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Having Fun! / Re: First Romanov Book you read
« on: January 23, 2006, 03:02:07 PM »
Ditto with ZarevnaOlga ;

Mine was Anastasia's Album.  And now, I still
await MY own hardback copy to finally
clear customs from Canada.  The earlier copy
had been a University checkout.

---Major Jesse Carnes
   16010th Composite Squadron  
   United States Air Force--Aux

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Duplicate Books
« on: January 23, 2006, 07:26:11 AM »
hi  Koloagirl [Janet] ;

re :  "The Holy Grail" of Romanov books :

I went ahead and wrote you at your edress.
They seemed to have at least one or two copies
left at a POSTED price of 8.53 Eurs / or about $10.48.
The site is in German.

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Duplicate Books
« on: January 20, 2006, 01:41:08 PM »
Sorry--i misquoted the title :  

I SHOULD have said :   N&A : TFA


Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Duplicate Books
« on: January 20, 2006, 01:39:15 PM »
Dear Laura . . .  et al on this BOOK thread ;

I just now went back [online] to that book vendor
and there seems to be at least one more copy left
of Prince Michael's A&N:TFA  monograph available
for 8.53 Eur  [ about $11.35].

--Maj. Jesse

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Duplicate Books
« on: January 20, 2006, 01:10:35 PM »
Hi all at the Alexander Palace ;

Regarding the monograph :  Nicholas and Alexandra : the
Family Albums  . . .  I found and bought a copy in GOOD condition  in Germany through a vendor and the cost was about $16 dollars and about $18 for shipping.  WORTH IT!!  
The hardest part was translating the German.  *whew*

If anyone one is interested in this book, write to me privately and I will give you the FAMOUS vendor's name, as i am not sure if the RULES of the Alex Palace permit me to namedrop the name of book vendors.

---Maj. Jesse Carnes

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Duplicate Books
« on: January 18, 2006, 01:52:03 PM »
hi Laura ;

Very kind of you to offer, but that is 300 images.
I will simply keep on trying.  


PS : In passing,  unlike the
old myth which intermittantly pervades isolated areas of Europe or Asia, not everyone in America is affluent.  
Some do struggle, despite advanced educational
attainment, etc.

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Duplicate Books
« on: January 18, 2006, 11:48:45 AM »
Dear all ;

As of this writing, I now have gone through FIVE book vendors and--regarding
Nicholas and Alexandra : the Family Albums-- they have
ALL baited and switched me.  I am discouraged and can't
afford to buy a $19 book for $125-$2800 dollars.
This is a SIN!!    If I could have any foto-rich book on the
IF with the best fotos of their faces, THIS would be it.

I suppose everyone here already knows that the Russian govt, back in 1990 gave Prince Michael of Greece [author of the book] permission to pour through ALL 30 of the
leather-bound, imperial-seal embossed  foto albums of
the IF and he chose 300 of the best to make this book.
A bleedin' shame it is . . .  and I found--by the way--as
a matter of a TEST--that  the vendors DO have the book,
in the case of the more expensive  asked prices.  *sigh*
This book is obviously SINE QUA NON for anyone who wants primo fotos of the I.F.'s faces.  If I were going to
cast for a movie--say for a title like "The Kitchen Boy," I would refer primarily to this book.   Oh well . . .


Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Duplicate Books
« on: January 18, 2006, 10:53:38 AM »
Thanx Chrissy ;

I appreciate your kind help.  
Still---it's a crying shame that a book
that 4 book vendors currently [today 18 Jan 2006]  ALLEGE to sell for $18-$24 are sending me to either different books or to copies of that Romanov book but for an inflated price.   Brigands, blagards, and blighters!!   Grrrrrr!!


Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Duplicate Books
« on: January 18, 2006, 07:20:57 AM »
Hi  ;

I am Major Jesse Carnes.
I have been working with books at a University Library for the past 18 years and if anyone is trying to find a RARE or out-of-print book on the Romanovs, please email me.   I have the URLS for rare and out-of-print vendors.   I also assume that most of you are WAY ahead of me, since I am a newbie on the Romanov discussion net.   Anyway, let me know if you run into difficulties finding a rare Romanov book.

By the way, in passing, I was looking for an original copy of the 1913 Tercentenary of the Romanovs.  HARD to find!   Also, there is a rare book on the Romanovs with scarce-to-find family fotos--written and published by a certain Prince (?) of Greece.   Only one copy was found and they wanted $700 + dollars.  Eeeek!!


