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IlyaBorisovich

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Looking for photo of Olga
« on: May 14, 2004, 10:02:43 PM »
I'm new to this discussion board, but I've long been drawn to the story of the Romanovs.  My favorite family member is Olga.  I've long been searching for a photo I seem to recall seeing once in an old library book.  It's a photo of Olga standing on a rock, probably taken during one of the family's vacations in the Gulf of Finland.  I've looked through the albums at yale.edu and while I didn't find that particular photo, I did find many that seem to have been taken on the same trip, such as Olga standing with Anya Vyrubova and Alexandra.  I've recently ordered the Prince Michael book from ebay,  and am hoping a copy of Count Grabbe's book will come up again (the last two were sniped out from under me).  Does anyone know if this photo has ever been posted online or where I might find it?  I'd appreciate any info.

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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2004, 01:50:41 PM »
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I've long been searching for a photo I seem to recall seeing once in an old library book.  It's a photo of Olga standing on a rock, probably taken during one of the family's vacations in the Gulf of Finland.


Welcome, Ilya. Can you give us more details about the picture you seek? For instance, what was Olga wearing in the picture, was she a child or did she seem to be a young teenager or an older teenager (her hair was worn up after she was 16), etc.?

I seem to recall a photo of Olga that I saw also in an old library book years ago, she was maybe 14 years old and standing barefoot on a rock, wearing a white dress. I believe this was taken at the same time as one of Alexandra and Anna Vyrubova (if I remember correctly), also barefoot in white dresses standing on a rock along a coastline.

I have skimmed through my copy of Prince Michael's book and I'm sorry to say that I didn't find a photo of Olga on a rock there. However, it has many, many other beautiful and candid photographs that you will love!

IlyaBorisovich

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Re: The best picture book of the Romanovs
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2004, 07:41:07 PM »
Hello, Sarai,

The picture you're describing is exactly the one I remember seeing.  She was standing on a rock, wearing a white dress and was barefoot.  I seem to remember that she was facing the to the right of the picture, but looking at the camera and smiling.  I believe her hair was down, which would fit if she were only 14 or so.  The other photos of Anya V and Alexandra also fit, as I believe the photo was taken on the same trip as the one of Olga standing to the right of the reclining Alexandra and Anya.  I just wish I could remember the name of the book.  I remember that it wasn't a book of photos, but mostly text.  I think it might even have had the double eagle on the dust sleeve, but I'm not sure about that.  Anyway, at least I know now that this photo actually DOES exist, so I'm one step closer.  Thanks.

Ilya

Sarai_Porretta

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Re: The best picture book of the Romanovs
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2004, 12:16:08 PM »
Ilya,
I found a picture on the Beinecke site that matches the one I was thinking of, which you have already seen:
http://highway49.library.yale.edu/romanov/oneITEM.asp?pid=1001566&iid=1001566

I believe this picture was published in Massie's Nicholas and Alexandra. Now I am a little confused, as I don't know if it was this picture that I was thinking of originally or if there is another one of Olga just by herself from this same series. Well, I'll let you know if I ever find it, and good luck to you in your search.
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IlyaBorisovich

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Re: The best picture book of the Romanovs
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2004, 05:28:34 PM »
Sarai
First of all, thanks for all your help.  I have the photo that you posted the link to, but there is another from this same series of Olga by herself.  I now also remember that she was holding her skirt bunched up around her knees and looking like she would rather not have had her picture taken in such an awkward position, though still smiling.  It was an expression of bemusement, I recall.  I'll keep searching, and if I ever do locate it I'll try and post it here.  Thanks again.

Ilya

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Re: The best picture book of the Romanovs
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2004, 10:32:11 PM »
Ilya, I know it's been a while since you last posted, but Lanie is the webmaster for The Romanov Web and she has a lot of new pictures of Olga (and the other Grand Duchesses soon). There wasn't one of just Olga by herself, but there is one with her, Tatiana, and another lady (gosh, sometimes I'm horrible at IDing people...who is that? Anyone know?)... all three holding up their skirts and are ankle-deep in water on the beach. Here's the link
http://www.livadia.org/trw/olga/1904-1910/53.jpg
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Re: The best picture book of the Romanovs
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2004, 06:17:58 AM »
It looks like Alexandra Fyodorovna.

jcl

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Re: The best picture book of the Romanovs
« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2004, 08:13:50 AM »
Or maybe Anna Vryubova.

rskkiya

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Re: The best picture book of the Romanovs
« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2004, 08:36:01 AM »
Nerdycool...
I am quite certain that the third person in that photo was Anna Virubova (Taneeva). She was one of Alix's confidants and had a very distinctive round, almost moon shaped face. She was also on good terms with the daughters and often traveled on holiday with the family.
No doubt everyone is paddling at the seaside in this charming image. (lots of jolly smiles!   :D )

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Re: The best picture book of the Romanovs
« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2004, 09:25:37 AM »
No question, is Anna Vyroubova. They are in Finland on summer holiday

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Re: The best picture book of the Romanovs
« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2004, 10:45:08 AM »
Sunny,

Is there a thread here that might explain why Alix sometimes referred to Anna Vyrobova as "the Cow?"
Is this a term of affection in russian? A joke?

I mean Anna was a healthy girl ...  ??? y'know.... big boned and all.... but a Cow? ???
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Re: The best picture book of the Romanovs
« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2004, 11:22:11 AM »
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Is there a thread here that might explain why Alix sometimes referred to Anna Vyrobova as "the Cow?" Is this a term of affection in russian? A joke? I mean Anna was a healthy girl ...  ??? y'know.... big boned and all.... but a Cow? ???


I don't think she was joking at all when she referred to Anna that way; she was trying to be purposely insulting. Years ago, I recall reading a few of Alix's letters where she refers to Anna as a cow, stating that she was irritating and annoying her, etc. I wish I could find those references again, but they're not in any of the books I have now unfortunately! As I understand it, this was during a period when Alix was experiencing a bit of jealousy towards Anna because she thought Anna was spending too much time with Nicholas. It was a bump in the road of their friendship but they obviously got over it.
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Re: The best picture book of the Romanovs
« Reply #12 on: June 30, 2004, 12:02:15 PM »
Alexandra did refer to Anya as a 'cow' when she was exasperated and annoyed with her, which was increasingly so by 1914. Anya was fawning over Nicholas without end, which was causing gossip about her wanting an affair with him. Alexandra's patience was wearing thin with Anya, reports are that it was more than a "bump in the road", Court thought was unanimous at that time that Anya was 'on her way out'. Without the onset of WWI, Alexandra probably would have broken off much of her relationship (just my personal opinion, not fact.) It was the War that got primary attention and the two reconciled in their War Relief Hospital works.

Remember Alexandra was perfectly fluent in English and British English at that. "Cow" was a very derogatory word for a woman and Alexandra would never have used it like that unless she meant it. Even into the late 1970s early '80s, a woman could never be referred to in polite conversation or on television in the UK as a "bleeding cow" or "bloody cow".
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