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Emigrant Agents and Travel Patterns in the 19th Century
Tuesday, June 21
Emigrant Agents and Travel Patterns in the 19th Century  (SGGS Meetings and Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Attend in person or connect using Zoom (see below)
Nach Amerika mit Missler, Ballin, Linnenschmidt & Co. -
Emigrant Agents and Travel Patterns in the 19th Century
Friedrich Missler was General Agent of the North German Lloyd and by the 1880s operated a huge network of agencies, routes, hostels and services all over Europe. Before Albert Ballin was promoted General Manager of the Hamburg America Line, he was likewise a travel agent.  This lecture focusses on the role as well as on records that were once produced by these two and numerous other unknown agents in the migration experience.   Missler sold approx. 1.8 million tickets to America, Ballin built the Hamburg emigration facilities at the Veddel, and both represent pace and mobility to become the 19th century industrial answers to a social phenomenon: emigration to America. Their surprisingly complete networks brought passengers "just in time" from the most remote places in Europe to the ports and on to new shores. But as early as the 1820s, so called "agents" were highly influential for the spread of "emigration fever" and finally became predecessors of today’s travel agencies. Earlier examples are presented with the Linnenschmidt Inn at Venne/Osnabrück, the Taphorn Place at Essen/Oldenburg and an agency based in the city of Mainz. Surviving documents of agents like Missler, Ballin, Linnenschmidt and Co are valuable resources for research and documentation.
Dr. Wolfgang Grams started “Research and Travel” as a professor at Oldenburg University. He was author of the EXPO 2000 concept “Auswanderung über Bremen und Bremerhaven”, academic adviser for the German Emigration Center Bremerhaven, and research consultant for in Germany. He conducts field trips and teaches workshops and seminars.
Attending This Meeting
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