24 Wise Postcards That Used to Be Made in Russia

Wise Postcards That Used to Be Made in Russia

Posted on July 28, 2010 by team

A burden of one’s own choice is not felt

Pedestrian is not a friend of a rider

A soldier makes friends with a gun, eats from a pot and warmed by smoke

It’s better not to get used to if destined to break up

Don’t be a friend of the sky or the wind, be a friend of the ground

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

He that mischief hatches, mischief catches

Wife is not a mitten – can’t be taken off or thrown away

Choose a wife in the garden, not among dancers

Little bodies may have great souls


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24 Responses to “Wise Postcards That Used to Be Made in Russia”

  1. OLUT says:

    Cool! I love old postcards.

  2. zimbo1947 says:

    Great fun. From the looks of it (spelling), they must be pre-revolution.

  3. Austrian says:

    kool FIRST

  4. muzzer says:

    cool pics

  5. Testicules says:

    Kinda cute

  6. George Semel says:

    Looks like about the time of World War One. Very nice, Reminds me of some of the greeting cards that were in use in America in the 1890’s thru the First World War. Some real thought when into them.

  7. geo says:

    pic 2:

    an uninvited guest is worse than a Tatar

  8. D says:

    “Don’t be a friend of the sky or the wind, be a friend of the ground”
    Sounds like a quote from Magic the Gathering

  9. Shane says:

    these are beautiful.

  10. moo says:

    Pretty cards if you ignore the military propaganda. If you were sent to war by the aristocracy, you were nearly certain to be killed in the line of duty. Life back in the imperial days of Russia was hell.

    • Alexander says:

      Life in imperial Russia was great. You had a dose of communist propaganda.
      The country was trully productive and capitalist; over 40% of entire population had their land and privately owned homes. Business were booming and so was investement. If you work hard, you can make it and become rich. It had nothing to do with belonging to artistocracy or royalty.
      The only country in the world that can afford its golden ruble in WIDE CIRCULATION. Look it up and learn what it means from an economic sense. No other country had such a trmendous growth in GDP than Pre-Revolutionary Russia.

      • moo says:

        Try telling that to the millions upon millions of U.S. descendants from Russia and her occupied territories. Where were the boatloads of people sailing towards Russia? There were only a few sick ones sent back and a few others who went back to help get the rest of their loved ones out of that miserable place.

        The communists were no better or worse than the aristocracy. They merely continued the status quo with an air of pretending to listen to the people.

        • Kirov (REAL) says:

          first of all, lots of germans and others immigrated 2 Siberia and volga region.

          second: Post Stalinist USSR was a good, decent place 2 live in.

  11. Jacob says:

    Terrible, terrible translation. The problem is that the translator thought that translating Russian proverbs literally will not make sense, and so the translator made some important changes. Frankly, I think the whole meaning is lost because of that. Let me correct just a few for you.

    “He who comes uncalled unserved should sit”


    “An unwelcome guest is worse than a Tatar.” Explanation: Mongol and Tatar hordes dominated medieval Russia for several centuries, so a Tatar [conqueror] is something certainly not welcome in Russia.

    Next, change “Choose a wife in the garden, not among dancers” to

    “Pick your wife in the garden, not in the city” (pretty self explanatory)

    Change: “He that mischief hatches, mischief catches”


    “Do not dig a hole in the ground for others, or you will fall into yourself”

    Next: Change “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush” to “The one who chases two hares, will catch none”

    Next: Change “Not pies make dinner but mouths” to “A dinner is not made great not by the pies, but by the ones who eat”

    And so on. Thanks for posting the postcards, but the translation is pretty sloppy.

  12. Kirov says:

    And “Nothing ventured, nothing gained” should be “If you are afraid of teeth, don’t stick it in the mouth”.

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  15. tim Hanks says:

    So beautiful, peaceful postcards. They should be in the market. These are really cool.

  16. Nergol says:

    “Don’t start a war just to try to bolster your teetering monarchy”.

  17. dusty says:

    A good way to find old postcard arts and other Russian historic images and expression is to search on ebay.com, many items recovered from a century ago. Always so unique and beautiful.

  18. burak says:

    “”Choose a wife in the garden, not among dancers””
    …so you can have fun with dancers ,when she works in the fields

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