New additions to my collection

28 December, 2014
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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
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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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Significant Glitch In eBay Offer System

19 December, 2014
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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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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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Border Control System

16 December, 2014
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Did you ever wonder how the procedure of checking your passports looks like when you arrive at borders? Well, here you can see the basic steps how a verification is done and what kind of checks are made during a border control. Remember, all is done usually within 30-40 sec only!  

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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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Tons of Albert Einstein Documents Are Now Online

9 December, 2014
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On Friday Digital Einstein went live, bringing with it a treasure trove of Einstein letters, correspondences, postcards, and notes detailing the life of one of the world’s greatest thinkers. As The New York Times reports, these are The Dead Sea Scrolls of physics and you can read them today for free. Of course, many of these early letters leading up to 1923 were originally written in Einstein’s native German...

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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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