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Offline Georgiy

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Papers past
« on: March 24, 2013, 01:04:35 AM »
I have spent an enjoyable hour searching through the papers past section of New Zealand's national library, which is basically digitised newspaper articles from years gone by.  Interesting to search for Romanov related articles. Lots of stuff about imminent engagements of Olga and Tatiana to eligible princes, a funny one about how plans to marry the Grand Duchesses off to Balkan princes means they are like white slaves, and this has caused hysteria and a mental breakdown in the Tsaritsa. Others include from 1918 reports that the Tsar, Empress and Tatiana have been shot, the Empress and 3 of herdaughters have been burnt to death, and all kinds of other stories about fake Grand Duchesses turning up. A story from 1916 about how GD Tatiana is being a fashion leader wither wartime dress sense and apparently she has stated she will only wear black until Russian victory etc.
the website to search within is www.paperspast.natlib.govt.nz

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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2013, 03:18:15 PM »
Interesting!
I've been reading old Icelandic newspapers as well.
One article from January 1918 had a silly rumour about Tatiana being able to escape to America where she wanted to become a dance teacher.

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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2013, 07:58:31 PM »
That's a good one. I think there were a number of stories about Tatiana ending up in America. I think there was perhaps an actual imposter and that could have been the start of the rumours.