The collective image of the daughters of Nicholas and Alexander is that of a group of four, frozen in time in a series of black and white photographs. The sisters played into the idea of a collective identity themselves, signing group correspondence "OTMA", the first letter of each girl's name. Their mother referred to them… Continue reading Pocket Profiles – The Daughters Romanov
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Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia, was born in August 1904 to Empress Alexandra Feodorovna and Emperor Nicholas II. He was the fifth child and only son of the couple, and to say his arrival was greeted with joy and celebration is the understatement of the century. His parents were rapturous, the extended family overjoyed and… Continue reading Pocket Profile – Tsarevich Alexei
Princess Alix Victoria Helena Louise Beatrice was born in 1872, the sixth child of Princess Alice of the United Kingdom and Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse and the Rhine, and the 26th grandchild of Queen Victoria. Known as Sunny in her childhood, her early untroubled existence was interrupted by a series of misfortunes. By the… Continue reading Pocket Profile – Empress Alexandra Feodorovna
Hofdame Note: Thank you to geogirl for this fun post! Life doesn’t happen in black and white… The idea of adding colour to a monochrome image by hand dates back to the beginning of photography about 1850. For many decades, it was the only way to get a colour photograph. Hand coloring was a practical… Continue reading Random Royal Rotogravure – Hand Tinted Photos