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Offline EmmyLee

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Imperial Locations: Then and Now
« on: December 16, 2008, 11:37:02 PM »
After spending much time debating on which forum to stick this in, I figured I'd go ahead and put it here. I thought it would be fun to compare photos of different Imperial locations as they were while the IF was alive with how they look now, whether or not the buildings or whatever was there still exist. I'm thinking of photos taken at approximately the same place as the originals.

Here are a few I've collected:








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Re: Imperial Locations: Then and Now
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2008, 08:42:54 PM »
I've seen several of these photos in Peter Kurth's "Tsar - The Lost World of Nicholas and Alexandra".  How fascinating!  There are two that captivate me - the one you exhibit of the stairs where the Empress is walking down with her daughters, accompanied by that same location today only with greenery; and one taken of Nicholas II and Tatiana on a bridge in Tsarskoe Selo during captivity, accompanied by the photo of that same bridge now.  It is so eerie and fascinating to think "They sat/walked/stood right there!"  Oh yes, and the one of the balcony where Nicholas and Alexandra stood to announce the declaration of war.  I want to go stand in the square and look up at that balcony just like the people did almost a hundred years ago.

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Re: Imperial Locations: Then and Now
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2008, 10:28:50 PM »
Oh, I forgot about those ones! I agree. I like looking at photos of the sites now and thinking about how they were there.

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Re: Imperial Locations: Then and Now
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2008, 02:45:23 PM »
I love your photos EmmyLee...Thank you! Thread is good.

During war and now around Mogilev. Said to be same place.


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Re: Imperial Locations: Then and Now
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2008, 02:48:13 PM »
This is amazing topic! I hope to see some more comparism pictures soon!

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Re: Imperial Locations: Then and Now
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2008, 08:38:44 PM »
Oh my...EmmyLee...those last two photos you added to your original post sent chills up my spine...the place looks haunted.

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Re: Imperial Locations: Then and Now
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2008, 03:31:10 AM »
Has anyone noticed the hooks on the central balcony of the Winter palace ? They used to hang the Imperial standard from these hooks. If one looks at the photograph of Nicholas and Alexandra on the balcony, at the declaration of was in 1914, you will see the Standard hanging from these very hooks. The hooks are still there !.
I am facinated by small details like this, especially when one can compare them to old photographs.
Also the Winter Palace Theatre. If one compares the old photographs of the famous Ball given there By N & A ( 1904?) and compare them to pictures we see of the theatre now, one can match up the pillars by the graining in the marble. 

Same with the bridge in the English park at Tsarskoe, ( the one referred to before). One can almost compare the chips and marks in the stone !
I would one day like to sit right where they did. One can do this by the pattern in the wrought iron railing behind them.

I guess its a bit obsessive, but I always see small things like this, somehow they speak volumes !


       

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Re: Imperial Locations: Then and Now
« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2008, 08:13:22 AM »


Also said to be taken at the same place... ;D

Costime Ball - 1903, and I also would love to visit all places where IF were.


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Re: Imperial Locations: Then and Now
« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2008, 09:20:37 AM »
Pavlov, I definitely agree. I would love to walk around the AP's park and take photos of the palace's exterior and compare them with vintage photographs. The same goes for the park itself. I really enjoy all the little details around there.

Nena, those are some good ones!

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Re: Imperial Locations: Then and Now
« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2008, 01:45:51 PM »
Thank you! I do also enjoy n those detalis!

Tobolsk:



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Re: Imperial Locations: Then and Now
« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2008, 02:54:36 PM »
Nena,

Wow! That's an amazing photo of the present day Governor's mansion in Tobolsk. I didn't even realise it was still standing, much less in such fine shape. It seems it's been worked on since 1918 obviously but it's still very evocative of that time.
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Re: Imperial Locations: Then and Now
« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2008, 03:57:00 PM »
Nena,

Wow! That's an amazing photo of the present day Governor's mansion in Tobolsk. I didn't even realise it was still standing, much less in such fine shape. It seems it's been worked on since 1918 obviously but it's still very evocative of that time.

Somewhere around here there are more contemporary photos of the Governor's mansion, including a few interiors. Try the Final Chapter threads. And if you don't have any luck, PM me -- I'll send mine to you.
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Re: Imperial Locations: Then and Now
« Reply #13 on: December 25, 2008, 10:41:14 PM »
This is what history is really about. Going to the same place someone went or where something happened is the real thing. I went to Fall River and took a tour of Lizzie Borden's house. After reading Victoria Lincoln's wonderful book "Murder By Daylight", I knew where everything in that house was, but to actually see it made it more real. I also went to Newport, Rhode Island and Hammersmith Farm, JFK's summer Whitehouse. I walked the grounds where "their" wedding reception had been. I sat on the stairs where JFK took a family portrait in front of the family's grandfather clock.
If and when I get to St. Petersburg, I intend to spend a week in Pusking at the Alexander Palace walking the same grounds they walked. Then St. Petersburg, the Winter Palace, Rasputin's Apartment(with Police reports in hand) and that quay where Alexandra and the Grand Duchesses boarded the Imperial Launch.
That is transcendant.

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Re: Imperial Locations: Then and Now
« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2009, 02:12:02 AM »
I don't know how you post images from ImageShark ....is this OK?








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