This pre-revolutionary postcard shows a typical rural scene in Russia. As well as taking care of domestic tasks, peasant women also worked in the fields. Few received formal schooling. According to the 1897 Imperial Russian Census, only 9% of peasant women were literate.
This postcard was published by the St. Eugenia Society, a charity organisation founded to support nurses who had served in the Russian army during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877–78. Supported by artists and elites, the society was patronised by Princess Eugenia of Leuchtenberg (1845–1925), a cousin of Tsar Alexander III, father of Nicholas II.
To fund its activities, the Society started a publishing business, producing popular and commercially viable picture postcards with landscapes, photographs and art works reproduced on cards and made especially for the postcard format. Over 3,000 of these postcards were donated to the British Library.
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