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Teresa "Totochka" M. Browne and Sub-Lieutenant Pavel P. Yarovenka
TEEN ROMANCE IN THE RUSSO-JAPANESE WAR - "DEAREST TOTOCHKA! . . . 10,000 OF KISSES." A high school sophomore's archive of photographs and mementos from her romantic relationship with an officer from a Russian warship, the Lena, that violated U.S. neutrality during the Russo-Japanese War by docking at San Francisco
Vladivostock, Russia, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Vallejo, California, 1905. Various. Very good. The vernacular photographs in this archive, most of which were taken by Teresa M. Browne, a high school sophomore who would not graduate from Vallejo High until 1907, document the Russian Cruiser Lena's stay in San Francisco. Its two letters describe the Lena's subsequent voyage to Hawaii through the eyes of her much older Russian paramour, Lieutenant Pavel Yarovenka (Jarowenka). Other related ephemera and artifacts are also included. This fascinating archive consists of A photograph album titled "T. Browne / Lena / 1904-'05" with about 90 posed and candid photographs ranging in size from about 3.5" square to 5" x 7". Most appear to have been taken by Teresa, who is pictured holding her camera in several. Some were taken by a crewmember before, during, and after the ship's stay in San Francisco. Many are captioned in red ink on the photo, on the reverse, or on the page. The photos include images of the ship, its crew,its officers, and their wives. Several show Lieutenant Yarovenka, Teresa's much older paramour. One photo shows officers fencing; one shows officers boxing, and one shows a crewmember in diving gear preparing to go over the side. One photograph shows crewmembers lined up possibly to receive mail or passes for shore leave, and another shows a work detail of ten sailors scrubbing the deck. A few show the watch in foul weather gear. Some show Teresa with officers and wives enjoying themselves at or in houses in Vallejo. Several larger images show … [Click Below for Full Description]
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