W.W.I.: 1915: Prisoner of War Correspondence postcard from the POW Camp Ahmednagar in India.
Ahmednagar postal cancellation, Prisoner of War – strike in red.
The postcard has been sent to Germany.
Old Chinese painting, mixed media on silk, depicting a bluebird perched on a large pine-tree.
Very delicately executed and very charming.
Artist signed: Ying Bang (hua shi) 英邦画史 Two seals under signature: 稻薰之樵 (?) and 英邦 ( Ying Bang).
The painting is form early-mid last century. Good condition with a few tiny brown spots from aging.
Size 35 x 14 inches (89 x 35,6 cm)
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Jess Thomas (1927 – 1993) was a lyric and Wagnerian tenor. He was awarded the Wagner medal at Bayreuth, Germany in 1963. His many appearances in North America and Europe between the late 1950s and early 80s included 15 seasons in 95 performances of 15 roles at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.
Debut in 1957 for the San Francisco Opera in Richards Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier performing as the Haufhofmeister. In 1958, he debuted in the title role of Lohengrin for the Karlsruhe Staatstheater at the commencement of a career in Germany. Thomas appeared as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Munich Festival.
It was at Bayreuth that he established his reputation as a Wagnerian tenor performing in Wagner operas as Parsifal, Lohengrin, Walther in Meistersinger, Tannhäuser and Siegfried. In 1963, he joined the cast of the Metropolitan Opera appearing in 95 performances for 15 years. Amongst the highlights of his career with the Metropolitan Opera was appearing at the opening of the Lincoln Center hall in the first performance of Samuel Barber’s Anthony and Cleopatra with Leontyne Price.
Thomas’s farewell performance took place in Washington DC in a guest performance of Parsifal by the Metropolitan Opera in 1982. (Item #col8676)
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John Wayne Autograph: b/w press photo, depicting John Wayne in front of an air plane.
The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and in the original postal cover.
Size: 6 x 9 inches (15 x 23 cm), good condition.
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Desirable Chinese seal stone, so called Ji Xue Shi (Chicken blood stone). It is meant for display, no seal engraving. The seal stone comes from an old collection from the end of Qing – beginning of Republic period. Quite some red spots on all 4 sides.
Size: 18 x 20 x 77 mm, 78 gram.
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We recently added quite a few old Chinese postcards such as this one:
Vintage colour postcard China: „ German Club „Concordia“, Tientsin“.
Frant view of the German Club in Tianjin. Sent as postcard from Tientsin via Siberia to Michelau in Germany. „Tientsin Deutsche Post 15. 7. 08 „ – cancellation.
Scarce, black „ Lazarett des Ostasiatischen Detatchements Briefstempel „ – cancellation. ( Military hospital of the East-Asian Detachment – Stamp ). Stamp dropped otherwise fine condition.
Legendary Finnish runner Paavo Nurmi: Authentic autograph on self made card. Hand signed in 1952.
The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Size: 4,1 x 5,8 inches. Fine condition. Mounted on cardboard.
Paavo Johannes Nurmi (1897 – 1973) was a Finnish runner. Born in Turku, he was known as one of the “Flying Finns”; a term given to him, Hannes Kolehmainen, Ville Ritola and others for their distinction in running.
During the 1920s, Nurmi was the best middle and long distance runner in the world, setting world records at distances between 1500 m and 20 km.
Nurmi won a total of nine gold and three silver medals in the 12 events in which he competed at the Olympic Games from 1920 to 1928. In 1932, Nurmi was unable to compete at the Olympics, as he had received money for his running and was thus considered a professional.
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Nobel Prize Winner Willy Brandt Autograph.
Willy Brandt 1913 – 1992, fled from the Nazis form Lübeck to Oslo, devoted his work to fight Nazism.
1937: Went to Spain to work as political observer and representative of humanitarian organizations.
1938: Expatriated by Nazi regime.
Was captured in 1940, but not identified by Hitler’s regime and managed to flee to Norway, later Sweden.
1945-1946: Worked as correspondent.
1948: Started his political career, working for the Social Democratic Party.
1964-1987: Chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Germany ( SPD ).
1966-1969: Worked as Foreign Minister and Vice-Chancellor.
1969-1974: Became Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany.
1971: Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1976-1992: President of the Socialist International.
1987-1992 Honorary Chairman of the SDP.
Photo Postcard: 4.1 x 5.8
Stains of glue at the corners of the back, otherwise very fine condition.
Joseph Stalin Portrait: Strange piece from the time of the Cultural Revolution in China.
Embroidery ( silk ) from one of the most famous weaving mills in China, Hangzhou.
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Size: 3,5 x 5 inches plus margins. The embroidery has been fixed in a frame so there are bends and some stains along the margin ( can be fixed by ironing it ).
Fine condition, quite scarce.
Josef Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili, Ioseb Besarionis Dze Jughashvili; Russian: Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili, (1878 –1953), better known by his adopted name, Joseph Stalin (alternatively transliterated Josef Stalin), was General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union’s Central Committee from 1922 until his death in 1953. Stalin’s increasingly gained control of the Party from 1928 onwards and finally became the de facto party leader and the dictator of his country, in full control of the Soviet Union and its people. His crash programs of industrialization and collectivization in the 1930s and his campaigns of political repression cost the lives of millions of people. However it helped industrialize the Soviet Union making a Great power by 1931. By 1937 the Soviet Union had become the second largest industrial nation in the world.
Under Stalin’s leadership, the Soviet Union played the decisive role in the defeat of Nazi Germany in the Second World War (1939-45) more commonly know as The Great Patriotic War in Russia and post-Soviet republics and went on to achieve the status of superpower, expanding its territory to a size similar to that of the former Russian Empire excluding most of Finland, Poland and Alaska.
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Gold Loan Certificate of the Republic of China, with all Coupons, 1938
China 1938: 27th Year Gold Loan of the Republic of China (1938) for US-$ 10, #772486, 27.3 x 17.1 cm (13.5 x10.5 inches), buff, brown, green, red, black, vertical fold, Chinese Revenue Stamp, text in English and Chinese, all coupons. Dark blue strike: 華僑 (Overseses Chinese).
Very fine condition.
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