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Having Fun! / Re: Rare Pictures XIII
« on: October 24, 2016, 10:18:46 PM »


Here's a photo I've never seen before.  My jaw dropped when I looked down and saw Anastasia's bare foot, with hallux valgus (bunion) clearly visible. 
Wow. You are right.I must admit I'd seen this photo before, more than once, without noticing Anastasia's foot.Besides noticing Alexandra's fairly grim face and appearance, unfortunately, of being almost more the girls'  grandmother than mother, I was drawn to Anastasia's bandaged leg.I've seen that before and she seemed to wear it almost with insouciant pride.
But yes, the hallux valgus condition does seem pretty serious, more so than I'd imagined it.
Still, a wonderful photo in its way.

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Having Fun! / Re: Rare Pictures XIII
« on: October 21, 2016, 12:23:38 AM »
Ольга Николаевна, 1914 год
ГА РФ, ф. 659 оп. 2 д. 55 лл. 1, 2



Not completely on topic here, but...
Olga's signature here stumped me for a long time.I thought I was doing fairly well learning printed (typed) Cyrillic but then I encountered it in cursive and have never fully recovered. Without her picture above it, I'd never recognize her signature as such.
As for her photos, it's a shame that smiling in formal Russian photography was not encouraged. These are sort of the real Olga, but her happy side was so appealing, but relatively uncommon in these settings.

Ha! How about G. D. Tatiana's handwriting?
Looks like a seismograph reading after a major earthquake!
http://tinyurl.com/haxd8lm
Indeed! Say a 7.1 on the Richter scale?

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Having Fun! / Re: Rare Pictures XIII
« on: October 20, 2016, 01:26:01 AM »
Ольга Николаевна, 1914 год
ГА РФ, ф. 659 оп. 2 д. 55 лл. 1, 2



Not completely on topic here, but...
Olga's signature here stumped me for a long time.I thought I was doing fairly well learning printed (typed) Cyrillic but then I encountered it in cursive and have never fully recovered. Without her picture above it, I'd never recognize her signature as such.
As for her photos, it's a shame that smiling in formal Russian photography was not encouraged. These are sort of the real Olga, but her happy side was so appealing, but relatively uncommon in these settings.

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Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: New Book on Wattpad
« on: September 18, 2016, 11:34:56 PM »
Well,Sophie, I can at least answer one of your questions.
Margaretta left the Alexander Palace after the birth of Alexei, but only by a very short time.This was just after the heir's baptism, which Margaretta attended, enjoyed, and very briefly described.
The grand baptism itself was twelve days after his birth, which was M.E.'s birthday too!
I can't be 100% sure, but very nearly so, that OTMA didn't have individual rooms on Standart or at Spala.Possibly, OT and MA shared rooms at Spala.On the yacht, I'm inclined to think they may have shared a single cabin, but I 'm far from certain, which doesn't help much, I know.

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Having Fun! / Re: OTMA Poetry part 2
« on: July 17, 2016, 11:14:09 PM »
One of your best, Katherine, especially the last stanza.

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Tatiana Nicholaievna / Re: Tatiana Photographs III
« on: July 17, 2016, 11:03:54 PM »
Gorgeous,  Dru! Thank you!
Indeed. New to me and a fine pic of a youngish, curious Tatiana.

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Nicholas II / Re: Nicholas II's Secretary
« on: July 09, 2016, 05:20:22 PM »
I can't imagine a head of state, in this case an Emperor of Russia not having a secretary. And I think this would apply whether the role of said secretary was merely clerical and mundane or if it entailed the expectation s of being a confidante/ advisor.
In any case, Nicholas' foregoing a secretary met with little approval, to put it mildly.

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I have a question regarding the remains of Grand Duchess Elizabeth.  I ask it with utmost respect and mean no disrespect to any Orthodox believers or to the grand duchess' eligibility to be named a saint.  I have read multiple times that when the grand duchess' remains were found, the body was described as "incorruptible".  I interpret this as no decomposition had occurred, but in the photographs of the victims after they were removed from the mine, Ella's face is darkened as if some decomposition had occurred or it was severely bruised?  Is there are broader definition of "incorruptible" used by the Orthodox church or does incorruptible mean the remains were not skeletonized??
mom

Assuming we're talking about the same photos (and I think we are), consider this.
First, the quality of the photos is not good, both technically and from the best angle and distance.They're simply not very clear.
I understood Ella's face to have  been marred by dirt, debris, or water and /or damaged by trauma.Bruised if you will.
Neither am I any authority on the Orthodox Church's definition of incorruptibility, but I'm fairly sure bodily harm from human_ caused or accidental trauma or injury doesn't count as corruption.
I would think decomposition equates to bodily corruption  but the photos, to my imperfect vision, don't show that clearly enough.

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What is known about the author Simon Sebag Montefiore?


Though I read them some years ago, I recall his books on Stalin were mighty good.

ps. Can that be you , Bear? It seems you've been on 'hiatus' a while.

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Ally is quite right. And that video, though brief, is well worth seeing. Also, OTMA's escorts are by proximity of relation  to the Emperor  after his uncles, as was customary in formal occasions of the monarchy. Thus: Olga/Mikhail (Nicholas' brother); Tatiana/Kyril V.(oldest uncle's eldest son; Maria/ Boris V. , second Vladimirovich  after Kyril V.;and Anastasia/ Dmitry Pavlovich, youngest uncle's only son.

I'm not sure if Andrei Vladimirovich was younger than Dimitry. I suspect so or there may have been some other reason for him not escorting.

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Good thoughts for Anastasia on her 115th. It must have been a wonderful day in 1901 at Peterhof for Nicholas, Alexandra , and her 'big' sisters.

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Alrighty then. Today is June 14th. Marie was born on this day in 1899.That was according to the Julian calendar in effect in Russia then and for centuries.Her entire family knew it as such, as did about 130 million of her countrymen and the Church into which she was born.June 14th is also the date I correctly and first learned of her blessed arrival. So...

Happy birthday and fond remembrances to "our" Marie, Mashka, Masha. Never really far from our thoughts.Her eyes "Marie's saucers" still beguile us from pictures and descriptions.

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Servants, Friends and Retainers / Re: Derevenko the Sailor-nanny
« on: June 12, 2016, 12:50:06 PM »
Very interesting. This means Derevenko cared for Alexei ,by my calculation, for well over  three quarters of the latter's brief life. And all that time would be what are considered formative years. It's unfortunate  from an historical perspective that neither he nor Nagorny survived to write or speak about the heir to the Russian throne, however long Alexei might have lived.

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Remembering...


Fond wishes and thoughts for  GD Tatiana.Somehow I see her true nature even in those two photos (top) of her younger little self.

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