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The Imperial Family / Re: Imperial Family Jewels
« on: September 25, 2017, 03:40:47 PM »
While browsing the web today, I happened to stumble on a digitized copy of "Russia's Treasure of Diamonds and Precious Stones."  I found myself lost in this fascinating catalog with its intriguing text and splendid photos (I'm supposed to be working :-) ). 

Here is the link:  https://archive.org/details/RussiasTreasureOfDiamondsAndPreciousStones

NOTE:  Pages can be turned by clicking on right page (to advance one page) and on left (to go back one page).  This feature seems not to work if you zoom in.

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News Links / Re: Iron Felix statue
« on: September 20, 2017, 01:41:29 PM »
I clicked on the link above, expecting to see some run-of-the-mill Soviet statue of Lenin, and was surprised to find instead a larger than life work of art whose splendid execution and remarkable beauty nearly subsumes its subject and ideology.  I can certainly understand why anyone would fall in love with it and want to possess and preserve it.

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Tatiana Nicholaievna / Re: Tatiana Photographs III
« on: September 04, 2017, 09:24:44 AM »
The above has got to be one of the most riveting photos I have seen.  There's something hauntingly beautiful about it.  Perhaps it's the  the hardness of the rock and Tatiana's facial expression, offset by the softness of Alexandra's elegant stance, profile, dress, and pensive look.  Thank you for posting, Ally.

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The Alexander Palace / Re: The children's playroom
« on: September 01, 2017, 02:41:48 PM »
What a delightful set of illustrations!  In the kitchen, may of the items shown are still in use today:  grater, mincer, carving knife, ladle, serving spoon.  A few other items are recognizable (match safe, for one) but not in widespread use anymore.

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Tsarskoe Selo Palaces / Re: Catherine Palace
« on: August 20, 2017, 01:48:09 AM »
Great aerials, Joanna.  They're all so very crisp and clear.  The fourth one (Alexander Palace) is especially fascinating, what with all the outward signs of restoration work currently taking place within.  Thank you for posting these photos.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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