ROMANOV FAMILY AND THE CAMERA

Little Tsesarevich Alexei with a camera
Little Tsesarevich Alexei with a camera

ROMANOV FAMILY AND THE CAMERA

All members of the Romanov family were avid photographers. Luckily for us, because they left behind hundred upon hundreds of photographs! They often mentioned photographs in their diaries and letters, as well as one of their favorite past times: “pasting” their photographs into albums.

Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna:

” After breakfast we took [photographs] with the wounded officers at the Grand Palace.”

“Pasted [photos] in the album with Papa.”

“Anya was here, pasted in the album with her and Shvybz”

Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna fiddling with a camera.

   “Sat and looked at a [photo] album, then went to tea.”

                                                                              “Sat with Nastenka and looked at albums.”

 

Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna:

“This afternoon all of us and Mama will go to the Grand Palace as we will take photographs.. “

“I took this picture in the mirror, and it was hard because my hands shook.”

Grand Duchess Anastasia taking the early 20th century version of a selfie.
Grand Duchess Anastasia taking the early 20th century version of a selfie.

“I was just organizing the pictures and have not pasted the Sevastopol ones, as recently Kira gave me the pictures he took there. And now I have to paste them all.”

Grand Duchesses Olga, Maria, Tatiana, and Anastasia holding a Kodak camera.
Grand Duchesses Olga, Maria, Tatiana, and Anastasia holding a Kodak camera.

 

Tsar Nicholas II:

” I am also grateful for the photographs of which I now have so many. The old album is full, will need to order a new one soon – but [there is] never enough time to paste them.”

Nicholas II getting ready to pose for the camera.
Nicholas II getting ready to pose for the camera.

 

From the book MARIA and ANASTASIA: The Youngest Romanov Grand Duchesses In Their Own Words: Letters, Diaries, Postcards.

 

Tsar Nicholas II "photo-bombing" a picture of the Dowager Empress.
Tsar Nicholas II “photo-bombing” a picture of the Dowager Empress.
Grand Duchesses Olga and Anastasia looking at a photo album
Grand Duchesses Olga and Anastasia looking at a photo album
Rare Romanov family color photograph of Tsar Alexander II and his daughter Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna.
Rare Romanov family color photograph of Tsar Alexander II and his daughter Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna.
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2 thoughts on “ROMANOV FAMILY AND THE CAMERA

  1. The photo you mention being of Anastasia and Olga is in fact Anastasia and Maria.

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