Profit Before Culture: Should History be Sold to the Highest Bidder?

17 June, 2012

Benjamin Shapell, March, 1995 The Public’s Right to Own Original Historical Letters “There is a desire of property in the sanest and best men, which Nature seems to have implanted as conservative of her works, and which is necessary to encourage and keep alive the arts.” -Walter Savage Landor In the field of collecting autograph letters, there are two questions that dealers are always asked.  “How do you know...

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History Resources – The Shapell Manuscript Foundation

16 June, 2012
Lincolns last days

For each collector it is crucial to have knowledge about history, especially on the items you are collecting. During some research I found this excellent website. In my opinion they presenting history in a very dynamic and touching way. I love the video “Lincoln`s Last Days”. The Shapell Manuscript Foundation is an independent educational organization dedicated to the collection and research of original manuscripts and historical documents. The foundation’s...

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Swiss Collective Passport 1951

5 June, 2012

Collective passports and visas are extraordinary. Nowadays they are not longer issued as each individual needs it`s own document. This example I got from my Swiss fellow collector Ernst. To meet up with Ernst is always a pleasure as we understand each others needs and we do just a swap – no money involved. So I got from him this very nice collective passport for a Swiss gymnastic club....

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Passport issued by Count Friedrich von Zeppelin 1828

2 June, 2012

I am very delighted to share with you this outstanding document which I could only acquire by support of a great fellow collector. Theo, you are the best! Again you made it possible! I wish I could do something for you soon too. Another great example of collector`s collaboration. You really contribute to our collector`s community in the very best way! Unfortunately there are others not understanding the value...

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Ephemera Society Fair London, May 2012

30 May, 2012
Ephemera Fair UK

As a new member it was my first visit at this Ephemera Society Fair London and I had much fun in meeting very nice new colleagues. I will definately go again if possible. The purpose of my stand there was rather to promote passport collecting than selling items. However both worked out very well and even more I found several excellent passports. For example… German large ID Card 1928...

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Antiquarian Book Fair London, May 2012

30 May, 2012

As the Antiquarian Book Fair London was just at the same weekend as the Ephemera Fair I decided to spend the whole weekend in London to visit both events and I can tell you already I do not regret my decision at all. Coming direct from Heathrow airport to the Book Fair was a good idea as on Friday the fair was not that busy and I had my...

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A new book for passport collectors…

24 May, 2012

We all know how difficult it is to find books about our hobby but now I have good news for you: George Eugen Tudor has published the book “An Analysis Of International Identity And Travel Documents For Refugees And Stateless Persons”. The book contains 389 pages and is very well supported by excellent illustrations of the documents covered. The price for his book is €35 only, very reasonable for...

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