Mr Rodion Pavlyuchenkov, a St Petersburg collector, has donated to the Museum eight postcards with views of the Tsarskoe Selo palace, park and pavilions, printed by some well-known local publishers in the 1900s-1920s.
Obtained from St Petersburg’s rare book stores, the donated postcards are related to the collector’s childhood memories. Rodion recalls, ‘Back then, we often went to Pushkin. The palace cloakroom attendants welcomed me as a regular. I also remember the excitement of exploring the ruins of the Arsenal and Chapelle in the Alexander Park.’
According to Victoria Plaude, our photo collection curator, besides their apparent cultural value the cards are very important to the Museum as iconographic material. The most noteworthy is a collotype print titled ‘Tsarskoe Selo. On the lake in the park’, because collotypes are rare nowadays.
Of scientific interest to historians and researchers of Tsarskoe Selo is the card ‘Interior of the Kiosk’.
The donated postcards will grace some future permanent and temporary displays of the Museum.
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