Q. Why is your Tumblelog called "My Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning"?
A. Because "My Grandmother's Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning" wouldn't fit in the available space.
Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia
Anastasia was the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, the last sovereign of Imperial Russia, and his wife Alexandra Fyodorovna.
Anastasia was a younger sister of the Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, and Maria, and was an elder sister of Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia. She died in an extrajudicial killing by forces of the Bolshevik secret police, Cheka, with her family on July 17, 1918.
Persistent rumors of her possible escape have circulated since her death, fueled by the fact that the location of her burial was unknown during the decades of Communist rule. The mass grave near Ekaterinburg which held the remains of the Tsar, his wife, and three daughters was revealed in 1991, but the bodies of Alexei Nikolaevich and one of his sisters—either Anastasia or her older sister Maria—were not discovered there.
The 1997 film Anastasiais an animated musical adaptation of the story of Anastasia’s fictional escape from Russia and her subsequent quest for recognition.
Alix and her Scottie dog: 1900. According to Anna Vyrubova, it was a very unpleasant creature that was always nipping at everyone’s ankles. (I can’t currently remember or find his name.)
Fake Film Casting | Romanov / OTMA / End of the Tsars film (or mini-series)
Tsar Nikolay II … Michael Fassbender (alt: Michael C. Hall, Mark Gatiss)
Tsarina Aleksandra … Jennifer Connelly (alt: Diane Kruger)
HIH Olga … Felicity Jones (alt: Lily James)
HIH Tatiana … Isabella Fuhrman (alt: Kaya Scoldiero)
HIH Maria … Hailee Stienfeld (alt: Georgie Henley)
HIH Anastasia … Kiernan Shipka (alt: Lucy Boynton)
HIH Alexei … Asa Butterfield (alt: boys grow up too fast)
Gregori Rasputin … Steve Buscemi (alt: Gary Oldman, Adrien Brody)
Passion Bearer and Royal Martyr Alexei
May God rest his soul,them damn bolshevik communists murdered him and his family
This is a photo of Nicholas and Alix of Hesse upon their engagement in 1894. The couple originally met in 1884 for Alix’s sister Ella’s wedding to Nicholas’ Uncle Sergei. Nicholas was sixteen and Alix was twelve.
They met again in 1889, when Nicholas was twenty-one and Alix was seventeen. At that time he decided that he wanted to marry her. He asked for her hand several times, only to be met with rejection because Alix felt that it was sinful to change her religion from Lutheranism to Russian Orthodoxy.
The day after the wedding of Alix’s brother Ernie to Victoria Melita (Ducky) of Coburg, she finally consented.
Source: The Romanovs: Love, Power, and Tragedy
The Big Pair (Olga and Tatiana) having a picnic outside, around 1912
Nicholas circa 1890
Costumes worn to the Romanov Anniversary Ball in 1903. The theme of the lavish masked ball was the reign of Alexei of Russia, second ruler of the Romanov dynasty (1645-1676). Some guests went so far as to actually wear original costumes from the period that were being stored at the Kremlin.
Click thumbnails for identification.
Now that’s how you throw a fancy dress party.
Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia in her nursing uniform, ca. 1915.
Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, 1904.
Source: Romanov Collection, General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University