Having Fun! / Re: Favorites and Least Favorites
« on: January 13, 2006, 10:13:33 AM »
Oy,  RussiaSunbeam1918 ;

Maj. Jesse Carnes here.  I wanted to  send you a reply
to something you said, but I wanted to write to you
personally, rather than to the entire list.   When I simply attempted to reply, I was cyber-told that I had to set up a mailing accout.  WHY?   I have 4 email addresses and would rather not set up another.
My email is
How does one reply to people privately other than procuring each other's email address?

warmly and cheers now mon ami  ;


Having Fun! / Re: Why are we so fascinated by the Romanovs?
« on: January 11, 2006, 01:41:29 PM »
Hi Laura ;
Yes--that would be ever so nice of you, if you would like to scan a wee bit of your copy of that tome.
i appreciate it, mon ami.


Having Fun! / Re: Why are we so fascinated by the Romanovs?
« on: January 10, 2006, 03:16:09 PM »
hi ---Maj. Jesse Carnes here.
It this proposed THREAD is passe, please direct me to the
old thread, as i cannot find it.

I wanted to say that I have learned about 50 time the amount of information about the Romanov family--in the last 4 weeks--than all of my years of research combined.

I said ALL of that to say this :  It has had a deep emotional impact upon me.  In fact, it has brought me to tears several times.    I was once a boy scout and then learned that Alexei was Russia's 1st Boy Scout.   That REALLY got to me.   Reading the children's letters to their parents created moments filled with pathos and emotions as well.    

Add to this, at the present time, I know a Russian family who live in St Petersburg Russia.  The dad is a computer geek  [and a SUPER one at that].  His wife is a piano professor and their son Sasha is a young teen harpist.    
In the process of researching, I saw a link from the St Petersburg site (which mentioned Alexei being Russia's 1st Boy Scout) that directed the readers to Sasha's musical site.   Caught off guard, I was emotionally beside myself.   Now, I REALLY want to go to Russia, and become a part of that culture [even though I am Scottish, ethnically].  

Point:  the past 4 weeks of Romanov research have really DRAWN ME into a world of innocence, gaiety, love, commitment, feisty humour, as well as pathos, sadness, and ultimately tragedy so great that  it is easy to have images on one's mind of their whole existance from the 1894 marriage, to the birth of the girls to Alexie's 1904 birth, their Standardt trips, Crimea vacations, and sitting around Ts-S pasting  snapshots into photo albums, the entire house reeling in vicarious pain listening to Alexei scream in pain, etc etc.

It truly is a LARGER-THAN-LIFE story . . .  it brings tears to my eyes as I write this.    That's all I wanted to say :  that for me, it has produced a WAVE and FLOOD of emotions.
I just CAN'T get over how SAD it was at the end.  If anyone wants to discuss this in private  [email me] then my email address is shown.   If this topic is a wee bit too maudlin for good taste, then I ask the forgiveness of the Discussion Borard's directors.   I had to at least say what I did, even if this  is as far as this thread goes.


Having Fun! / Re: If you could...
« on: January 06, 2006, 03:20:22 PM »
If I could spend one day with ONE of the Romanov family members, it would be with Nicholas, himself.  Why?
Well, in some cases to get or SAVE the entire group, one must do something strategic with ONE of the members.
Yes, I would be talking about going back in time, as has been already mentioned.   A good year would be about 1911.

If i could go back in time, I would pre-pare in such a way as to  know WHEN the Tsar and Family were going to be at home at Tsarkoe-Selo and not away on the Standardt or in the Crimea, etc.

If I could obtain an introductory access to the family in a
formal way, then in order to obtain a more intimate meeting, certain things would have to be done--spectacular  but SAFE things.   If successful, I would permit myself to be thouroughly search by the palace personnel and then if received by the Tsar, then I would speak to him in English, and show him some modern things so that he would listen to me in a more SERIOUS way.  

My intial "bag of technological tricks" to be reviewed by the Tsar would be :

1.  a cigarette lighter

2.  a new telephone for his consideration, but I would have
two fully-charged battery operated wireless portable phones to demo for him.

3. a battery-operated laptop with floppy disc presentations of the Romanov family and their demise, as well as floppy recorded presentations on medical advances in a plastic anemia and hemophilia.  

4.  a battery-operated CD player with headphones and a CD of Johann Strauss waltzes and Petr Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto no 1 in B-flat.

