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Forum Announcements / Leaving...sorta!
« on: January 04, 2006, 03:02:23 PM »
Hi folks!

I've come to the conclusion that I just don't really have anything to openly contribute here.  And that's what a forum is all about.  I just feel like there are too many youngsters here and lately the only thing I've been doing is lurking anyway or posting colored photos and that's hardly constructive.  Lots of little bits are starting to bug me, but mostly it's just that I feel kind of... I dunno, like I can't do anything, I just have been reading and not really saying much that could contribute to an interesting discussion.  I won't delete my account or anything and I'll still be around, I just won't post; I'll be more of a lurker, which is what I've kind of been lately anyway!

I've met some great great friends on here and I'd like to thank Bob and Rob and all the wonderful mods for their hard work on this forum.  You guys rock!  :-*

Also school is starting up again and it's my last semester at community college before I transfer and because I am a total slacker--well--my grades are mediocre at best.  So I gotta try to will myself to actually work constructively on schoolwork for once in my life...

If anyone wants to contact me, you can PM and I think a good lot of you know my email address and AIM SN anyway.

Having Fun! / Color Photos XI
« on: November 15, 2005, 08:34:32 PM »
New topic, folks!  :-*

Having Fun! / Color Photos X
« on: October 16, 2005, 03:43:07 PM »
I thought it was time we started a new thread.

Carry on!

Technically her birthday would now fall on June 11. ;)

Anastasia Nicholaievna / Paper ball throwing...
« on: May 05, 2005, 01:37:46 AM »
Does anyone know where the story of Tatiana and Anastasia throwing paper balls from a window on the Declaration of War (August 2, 1914) came from?  I reallllyyy need to know. :D  I recall reading this somewhere...

This thread will contain all of the information about Marga Boodts and her claim to be the Grand Duchess Olga Nicholaevna.  Edited by Alixz 05/27/2009

Now this is a story that is truly a head-scratcher.  Marga claimed to be Grand Duchess Olga, rescued from the Ipatiev House through secret arrangements made by her mother.  She said that she was at prayer one day in a Church near the Ipatiev House (yes, I KNOW!   )  She was kneeling at a prie-dieu, praying away, when a young girl in "peasant dress" came and knelt at the prie-dieu next to her.  She whispered to "Olga" that they should exchange missals.  "Olga" handed hers over, and received the young girl's in turn.  Opening it, she read a short note telling her to go into the sacristy when she was done praying.  A little while later, she wandered over to the sacristy, where the young girl joined her.  They then exchanged clothes, and "Olga" -- now dressed as a peasant -- left with a pair of monarchist officers who were hiding outside the side door of the Church.  It was explained to her that her mother Alexandra had arranged through a series of secret notes, to effect "Olga"'s rescue because she knew that Alexei was not likely to live to adulthood, and therefore "the hope and future of the dynasty" rested on "Olga"'s shoulders.  The young girl had volunteered to die in "Olga"'s place, which she allegedly did on the night of 16/17 July.

The interesting thing about this Marga Boodts is that she tried to run this story twice, the first time in the 1930's, when she was arrested, charged with fraud, convicted, and expelled from France.  At this trial, her possible true identity as a minor Polish Countess was tentatively established -- though she might also have been a Dutch woman from Utrecht. She spent the war years there, living with apparent relatives. She then resurfaced in the late 40s or early 50's, this time in Italy, where she had some increased success with her story, convincing, for example, Prince Friedrich of Saxe-Altenburg of her veracity.

The conviction of the 30s haunted her to an extent, but ironically, she denied her identity as the 1930's Marga Boodts, all the while affirming her identity as Grand Duchess Olga.

There is a lot more detail about her, but this is the gist of the story.  There are two photographs of truly appalling quality that I have sent to Rob for him to kindly post.  They are photocopies from newspapers, one from the thirties, and one from the fifties.  I'm not one who sets a whole lot of store in photo-identity parades, but I am a little more confident in ruling her out as Olga than I am in ruling out AA as Anastasia -- because Olga had an outstanding physical feature in her prominent forehead, which I am pretty sure is missing from both these pictures.


I never knew her "story" amusingly entertaining!  Didn't one of Irene's boys end up claiming he believed she was Olga (just like he said AA was AN)?

Their World and Culture / Russian and European Court Dresses
« on: September 02, 2004, 05:49:05 PM »
Does anyone have any photographs of Olga and Tatiana from 1913, when the court gown photographs were taken? I've got a few and they're all of rather poor, small quality and I'd love to see something where one can see all the details on the gowns and the jewelry and whatnot.  :)

Tatiana Nicholaievna / Tatiana's regiment
« on: August 02, 2004, 01:40:10 AM »
Does anyone know when Tatiana got her regiment?  I recall reading that Olga's was given on her nameday (July 11) in 1910 at fifteen.  So would Tatiana have gotten hers in 1912 on her nameday, which I believe was in January?

How cute!  Does this Indigo store have a website where one could order stuff online? :)

Marie Feodorovna / Marie Feodorovna and her grandchildren
« on: May 31, 2004, 01:22:20 AM »
What was Maria Feodorovna's relationship with her grandchildren?  Did she see OTMA and Alexei often?  I'm curious since not much has been said about her relationship with them...

Olga Nicholaievna / Olga's cat Vaska
« on: February 14, 2004, 10:23:07 PM »
Anyone know what happened to Olga's kitty Vaska?

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