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Old 04-27-2016, 09:00 PM
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Does anyone know if this is Tzar Nicholas II

Hi there,
I have this postcard and was wondering if anyone can tell me if it is Tzar Nicholas II. We've looked and looked and keep coming back to him. The postmark says 1910 and there is a message saying 'via Siberia' so I resume it be a Russian Royal. There is a King George Hong Kong stamp on it also.
Thank you very much for your help.
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Old 04-27-2016, 10:32 PM
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I've had a good look and this man does resemble Tsar Nicholas somewhat. The only thing that prevents me from saying I think it is him is that the moustache seems thicker and slightly different in the way it's brushed up. In 1910 Nicholas would have been around 42 years old. Does this man look as if he's in his forties? Not sure.

As well, surely a postcard featuring the Tsar, the Little Father to his people, would show a printed attribution from the photographer saying so, in Russian? I suppose if someone knew ranks in the Imperial Russian Navy they'd be able to tell from the insignia and medals if it was the Tsar or not.

Did the Russian Navy make a visit to Hong Kong and the Far East in 1910 and if so did Nicholas pay them a visit at any stage, take the salute, wave them farewell on their trip? If he did then there's a good chance it is him.

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Old 04-28-2016, 02:17 AM
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I don't think it is Nicholas II. The man resembles him a bit, but it isn't him IMO.
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Old 04-28-2016, 02:22 AM
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Thanks so much everyone for your help, perhaps he's not a Royal at all! I agree you'd think there would be some description on the back. I'll have to do more research.
Thanks again,
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Old 04-28-2016, 04:10 AM
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Your postcard is of a Petty Officer of the Royal Navy in the first decade of the 20th century. One of his two medals is the China War Medal 1900, for service in the Boxer Rebellion. We can say with absolute certainty that, despite the gentleman's natty moustache, he is not the Tzar, or Royal or even in fact, commissioned.
Thank you for posting though.
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Old 04-28-2016, 07:44 AM
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Thank you so much for your help. It puts it all to rest. I really appreciate your reply.
Kindest regards,

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