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Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: Winter Palace Plans & Lists
« on: October 19, 2016, 01:28:57 PM »
Thank you for posting the three floorplans, Joanna.  They certainly help to put the palace layout in much clearer perspective.

BTW, the other day I happened upon your blog and decided to check it out.  Well, I became so engrossed in it that I completely lost track of the time and was surprised to look up at the clock to find that over an hour had passed.  The history and photos in it are fascinating - with much of it new - and it's easy to navigate.  I'll definitely go back to it.

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: Whaaaat?
« on: October 18, 2016, 02:37:32 PM »
This reads like an emission from today's National Enquirer, or even respected newspapers rushing an article to print without confirming facts.  It's clearly a rumor, one of many constantly swirling about the Imperial Family - especially during the turbulent year of 1905.  Whether it be 1905 or 2016, the publication of such unsubstantiated drivel is irresponsible at best.  Take it with a grain of salt.

Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: Private rooms of the Winter Palace
« on: October 04, 2016, 11:11:32 AM »
Absolutely riveting post about Alexandra's wardrobe, Joanna, and the senseless looting of it in 1917.  Has the wardrobe been put back in order and is it still there? 

Thank you for posting.

A splendid thread.  Thank you, Bryndis, for posting these fascinating photos.

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Did Alexandra get along with other children?
« on: September 25, 2016, 04:04:34 PM »

Reading the original question brought this photo of Alexandra and Lili Dehn's son Titi immediately to mind.  She's looking so tenderly at the baby that she's clearly not unhappy to be holding him.  In fact, it looks like she's cooing at him.

Having Fun! / Re: Coloured Pictures XXXVII
« on: August 25, 2016, 08:41:06 PM »
These are gorgeous, Ally.  You have a knack for bringing the black & white photos to life.  I love looking for details you bring out with color - details I've never really noticed while looking at the original photos.  For example, you've done an amazing job on the carved gilt frame and upholstery of the Tsar's chair in the group photo.  My eye lingered there for quite some time.

The Alexander Palace / Re: The Horse Tomb of the Tsars
« on: August 08, 2016, 01:55:02 PM »
Awesome, Joanna!  This certainly helps put the location of the cemetery in perspective.

In the video, from 1:00 on, there is an animal running along the dirt road from the back of the cemetery to the brick building. It must be a large dog I imagine is frightened by the helicopter [?} flying directly above.   :)

Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: Private rooms of the Winter Palace
« on: August 05, 2016, 12:38:59 PM »
I was surprised to read of "silver chamber pots of Nicholas II's daughters."  I've always been under the impression that they relied exclusively on "modern" indoor plumbing.  Under what circumstances would they have used chamber pots?

Tsarskoe Selo Town / Re: Aerial Photos of Tsarskoe Selo
« on: May 23, 2016, 02:54:07 PM »
These are absolutely fascinating, and put a lot into clear perspective.  Thank you so much for posting, Joanna.

The Alexander Palace / Re: WWII damage and use of the palace
« on: April 27, 2016, 12:41:02 PM »
Joanna, I had not seen this thread.  The photos are astonishing - especially that of boxes of treasures stored in the library.  Thank you for posting these hauntingly eerie pictures.

The Yussupovs / Re: Photos of Felix Yusupov
« on: April 12, 2016, 02:18:58 PM »
I, too, really like this photo.  All three are at ease and look so unposed.

BTW, with all the magnificent backdrops these - and other aristocrats & royalty - had at their disposal in any of their palaces, I'm always surprised to see a studio shot like this one.  Could it be that, while out and about, they happened upon a photography shop and, on a whim, popped in to have their photo taken?

Imperial Russian History / Re: Safer to be an Empress?
« on: April 03, 2016, 08:44:01 PM »
Given the heavy security surrounding both tsars and empresses, I would say both were always at great risk of assassination.  Perhaps it seems that tsars were more at risk than empresses because there more of them.

Nicholas II / Re: Was the Tsar Nicholas II Right or left Handed
« on: March 16, 2016, 11:43:32 AM »
A picture says a thousand words.  Judging from this one of the Tsar dining, I'd say he was right-handed.

Having Fun! / Re: Coloured Pictures XXXVII
« on: December 29, 2015, 11:38:29 PM »
I, too, especially like the picture of Maria.  You've managed to imbue the girls with such naturalism that I feel as though I'm literally watching them, and the surroundings with such stark clarity that I can practically feel and smell the air. 

Tsarskoe Selo Palaces / Re: War Damage of Tsarskoe Selo and Peterhof
« on: December 26, 2015, 07:19:14 PM »
These pictures are horrifying.  (I wonder if colorization would make them even more so.)  That anybody could destroy such beauty and splendor for any reason is incomprehensible.  I can only hope that all involved in such destruction are dead and gone.  Meantime, kudos to Russia for its patience and determination in restoring these nearly lost palaces.

BTW, why did my post count stop at 202? 

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