia law says cant serve as president more than two consecutive terms.

  • 2000 – Vladimir Putin Elected President

  • 2004 Vladimir Putin Relected President

  • 2012 – Vladimir Putin Relected President

Russia Postcard Value Calculator - How Much is Postcard Worth

Russian PostcardsRussian NameAverage $$ Hi - LoNumber of PostcardsEbay Link to Postcards
Over 4 Million Postcards
Moscow Russia PostcardsМосква$ 2.25$ 274.98 / .416920Postcards
Saint Petersburg Russia PostcardsСанкт-Петербург$ 4.99$ 159.49 / .1110,363Postcards
Kazan Russia PostcardsКазань$12.29$ 32 / 3.00210Postcards
Novosibirsk Russia PostcardsНовосибирск$ 7.99$ 32.50 / 1.9949Postcards
Yekaterinburg Russia PostcardsЕкатеринбург$ 7.00$ 8.49 / 5.6024Postcards
Nizhny Novgorod Russia PostcardsНижний Новгород$ 8.00$ 15.00 / 7.3085Postcards
Chelyabinsk Russia PostcardsЧелябинск$ 4.00$ 13.50 / 1.0022Postcards
Omsk Russia PostcardsОмск$ 8.00$ 8.006Postcards
Samara Russia PostcardsСамара$ 8.50$ 25 / 7.6165Postcards
Ufa Russia PostcardsУфа$ 12.00$ 14.96 / 5.61252Postcards
Rostov-on-Don Russia PostcardsРостов-на-Дону$ 10.50$ 25 / 7.9947Postcards
Krasnoyarsk Russia PostcardsКрасноярск$ 20$ 66 / 15.2036Postcards
Voronezh russia PostcardsВоронеж$ 18$ 55 / 4.6018Postcards
Perm Russia PostcardsПермь$ 13.99$ 50 / 1.1276Postcards

Russian  Postcard Artist

  • Alexander Nikolayevich Samokhvalov   1894-1971

    • Alexander was a Soviet Russian painter, watercolorist, graphic artist, illustrator, art teacher and Honored Arts Worker of the RSFSR, who lived and worked in Leningrad Russia.  His person; Exhibitions were in Leningrad and much of his work is in the Russian Museum, also in many private collections across Europe.

    • He painted Portraits and landscape scenes.  Black and White Artwork also.

How Much do Old Russia Postcards Sell For / with Prices 1By Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36246752

Nikolai Samokish    1860-1944

    • Nikolai specialized in Painting animals and also Military Artwork.

    • His father was a Postman and he came from cossack descent,

    • In 1904 he went to the Russian and Japanese war and did some major works of Art.

    • He formed a group of Artist named the Art Squad and they went to the fronts to paint

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By Unknown – http://www.russk.ru/st.php?idar=800946, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3279964

Vasily Ivanovich Shukhaev   1887-1973

    • He was born into a family of shoemakers.

    • He went to the University of Moscow, then went to St. Petersburg Academy of arts.

    • Received the title of the academic painter.

    • He also did work as a magazine illustrator.  He worked for Russia’s most popular magazine at the time.    He also painted theater posters and created a very popular postcard series of Russia.  He, later on, he painted Military Portraits of Officers.  After the Russian Revolution, he became an exile.

Sergei Sergeevich Solomko   1859-1928

  • He attended the Moscow school of painting and the academy in Leningrad.

  • He painted and did many postcards, showing fairy tales, he also did mythology and Romance.

  • He moved to Paris and continued illustrating Postcards.

  • He also did work as a magazine illustrator.  He worked for Russia’s most popular magazine at the time.    He also painted theater posters and created a very popular postcard series of Russia.  He, later on, he painted Military Portraits of Officers.  After the Russian Revolution, he became an exile.

How Much do Old Russia Postcards Sell For / with Prices 3By Unknown – ArtRZ, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46687840

 

Elizabeth Boehm  (1843-1914) – Russian postcard artist noted for over 300 images of children  and postcards during holidays and her use of folkloric motifs

  • She is known as one of the most popular Makers of Russian Postcards, designing over 350 of them.

  • She came from a wealthy family which afforded her the opportunity at an early age to receive the best of training for painting.

  • As she got older she married a violinist,  she painted many postcards and illustrated children’s books and painted animals.  She was the most reproduced artist in Russia.

Léon Bakst  ( 1866 – 1924 ) 

    • He was a Russian Painter and designer of Exotic costumes.

    • He was born int a  well to do  Jewish Tailors family.  He studied at the Saint Petersburg Academy of art.

    • He painted portraits and taught painting.

Bilibin, Ivan J.

    • Ivan was born close to St Petersburg.

    • He worked for the Russian Museum and traveled to Munich.  He did a lot of Graphics for magazines and was an illustrator.   Especially Russian Fairytales.

    • In 1917 he was hired by the State Paper Manufacturing section.  to illustrate postcards, programs, and book posters.

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Russian Postcard Artist

ArtistDateCountryNumber of PostcardsEbay Link Over 4 Million Postcards
Alexander Nikolayevich Samokhvalov Postcards1894 - 1971Russian9Postcards
Nikolai Monkish Postcards1860 - 1944Cossack238Postcards
Vasily Ivanovich Shukhaev Postcards1887 - 1973Russian4Postcards
Sergei Sergeerich Solomon Postcards1859 - 1928Russian482Postcards
Elizabeth Boehm Postcards1843 - 1914Russian104Postcards
Léon Bakst Postcards1866 - 1924Jewish/Russian34Postcards
Bilibin, Ivan J PostcardsRussian2Postcards
  • Russian Postal Service

    • Russia Post – is the Postal System in Russia
    • 1820 – Post Coaches Appeared to transport Mail

    • 1845 Post Stationary first appeared

    • 1848 Green Street Mail Boxes first installed

    • 1864 Stamp Began to be used

    • 1874 – Universal Postal Union

    • During WWII Postal system was greatly affected – Restored by 1950

    • 1995 office was reorganized as the Russian Federation Postal Service

    • 1996 – End of state-run enterprise  – now commercially-run

    • Airmail letters take two to three weeks from Moscow and St Petersburg to the UK, longer from other cities and three to four weeks to the US or Australasia

Buy Postcard St Petersburg Griboyedov Bridge and Canal Russia
Buy Postcard St Petersburg Griboyedov Bridge and Canal Russia

 

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What are Russia Postcards Worth
What are Russia Postcards Worth

 

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