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LINCOLN APPOINTS MINISTER TO PRUSSIA

12 January, 2015
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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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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What International Air Travel Was Like in the 1930s

19 December, 2014
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When we talk about passports we talk about travelling – in this case international air travel in the 1930s. Today we largely take international air travel for granted. Every major city in the world is little more than a hop, skip, and jump away. But what was it actually like to fly halfway around the world in the 1930s, when the very concept was still novel? Pretty incredible, as...

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World Service Authority

13 December, 2014
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Remembering Garry Davis – First Citizen Of The World His radical proposal — hailed by supporters as the way of the future — was a world with no national borders, one in which all people belonged to the same global citizenry. The world would be a place of peace, because it would have no need for war. Mr. Davis, self-styled World Citizen No. 1, gadfly to official governments and...

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Captain Henry Rodolph Davies In China

7 December, 2014
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Look at this GIANT Chinese passport issued to a soldier from the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry more than 100 years ago. Captain Henry Rodolph Davies was aged 29 when, in 1894, he was chosen to lead a survey expedition to Yunnan Province in China. The document that enabled him to travel through China has remained remarkably intact. The purpose of Cpt Davies’s expedition was to look into the...

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Denmark Sea Passport 1823

4 December, 2014
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This document is a “Translation Of The Sea-Passport”, a partly printed document with handwritten additions issued at the island of St. Thomas for the vessel “Julius Thales”. The commercial brig was sailing  from St. Thomas via Cape Haiti to Antwerp. The original Sea-Passport was written in Latin as later in this translation document is mentioned “Conform with the Latin Original”. The document was issued under Frederick VI, King of...

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