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The Rise And Fall Of The Berlin Wall

26 April, 2015

This video tells everything… The Berlin Wall (German: Berliner Mauer) was a barrier that divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989, constructed by the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany) starting on 13 August 1961, that completely cut off (by land) West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and from East Berlin until it was opened in November 1989. Its demolition officially began on 13 June 1990 and was completed in...

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East German Passport For A Dancer

23 April, 2015
DDR 1959 Tänzerin1-001

This is an early East German (GDR) passport issued in Berlin for a female dancer which travelled frequently, even to Iraq (besides Poland and Austria) and that was surely unusual for East Germans at this time in 1959. At first her passport was valid for CSSR and Austria only but later it was added “Geltungsbereich für das gesamte Ausland” (valid for all states). The passport was issued free of...

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23 April, 2015


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French Passport 1602

22 April, 2015

French passport (4 pages)  dated June 1602 with secretarial signature of King Henry IV of France. A later note on the back indicates that this passport was issued to the Philip William, Prince of Orange (1554-1618) for travel through Flanders and Burgundy. The handwritten document has four entries, each signed by two people and dated July 1602. There are remains of a wax seal. What a fantastic early travel...

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Harry Curt Eduard Carl von Arnim

21 April, 2015
Harry Curt Eduard Carl von Arnim at the Political Archive …von Arnim passport was one of the highlights I could see at the archive in Berlin. The most important phases of Harry von Arnim’s life:1842 Final school exam (GB A-level), USA: High school);1845 Examination for a doctorate in jurisprudence (Dr. jur, int.);1846 Marriage to Elisabeth (Elise) von Prillwitz (1827 – 1854), a daughter ofPrince August of Prussia (1779 – 1843) from the morganatic marriage...

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UNO Passport – Tamar Oppenheimer

20 April, 2015

Recently the United Nation Passport of Tamar M.Oppenheimer was at auction. Dr.Oppenheimer was the Director of the Narcotic Drug Division. The passport or to be more precise the Laissez-passer was issued in April 1982 at the headquarters of the UNO in New York and was valid till 1985. The document has various visa and stamps e.g. from Peru, Republic of Botswana, Republic of Singapore, England, Great Britain, Republic of...

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Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story

12 April, 2015
Noor Inayat Khan

Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story I am pretty sure most of the readers have never heard of this story and this remarkable woman. Just by random I stumbled over this most interesting WWII drama which is also new to me. Noor Inayat Khan was the daughter of a spiritual teacher from India, Hazrat Inayat Khan, and his American wife, Ora Ray Baker. After Noor’s birth...

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9 April, 2015
Notary Protection Certificate issued to Andrew Boteler, mariner, 11 May 1796. Dated seventeen days before the passage of the Act that prescribed use of Seamen's Protections, it served the same purpose. A document such as this would later often be required by the collector in order for a seaman to obtain a certificate from the Custom House

Seamen’s Protection Certificates were usually printed documents, varying in size and style, that were carried by American seamen as proof of citizenship. The certificate was obtained by the individual through the customhouse, public notary, or U.S. Consul when required in a foreign port. It contained the person’s name, birthplace, approximate age, height, skin color, eye and hair color, and other distinctive descriptive information, such as the location of scars...

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6 April, 2015

MUSSOLINI’S ATTEMPTED ASSASSINATION Passport of the Hon Violet Gibson, used by her on her journey to Rome where she attempted to assassinate Benito Mussolini, together with other family papers, the collection comprising: her passport no. 158876, issued to “The Honourable Violet Albinia Gibson”, her photograph date-stamped by the Foreign Office 6 November 1924, the passport marked as valid until 6 November 1926, with visa-stamps made on her embarkation from...

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Passport Paul Parker – Manchester United

2 April, 2015

The story of his passport which was available at eGreedy made quite some “noise” in the British newspapers. But I have more details for you… Paul Andrew Parker (born 4 April 1964 in West Ham, London) is an English former professional footballer, manager and sports television pundit. As a player he was a full back from 1982 to 1997 most notably in the Premier League for Manchester United, also...

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