23 postcards to say ‘I love you’ in Tsarist Russia

S. Solomko
‘What do I need your fidelity for? Show me your love instead’: They knew how to cut to the chase in the 19th century.

Lovebirds exchanged affectionate letters long before Tinder and Telegram stickers - nothing shows how much you love (lust after) someone better than a card...well, maybe flowers and chocolate.


“A hot minute of love…”


While two ladies enjoy small talk, the pair in the top-left corner are getting down and dirty.


Sometimes women go for broke.


Passionate lovers are always keen to impress: In this case fancy dress seems to be doing the trick.


Try taking her for a ride on Valentine’s Day.


A passionate kiss by a crooked fence - so romantic.


Staged scenes were popular among 19th century card makers.


This is how it all starts. “I’m in love.”


Game over. “Engaged.”


And the final step. “Wedded.”


What goes around comes around. “Divorced.”


“I’m waiting for your affection.”


What the hell is that at the bottom?


Probably best not to give you lover eggs for Valentine’s Day.


Flowers are always better.


Just look at the effect they have on a woman!


A picnic in a quiet solitary place will also do.


“So good to be together!”


“Oh, why was that night so good? I wish my heart had not been aching, my soul had not been suffering.”


“In the hour of separation my chest aches; kiss me harder for the last time and remember the pledge of devotion.”


Hardcore romantics of the 19th century would share a cigarette.


“Come sooner, kiss me tenderly.”


“What do I need your fidelity for? Show me your love instead.”

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