Telegram to Eugen Meyer regarding Canadian immigration
Date of Creation28 Nov. 1938
GenreCorrespondence & Philatelic Materials
Extent & Medium1 postcard : 10.5 x 14.9 cm
Scope & ContentItem is a telegram informing Max Meyer of the granting of a Canadian visa.
Caption, signatures and inscriptionsThe item is machine printed on off-white paper. Additionally, in the recto’s upper left quadrant there is an illegible handwritten mark in blue coloured pencil (?) and a stamp with the topical and chronological date in black ink. The Belgium crest is machine printed in black ink at the top of the recto. Adhered to the recto are five thin strips of off-white tape. The first three, found on machine printed lines under the crest, read: = LC/ = MAX MEYER/ 94 RUE BERCKMAENS BXL. They appear to have been torn from the same piece of tape. The other two strips have been fixed to the bottom portion of the telegram. They read: +TORONTOONT 1164/10 14 10 1527 BELGO IMPERIAL/ = EINWANDERUNG CANADA EUCH UND ELTERN HEUTE GENEHMIGT ++. Transmitted light reveals a watermark across the entirety of the paper. Due to the obstruction caused by the tape, it is difficult to determine the words in the watermark. However, wings are clearly visible. It appears that the paper was torn from something, perhaps a ledger. Two holes have been purposefully punctured into the document’s left edge (recto).
Physical Characteristics and Technical RequirementsThe telegram displays many creases and folds. Reflected light shows remnants of clear adhesive around the pieces of tape on the document’s recto. The text on the tape has been smudge and exhibits surface soiling. The verso has two areas of paper residue—no more than 1.5 x 3 cm—affixed to the left and right edges, perhaps as a result of dismounting the item from an album. A piece of clear tape remains stuck to the verso’s middle top edge.
Archival HistoryPrevious item number assigned by the VHEC: 2002.001.001