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Maria Nicholaievna / Maria or Anastasia's dress?
« on: September 19, 2012, 05:11:47 PM »
I know there was a topic somewhere about clothing that OTMA wore that still is around in museums but I can't seem to find it anywhere. Moderators, if you could please attach this post to one of those topics, that would be great, thanks!
Anyways, I found this and I thought it was interesting, if a little fishy.
A gorgeous dress, whether worn by one of the Little Pair or not.
This is the Met page on it:*&deptids=62&when=A.D.+1900-present&what=Costume&pos=1308
The accession records suggest that this may have been worn by a baby of a Russian Czar, which would be appropriate as the dress is quite grandiose.
Definitely no confirmation there. Is it more likely to have been the dress of a noble baby?

The Tudors / Children of Lettice Knollys & Walter Devereaux
« on: January 03, 2012, 12:49:31 PM »
I am trying to find information about the children of Lettice Knollys and Walter Devereaux, beyond what Wikipedia says. Particularly Dorothy Devereaux Percy, their second daughter. Two little websites somewhere say she was born 1561, Wikipedia says 1564. Which do you think is more accurate? And any info about the children's time with Henry Hastings, Earl of Huntington after their father died would be greatly appreciated!,_Countess_of_Northumberland
One more thing-- in the article about Penelope, it says that "In March 1581 Huntingdon as her guardian secured the queen's assent through Lord Burghley, Master of the Court of Wards, for her marriage with Robert Rich, 3rd Baron Rich (later 1st Earl of Warwick.)" Yet in the article about Penelope's 1st husband it says they were married Jan. 10, 1581. I know that Wikipedia is not to be trusted all the time, so could anyone possibly give me any more info on this?,_Lady_Rich

Their World and Culture / Vintage Russian advertisments
« on: June 01, 2011, 04:41:11 PM »
I found these nice little posters from early 19th century Russia and I thought I'd share them with you all:
Does anyone know what they say?
Moderators, if there already is a thread on old Russian posters or vintage advertising, please merge this thread with it!  :)

Alexandra Feodorovna / The diamond brooch Nicholas gave her in 1884
« on: April 13, 2011, 09:16:25 AM »
In both The Last Empress (King) and The Last Tsar (Radzinsky), Nicholas giving the 12-year-old Alix a diamond brooch during her first visit to Russia for Ella's wedding is mentioned. Then it says she pressed it back into his hand during a children's ball at Ainchikov Palace, that she thought she had acted improperly. Now, I have several questions about that:
First, in The Last Tsar, it says that Nicholas asked Xenia for advice, seemingly about the brooch, and yet Xenia was only nine then, and it seems sort of odd, asking a nine-year-old for advice on that sort of matter.
Second, I deduced that Alix would have only just turned twelve, Ella's wedding having been in June, and Alexandra's birthday also being in that month, so again it seems just sort of...mature of Alix at only just past eleven to think she acted improperly accepting the brooch, etc...I know that children were often very precocious back then, but something about the whole thing, even the brooch itself! seems fishy...I mean, I've never heard of the brooch, ever, I searched for a mention of it in both the Nicholas threads and the Alix threads, to no avail. And then in The Last Tsar it says that Nicholas then gave the brooch to Xenia after Alix gave it back to him, but entrusting a valuble piece of jewelry to a nine year old! I'd just like this whole thing cleared up a bit for me... ???
P.S. I hope I'm making myself clear... ::)

I began reading "The Last Empress" by Greg King this afternoon, and reading about Alix's childhood made me think what an interesting film that would make. Of course, it probably wouldn't make much money, but who knows? What with The Young Victoria and all the other royal movies around recently, I can't see why a "The Young Alexandra" wouldn't be something that could be released. I know some people might say it would be too boring, that there isn't much story material in it, but when I look at it, I could easily imagine a film in the same vein as "The Young Victoria". You know, beginning with her childhood and her mother and May's death, then a sort of montage of her girlhood with her cousins, at all the different palaces, and then as a teenager, falling in love with Nicholas, perhaps ending with her engagement or wedding. Just something I thought I'd throw out there for discussion, for us to fantasize about.  ;)

Having Fun! / Romanov short story "Skating on the Standart"
« on: March 28, 2011, 11:57:04 AM »
This is a story I wrote this morning in a burst of inspirtation. Yep, all in one day! It is called "Skating on the Standart". Any comments and feedback would be very welcome!

                                      Skating on the Standart
                           a short story about the Romanovs
WITH THE RELEASE of the film, “Rasputin and the Empress”, starring the Barrymore family, in 1932, an interest in the last imperial Romanov family of Russia was kindled.
   At the time I was a young reporter for a newspaper in my hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
There had been many stories circulating the town about a Russian immigrant named Vasily Ivanovitch Chegoffsky in the early 1920s when I was around ten years old. As far as I knew, he still lived in a little house at the end of Thirty-Fourth street, and so, armed with notebook and pencil, I boldly knocked on his door one day in the spring of 1933 with the hope of interviewing him for the newspaper.
   I was surprised to find that he was a very amiable man, a bit of a recluse, and not at all the cruel Russian the townsfolk had made him out to be. I suppose these assumptions were merely made up out of prejudice and not knowing the truth about the friendly Mr. Chegoffsky.
   He welcomed me in and made me a glass of tea with a Russian samovar. I told him of my purpose in coming, and he nodded.
   “Ah, yes. I heard of this film, and out of curiosity I went to see it. It is terribly inaccurate, I must tell you. The Imperial Family is portrayed most untruthfully. It is merely a trumped-up version of fact, embellished with wild tales to make it appealing to the public. But--if it has sparked an interest in the family, then I am glad. More tea?”
   “Yes, please.”
   “Now,” said Mr. Chegoffsky, settling back into his chair. “What would you like me to tell you?”
   “Well, I came to interview you and see if you knew anything about the Imperial Family. It seems that you do.”
   “Yes, indeed! I had the great pleasure of knowing them intimately for several years.”
   “Really?” This was more than I had ever hoped for! My pencil poised to take notes, I asked,
   “How so?”
   “I served as a sailor on the yacht Standart from 1908 to 1911. I was in my early twenties then, and very proud indeed to serve the Tsar.”
   Warming up to the story, I began to take down all he said. The following is the tale he told me, in his own words.

