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Having Fun! / Re: Operation Rod of Iron: AU fic
« on: August 13, 2018, 05:56:41 PM »
Don't forget Armand Hammer, who met with the Soviets and was given contracts and who served as the conduit to raise Western cash for the USSR by importing and selling off Romanov memorabilia and Imperial Russian antiques from the Soviet Antikvariat. "The Hammer Galleries" toured department stores all across the US in the 1920s and '30's.

Some guy posted to the Facebook Romanov News group just recently that he was STILL pursuing Eugenia Smith's claim despite the DNA, and he refers to her as "Evgenia Smetisko"!

My Russian is not good enough to translate. I do however know that the "accent" is not at all all "foreign". It is aristocratic Russian of the Imperial Era. I had a "Tante" born to a noble family in Moscow in about 1905 or so. Her Russian had the very same accent. Paul Kulikovsky is on Facebook, and you might want to message him and ask him for details.

Q&A and Interviews / Re: . How do I change my email address?
« on: July 28, 2018, 10:30:51 AM »
Yes, in your profile.

The Imperial Family / Re: The Romanovs as artists
« on: July 21, 2018, 06:30:15 PM »
Be aware that the link goes to an article that is available only to paying subscribers. I have a close friend of many years who is part of the Romanov family and contributed to the piece, and put other member in contact as well.

Having Fun! / Re: I got a new cat: Tatiana!
« on: July 21, 2018, 04:45:38 PM »
We got a puppy and about two months later adopted 2 kittens. A second puppy came a year later. Because they grew  up together they adored each other. One or both cats was often snoozing happily curled up next to one of  the dogs. Never had a problem between them for 13 years.

I translated Volkov and published it here on the AP site back in 2004.

The Imperial Family / Re: Tatiana Konstantinovna Escaping Russia
« on: May 05, 2018, 05:37:36 PM »
According to a Russian Orthodox site devoted to members of the Imperial Family and their relationships to the Church:
Aide-de-camp Alexander Korochenzov serving to the Grand Duke Dmitri Konstantinovich, helped Tatiana and her young children to escape from Russia. They were fortunate enough to flee to Switzerland. Tatiana decided to marry Alexander Korochenzov, who saved her and her children’s life in fact.

   In October 1921, they married in Geneva. Not quite three months later, however, Tatiana became a widow for the second time when Alexander died in Lausanne… Tatiana raised her children alone, and tried hard to give them good education granting independence.

"not easy to find the directions" to post photos? HUH??? The SECOND PINNED POST in "New Users Read First Please" is "POSTING PHOTOGRAPHS". "Not easy to find"??  Seriously??

Imperial Transportation / Re: Cars
« on: April 17, 2018, 01:15:26 PM »
Impossible. There were no self propelled vehicles that early. A cabriolet is a type of horse drawn carriage.

Having Fun! / Re: Operation Rod of Iron: AU fic
« on: March 13, 2018, 03:42:47 PM »
The first telephone installations in Russia were made by the American Bell System in the early 1890s, which charged an incredible $2,500 for each new installation.  The Bell company's contract expired in 1901, and the Russian telephone system was taken over by the Swedish Ericsson Company.  By the beginning of World War I most Russian cities had some kind of telephone service, and it was possible to telephone from St. Petersburg to Moscow, with long distance service to most major cities.  By 1911 there was a total of 181,000 telephones in all of Russia.

Nicholas II / Re: Infant Brother Alexander
« on: March 09, 2018, 11:12:44 AM »
Google is a great tool. He wasn't an infant, George Alexandrovich was 18 when he died.

Lenin's Rolls Royce cars were not from the Imperial Garage. Nicholas II's three RR Silver Ghosts were kept in the Livadia garage, there were none in the Tsarskoe Selo garages.

Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Anastasia Pictures V
« on: March 02, 2018, 10:22:10 PM »
Serious illness was far more common then. People didn't discuss it as much for the same reasons we don't talk about having the flu.

I must add to this
The Russian Revolution really shook up King George V he blamed it mainly on Alexandra not his friend Nicholas II

At this time 1917 England had a new PM David Lloyd George. To put it mildly he and King George V didn't get along very well during the WW I years.

As for Queen Mary nobody ever refered to her as the beloved Queen Mary. Being German didn't help in 1917 England where anti-German feeling were running high

In 1917 England there was a lot of anti-government feeling . People were accusing King George V of being disloyal ect. Hence the name change to Windsor.

Out of interest how well did George know Alexandra? Everybody knows the closeness between George and Nicholas, due to their mothers being sisters, and the holidays and Denmark. But we also know a lot of Alexandra visiting England, especially after her mother died. I don't know the years of George's traveling, as a school boy and as a naval officer, but surely they saw some of each other. And even then he would have heard family talking about her in person and correspondence. After all she almost became his sister-in-law!

So they weren't super close and being different genders makes it all different but still. I just find it odd that, as family, George couldn't absolve Alexandra just as he did Nicholas. Surely when he saw all the reports, facts and street gossip, from Ambassador Buchanan, George would know enough about Alexandra to say, "Oh poor Alicky. Somewhere along the way she lost her way, how terrible" just as he said "poor Nicky. He always had his heart in the right place and meant well." Instead he blames her for EVERYTHING, as if he believed every report and knew nothing about her.

When other family members talk you get almost the same tone as well. Sympathy and sadness for Nicholas and some sympathy but lots of scorn added in for her. I don't even think Marie Antoniette was that toxic among the foreign royals.

George and Alexandra were first cousins. Alexandra was one of Victoria's favorite grandchildren, and Alexandra spent a lot of time in England which included her own family. I have no doubt George being only 7 years older knew his cousin Alix as well as he did any of his other cousins.

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