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Their World and Culture / A Royal Hunt in photos
« on: September 05, 2012, 08:25:17 PM »
A group of photos of a hunt in the 1890's , showing all that goes on...hunting  was a busy social  event , many people to receive etc.

Royal Hunt in Bialowieza Forest. Part 1
general view of the Imperial Pavilion, near the railway station platform Bialowieza,
the day of arrival of Emperor Nicholas II and his entourage

Royal Hunt in Bialowieza Forest. Part 2

In this set one can see where that well known photo of Olga in her baby carriage was taken

Grand Duchesses Olga and Tatiana Nikolaevna   being taken for a ride  in one of the alleys of the park in the Bialowieza Palace

Their World and Culture / More colour photos from Imperial Russia
« on: September 03, 2012, 12:54:55 PM »
very striking portaits

Pyotr Vedenisov (1866-1937) graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 1888 and soon came to Yalta, where he soon became one of the most interesting people of the city. A professional pianist, he often appeared as a soloist. Engaged in local history, meteorology and photography, and was able to do avtohromy color in the glass. Especially good they were on the screen, which are projected by the torch. 
Preserved 150 color glass plates Peter Vedenisova created from 1909 to 1914. Andrey Kazakov. Yalta, 1911-1912

Having Fun! / Data base for Romanov writers
« on: August 08, 2012, 04:41:13 PM »
I ran into a web site that translated into

The characters of the novel V.S.Pikulya "Evil Spirit"А

The web site is  in Russian, but it seems to be a novel about Rasputin...the interesting thing is ,someone
 made a vast list in alphabetical order of actual  people from that time that appear in the novel . There has
to be well over a hundred names here....all the major players of course , but many I had not heard of before

It's quite a data base for a  Romanov writer. I found the Russian  text translated easily via google .
Each entry has a short paragraph  about who they were , a photo,  also  their  dates of birth and death
There  is also a short passage  of where they show up in the novel ...but it's the  personal info about them that should be useful

Imperial Russian History / Stolypin online archive
« on: July 02, 2012, 06:37:32 PM »

An online Pyotr Stolypin archive
Terrfic photos etc

From Paul Gilbert's  Royal Russia site.

Amazing photos and items on display! 

Thanks Paul !

The Deaths of Tsar Nicholas II & His Family:
Images from an Exhibition

The State Archives of the Russian Federation (GARF) in Moscow is hosting a new exhibit on the deaths of Tsar Nicholas II and his family. The exhibit opened on May 25th in the Exhibition Hall of the Federal Archives.

It focuses on the final months of the last Russian Imperial family, along with their faithful retainers in the Ipatiev House at Ekaterinburg, as well as their murders and the investigative activities related to the search, identification and burial of their remains which lasted nearly a century - from 1918 to 2011....

Imperial Russian History / Borodino 1912
« on: May 25, 2012, 01:06:32 AM »
From a 1912  Russian newspaper: ceremony marking the 100th anniversary  of the  battle of Borodino

The Final Chapter / The Fiat Truck
« on: May 03, 2012, 02:48:35 AM »
I have read the fiat truck that took the family's and the four other's  remains away from Ipatiev House was  simply a truck , without a cover over its cargo bay ....then I've seen photos that show a canopy, that is , a canvas cover for the truck's cargo bay .

When they say " this is the truck" , do they mean the model? What is the consensus ? Cover or no ...Thank you

Review of the exhibit

Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Byzantium and Islam, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, addresses two of history’s most amazing developments. This landmark exhibition, organized by Helen C. Evans, the Metropolitan curator responsible for two previous presentations of Byzantine art, brilliantly surveys historical themes of vital interest to the contemporary world......

The Alexander Palace / Imperial Rubble from AP
« on: December 08, 2011, 12:41:53 AM »
For six weeks in the summer of 2005 ,Helen A , worked at  Rare Books Fund at the State Museum-Preserve "Tsarskoye Selo".  Most  evening she would take walks in AP park...basically along the paths taken by the family in the afternoons so long ago.  2005  was quite a time to be there. AP was no longer the naval HQ , but the major renovations of today had not begun. Pieces of rubble from the palace were simply laying about on the ground. Helen A. returned home with some and kindly gave me a piece. I thought others would like to see it.