I have often thought back to my time as a sailor on the Imperial yacht Standart with joy. The Imperial Family was truly lovely, and it was an honor to serve them. I always look back to the events of 1917-18 with sadness, and wish that the lives of these remarkable people had not been cut off with such brutality.
   My favorite memory from serving on the Standart is of the Grand Duchesses and some of us sailors roller-skating down the deck. It must have been around 1910 that we did this, for I left service in 1911.
   I believe it was the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicholaievna’s idea, and the rest of us played along. It made many a boring hour sailing on the Baltic Sea merry.
   I do not recall how us sailors obtained roller-skates, but I distinctly recall skating along the deck with the two younger Grand Duchesses, Maria and Anastasia Nicholaievna, on either side of me.
   There are many more fond recollections from my time on the Standart, but this one is my favorite. It shows how unaffected and candid the Grand Duchesses were, which, I think, will present a different view to the people of the present day. I sincerely hope that some day this cruel Soviet regime will end, and that the Imperial Family will some day be known as they truly were.

   This I later transposed into a newspaper article which won the first prize blue ribbon in our yearly “Best Article” contest. I was very proud of that ribbon, and hung it in a place of honor in the den when I had my own house.
   I became very good friends with Vasily Chegoffsky, and was saddened when he died at the age of eighty-two in 1966. He told me many more tales of the last Romanovs, and by the time he passed on, I felt as if I had really known them.
    At that point I was the head of the newspaper and I wrote an obituary for the Russian:

Two days ago a citizen of our city, Vasily Ivanovitch Chegoffsky, passed away in his home on Thirty-Fourth Street. Many of you may remember the prize-winning article of 1932, which I wrote as a young junior reporter. That article would never have come to being if it wasn’t for Vasily Chegoffsky. He was a fine man, and he will be missed.

Having Fun! / Images of icons owned by the IF
« on: March 22, 2011, 02:40:29 PM »
This is a more serious question, so it probably doesn't belong in "Having Fun", but I didn't know where to put it!
I'm looking for some images of icons actually owned by the Imperial Family. Not the exact icon, because most of those probably don't exist anymore, (or do they?) but icons similar. I proably don't make much sense, do I?
The reason I'm asking this is because of my Romanov home movie. I want it to be as accurate as possible, even with little details, and I am having a hard time finding icons that fit the ones in this list: (a little ways down the page)
I just can't seem to explain myself, but hopefully one of you will be able to help me!  :-\

The Final Chapter / Date of Easter, 1918
« on: March 19, 2011, 10:45:04 AM »
I looked up what date Easter was in 1918, and several sites said March 31st. But in A Lifelong Passion, there is a diary entry from Nicholas's diary that says "April 21/March 4. Easter Sunday."  ??? So what date was Easter on in 1918??

The Royal Russia News on Gilbert's Royal books has an article about how the Paris firm of Olivier Coutau-Bergarie is going to auction many Imperial Russian Treasures, including porcelain and silver items as well as pictures. I have gone through the catalogue, and what I wouldn't give to have some of those beautiful things! Utterly, utterly gorgeous.

The Final Chapter / Alexandra and vermicelli
« on: March 03, 2011, 06:08:34 PM »
I have read in various places that Alexandra ate a lot of vermicelli, a kind of pasta, at Ekaterinburg, and that it was because she was in such ill health. But what I'm wondering is, what makes pasta a good thing to eat if you're ill, and why did she eat so much of it?  ???

I came across this book and wondered whether anyone has read it, and, if so, is it good?

Having Fun! / Guess that royal by their eyes
« on: December 08, 2010, 11:28:16 AM »
I thought of a game, perhaps rather odd, in which someone posts a close-up on a royal's eyes and everyone else has to guess who it is. Some royals have distinctive eyes, and some don't, but either this game should be rather fun! I'll go first:
Whose eyes are these?
Whoever guesses correctly goes next!  :)

I have Tom Tierney's "Nicholas and Alexandra" paper dolls and I'm wondering about his paper dolls of other royals, namely Marie Antoinette and Elisabeth of Austria. Like, how are the outfits; what ones does he include? I read a review on Amazon which said the poster wished that there were more outifts in the Sisi one... Also that the costumes for MA were inaccurate, like the Norma Shearer movie and not very realistic. How are these dolls? I know he also did a Tudors one... Did he do a Queen Victoria one?
And--are there any other royalty paper dolls by other artists that are worth mentioning? What are the best paper dolls of these royals?  :)

Who told the imperial family the news of the October Revoloution in Tobolsk and what was their reaction? Meaning, each person's reaction. Did they burst into tears, run from the room, be still with shock, what? And did someone tell Nicholas and/or Alexandra and then they told the children, or did the whole family get told all at once?

Nicholas II / What was Nicholas called after he abdicated?
« on: November 27, 2010, 05:05:51 PM »
What was Nicholas's title after he abdicated, I mean, like what would people call him? Not Your Majesty, of course, but they wouldn't just call him "Mr. Romanov" either. So what would, say, a servant loyal to the old regime call him in Tobolsk?

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