Saturday, September 11, 2010

F. Missler, Bremen Wallet




Several years ago I purchased a ticket and document wallet given by the F. Missler company of Bremen and Galveston to one of his emigrant clients. While this item never belonged to one of out Gruetzmacher's, I suppose there is a chance that they might have received one similar to this.

Freidrich Missler was the biggest ticket agent in Bremen, and shipped emigrants out from Germany to Canada, the U.S., South America, and South Africa in the late 1800's and early 1900's.

He usually gave emigrants a small cloth folding ticket and document wallet to hold their ticket and other papers. That wallet has a picture of a steamship on the front (see the picture above), and the name "F. Missler" in large letters. On the back of the wallet his Galveston address at 210-212 21st Street, around the corner from The Strand.

The picture above is taken from another wallet similar to mine, only mine is rather dirty and doesn't photograph very well.

11 comments:

  1. Jestem W posiadaniu Takiego portfela..Jesli ma ktoś wiecej informacji na trmat samego statku zdjęcia lub opisy to jest mój adres mysliwy19@op.pl

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  2. Hello,
    Do you know the name of the steamship? It is the ship my grandfather immigrated to the US on. I used to think it was called the Bremen, but know otherwise now.
    Pat

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  3. Hello!
    My grandfather immigrated to Brasil between 1900 to 1905 and had the same wallet. We are looking for more Informations about that steamship.

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  4. mi abuelo fue a Brasil y posteriormente a argentina<tengo esa billetera pero la que le entrego la agencia en buenos aires,hasta con la direccion(san martin 666)

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  5. Hi
    I have te same wallet from my grandfather in Romania.

    dariusarad@yahoo.com

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  6. Also have the same wallet. Grandparents immigrated from Poland at the beginning of the 20th century. There is Polish writing on the inside flaps.

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  7. The ship pictured on the wallets is the SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse. Put into service in 1897, it was the first FOUR STACK ship of a German company... North German Lloyd. She was sunk in 1914 as a German naval vessel.

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  8. I have the same cloth ticket wallet. My Grandfather came here June 6th, 1902. Wonder what the name of the ship he came over on & Port which it sailed from. He came from Austria-Hungary, now Slovakia.


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  9. And guess what: my grandfather had the same wallet too!
    Romania

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  10. And guess what: my grandfather had the same wallet too!
    Romania

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  11. I also have one of these wallets from my Grandparents who came over from Hungary.

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