Elkin Vladimir Ivanovich was born on April 21, 1948 in Leningrad. Has two higher education — engineer-physicist (LPI them. Kalinina, 1973.) and a specialist in public administration (the state service Institute, 1994).Work on a speciality in the Institute «hidropribor» research-and-production Association
Work on a speciality in the Institute «hidropribor» research-and-production Association «Uranium» from 1975 to 1990. often in the kind of activity have been to the Crimea. As it turned out later, shorter meeting with Crimea became a true love for the Crimean land and its rich history. Gradually carried away by the collection of local lore material to the Crimea. A large layer of the material found in the postcards. Over the years came to an understanding of the enormous importance of the simple post card (cards), and as a carrier of invaluable historical information, and as artistic works of art, and as a genuine document of its era. This understanding made the gathering cards more seriously and consistently. One hobby grew into another. From a simple historian became deltiology-researcher, i.e. a man, not just collecting and studying post cards (cards), but also investigate the history of their origin, manufacture and distribution. Currently has the largest in St. Petersburg collection of postcards devoted to the Crimea. Along with this, in his collection of more than fifty thousand cards of various subjects.
Member of Saint-Petersburg club of the Amateurs of postcard from the moment of its occurrence.
Writes articles on the issues of study of local lore and philocarty. Repeatedly published in deltiology and local lore literature.