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Offline Kalafrana

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Re: Who is ”old Jack”?
« Reply #150 on: June 21, 2012, 01:20:29 AM »
It is a lovely fun book.

we have Sir Pritchard Prune, 'who lived in the spacious days of Good Queen Bess, and was always trying to emulate the great men of his time.'

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Re: Who is ”old Jack”?
« Reply #151 on: July 05, 2012, 08:40:02 PM »
Cool.

I guess the mystery is now solved. Irene would have been Moretta's sister in law?

I took time but was worth the wait.

  Just a brief follow-up to this item that was under discussion.  It was purchased for VERY minimal $US by a family member and has gone into our private collection, along with with documentation on this topic from here on the Forum.  I expect that it would be decades before it appears again on the open market.                                                                                                                               Regards,   AP.
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"Old Jack" revisted
« Reply #152 on: August 09, 2013, 12:11:43 PM »
Just to say that in a batch of my latest archival material from GARF I found the following 5 greeting cards to Alix from Moretta.  The file was mistakenly marked as 5 letters from Queen Victoria of Sweden, so I was quite surprised when I found the file contained 5 postcards from Morreta who sighed her name as "Old Jack."

I haven't followed the thread on "Old Jack" for sometime so this may be old information, but I did want to share it with everyone as we all worked hard and long on identifying "Old Jack."


Alix postcard [front]


Alix postcard [back]


Moretta “Old Jack” postcard [front]


Moretta “Old Jack” postcard [back]


Moretta “Old Jack” postcard [front]


Moretta “Old Jack” postcard [back]

I hope everyone has had a nice summer. 

I will share an update on my progress with my book on the Empress's war relief work soon....best Griff 

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Re: "Old Jack" revisted
« Reply #153 on: August 09, 2013, 03:22:24 PM »
Outstanding finds, griff! There can be no doubt, "Old JacK' is out!
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Re: "Old Jack" revisted
« Reply #154 on: August 09, 2013, 09:36:12 PM »
That postcard is my very favorite photo of Alexandra. Has there ever been any record of how "Moretta" morphed into "Old Jack?"
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Re: Who is ”old Jack”?
« Reply #155 on: August 17, 2013, 08:52:34 PM »
The theory that it might have been Moretta seems the most plausible. Then again, as has been observed above, 'Jack' could have been anybody's nickname.   C.S. Lewis (Clive Staples Lewis) began to call himself 'Jack' when he was about four years of age, and the name stuck amongst his intimates for the rest of his life. I agree, however, with those who say that the card has an affectionately homely tone, which the Tsaritsa would have been unlikely to use with anyone whom she did not know well. Especially, I think, given her Victorian mores, she would not have used it for a man whom she knew only socially.

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Re: Who is ”old Jack”?
« Reply #156 on: August 18, 2013, 10:15:01 AM »
Thanks so much Petra.  I will post the information on this thread as well...best Griff

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Re: Who is ”old Jack”?
« Reply #157 on: August 18, 2013, 10:33:14 AM »
Just to say that in a batch of my latest archival material from GARF I found the following 5 greeting cards to Alix from Moretta.  The file was mistakenly marked as 5 letters from Queen Victoria of Sweden, so I was quite surprised when I found the file contained 5 postcards from Morreta who sighed her name as "Old Jack."

I haven't followed the thread on "Old Jack" for sometime so this may be old information, but I did want to share it with everyone as we all worked hard and long on identifying "Old Jack."



Alix’s postcard to Moretta (front)



Alix’s postcard to Moretta (back)



Moretta postcard to Alix (front)



Moretta postcard to Alix (back)



Moretta postcard to Alix (front)



Moretta postcard to Alix (back)

I hope everyone has had a nice summer. 

I will share an update on my progress with my book on the Empress's war relief work soon....best Griff