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Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: Sheremetev Palace
« on: December 20, 2018, 11:07:51 AM »
Joanna, the exterior woodwork, interiors, instruments, and furnishings are all very beautiful.  Thank you for posting this launch pad for some research.

Having Fun! / Re: Rare Pictures XIII
« on: December 18, 2018, 11:04:07 AM »
Almost all are new to me.  Love the attempts at colorization!

Beautiful portrait.  She and her sister Empress Alexandra certainly shared many physical traits.

Olga Nicholaievna / Re: New Monument to Olga Nikolaevna
« on: November 08, 2018, 09:46:07 AM »
This post has got to be one of the most riveting I've read in a long time.  The beautiful monument, and the moving story behind it, lift Grand Duchess Olga out of the pages of history books and breathe fresh life into her memory.  Thank you for posting, Dru.

From time to time since 2010 I track the possibility of a restoration of the monarchy in Russia and have some interesting news to report.  In 2010, general support for a restoration was roughly 28%.  In just three years that figure climbed to 33%, where it stands today.   According to an Izvestia poll in 2017, support among the young is 37%.  These are not insubstantial percentages.

Suprisingly, there is a Monarchist Party in Russia, registered and licensed in 2012 and currently with 47 branch offices scattered throughout Russia.  Add to this a resurgence of interest in Russia in the former Imperial family, and Romanovs routinely traveling to Russia to participate in official State ceremonies.  None of this would have been imaginable until fairly recently - certainly not before 1991.

Given the above, restoration of monarchy in Russia within our lifetimes is not beyond the realm of possibility.  And Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna has made it quite clear, in interviews and in writings, that she stands ready to take the throne should a restoration come about, but only by popular referendum.

Olga Nicholaievna / Re: The Duma's Regency propsal
« on: October 02, 2018, 11:58:25 AM »
Ditto, Ally.

The Russian Revolution / Re: Bigotry as cause of revolution
« on: September 24, 2018, 10:58:01 AM »
Interesting and thought-provoking post.  In answer to your last question, I don't believe the violence of the Revolution can be attributed to any one cause.  Anti-Semitism and pogroms against the Jews during the Romanovs' 300-year reign certainly couldn't have worked in their favor during the Revolution, and can't have but exacerbated the violence.  But that was only part of it, and a small part at that.  For reasons that are well-known, revolution in Russia was inevitable.  But there was no peacefully "sitting down at the table" to achieve that.  1905 and resulting creation of the Duma proved that.  But the regime was still so entrenched and enough Russians continued to support it and resist change that violence, unfortunately, was the only way.

Having Fun! / Re: Getting dressed
« on: September 07, 2018, 09:20:06 AM »
Great videos of Elizabethan and Edwardian dressing!  All that lacing and hooking must have taken forever - and to think they went through that at least once a day. 

Having Fun! / Re: Coloured Pictures XXXVII
« on: September 05, 2018, 11:19:01 PM »
Beautiful colorization, Ally.  And congratulations on getting your Masters degree!

Having Fun! / Re: Russian Music
« on: September 03, 2018, 11:59:14 AM »
All of this is beautiful without even hearing it.  I cannot wait to get home from work and follow up on these posts with sound turned on.

Having Fun! / Re: Getting dressed
« on: August 27, 2018, 02:18:10 PM »
Interesting video.  I've never seen anything like it before.  The number of items put on and buttoned and laced up is amazing.  Of course it would all have to be done over again in reverse at the end of each day.  No wonder rich women had maids to help them dress.

The saga of Anna Anderson has got to be one of the quirkiest chapters of the 20th century.  It's amazing how DNA testing put the claims to rest, and reduced what might have been an enduring mystery to a mere footnote of history.

I clicked on the link, Page, and found myself at a post I looked at a few years ago.  Still it was nice to go back and re-watch - until I looked up at the clock and was horrified at how much time had passed!

I can't get the video Sledge posted of the visit to Romania out of my head.  It's clarity and length make it the best I've seen.  Among the details that haunt me are Olga and Tatiana formally bowing in turn to the queen (evidencing training as they were growing up), and the cheerful expressions on Tatiana's face as she chats with those around her.  Best of all is the end, when everybody rises.  Marie makes a beeline right for the baby in Olga's lap and snatches him up, underscoring everthing we've ever read about her love of children.  It's as though she couldn't wait to get her hands on that baby.

I hadn't seen the YouTube video before.  It's amazing, both in quality and content.  The arrival of the Russian imperial family in Constanta would have been enough, but my jaw dropped when I saw the two families gathered together.  I've seen only the photo - a group of personages frozen forever in one split second of time, with Olga seated and holding the baby in her arms.  I could never gaze at the photo without wondering what everybody did in the seconds that followed.  Therefore, seeing actual footage of that gathering was doubly startling, and quite a pleasant surprise.  Thank you for posting.   

Tatiana Nicholaievna / Re: Tatiana Photographs III
« on: August 10, 2018, 11:55:29 PM »
Great candid shot!  BTW, is that an automobile parked in the background? 

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