The Romanov Family Albums

Images from the Romanov family albums, taken between 1907 and 1915.

‘The shooting of the Romanov family, of the Russian Imperial House of Romanov, and those who chose to accompany them into exile, took place in Yekaterinburg on July 17, 1918′

- Wikipedia

The albums were rescued by the Tsarina’s friend, Anna Vyrubova.

Images from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

9 comments to The Romanov Family Albums

  • John Simpson

    I wonder if you might be able to link to the specific location in the websites that you sourced the pictures and information from. That’d be really appreciated, as often really useful extra information can be found on the original site, but it can take ages to negotiate it and find the right place. Some times are harder than other times.

  • Chris

    Sure. In this example, the images are sourced from here, John. The site leads to selections from the albums on Flickr, and the Beinecke collections.

  • Hillary

    Wow, what a haunting series of photographs. It really reminds you that although the Romanov name may have just been one more fact you were forced to memorize in History 101, they were real, living people. These pictures show a family that enjoyed the same things we do: family dinners, picnicks, trips to the seaside… They look so happy, especially the children. Sacrificed in the name of revolution… It’s heartbreaking. Thank you for sharing this.

  • Roger Carroll

    Also hunt up Paul Gilbert’s fabulous Russian site:

    Royal Russia

    Unbelievable wealth of Romanov information.

  • Alice

    When you see people living it up like that, while their people starved, you can only assume that they either didn’t give a toss, or they lived in a bubble. I’d like to think that they lived in a bubble, totally out of touch with the real world. Otherwise, how could they sleep at night?

  • Sardonic_Sob

    Alice: You live in a country with Internet access and apparently have sufficient leisure to browse obscure websites and make moral judgments on people who have been dead for a hundred years. Does the knowledge of those who go to bed hungry and cold in the rest of the world disturb your slumber overmuch?

  • Jacqui

    Alice: The children just lived. They did what all children do – live in the world into to which they are born.

  • George

    Alice: The Imperial Family truly did live in a bubble. During the Great War, the Tsar was at the front and had no idea at all what was going on in Petrograd or anywhere else in the Empire. The Tsarina spent most of her days in the palace or volunteering in military hospitals. And the children just went about their lessons and didn’t understand anything happening outside the palace gates.

  • Jinx

    Wow, that Rasputin was a good photographer! Given that he was “always around”, it’s amazing that there aren’t more pics of the Mad Monk. I know of only 4.

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