Saturday, October 30, 2010

Tsar Nicholas II postcard... and stamp?

Tsar Nicholas II postcard

This excellent postcard of Tsar Nicholas II came to me from a Swap-bot swap for a famous person postcard. I really love the mood of this image, and of course we know that Nicholas II had a very bloody history, as the postcard sender noted in what she wrote to me. Here, he appears aboard the yacht "Polar Star" in the early 1900s. I love the dog next to him.

Russian postcard stamps

I'm also quite taken with the stamps... is that oval also showing Tsar Nicholas II? I can't really tell, there's no name, but they certainly look similar. Anyone know?

**UPDATE:** Thank you, educated blog readers - it is Chekhov, a stamp commemorating the 150th anniversary of his birth.

7 comments:

  1. nooooo, to me it looks like Chekhov, the writer ^^ (my favourite Russian writer)

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  2. The portrait stamp is of Chekhov, in honor of the 150th anniversary of his birth.

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  3. No wonder people have always been so captivated by the Tsar (a Czar by any other name...) and his family. They were all so amazingly beautiful.

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  4. Russia has some of the coolest shaped stamps.

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  5. Yes this is the one historical family that fasinates me to this day . The czar Nicholas and the czarina and their family the romanoffs . the dog next to him I believe is a russian wolfhound . Yes they were all so elegant and regal and met such a tragic end . They captivate me .

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  6. Terrific card and stamps! "People" cards used to not interest me, but they're fast becoming one of my favorites....and if there's a dog somewhere on the card, too, even better! The dog kinda looks like Lassie, to me. I'll have to google Russian wolfhounds.

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  7. The oval stamp featuring an image of Russian writer Anton Chekhov: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anton_Chekhov

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