Zemstvo Issues

Zemstvos Grouped by Region


Zemstvos were issued by local authorities, with each local authority being a subordinate part of a wider governing region.  The easiest US analogy is to consider each zemstvo issuing authority as a county, and each governing region being akin to a state.

Not all regions and not all local authorities issued zemstvos, with most of the zemstvo issuing regions being in European Russia (ie west of the Ural mountain divide that marks the theoretical boundary between Europe and Asia).

It may be interesting or useful to be able to conveniently see what other nearby authorities were also issuing zemstvos, and to compare and contrast the differences in regional design styles.  For this purpose, we have created this list which orders the zemstov issuing authorities by region rather than alphabetically.

In the table below, you will see a small thumbnail map of European Russia for each region, with the relevant regional area highlighted.  If you click on the thumbnail map, you'll get a larger regional map of that particular region.

For a scale that applies to these expanded regional maps, click here (the scale is the same for all of the expanded maps).  Note that the scale's reference to statute miles refers to "regular" miles (each of 5280 ft, 1760 yds), and its reference to geographical miles refers to nautical miles - 6080 ft per nautical mile.

A map of the entire European part of Russia on the same scale as the expanded regional maps can be downloaded from our Map Page.


 

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Regions of Imperial Russia that issued Zemstvo Stamps

This map shows the various regions which had zemstvos issuing stamps within them.

Note that in some cases large regions had only one or two offices that actually issued stamps, so the map is a bit misleading.  I find it particularly interesting to note the two small regions surrounded by zemstvo issuing regions that apparently never issued stamps themselves!

You can click on the thumbnail map to load a large map of all of Western Russia with these regions highlighted.  It is on the same scale as the detail regional maps below.

Important note :  This shows only those regions that had offices within them that issued adhesive stamps.  Some offices and regions carried mail for free, or used preprinted postal stationery, or wrappers, or some other form of accounting, and those offices and regions are not considered within this study of zemstvo adhesive postage.

Bessarabia

Samara

Orgheef

Soroki

Yassy

Bugulma

Buguruslan

Buzuluk

Chernigof

St Petersburg

Kozelets

Oster

Gdof

Luga

Novaya Ladoga

Shlisselburg

Kharkof

Saratov

Akhtyirka

Kharkof

Lebedian

Atkarsk

Balashof

Khvalynsk

Kuznetsk

Kazan

Simbirsk

Chistopol

Kazan

Lahishef

Tetyushy

Alatyir

Syzran

Kherson

Smolensk

Alexandria

Ananief

Kherson

Odessa

Tiraspol

Yelisavetgrad

Dukhovstschina

Krasny

Smolensk

Kostroma

Tambov

Kologrif

Vetluga

Borisoglyebsk

Lebedian

Morshansk

Shatsk

Tambof

Kursk

Tavrik

Dmitrief

Lgof

Shchigry

Sudzha

Berdyansk

Dnieprovsk

Melitopol

Moscow

Territory of the Don

Bogorodsk

Bronnitzy

Dmitrof

Kolomna

Podolsk

Cherkassy

Donez

Rostof

Nizhni-Novgorod

Tver

Ardatof

Arzamas

Vasil

Byezhetsk

Korcheva

Ostashkof

Rzhef

Tver

Vessiegonsk

Novgorod

Tula

Bielozersk

Borovichy

Cherepovets

Demiansk

Kirillof

Novgorod

Staraya Russa

Tikhvin

Ustiuzhna

Valdai

Chern

Kashira

Krapivna

Tula

Olonets

Ufa

Petrozavodsk

Pudozh

Belebey

Orel

Viatka

Livny

Maloarkhangelsk

Yelets

Glazof

Kotelnich

Malmyzh

Nolinsk

Sarapul

Urzhum

Viatka

Penza

Vladimir

Chembary

Penza

Saransk

Pereslaf

Perm

Vologda

Cherdyn

Irbit

Kamyishlof

Krasnoufimsk

Kungur

Osa

Okhansk

Perm

Shadrinsk

Solikamsk

Verkhotur

Yekaterinburg

Griazovets

Kadnikof

Nicolsk

Totma

Ustsysolsk

Veliki Ustyug

Velsk

Yarensk

Poltava

Voronezh

Gadiach

Kobelaky

Konstantinograd

Kremenchug

Lokhvitza

Lubny

Pereyaslaf

Piriatin

Poltava

Priluky

Zienkof

Zolotonosha

Bobrof

Boghuchary

Ostrogozhsk

Zadonsk

Zemliansk

Pskof

Yekaterinoslav

Kholm

Novorzhef

Opochka

Ostrof

Porkhof

Pskof

Bakhmut

Mariupol

Novomoskofsk

Pavlograd

Verkhnednieprovsk

Yekaterinoslaf

Ryazan

Dankof

Kassimof

Ryazhsk

Ryazan

Sapozhok

Skopin

Spassk

Yegoryevsk