Monday, 6 December 2010

A rare window into life in imperial Russia

A rare window into life in imperial Russia is due to open on Monday, when hundreds of letters, postcards, photographs and even menus from the court of Tsar Alexander III are put up for auction in Geneva.
The documents were all sent by Alexander's children, Nicholas (who later became Nicholas II), George, Michael, Olga and Xenia to their Swiss tutor Ferdinand Thormeyer.

The documents were only discovered this year, when a descendant of Mr Thormeyer's was clearing out his attic. There, hidden in an old trunk, he found letters spanning 70 years.

Read the full article on the BBC News Website:

Tsar Alexander III and his children in 1888
Olga's postcard to Mr Thormeyer, where her brother Mikhail is dressed for a grand costume ball in 1903 


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