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Imperial Succession and the Throne / Re: Who is the rightful heir?
« on: April 29, 2004, 05:18:48 PM »
Never fear Johnny, it's never too late to respond to a subject which was brought up weeks, or even months ago. It brings all those posts back up near the top so new people can learn what has been going on here. But yes, JM as well as numerous others on this site have mentioned that it would be up to the Russian people on whether there would be a monarchy again.

Romanov and Imperial Russia Links / Re: Beautifull photographs
« on: April 28, 2004, 04:49:10 PM »
I just noticed these links.... all I can say is THANK YOU!!!! I love looking at pictures of the family... especially the early years of Dagmar, Alix, and Nicholas!

It would have been great to see the parks and gardens in all their glory. It's a shame that it was laid to waste after the revolution and the WWII. I'm glad some effort is being put into the restoration. ((Hmm, a summer job there sounds fantastic)

I never really thought about it until you said something, but now I realize that yes, it would be a great summer job. Heck, I'd give my right arm just to volunteer! But, that wouldn't pay the bills, so I'll just hafta stay in the US for now.... :( )

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Alexandra's Personal World
« on: April 27, 2004, 02:43:10 PM »
It was just her personal preference, I guess. I love Tchaikovsky, and am appalled by someone not liking his music. But then I remember that there are some kinds of classical music that I do not like... like opera, and really modern-sounding stuff, so I cannot hold it against her if she doesn't like some music.

The Alexander Palace / Re: What's in this Area
« on: April 27, 2004, 02:31:01 PM »
I'm not totally sure, but I think that was the Imperial entrance...since they did live in that wing. I imagine the rooms off to the side are coat rooms or guard points. The stairs would maybe be used by the children and the staff. But then again, I'm just speculating, so there could be other possibilities

After reading the above posts, one question came to me and I was hoping someone would know, because I certainly don't know much about testing and the such. Anyway, I am wondering if there is any way to test remains for hemolphelia. Would you need real blood, or would it be sufficient to use bone marrow, or whatever sample would be availabe on old bones? If it were possible, I think it would be interesting to find out if any of the grand duchesses carried the gene. I'm not saying that they should be dug back up to find out... just that it would be interesting.

The Hohenzollern / Re: Kaiser Wilhelm II
« on: April 22, 2004, 02:53:57 PM »
If he did indeed do so, I personally do not think he was stealing. They would be the possessions of the family whether everything had been nationalized or not.

Tatiana Nicholaievna / Re: Tatiana resembles Alix?
« on: April 20, 2004, 11:47:42 PM »
OTMA seem a bit ahead of their time.  I've read they kept their hair comparatively short during their house arrest and imprisonment--for ease, and it must have been far more comfortable during the stiffling days in Ekaterinberg.

The reason why their hair was shorter was because they all got sick with the measels, and they all had their heads shaved. There's a couple pictures floating around that shows them in all their glory. But yes, it must have been more of a relief to have all that weight off of their heads. As a side note, I wonder what Tatiana thought when her head was shaved the second time. She had just gotten it long enough to put it up again when it happened.

Tatiana Nicholaievna / Re: Tatiana resembles Alix?
« on: April 20, 2004, 10:38:45 PM »
During the Terecentury celebrations, Tatiana apparently drank bad water and got typhus and they cut off her hair.  So for those 1914 photos she has a super-stylish bob!

I find it kind of interesting that even back then, the water in St. Petersburg wasn't good. All I hear about St. Petersburg is "don't drink the water!" I can understand now, but until I found out about Tatiana's illness, I didn't even think that back then, there were bad sources flowing into the water supply.

Imperial Russian Antiques / Re: Forbes collection of Faberge
« on: April 20, 2004, 06:24:36 PM »
Anna, actually no, that one isn't mine, but that's where my idea came from. The house you are talking about would be too large and I'd have to reconfigure the lot size to make it fit. But I found the house in question to not be as historically accurate furnishing-wise as I wanted mine to be, so I've been going all around the web hunting for stuff. It's been pretty cool so far and Olga seems to like most everything, so that's good too. :)

Imperial Russian Antiques / Re: Forbes collection of Faberge
« on: April 20, 2004, 03:05:25 PM »
I don't know if this counts as a model, but I play the computer game Sims, and I decided to build the Alexander Palace as accurately as possible with all the most famous rooms and funishings as close as possible. The lot size was waaaay too small to make all the rooms be a functioning size for my royal Sim (I made an Olga Nikolaievna), so the most important rooms are spread out on both floors of both wings... yeah, not too accurate there, but what can you do? Just thought I'd share :)

Tatiana Nicholaievna / Re: Tatiana resembles Alix?
« on: April 19, 2004, 02:57:50 PM »
What a pity the girls were always dressed identically, even when they were quite grown-up! If they had have a possibility to develope their own taste and style, they would not have looked like some "Dionne Quints" (as four!)

When they came of age, they chose to dress alike. It's mentioned on the OTMA biographies on this site how when Olga turned 16, she was allowed to create her own wardrobe, but she chose to coordinate with Tatiana (who I imagine had better a better sense of style than Olga, and Olga knew this probably). A little unusual, but I just think it shows how close all the girls were.

But as to who looked like who, I think Tatiana had a mix of her mother and paternal grandmother. In the eye area, I can see traces of the Dowager Empress, and everything else is delicate looking, like Alix's features when she was younger.

Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Did Olga have Depression?
« on: April 19, 2004, 02:40:03 PM »
It may not be the genes, but maybe just the fact that she knew what was going on and there wasn't a whole lot she could do about it. From what I understand, her whole immediate family was blind (or unknowing) to the fact that they were in danger (during the war, and before their imprisonment), except for Olga. I know that would worry me endlessly, and along with the fact that there was really no one else to talk to about it, that would cause even greater distress. But then again, it could be the genes as well as other variables.

The Alexander Palace / Re: Alexander Palace interiors
« on: April 19, 2004, 02:28:50 PM »
I don't know if they did it during this time period, but I do know that back when corsets were at their peak (I have the American Civil War era in my mind), most women kept their corsets on all the time, save for bathing and clothes washing, even during the night. This was because of the belief that their figure would be better than if they took it off. I'm sure they loosened the laces when  going to sleep, but nonetheless, they stayed on. Anyway, they could have done this, though with all those jewels in there it couldn't have been fun.

Imperial Russian Antiques / Re: Postcards
« on: April 18, 2004, 11:14:17 PM »
While looking around on eBay a while ago, I ran across some postcards of GD Tatiana taken in 1910 so I clicked to see the listing and the picture, and it wasn't Tatiana... it was a picture of Olga taken in the same series! The publishers of the postcards misidentified her. And whoever was selling them didn't know the difference either (I emailed the sellers telling of the mistake). I just thought it was interesting, as well as a little disbelieving that no one checked to make sure that was who it was.

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