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I have the same problem with my scanner.  I've found covering it with a dark bath towel seems to make it work pretty well.

We all find ways to make technology work for us!


Wouldn't it be wonderful if someone on the AP Forum were to buy this book and share it with all of us who are facinated by the history of the Romanov dynasty?  As I understand it, the soviet government tried to buy back all copies of this publication when it first came out (I guess they had second thoughts about letting the world know their were selling their heritage).  I just know the picutres contained in it will be a treasure trove for documenting the Romanov Crown Jewels.  Sadly, I think once it is sold, none of us will ever get to see its contents.

If I had the money, I'd buy it and share it with the AP Forum.


Palaces in Moscow / Re: Neskoutchnoe Palace
« on: August 24, 2010, 09:51:27 AM »
Here's a fairly recent photo of the palace:


Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: Palace of Grand Duke Vladimir
« on: August 01, 2010, 09:24:11 AM »
Almost all palaces contain "Marital Staircase."  It was very uncommon for a married couple to share a bedroom and usually the husband's and wife's suites were on separate floors.  Check out the plans for the Yussupov palace and you'll see the staircase in Felix Sr.'s bedroom leading to his wife's suite.
Serge/Elizabeth's palace definitely had one--although I'm not sure that one was used! 


Glad to help--if we could only understand Russian!


On  the left below the video window are

См. видео
Скачать видео

Click on either one.  The top one plays it in the current window. The bottom one opened the clip in the Windows Media player on my computer.

Whenever I get to screens like this, I just click on various highlighted links to find one that works.


Palaces in Moscow / Re: Grand Kremlin Palace
« on: July 01, 2010, 09:22:15 AM »
Here's a plan of the main floor with some rooms idenitfied.


This was a fabulous video!  Lilianna, Thanks so much for finding it for us!



Thanks for sharing these wonderful plans & elevations!  They are really beautifully done.

If I only could read German, I would search the Archive for plans of the New Palace at Peterhof or the Livadia palace which are plans that seem impossible to locate.

Thanks again


Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: Palace of GD Alexei Aleksandrovitch
« on: May 26, 2010, 07:47:04 AM »
Could you give us more information on  "T. Malinin's book" on the palace?
I didn't know there were any books on it.

Having enjoyed Volume I immensely, I highly recommend it to those interested in the Imperial Family.  In addition to many details of the world of Tsarskoye Selo, there were many other gems of revelations (to me).  For example, I learned that Nicholas and Alexandra were encourage by the court to build their own new palace in Livadia at the sight of the burnt-down Oreanda.  Their reason for not doing so was given in the book as their desire to give Oreanda to Alexei to build his own palace there when he came of age.  I am looking forward to Vol 2 soooo much.


Palaces in the Crimea / Re: Other Romanov Crimean estates
« on: January 31, 2010, 07:25:52 PM »
Louis Comfort Tiffany  was a designer of stained glass products including many beautiful stained glass windows all over the world.  The term "Tiffany Lamp" refers to stained glass lamps that Tiffany's studio produced as table and ceiling lamps.  I don't believe there's a connection with Tiffany & Co., but I can't say that for certain.
More information can be found here:


The Alexander Palace / Re: Yakovlev's book: THE RIGHT WING
« on: December 25, 2009, 06:33:22 AM »
Here's Hau's watercolor of Nicholas 1's Study in the AP.
The cavalry figures are descriibed as plaster and papier-mâché. They also appear in Hau's watercolor of Tsarevich Alexander Nicholaievich's dresssing room in the Catherine Palace at TS.  It can be seen here

Bob G

Tsarskoe Selo Palaces / Re: The Lower Dacha (New Palace), at Peterhof
« on: December 24, 2009, 11:33:26 AM »
Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could somehow discover floorplans of the lower dacha.  I know there had been plans to rebuild it (I'm not sure if that is still going to happen) and hoped that as part of that process, the floorplans would be published and we would know exactly what the layout of the lower dacha was.  I still hold out a lot of hope that one of our Russian friends will be able to provide us with the plans from archives or books or other publications.
Happy Holidays to all!

Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: Private rooms of the Winter Palace
« on: November 23, 2009, 12:46:26 PM »
At the time of N&A the balcony shown would have been accessed through Nicholas' study.

The door probably gave access to the ground floor and the the cellars. It would give access to a variety of guest suites and the children's rooms which were on the ground floor of this wing.  Remember the ground floor was usually used in palaces for bedrooms and other "private" uses.  The cellars would actually be below the ground floor of the palace with the arched windows giving them light.


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