1914 Emergency Passport Issued and Engraved Under the Direction of the Ambassador of the United States of America at Berlin Germany Signed By James W. Gerard

Berlin, Germany: Unpublished, 1914. Passport. Not Bound. Very Good. Item #027266

Document completed by hand, No. 03041; dated 6th August 1914; for Hinrich W. Voigt, Citizen of the United States & accompanied by a minor child, requesting "...all whom it may concern to permit" (him) "...safely and freely to pass and in case of need to give Him all lawful Aid and Protection..." with the U.S. embassy blind-stamp at top left and the red paper U.S. Embassy seal at bottom. Signed by James Watson Gerard (1867 - 1951) American diplomat, politician, and philanthropist, the Woodrow Wilson-appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the U.S. headquartered in Berlin; his "...short and difficult tenure as ambassador constituted the most important period of his public life...the ambassador faced the difficult task of representing the interests of the neutral United States in what, even prior to February 1917, might as well have been enemy territory...One of the more pressing tasks of the U.S. embassy was much-needed assistance to a great number of Americans stranded in Germany at the outbreak of the war who wished nothing more than to return home safely..." (Reinhard R. Doerries in the ANB) Approx. 11 3/8" x 7" size; accomplished on 'extra strong' watermark heavy vellum-like paper, old fold lines, a few small dark spots on the paper; light wear and in very good condition.

Price: $250.00