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  1. Dear Friends and colleagues, For a long time now I have had a desire to return to where I began. To Romania. To improve and build more. And now I have taken the first step in that direction. Part one of this project - Today’s Knights: Orders of Romania - has now entered the proofreading stage, all 175 pages of it. 🙂 This first part encompasses all contemporary Romanian Orders and the second one, which is also “under construction” will contain all Kingdom era Orders. This will no doubt interest you guys more..😉 Hopefully the first part will be ready for release by early 2020. Ps. If anyone has print-quality images of contemporary Romanian bestowal documents that I could use in the book, please get in touch. Thanks for listening!
  2. You, Daniel and Rick (RIP) have and are saving the lives of people past from the abyss of time Dave. I'd be hard pressed to find a more important task in this field. Keep up the good work.
  3. For whatever reason, I never received your message Obi. I rarely browse the forums, so I only discovered this thread now. Carol I is correct, the second case is the Order of Charles I, Grand Cross. Without a doupt. As for the first one, as Carol I guessed, it is likely the Grand Cross of the Loyal Service Order, though a second option would be the Order of the Ruling House (also Grand Cross). Measuring the cross intendation on the case should give us a better understanding, if you still have the cases?
  4. The aim was indeed the census as you guessed. It never took off here as similar threads did over at WAF. And.. ..Ultimately I didn't have the time to keep them going or develop them further. The effect of members selling to each other depended on what they disclosed in this thread (and others like it). If such transactions were reported, they were not counted twice. If they weren't reported when items changed hands, there was the possibility of double posting down the line. So accuracy in this sence was solely up to individual members.
  5. Hello Guys, I just wanted to let you know that the Armour Museum in Parola (Finland) is gathering funds to build a shelter to some of it's armoured beasts: https://mesenaatti.me/en/panssarimuseon-tankkikatos/ They've already reached their minimun goal of 60 000 € to begin construction, but there still days left in the campaign and more to get done.. I donated a modest sum myself and I figure their modest PR-efforts can't reach all corners of the world, so I'm just lending a hand. Take a gander at the project if you're interested. Surely this is a worthy cause? Thanks for your time!
  6. Dear Friends and Colleagues, I have been hard at work for some time, gathering material and building the book itself. The good news is that the text is ready for proofreading and I have been able to gather 95 % of the image material I need for the book. You might ask yourself, what about that missing 5 %? Well, I’m here to ask your assistance precisely with that. I’m still looking for the following image material: 1. Medal images (min. 300 DPI); - Obverse and reverse of these two medals: Commemorative Medal for the 50th birthday of HSH Prince Franz Joseph II (1956) Commemorative Medal for the 70th birthday of HSH Prince Franz Joseph II (1976) Though both these medals are rare, images of them have been exceedingly difficult to find despite the fact that they are both relatively contemporary. 2. Scans of award documents (min. 300 DPI); - Order of Merit of the Principality of Liechtenstein (1937) - Medal of Merit of the Principality of Liechtenstein (1937) - Long-service awards of the Liechtenstein military (1847) - Princely Liechtenstein Jubilee Commemorative Medal (Prince Johann, 1908) - Prince Franz Josef II 50 Year Jubilee Medal (1956) - Prince Franz Josef II 70 Year Jubilee Medal (1976) 3. Images of recipients wearing the above mentioned insignia (min. 300 DPI). With regard to the Merit Order, I have plenty of recipient images (from award ceremonies), but even in that case, I’d like more variety within the material. Besides the images themselves, I will need your permission to publish them in the three planned editions of the book: EU, US and E-book. Anyone who provides even a single image that I can use in the book, will be provided with a signed and numbered copy of the book when it is done. So if you have any of the above mentioned images, let me know! Thank you for your time.
  7. It still seems surreal, Rick being gone. I can't really think about him being gone without feeling pain, but I do know one thing for certain. He will never be forgotten.
  8. This is great news, thank you for figuring this out! So the correct way to name him (in English) would be; Telegraph director Zappe?
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