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Tatiana Nicholaievna / Re: Tatiana Photographs III
« on: June 14, 2018, 05:37:53 PM »


A unique and rare photo of Tatiana holding her wig.

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Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Anastasia May Have had a Crush?
« on: May 09, 2018, 07:14:28 AM »
It's just a little silly thing the author made. It doesn't have to be 100% accurate, it wasn't like she was writing a book or anything. You really need to learn what 'constructive criticism' is before you trash on someone's work just because it isn't accurate enough for you.

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Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Anastasia May Have had a Crush?
« on: May 07, 2018, 07:06:27 PM »
From Helen Azar's book on Maria and Anastasia:

"You probably see Viktor Erastovich from afar? - then I am envious of you!" - Anastasia to Nicholas, Sept 4 1915

"I am happy that Vikt. Erast. already arrived at your infirmary. Tell Shyvbzik that I share her joy in seeing him and following him if she deigns him with it." - Nicholas to Maria, June 3 1916

"Today we went to an early Obednya as Mama received communion, while we pretended to be the public because no one except us and Anya was there - my “husband” was there but he left.” - Anastasia to Nicholas Aug 8, 1916 - I think she probably means Zborovsky here

There's a bit more I've read about Zborovsky, but I haven't transcribed the notes for it yet. I know he had a sister Katya who later died in the gulag- Anastasia's famous "Good-bye. Don't forget me." comes from a letter to her. The same book from which the quotes come also identify him as having a wife named Rimma, so it was most definitely just a hopeless schoolgirl crush.

So it seems 'Anastasia never had a crush/Anastasia was too tomboyish to have a crush' was wrong after all.

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Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Anastasia May Have had a Crush?
« on: May 07, 2018, 09:23:56 AM »
From what I've seen, it seems Anastasia had a crush on Viktor Zborovsky. Nicholas wrote in a wartime letter to Olga that he gave his blessing.

Do you have a source for this? I haven't heard of Anastasia having a crush-except for Dimitri Pavlovich, but all the girls did-or this Viktor.

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The Imperial Family / Baby Name Announcements?
« on: April 25, 2018, 08:32:16 PM »
The recent birth of the Prince and how they announce the name has got me thinking on how the Romanovs, especially the Tsar, announced the name of their children.

I know they announce the birth with a number of cannon shots from Peter and Paul Fortress depending on the gender, but how did they inform the public of the baby name before it hit the newspapers?

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Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Olga Photographs IV
« on: April 03, 2018, 02:06:11 AM »




Two miniatures of baby Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna (1895-1918) by Fabergé work master Mikhail Perkhin at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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Tatiana Nicholaievna / Re: Tatiana Photographs III
« on: January 16, 2018, 12:09:14 AM »


Tatiana and Olga, Livadia, 1907.

Olga is smiling at her sister while Tatiana looks to be running with a hand over her mouth.

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Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Possible Marriage Candidates
« on: January 13, 2018, 11:37:20 AM »
I know this thread is old but have we checked to see if any other royal couple considered Anastasia as a bride for one of their sons because:

If one is to believe all that one hears, Queen Alexandrine would be most happy if circumstances proved favourable to an alliance between her eldest son, the present Crown Prince of Denmark, and one of the younger daughters of her cousin the Tsar. Such an alliance would bring to her house a princess who, of all those whom her boy could marry, would be the one that Denmark would acclaim with the greatest joy.

The Royal Marriage Market of Europe, 1915.

If this is true then we know that Alexandrine had Maria and Anastasia down as suitable and likely spouses for her son.

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Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Anastasia Pictures V
« on: January 07, 2018, 11:04:50 AM »


Grand Duchess Anastasia with her mother, Alexandra and two nurses when Anastasia had diphtheria. 1907.

Anastasia either has her hair up or has it cut, maybe because the medicine made it fall out?

Oh wow, I never knew Anastasia had Diphtheria.

Yep. Luckily Alexandra noticed it rather early and quickly and was able to contain it so it didn't effect Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Alexei. Her early experiences with the disease sure came in handy when it hit her household.

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Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Anastasia Pictures V
« on: January 06, 2018, 10:10:34 PM »


Grand Duchess Anastasia with her mother, Alexandra and two nurses when Anastasia had diphtheria. 1907.

Anastasia either has her hair up or has it cut, maybe because the medicine made it fall out?

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Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Anastasia Pictures V
« on: December 29, 2017, 08:29:43 AM »


Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and a few soldiers picking flowers for White Flower Day near a Water Tower (which is still there today), Crimea, March 1914.

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Maria Nicholaievna / Re: Maria's Tonsil Operation
« on: December 28, 2017, 07:47:15 AM »
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why did she need her tonsils removed anyway? Did she have tonsillitis during that time?

Well, I'm no medical expert, but that's usually the reason they remove tonsils. 

But wouldn't have Alexandra mentioned it somewhere that Maria had tonsillitis; if she wrote in letters to Nicholas and in her diary about the girls on M. Becker I'm pretty sure she would have mentioned this but I can't find her writing about it anywhere.

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Maria Nicholaievna / Maria's Tonsil Operation
« on: December 27, 2017, 12:31:05 PM »
Was Maria put to sleep when this was being done? I don't know much about medical procedures in the early 1910s but I know chloroform existed, but how would that be able to hold her mouth open for it to be done? There's no other mention of anyone else other than Alexandra and the doctor being in the room, unless they used chloroform on her and they either used some sort of device to hold her mouth open or Alexandra herself held her jaw open, and why did she need her tonsils removed anyway? Did she have tonsillitis during that time?

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Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Olga Photographs IV
« on: December 17, 2017, 01:29:40 AM »


That is the official 'Olga 'Hello I'm your guidance counsellor and I'm here to talk about your plans for the future' Nikolaevna Romanova' sitting position.

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Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Anastasia Pictures V
« on: December 17, 2017, 01:25:06 AM »
At this time, fathers learned to their children how to smoke

Tsar Nicholas II jokingly allows his daughter, the Grand Duchess Anastasia, to smoke.


Actually Nicholas allowed his daughters to smoke; giving them cigarettes which they said were gifts, and would smoke them happily. I think there's a picture of Olga smoking too. But yeah, they didn't smoke them jokingly. Maybe for this picture, as Anastasia may have been a bit too young for the time, but I don't think Nicholas is letting her jokingly allow her to smoke in this picture.

There are some photos from 1915/16 with the girls lying in a bale of hay and one of them (Anastasia I think) was smoking. I don't think anyone yet understood the health risks that smoking presented back at that time.


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