Samara Catholic Church, Russia
This card came in the mail today from Yana, who has her own very fine blog of her postcards and stamps. This card features a photo by Pavel Vorobyov of the Church of the Sacred Heart of Christ, the only Roman Catholic church in the Volga region. It was constructed in 1906; this photo was taken in 2001 during what looks like sunset on a foggy day.
(I notice that this is the very first card I’ve posted from Russia; all of my other “Russian” cards, both posted and not-yet-posted, were technically produced by the Soviet Union.)
I’m also very interested in the stamps on this card, especially the portrait of Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin, a Russian landscape painter who lived from 1832-1898 and is still well regarded today. Click on the image to see a larger version. (I’m very proud of myself — I was able to sound out “I. I. Shishkin” well enough to google him on the first try.) Shishkin painted landscapes, not portraits; this portrait of him was done by Ivan Nikolayevich Kramskoy (whose name I also sounded out, thank you very much) in 1880. Kramskoy had painted Shishkin once before, in 1873.