Pass Book Wanderbuch 1863 Grand Duchy Baden

When I first spotted the document I thought it’s a Wander book but actually this one is a pass book of a maid. But at the same time it’s also a service book, passport and a citizenship document. I have seen many such books but not in this combination. I understand that Wander books (journeyman books) were only issued in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Probably the same is valid for this Pass book. At least I never saw such ones from other countries. So this might be a “German” thing.

The Pass book was issued 1863 to twenty years old Maria Eva Koch which “…want’s to work in the city of Freiburg as maid”. The book is valid for a indefinite time. At page one you see three stamps. A Baden blind stamp, a tax stamp and the stamp of the local government office. Page three confirms Maria holds the Baden citizenship and pages 6-9 showing places of employment and the relevant local office stamps.

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Pass Book Wanderbuch 1863 Grand Duchy Baden