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    19th and early 20th century portrait photography, and photo-history.

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  1. Hi! It´s from son Max to his mother. The photo on the card was taken in Bad Nauheim. He thanks his familiy for taking care of Jenny (his wife or girlfriend, I presume) so well. He is well, too. That´s basically it. GreyC
  2. I took time and effort to answer your question and scanned the article of the 1890s Brockhaus for all to read (thanks much to Utgardloki for the translation) to facilitate a valid answer. So if you are not happy with my answer you have the Brockhaus article I provided to give you the answer. That´s all from my side. GreyC
  3. Hi, I got this photo at a fair. I first thought that he was a member of St. John, but because he wears the Order of the Holy Grave of Jerusalem (if I am correct) he ought to be catholic. So he is probably a high ranking member of the Order of Malta. I am not sure if he is German or Austrian. Can anybody identify him by any chance? Thank you! GreyC
  4. Hi Utgardloki, thanks for the translation. To answer your question: yes and no 😉 Of course, if a sovereign was Chef of a regiment he had strong ties to it. So sometimes the regiments/units became Leibgarde also. But Leibregimenter were only few, whereas for example, the Prussian Garde grew to become it´s own (Garde)Korps with around at least 30.000 troops. GreyC
  5. No response yet from arb. For all of you still interested and able to read Fraktur German here the exolanation of the Brockhaus, Germany´s equivalent to the Encyclopedia Britannica (from a 1890s edition). There is an entry to Leibregiment that has this lemma/ cross reference to Leibtruppen. GreyC
  6. The IR 115 has a long history of being called Leibregiment. It has this name since 1806 when the Großherzogin in question wasn´t even born yet. The title Großerzogin was an additional honor-titel first to honor the then wife of the Großherzog (1897). After their divorce 1901 the regiment retained the title Großherzogin, but from 1902 (not 1914 to my knowledge) this meant the Großherzog´s mother. So the regiment retained not only the younger title Großherzogin, but the more senior title Leibregiment, as well since 1806. And why should a Garde-Regiment not be a Leibregiment also? The same is true with the Prussian 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß, as far as I know. GreyC
  7. No. Leibregiment is not the same as Leibgarde. Leibregimenter got the name, because the sovereign of a state was the regiment´s chief. With that came the right to collect the money that was generated through the regiment (goes back to 17th/18th century). It is not a nickname, either, It´s a title of honour. GreyC
  8. Hi Roman, very nice. With regard to Lippe I only have this photo of the other principality, Schaumburg-Lippe. It´s a private photo that shows Prinz Christian of Schaumburg-Lippe on his tricycle in the year of 1911, 5 years old. GreyC
  9. Hi, I read Heinrich Schwenold. A name you find in Bavaria once in a while. No guesswork necessary. GreyC
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