Rasputin and the Revolutionary Power of Rumours
The Empress and two of her daughters
The postcard plays on the double meaning of the word 'derzhit' - the verb to hold but equally the root of the word 'autocracy' (samoderzhavie). Rasputin's 'hold' on the Empress makes him the true ruler of Russia. many pornographic postcards of this type were produced in the wake of the February Revolution.
Pornographic cartoon of Russian soldiers and nurses
EXTRACT FOR SUBSCRIBERS ONLY. Orlando Figes, Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991 (Pelican, 2014), pp.81-3
...What they did not realize was that a consignment of nurses' uniforms had fallen into the hands of the city's prostitutes, who dressed in them to work the streets, and that the image of the nurse had changed as a result.
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