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Anastasia Nicholaievna / Anastasia's mirror 'selfie'.
« on: June 12, 2014, 09:05:34 PM »
A lot of people on the internet these days are crediting this picture of Anastasia as the first existing 'selfie' (picture taken of someone by themselves);

While it's not the first selfie in history (there exists one from the late 1800s which obviously predates Anastasia's birth) it's interesting to see. I can imagine, as a young girl with her camera, she probably thought, "I wonder what a picture of myself would look like if I could see myself while taking it." She's looking right at herself, so she's clearly interested in how she may appear in the picture. She may also have wondered simply how a picture of a reflection would turn out, as it's possible she'd never seen one before. A quote exists where I believed she captioned the picture by saying that it was difficult to take because her hands were shaking.

It's a curious thought now that the youth of my generation learned of Anastasia through the animated 90s movie, and children/teenagers of the current generation are likely learning about Anastasia (and for those who wish to research her life, as I did following the animated movie, the Romanov family) through her now 'iconic' selfie.

Tatiana Nicholaievna / Pictures of Tatiana's cropped hair.
« on: April 10, 2012, 10:32:58 AM »
I've seen a few of her hair cropped after she had typhoid/typhus, but I'm wondering if there are any more? These are the ones I know of;

And I've seen another (similar to the first, but from a different angle). I'm wondering if there were any more than those. Feel free to post pictures you know of where her hair is growing back (the bobbed look), since I know there are plenty of those, but I'm looking for more pictures of her incredibly cropped short hair. I'm interesting in knowing how often they documented her short hair in photographs, basically - I know as it was growing back and bobbed, she went into public with her hair as normal, but I know that after the initial cut, she wore a wig for her photo shoots. So it'd be interesting to see whether she actually went around with her cropped hair often, or whether she wore the wig more often until a certain point - we know she didn't like the wig, but how often DID she wear it? If you can find any casual photos involving the wig, that would also be a good addition, but I'm primarily seeing how many photos there are with the cropped hair.

I decided to look for some recently as I just got my hair cut, and realized it's basically the same as Tatiana Nikolayevna's after the typhoid/typhus attack.

I'm going to being this thread by saying I don't believe this claim whatsoever.

My sister's mother-in-law claims to have descended from the royal family. She is Russian - she came to Canada about ten years ago when she married a Canadian, bringing her son Viktor (my sister's boyfriend) and daughter Maria. Her own name is Olga - and she claims it's after Olga Nikolayevna, which is entirely possible, since it's not uncommon to name children after people in history. When my sister was pregnant, she was insisting that she name the baby Tatiana, since her grandmother was supposedly named Tatiana (though Viktor denies this). We do not know if she implies that her grandmother was Tatiana Nikolayevna, since the her age would work with being a granddaughter of the Grand Duchess had she survived, but she DOES claim that she is a descendent of the royal family. She's never specified through who, so it could be any Romanov relative, but I personally don't believe it. Olga Johnson, as she is now called, makes some outrageous claims all the time, about everything, and we've learned not to take her very seriously. This particular claim first came about when she was explaining why she hates communism in Russia - she told us that she hates communism since it's the fault of the communists that her relatives no longer hold the Russian throne. She's never indicated that she thinks anyone in the royal family survived, so I doubt her implication is that her grandmother is Tatiana Nikolayevna, but I'm not sure how many other Tatianas there were in the extended family in the early 20th century. Of course, as I've mentioned, Viktor says that he doesn't have a great-grandmother named Tatiana - he never denied that they're related to the family (he was probably raised to believe it himself), but he denied that was his mother's grandmother's name. I'm not sure what her maiden name was, otherwise I'd search if anyone in the royal family had descendents with that surname.

I didn't put this here to say, "I know someone related to the family!" but rather to gather everyone's opinions. I personally don't believe it, and I'm not sure anyone should, but it's interesting when someone you know personally makes a claim like that. Viktor just explains that his mother is nuts whenever she says things like this - we even got a 'history lesson' once from her about the, "evil Jews and good Hitler," and such.

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Anastasia's Secret
« on: May 10, 2010, 02:08:25 PM »
It's a fictional novel that came out this year, author Susanne Dunlap. I haven't read it, but I just bought it online. Has anyone read it? I'm not sure if it's going to be worth my money, though I'm hoping so. It's about romance between Anastasia Nikolaevna and a guard while the family is in captivity. Unlikely situation, of course, but it would be nice to think that she had some romance in her life. It's sad that she didn't live long enough to experience any romance (from what we know, anyway). Anyway, yeah, if you've read it, then post your opinions please. I know I shall as soon as it arrives in a couple weeks, and I've finished reading!

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