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  1. Hi, I think the first one is a photo of a policeman of the Sipo (Sicherheitspolizei) special services (maybe Telegraphist). GreyC
  2. Good morning, a reply to an old post (#6).... but: the statement "in the city of Wesermünde (till 1939 belonged to the Prussian province Hanover, after Bremen)." is not quite right. The city of Wesermünde was formed by joining Geestemünde and Lehe in 1924 (that´s correctly stated in #6). In 1927 Weddewarden and Schiffdorfer Damm were integrated and 1939 Bremerhaven, formerly part of the Free State of Bremen, also became Prussian (except the harbour facilities which remained under the control of Bremen) when made part of Wesermünde under the National-Socialist government. In 1947 the Americans, who had occupied the area changed things around by naming Wesermünde Bremerhaven and making it part of the Free State of Bremen to which it belongs to this day. GreyC
  3. Hi, "Werft" means ship/dockyard, not only dock. The Werft-Divisionen consisted of 5 Kompanien each. They supplied the naval vessels with engine personnel/staff and craftsmen like painters, shoemakers but also gunsmiths etc. Apart from that they supplied manpower to help with the work at the Naval Yards in Wilhelmshaven, Kiel, etc., hence the name. GreyC ps: The photo shows him while working as stoker on the naval base in Cuxhaven. The text is unspectacular and contains x-mas wishes for his brother.
  4. Hi, they were in operation during WW1. If before or after I dont know. GreyC
  5. Hi, Hennings and Co was a publishing Company, not a photographer. It was owned by someone called Alfred Niemann. GreyC
  6. Hi Tony, thanks for posting these. Can you tell me the name of the Hamburg photographer on the back, please? GreyC The last one is an Einjährig Freiwilliger of IR 74. GreyC
  7. Ottoman Soldier 1860s

    Thank you for your assessment, Bayern. GreyC
  8. Ottoman Soldier 1860s

    Hi, here a little exotic photo by studio Sebah from the 1860s. Can anybody provide any details to uniform weapon etc? It´s absolutely off topic to my usual collecting. I bought it because the studio was quite famous. Thank you, GreyC
  9. Ottoman Soldier 1860s

    Thank you Simon, the Gentleman who runs this page has asked me for permission to exhibit my photo there. GreyC
  10. Hi Paul, The former HQ is no longer in use as HQ, but some parts of the buildings now serve other functions. The photo itself could show any other Adler showroom in an urban environment
  11. Hello gentleman, this photo was taken between 1873 and 1878 in Berlin. It seems to show a NCO of a Garde unit. I noticed the Iron Cross on the bar which I haven´t seen worn this way before. Was it common to display it this way and would it be the EKII? Thank you! GreyC
  12. Hi, do you mean the Großherzogtum Oldenburg and its capital of the same name or do you mean the smaller city by the name of Oldenburg in the Prussian province of Schleswig Holstein? There was a small exclave of the Großherzogtum Oldenburg that extended roughly from Malente in S-H in the north to Schwartau in the South which bordered Lübeck. GreyC
  13. Hi Chip, that´s the reason for the 2nd part of my post here. If you mail me privately, I might help you none the less. More than the info on my Feldgrau thread are not in the Dienstanweisungen. GreyC
  14. Hi Chip, have a look into a forum you should know well. I did a little piece there. See especially #3 and #4: http://feldgrau.pytalhost.com/threads/dienstgradabzeichen-und-uniformen-der-freiwilligen-krankenpflege.37404/ I am preparing a more coherent and extensive article on the topic, need to do some more research for it in Berlin, though. GreyC
  15. Hi, no, they are all holding drinks. I think they had a Sportfest, if I remember correctly. Did not buy all on offer, only this one because of the Matrose with camera on far left. GreyC
  16. Hi, here are some of them after a festivity. Note cap tally with "V" at the end. GreyC
  17. Hi Andreas, have you tried the Landesarchiv in Schleswig? They seem to have documents from that time and occasion. Also there was the Staats-Handbuch für die Herzogthümer Schleswig-Holstein. I didn´t find his name in the 1849 edition, though. GreyC
  18. Hi, it´s a photo that was given every patient of/in the Vereinslazarett Hitzacker (in Northern Germany at the River Elbe) on the occasion of the parting of Fräulein v. Estdorf who seems to have helped out with caricative duties. It seems to hae been her photo, as a note beneath her name makes it plausible. There is also a Countess of Oehnausen different female nurses and helping hands as well as a police NCO on the photo. GreyC Hi Chip, with regards to your question in #9 on ranks/insignia: the new book won´t have any, but the 1907 "Dienstverordnung für die freiwillige Krankenpflege" has a verbal description of them in it. GreyC
  19. Hi Andreas, thank you for your comment. Yes, the cross in the middle is the Ehrenzeichen des DeutschenRoten Kreuzes awarded in the Weimar Republic. But I meant to indicate with the arrow the medal next to it on the far right, which to me looks like the Red Cross Medal of Imperial Germany 3rd class. It seems to match the medal in Farkas photo. Correct me if I am wrong on this, please. GreyC PS: The Cross below the three medals looks like a long service award of one of the Landesverbände. Probably Prussian, because he was from the Goslar Chapter.
  20. Good morning Tony, the photo was very probably taken before 1917 as the collar patches of the guy from the freiwillige Krankenpflege are still rectangular, not round. A close-up of the medal would be helpful, but I think it is the RK-medal. See attached scan of the member der freiwilligen Krankenpflege who wears it as his lowest award. GreyC
  21. Hi Simon and Dave, thank you for your insights. Very helpful, if a little disappointing. Would have liked to have some British policemen in my collection. The next step will be to find out what unit these guys belonged to. Austrian/Italian border meeting seems tempting. Thanks again, GreyC
  22. Hello Gentlemen, I´d appreciate your help in getting as much information as possible relating to this photo. As I am not at all familiar with the history of police uniforms I´d have to rely on your expertise. I think that some of the men in the picture are British policemen, but from what country do the others come from and are they also policemen? Could the photo have been taken on he occasion of an international police-meeting? I bought the photo because of the man photographing the photographer. The reverse is blank save the imprint Postkarte so the other men could be Austrian or (to my mind less likely) German. The back is undivided so the photo must have been taken before Nov 1904 (Austria) or Spring 1905 (Germany). I have seen military uniforms of the Netherlands that look somewhat similar. Thank you! GreyC
  23. Hello NickLangley, very interesting information, I thought that these helmets were unique to the British Police. Thank you for clarifying this. I wonder what continental force would wear these helmets. Maybe one of the specialists on this forum can pitch in. Thank´s a lot! GreyC