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Collectors Corner

Wow, there is a new record …

UNBELIEVABLE! I report from time to time the development of the value of hotel luggage labels. So far US$ 1000 was a unsurmountable barrier – as an asking price! I was never aware that any collector bought at this price. But today (March 9, 2019) a very trustworthy dealer in Berlin, offering the best labels … Weiterlesen »

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Beautiful Books by the Kilo …?

IT LOOKS LIKE IT! My good friend Jürgen just sent me this picture from Delhi, capital of India. He did there what he likes best – browsing the many fabulous bookstores. And than, one morning, he saw this yellow, red and black announcement, hanging from the ceiling and advertising Coffee Table Books for 250 Rupees … Weiterlesen »

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I discovered the most expensive banknote!

YOU DON’T BELIEVE ME? Have a look at the pictures: The front and the back of the 10 Dollar in the paper money of Mongolia! Printed in 1920 in the short-lived dictatorship of the German-Russian nobleman Roman Ungern-von Sternberg, called „The Bloody White Baron“. That’s why the 14 750 banknotes which were produced (only) on simple … Weiterlesen »

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Christmas is over, but …

… I WANT TO SHOW YOU, WHAT I DISCOVERED IN THE LAST DAYS OF THE OLD YEAR: The largest, most precious Christmas collection outside a museum! A German has assembled these thousands of up to 250 years old Santa Clauses, market shops, miniature trees and toys. Just look at the almost man-sized, heavily populated tower … Weiterlesen »

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When near the Moselle River (Germany) …

ART NOUVEAU WAS FASHIONABLE BEFORE THE FIRST WOLD WAR (1914-1918), and there are many great examples left around the globe (Barcelona, Vienna, Palma de Mallorca, Paris, Lüderitz, Udine). But a hotel, completely preserved in Art Nouveau is very rare and therefore the  „Bellevue“ in Traben-Trarbach, situated directly on the shores of the Moselle river, is … Weiterlesen »

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When in Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic) …

THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF RESTAURANTS in this once spectacular Bohemian spa, trying to lure you inside. I can’t say I tried them all, but I got a gourmet friend in this town of a thousand traditi- ons, followed his advise and was not disappoin- ted: The „Embassy“, in 1938 built by the architect Mewes and … Weiterlesen »

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Honors For The Red Heroes?

YOU WON’T SUCCEED, at least not in the USA! There the Red Indians didn’t even have voting rights in most states far into the 70s, and after they got back some of the privileges the Whites had stolen from them, they are still recognized only as a „folkloric element“, heroes of nostalgic novels and movies … Weiterlesen »

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You Will Always Be Winning …

YOU KNOW THE GAME: „Pitch-and-toss“ or „Head or Tail“ – football/soc- cer games start with this throw of a coin, you are cheated out of your money in shady bars by artistic crooks and in Western movies professional gamblers are shot when they discover that their coins had two identical sides: heads and heads = … Weiterlesen »

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We Are Underestimating Elevator Doors …

I WAS REMINDED OF THE MISTAKE WE ALL MAKE by a page in „The New Yorker“ (shown here). The American artist Julia Rothman had 6 elevator doors, all in famous buildings of New York, beautifully painted and the readers were asked, to recognize them (some difficult, some easy). But the essence of this page was: … Weiterlesen »

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AUCTIONS You Want A Piece Of A Pope?

HONESTLY, I DIDN’T KNOW THAT PART OF A POPE’S WARDROBE IS AVAILABLE. But in November (2017) they auction an original Mitra in Munich. It belonged, so the catalogue says, to the Polish Pope John Paul II (1920-2005) – one of these ceremonial hats, used in pompous appearences, called Mitra. In this case, since it is … Weiterlesen »

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