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eBay’s Ridiculous Policy On Historical Passports

17 January, 2015
ebay sucks

“Listing policy violation alert: Government IDs and Licenses” You listed a passport issued by a non US government. Because these passports remain the property of their issuing government, we do not allow them to be listed on eBay. This is the case, even when the issuing government no longer exists. To be clear I listed the following HISTORICAL and 149 years old passport – 291355572092 – Passport Reisepass Passeport...

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British Courier’s Passport

15 January, 2015
UK Kings Messenger 1910-001

King’s Foreign Service Messengers Courier’s Passport issued 7th December  1910 for travel to St. Petersburg, Russia, maybe in connection with the arrival of Sir George Buchanan the new British Ambassador. The King’s messenger was Ernest Frederick Gye. Not to mix up with a KING’S MESSENGER PASSPORT, which is much more rare!

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LINCOLN APPOINTS MINISTER TO PRUSSIA

12 January, 2015
Lincoln appointment 1861

LINCOLN APPOINTS NORMAN B. JUDD AS MINISTER TO PRUSSIA ABRAHAM LINCOLN (1809-1865).  Lincoln was the Sixteenth President. NORMAN B. JUDD (1815-1878).  Judd was a lawyer in Illinois and a member of the Illinois State Senate, where he befriended Abraham Lincoln.  Judd served as a delegate to the 1860 Republican National Convention and placed Lincoln’s name at the Convention for President.  He traveled with the President-elect from Illinois to Washington. ...

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Colony Of North Borneo

6 January, 2015
north borneo

North Borneo was a British  protectorate  under the sovereign  North Borneo Chartered Company  from 1882 to 1946. After World War II, it became a  crown colony  of the  United Kingdom  from 1946 to 1963, known as British North Borneo. Currently, it is known as the state of  Sabah ,  East Malaysia. The Governor of British Crown Colony of North Borneo is the position created by the British Government upon the cession of North Borneo from the North Borneo Chartered Company. The...

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German Jew Passport – Forced to Leave Switzerland

1 January, 2015
J-pass CH expelled

This German passport was issued 1934 at the Consulate General in Zurich / Switzerland to Leo Neumann (I do have also another one in his name and one for his wife). As you can see the big red “J” on page one, we know he was a Jew. But Switzerland was for him not any more a safe place when fleeing from the Nazis as Leo was EXPELLED by...

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New additions to my collection

28 December, 2014
collage pp-r100

The gaps in my German Empire collection are getting smaller as I could just acquire a “Grand Duchy of Weimar” passport booklet. Thanks a fellow collector who made this possible. Another significant addition to my German collection is a early Federal German Diplomatic passport issued on 1. Feb 1953, on the day exactly 2 years after the Federal Republic of Germany was allowed to issue again passports. Till 31....

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Passport to Reform: Helena Florence Normanton

25 December, 2014
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Passport to Reform: Helena Florence Normanton, ‘The Pioneering Barrister’ Born on 14 December 1882, Helena Florence Normanton was a Suffragist, writer, barrister, and activist for much of the early-20th century. According to the DNB, Normanton “combined a teaching career with a developing interest in the position of women, becoming a prolific writer and public speaker on feminist issues”; “Described by her niece Elsie Cannon as a ‘suffragette—though not of the ultra-militant kind’,...

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Administrators of the British Empire

22 December, 2014
Logoofficer

The Colonial Office and the Foreign Office have very distinct histories. The British Colonies were initially administered jointly by the Secretary of State for War, and the Board of Trade, who were focused on their own interests, not necessarily the Colonies themselves. From 1795 all the attention was aimed at the war with France, especially under Lord Hobart, Secretary of State for War and the Colonies from 1801. This resulted in the Colonies being neglected....

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Edgar Kupfer-Koberwitz – Dachau Diaries

21 December, 2014
Ersatzpass1948_EPD

On May 11, 1945 just three days after the German capitulation the US-Missions in Bern, Stockholm and Madrid requested access to the German Diplomatic Archives. A “diplomatic note” to Switzerland was sent 5 weeks later on June 18th 1945 when the “Deutsche Interessenvertretung in der Schweiz” (German Interest Section in Switzerland) was already established. The “Deutsche Interessenvertretung in der Schweiz” was a unique construct as it was established as...

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Significant Glitch In eBay Offer System

19 December, 2014
ebay sucks

The following happen not once but several times! JUST ANOTHER BAD EXPERIENCE! The item I offer has a 4-digit price but I received two times a offer of $100 and $105 and, of course, I refused. I was using the iPhone eGREEDY app. Now looking into the same at a desktop PC the figures were shown correctly in a very reasonable 4-digit value which I gladly would have accepted....

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