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Maria Nicholaievna / Re: Maria photos III
« on: August 09, 2017, 09:33:57 AM »
Nena, my thoughts exactly.  It looks like a cigarette at first glance, seemingly dangling from her lips like some street thug, but on closer examination I see it stops just short of her lower lip.  It could very well a defect in the photograph.

Tsarskoe Selo Palaces / Re: The Amber Room of the Catherine Palace
« on: July 19, 2017, 09:46:08 AM »
Joanna, the photo you posted in your link above is the first I've ever seen of the Amber Room with its windows.  It's stunning.  Thanks so much for providing this new perspective (at least for me) of this magnificent room.

What a fascinating pair of before & after pictures.  Both are taken from the same angle and are so clear that I could spend all day comparing the two.  It's amazing how little has changed.  Thank you for posting, Joanna.

Nicholas II / Re: Re: Photos of Nicholas II #5
« on: April 02, 2017, 05:49:21 PM »
In other news, Anastasia was found alive and well - and greatly aged - under an assumed name in a nursing home in Omsk.  Apparently, this discovery is being overshadowed by the much more exciting discovery of Nicholas II's hoard of gold.

The Final Chapter / Re: Street map of Ekaterinburg?
« on: April 02, 2017, 05:41:36 PM »
The second 1900 map actually shows the Ipatiev house.  Little did anyone know when this map was produced, to what use the house would be put 18 years later. 

Tatiana Nicholaievna / Re: Tatiana and Vladimir Kiknadze
« on: March 13, 2017, 10:46:44 AM »
Vladimir Kiknadze

There is a shadowy figure of a nurse just beyond the open doorway.  Judging from her posture, I'm wondering if it is Vera Gedroits. 

Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: Private rooms of the Winter Palace
« on: March 07, 2017, 09:25:48 AM »
Ditto Pers.  I have been sitting on the edge of my seat, just waiting to see pics of Alexandra's bathroom at the Winter Palace. 

I only hope they're more complete than the tantalizing peek through the doorway of her bathroom at the Alexander Palace - where all we can see is a sofa.

Tsarskoe Selo Palaces / Re: Catherine Palace Restoration
« on: March 01, 2017, 03:41:56 PM »
Absolutely stunning.

Tatiana Nicholaievna / Re: I think this is a fake item...
« on: March 01, 2017, 03:40:31 PM »
After reading the seller's description, we can now add tin to the list of materials used in Faberge's workshops. 

Seriously, I don't see anything about this bird made in Italy that would cause the seller - or anybody else - to embark upon such a flight of fancy re its provenance.

Tsarskoe Selo Palaces / Re: War Damage of Tsarskoe Selo and Peterhof
« on: March 01, 2017, 03:35:21 PM »
I hadn't seen the first photo before.  You can clearly see shrapnel damage to the columns of the gate, and the burned out shell of the palace beyond.  My God.

From what I've read, there were guards posted in the basement, particularly under under Nicholas & Alexandra's bedroom.  Every noise was recorded - including the sound of Alexandra's toilet being flushed upstairs.  When she learned of this, Alexandra - always painfully timid about her bathroom habits - refrained from using the bathroom until an hour when she knew there were no guards below.

News Links / Re: 1917. Romanovs & Revolution Exhibition Hermitage Amsterdam
« on: February 19, 2017, 08:38:03 PM »
Your description isn't at all clumsy, Sunbeam.  On the contrary, you describe the exhibition and the feelings it evoked so well that I can imagine myself there.  You are very lucky to have seen it.

Maria Nicholaievna / Re: Unkown paintings of the little pair
« on: February 18, 2017, 03:28:15 AM »
Pretty pictures, but the only resemblance I see is the softness in the eyes and face in the portrait purported to be that of Grand Duchess Marie.  Beyond that, the portraits just don't say Anastasia and Marie to me.  Perhaps it's the hair; the grand duchesses would not have had their hair up until they turned sixteen. 

The story itself about the origins of the portraits sounds highly romanticized, much like family stories in which gaps are filled in with likely scenarios in the retelling from generation to generation, and then accepted as fact.

Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Olga Photographs IV
« on: January 19, 2017, 10:02:33 AM »
What a delightful interpretation, GDSophie.  Reading it brought a smile to my face.  Thank you for posting!

Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Olga Photographs IV
« on: December 31, 2016, 11:07:44 AM »
What a fantastic photo!  I've NEVER seen this one before.  It's so hauntingly candid, I can't stop looking at it.  I love the Empire chair - so prominent in the photo.  And the coats Olga & Tatiana are wearing; are they not those we see in the famous 1916 film clip of the four grand duchesses gathered around their father with a horde of officers at Stavka?

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