The State Memorial and Natural Preserve "Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy "Yasnaya Polyana"
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Государственный мемориальный и природный заповедник «Музей-усадьба Л.Н. Толстого «Ясная Поляна»

Easter is the main holiday for Christians all over the world, and it used to be the most significant day for the Russian population before 1917 too. When in the late 19th century postcards became widely used, it was a new opportunity to send the Easter words “Christ is Risen!” beyond the bad roads of spring and border outposts. In the Tolstoy family exchanging Easter postcards was an essential part of the relations between the members of the large family, despite their location and circumstances. 

Among the earliest Russian illustrated postcards were the ones published for Easter of 1898: four water-colours “with spring subjects” by the well known writer and artist N.N. Karazin served as the first experience of publishing postcards by the Community of St. Eugenia. Other publishers printed Easter cards, too. In addition, a lot of them were published for Russia in Europe. Those cards often had symbols which were uncharacteristic of the Russian Easter tradition, such as chicks and rabbits. Such postcards can be found in the collection of the Tolstoy House, too.

Card with Easter wishes to Sophia Tolstaya from her grandson Pavel. 1917, March 28. Russia

Thin cardboard, ink, manuscript, typographical printing. 14.0х9.3 cm. Based on a drawing by I. Bilibin.


Included in the museum collection in 1921, before that belonged to the Tolstoy family.

Greetings in black ink in children’s handwriting on the reverse side.

Pavel Lvovich Tolstoy  – Leo Tolstoy grandson, a son of the writer’s son Leo. Born on August 2, 1900 at Yasnaya Polyana, died on March 8, 1992 in Sweden. 

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