German Empire Passport Issued At Their Consulate In Moscow
German ambassador these days was Hugo Julius Raoul Eduard Leszczyc Fürst von Radolin, who had his residence in St.Petersburg. Since 1901 he was ambassador in Paris and before his post in St.Petersburg he was ambassador in Constantinople.His diplomatic achievements were rather limited. He had to be withdrawn from Russia because he had a dispute with the Czarina. In Paris, he tried in vain for a Franco-German approach. He came from the old Polish nobility of Radolin. His father was the Prussian chamberlain and member of the manor house Emmerich Ladislaus Leszczyc Count of Radolin-Radolinski (1808-1879), lord on Jarotschin and Radolin. He married 1863 in London Lucy Katharina (1841-1880) a daughter of lieutenant colonel Alfred Howard Wakefield. After the death of his first wife, Radolin married Johanna (1864-1947) in 1892. This was the daughter of Hans Count von Oppersdorff and his wife Elisabeth (born de Talleyrand-Perigord).
The passport was signed by consul “von Humboldt”, his full name was Hans Paul Wilhelm Alexander Freiherr von Humboldt-Dachroeden. Hans Paul von Humboldt-Dachroeden was the son of Wilhelm von Humboldt-Dachroeden (1823-1867) (the grandson of the famous scholar and statesman Wilhelm von Humboldt) and his wife Hermine von Werder (1830-1903). Hans Paul von Humboldt-Dachroeden studied law at the University of Göttingen. In 1877 he became a member of the Corps Saxonia Göttingen. On July 21, 1885, he married Elsbeth Schmidt († 1953). The couple had two daughters and one son. After completing the Assessorexamen in 1886, he took up the diplomatic career at the Foreign Office. In 1887 he became vice-consul in London, consul in Moscow in 1893, consul in Alexandria in 1901, consul general in consul in 1905, and deputy consul general in Amsterdam in 1915. From 1920 to 1923 was from Humboldt-Dachroeden German ambassador in Lima. He died 1940 in Germany.
The Passport was issued to Christian Winkel (architect), which was the father of Irene von Richthofen, nee Winkel. Irene’s husband Heinrich von Richthofen was a Professor at the art academy in Düsseldorf. Irene herself a notable painter
Richthofen is the surname of a prominent German aristocratic family. The most famous member is the air ace Manfred von Richthofen (1892–1918), also known as the “Red Baron”, but a number of other members of his family are also notable for various reasons. Some members of the family have a royal ancestry as descendants of the older of two illegitimate sons of Leopold I, Prince of Anhalt-Dessau, by Sophie Eleonore Sölden.
German Empire Passport Issued At Their Consulate In Moscow
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1. What are the earliest known examples of passports, and how have they evolved?
The word "passport" came up only in the mid 15th Century. Before that, such documents were safe conducts, recommendations or protection letters. On a practical aspect, the earliest passport I have seen was from the mid 16th Century. Read more...
2. Are there any notable historical figures or personalities whose passports are highly sought after by collectors?
Every collector is doing well to define his collection focus, and yes, there are collectors looking for Celebrity passports and travel documents of historical figures like Winston Churchill, Brothers Grimm, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Read more...
3. How did passport designs and security features change throughout different periods in history, and what impact did these changes have on forgery prevention?
"Passports" before the 18th Century had a pure functional character. Security features were, in the best case, a watermark and a wax seal. Forgery, back then, was not an issue like it is nowadays. Only from the 1980s on, security features became a thing. A state-of-the-art passport nowadays has dozens of security features - visible and invisible. Some are known only by the security document printer itself. Read more...
4. What are some of the rarest and most valuable historical passports that have ever been sold or auctioned?
Lou Gehrig, Victor Tsoi, Marilyn Monroe, James Joyce, and Albert Einstein when it comes to the most expensive ones. Read more...
5. How do diplomatic passports differ from regular passports, and what makes them significant to collectors?
Such documents were often held by officials in high ranks, like ambassadors, consuls or special envoys. Furthermore, these travel documents are often frequently traveled. Hence, they hold a tapestry of stamps or visas. Partly from unusual places.
6. Can you provide insights into the stories behind specific historical passports that offer unique insights into past travel and migration trends?
7. What role did passports play during significant historical events, such as wartime travel restrictions or international treaties?
During war, a passport could have been a matter of life or death. Especially, when we are looking into WWII and the Holocaust. And yes, during that time, passports and similar documents were often forged to escape and save lives. Example...
8. How has the emergence of digital passports and biometric identification impacted the world of passport collecting?
Current modern passports having now often a sparkling, flashy design. This has mainly two reasons. 1. Improved security and 2. Displaying a countries' heritage, icons, and important figures or achievements. I can fully understand that those modern documents are wanted, especially by younger collectors.
9. Are there any specialized collections of passports, such as those from a specific country, era, or distinguished individuals?
Yes, the University of Western Sidney Library has e.g. a passport collection of the former prime minister Hon Edward Gough Whitlam and his wife Margaret. They are all diplomatic passports and I had the pleasure to apprise them. I hold e.g. a collection of almost all types of the German Empire passports (only 2 types are still missing). Also, my East German passport collection is quite extensive with pretty rare passport types.
10. Where can passport collectors find reliable resources and reputable sellers to expand their collection and learn more about passport history?
A good start is eBay, Delcampe, flea markets, garage or estate sales. The more significant travel documents you probably find at the classic auction houses. Sometimes I also offer documents from my archive/collection. See offers... As you are already here, you surely found a great source on the topic 😉
11. Is vintage passport collecting legal? What are the regulations and considerations collectors should know when acquiring historical passports?
First, it's important to stress that each country has its own laws when it comes to passports. Collecting old vintage passports for historical or educational reasons is safe and legal, or at least tolerated. More details on the legal aspects are here...
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