Russian Easter Postcards of the Early 20th Century
Easter is the holiest day in the Christian calendar, the most glorious and joyous Christian festival. It is called the Feast of Feasts and the Triumph of Triumphs. It is a time to rejoice and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The feast was established by the apostles. Starting from the apostolic era, the Easter greetings: 'Christ is arisen!' – "(He is) risen indeed!" - are handed down from age to age.
Since the 19th century when postcards began, greeting cards have given us the opportunity to reach out to our friends and family and to send out these words for them for Happy Easter! In this country, some of the first Easter picture cards appeared in 1898. They showed four spring scenes produced by the notable Russian watercolorist and writer N.N. Karazin. These ealiest Easter postcards were printed by the Community of St. Eugenia, a publishing house and a subsection of the St. Petersburg Committee of the Red Cross. This publishing company which was regarded as the best and most successful in Russia gave birth to the picture postcards. Many notable artists, including I.Bilibin and F.Bernstam, V.Zarubin and I.Smukrovich, N.Pimonenko and E.Boehm, designed St. Eugenia's Easter cards. Other publishers also reproduced art works by skillful Russian illustrator on multy-coloured Easter postcards: among them were leading postcard publishing companies like Richard (Saint Petersburg), Granberg (Stockholm) and Lenz and Rudolf (Riga), working in various cities of the Russian Empire, as well as abroad.
Soon after the October Revolution of 1917, Easter postcards went out of use in the new Soviet socity, but they continued to exist in the midst of the Russian diaspora. Starting in 1991, Russian publishers recommenced printing Easter postcards after years.