The Print Department of the National Library
of Russia holds hundreds of postcards with images of
Saint Petersburg. They show world-famous masterpieces of architecture, celebrated city ensembles, and everyday life of the big city.
The first postcards
with photographs of Saint Petersburg, the capital of the Russian Empire at that time, went for sale in 1895. Since then, beauties of the magnificent city became the pet subject of postcard images. Over the period of the next twenty years various publishers printed thousands of postcards with views of St. Petersburg which opened the third century of its history.
The National Library of Russia is pleased to present the distinguished Churakov collection. It is the largest single collection of views of world towns in the post-cards section of the Print Department's holdings. The Churakov collection holds over
55,000 post-cards, dated between the late 1890s and 1941.
The Churakov collection is particularly strong in the material
relating to our city. About 900 images of Saint Pitersburg
(Petrograd-Leningrad) are available online and can be viewed via