1905 dress up party
This is the first picture I add to my set 'family history' that depicts people to whom I'm only related in a very, very distant way. So much so that in my eyes they're not really family at all. Maybe someday I will take them out of the set and start another one for antique pictures in general...
Let me tell you a bit about it. I told you about my forefather Engbertus Engberts (1798-1871) and his family clan's famous history as Dutch traders in czarist Russia. His daughter married my great grandfather and these two sisters Wissendorff are offspring of another one of his children. If you want to know the specifics (and are able to read Dutch as well...), look them up in genealogy cousin Gijs's blog who wrote an interesting article. about them after he found the picture during his on going search for family material all over the world.
Suffice it to say here that the girls dressed up for a family party in St. Petersburg in 1905 to recite a (German language) poem (Gijs even found it and published it here!) about their combined Dutch and Russian heritage. Adja, the girl on the right dressed up in traditional Russian style, her sister Maria followed old Dutch traditions.
I really just posted the picture here myself because it is such a beautiful portrait...!