However faded,  it's thrilling to see the Alexander Palace  yellow on what I believe to be  stucco that covered AP's  bricks....if one takes a closer look, you can see very small stones. It appears to me beach sand/stones was used as grit. Also there are two colours...the pale yellow we are familiar with and underneath that , a more orange colour.

Well you can imagine the thrill it gives me. This blog often has posts related to the Romanovs

Helen Azar kindly translated the text for me. Thank you Helen !

I want to dedicate this material to my reader in the United States, Philadelphia. She is an artist who paints portraits from Romanov photos and makes amazing videos about the life of the last imperial family. Annie Lloyd and I only communicate through the comments on this blog, and in English for that matter, and it's such a shame that no one here in Russia sees her work. I keep being amazed by the love that people have for the Romanovs outside of Russia! While we are still trying to understand what happened in 1917, and in general, how this great nation lived the entire 300 years under the rule of this imperial dynasty. 

Annie's interest in the Romanovs emerged 40 years ago, but only very recently did she decide to make the drawings based on their photos, and create her videos. She fell in love with the Romanovs: "the more I get to know them the more I admire them", writes Annie in her blog. Will we ever admire the imperial family? Will we ever be able to evaluate their lives objectively? Probably not, things are different in Russia... although maybe in the year of 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty, 2013, we will be able to look at their lives from a different angle.

Their World and Culture / Alix's yarn brand
« on: December 01, 2011, 01:09:15 PM »
I recently saw this photo of Alix knitting on the royal yacht and noticed the label has not been removed from her yarn....considering the importance of knitting to AF, the girls learned the skill as toddlers and I believe even Alexis knew how, it would be interesting to know AF's brand. Looks French to me...perhaps Swiss? Perhaps a fabric historian would know from seeing this label. The photo date seems to be 1906-07

The Final Chapter / Favorite Daughter of the Czar , denies his death
« on: November 05, 2011, 03:33:41 PM »

Recently a photo of Olga Nicolaievna was up for auction on eBay. It was a newspaper photo from 1918. The seller has a large amount of photos from a defunct Detroit newspaper's archive.

Perhaps even more interesting than the photo was what was on its back. Old newspaper photo backs contain a wealth of information.The date on the photo's back is  July 10 1918. Just a week before the family's death.  When a newspaper photo was stamped in this manner, it means the photo and caption were printed in the paper on that date..... the number on the upper left corner might even say where in the paper the item appeared.

Favortite Daughter of the Czar , denies his death

Friends of the former Czar of Russia's family have been notfied by a personal telegram from Grand Duchess Olga, favorite daughter of the deposed ruler, that her father and mother are alive and in a safe place. It is now declared that the entire family has been transferred to Kotelnich, a small town in the Provice of Viatka, Russia. Our photo shows the lastest photo of the Grand Duchess Olga

Which is odd, since the photo was one of Olga in her Hussar uniform, taken around 1910!

So this item  and photo appeared in a Detroit newspaper on that date, just before the family's death. One would think it part of the Bolshevik disinformation leaks about that time...but besides the timing, what also makes this very interesting is the specific mention that the family has been taken to, " Kotelnich, a small town in the Provice of Viatka ."

On page 121 of Helen's Rapport's book, " The Last Days of the Romanovs" ....she speaks about these locations, as the family's supposed destination in one of the many rumored rescue plots at this the item is a rather informed  plant...but placed by whom and why? 

Having Fun! / What Royal history book would you like & its title?
« on: October 12, 2011, 01:40:06 AM »
What Royal history book would you like to see and have you a tittle suggestion for it ?

I would love to see a book that focused on the relationships between
Alix, Minnie and Miechen...and it's title would be : Imperial Troika

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Upcoming Books in 2012
« on: September 23, 2011, 11:49:18 AM »
Alix and Nicky: The Passion of the Last Tsar and Tsarina by Virgina Rounding (January 2012)

Hardcover: 400 pages (!!!)

Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (January 17, 2012)
Language: English

Their World and Culture / 1914 Russian Women's magazine
« on: August 18, 2011, 08:55:15 PM »
I have  a  Russian women's magazine from ,I believe, April of 1914. It's interesting to see such a publication from pre WW1 Russia.
 We can have no idea if the family saw this, but they could have...that's the fun part. Plus it informs us of their world . I'm posting the fashion pages, but it has sheet music and short stories as well.

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