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Re: The Diary of Olga Romanov: Royal Witness to the Russian Revolution
« Reply #30 on: May 02, 2013, 01:55:42 AM »
Today's never-before published diary entry https://www.facebook.com/notes/helen-azar/olgas-diary-december-26-1916/10151583198584834

That's the good news of the day! Thanks for this new tresure-entry!

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« Reply #31 on: May 02, 2013, 09:43:20 AM »
Neat stuff Helen!

Dumb question, and one I should probably know. But is/was it customary for people to refer to the times of day using 11 1/2, or 11 1/4, instead of 11:30, 11:15, etc, and when did things change over? I realize people often say "quarter of" or "half past" still today, but I guess I don't remember ever having read it numerically that way.

Olga went went back and forth in her diaries, as did her father... I guess it was just a matter of preference! :)  Sometimes they would use 11 1/4, for example; at other times it would be 11.15.

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« Reply #33 on: May 02, 2013, 11:56:04 AM »
Neat stuff Helen!

Dumb question, and one I should probably know. But is/was it customary for people to refer to the times of day using 11 1/2, or 11 1/4, instead of 11:30, 11:15, etc, and when did things change over? I realize people often say "quarter of" or "half past" still today, but I guess I don't remember ever having read it numerically that way.

Olga went went back and forth in her diaries, as did her father... I guess it was just a matter of preference! :)  Sometimes they would use 11 1/4, for example; at other times it would be 11.15.

Interesting. I wonder why the lack of consistency for something so basic as telling time. Oh those silly Russians with their time's of day and there old school calendars! :-)

What if something happened in her diary at, say 11:38. Would she have been compelled to write it as 11 19/30, or maybe 11.63? lol.

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« Reply #34 on: May 02, 2013, 12:39:35 PM »
I wonder why the lack of consistency for something so basic as telling time.

IMO, consistency wasn't really so high on the priority list in their diaries. Another example of inconsistency is that Olga would sometimes capitalize terms like "Vsenoshnaya" (a religious service) and at other times did not...  Often you could tell by the way she was writing that she was in a hurry and doing it fast just to sort of get it over with, as part of her duty to write in her diary every single day. At other times, she would go into a lot more detail, her handwriting looks more careful, and she would even mention her feelings here and there - unusual for royal diaries, which normally just record facts. So it probably all depended on her mood that day and what happened that day, and what she was recording. When you are reading the actual  written text of the diary as opposed to its published text, there is a lot more you can pick up on, it is a lot easier to "read between the lines", so to speak.

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« Reply #35 on: May 02, 2013, 12:45:26 PM »
What if something happened in her diary at, say 11:38. Would she have been compelled to write it as 11 19/30, or maybe 11.63? lol.

Actually she would probably have written 11.40 or 11.30 or 11 1/2 :)

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Re: The Diary of Olga Romanov: Royal Witness to the Russian Revolution
« Reply #44 on: May 16, 2013, 10:12:46 PM »
This thread is a great example of the fabulousness of AP forum...thanks Helen!

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