5.  a book in colour published in the 1990s on the Romanov family with modern fotos of Tsarko-Selo as well as personal fotos from their THEN family that had YET to be distributed into public access.

If the Tsar saw that I was not a magician or into the occult, but had presented HIGH technology from the future, then if he gave me his ear---albeit ASTONISHED ear, then it would be time for me to suggest the following to him :

"Your Imperial Majesty, to avoid your family's demise, please consider this :

a)  this week, go the 15 miles to St Petersburg and form a truly representative legislature and make the Monarchy a Constitutional one like your cousin Geo V has in Britain.

b)  Avoid, avoid, avoid getting into World War I in 1914 against your cousin Willy in Germany.

c)  When you and your family take your summer cruise in July on the Standardt, go over to England for a week "holiday" and set up an escape plan with your cousin, George V IN ADVANCE.    Ingratiate him in some sort of honourable way so that--in the future-- if you FAIL to do what  I have suggested concerning setting up a Constitutional Monarchy and avoiding World War I, then George would permit you ASYLUM and permit you all to come over to England on the Standardt--or another pre-arranged means so that you can have a "fail-safe" should all else fail.

That is what I would do, if I had one day to spend with one Romanov.

The Imperial Family / Re: Languages of NAOTMAA and how they sounded
« on: January 04, 2006, 03:25:44 PM »
I am  Maj. Jesse Carnes---a newbee on the block.
To be sure, I am confident that someone else in this
discussion forum has already stated this,
but here goes, notwithstanding :

I am surprised as much as Nicholas loved autos,
and grammophones  [and other high-tech thingsof the day--say 1913] that he had never decided to do something a bit daring, and have an EDISON recording made of his voice, his wife, OTMA, and Alexsi.

It would have been wonderful to have heard their
voices and with modern digital re-mastering techniques,
their voices could have been heard in natural, full-fidelity

Having Fun! / Re: Why are we so fascinated by the Romanovs?
« on: January 04, 2006, 02:38:46 PM »
Hi ;

I am Maj. Jesse Carnes--the new kid on the block.
I have been researching the Romanov family [the lastruling family, that is] for about 3 weeks.

Specifically, WHY do we find the Romanov's so fascinating?
Many of you said some intriguing and interesting things
that had credibility.   It is indeed a bit larger than life.

I am responding mostly to Holly in this case.  So, my wee opinion just let me say that they had a presence of being
TOUCHABLE, REAL, Truly Human, Humorous as opposed to our stereotypes of stiffshirted Royals.  Lastly, each family member had a distinct personality, and for about 95% of the time it was admirable qualities.   When I met a person who knocked my socks off--who impressed me so much that I was almost beside myself, I would oft wonder :  Would i like to be that person's BEST friend . . .  or if it were
possible, would I rather be THEM?  

In specific :  OTMA's bond of friendship amonst one another [despite differences] was heart-warming.  The Czar's EASY disposition and oft humorous reaction to his kid's anctics was also inspiring.  Anastasia's wicked and lightning-speed sense of humour was simply hysterical and in itself worthy.
Alexsi's sickness and pain did one thing for him :  it SOFTENED and humbled him and made him a compassionate and meek person [meek = self-controlled, as opposed to arrogant and self-aggrandizing].   The entire Imperial family also suffered with Alexsi and were softened into KINDER and more Compassionate persons.   This quality even made the Czarina's ill-fated spiritual-attachment to Rasputin almost completely overlook-able.  

Add to this,  the family did not ROLL in their wealth.  They were FRUGAL as far as Royals go and the Empress helped thousands of starving and needy people out of her own
means.   Alexsi and OTMA were also compassionate and had a felt desire to help the masses of Russians in need, and there were many, no doubt.

They rose above their own suffereings.   Let me illustrate :
the SUN in the sky will harden clay into pottery, whereas it will also soften and MELT wax.   One person faces difficulties and becomes bitter and hardened, whereas the same difficulties will cause another person to RISE above their pains, only to be transformed into a kind, humble, giving and caring person,

So, as a result, the Imperial family were kind, compassionate, often hysterically funny, and low-profile-and-humble.   Yes, one is helplessly drawn to them and we do wish that they were still with us, but without Alexsi's sicknesses or their tragic end.  Just my wee opinion.  Their lives, hopes and dreams were noble, timeless and everlasting---just like their  spirits.  We ALWAYS want to draw close to such Folks, do we not?

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