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What profession(s) would have used this folding 'ruler'?

This ruler was originally handed down to an aunt on my (English) mother's side of the family. One side is a standard ruler in inches but, curiously, the other side is unlike anything I've been able to ...
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British ship movements immediately after the armistice of 22 June 1940

The armistice of 22 June 1940 provided that northern and western France would come under German occupation. Walter Rudin, a Jew from Vienna, and a fellow Austrian were together in France at the time. ...
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How did Belgium manage to maintain control over their colonies while they were occupied? [closed]

Belgium was occupied during both the first and second world wars. I know that the Belgian Congo gained land after WW1. And I guess the Belgian Congo had some sort of independence, but I'm not sure ...
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Are there pictures expressing anti-occupation sentiment directed at British Forces in Germany before 1990?

Researching the history of the British Army of the Rhine it seems difficult to locate pictures of certain aspects regarding the German view of these times and troops. The Rhine Army or Rhine Garrison ...
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What kind of occupation was a “piper”? [closed]

In an old parish record a John Colzear in 1598 is listed as a "piper". What kind of job is that?
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What was life like for Victorian linen weavers in Scotland?

I'm doing my family history and have found people who worked as linen weavers in Angus, Scotland. I'd like to know more about what life was like for them. Were linen weavers well-off? How much money ...
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Did the French Resistance kill civilians?

During the second world war, did the French Resistance kill civilian or paramilitary targets? And if so, how often did this happen? Additionally, were there any murders of collaborators after the ...
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Did the British Queen raise young women of humble lineage to serve her?

The House of the Portuguese Queens in the 13th and 14th century could be described more or less as the following: high social class - donas or ladies-in-waiting (widows or women married to important ...
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Name for a position in a noble household in the medieval period (c.13-14)

In Portugal, the woman charged with taking care of a noble person's body (cleanliness, clothes, etc) was called 'covilheira' (also spelt 'cuvilheira'). Her job (this was always a woman's job) ...
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Did French Seamen Join the US Merchant Marine in WWII?

I've heard that my father, a Frenchman who served in the French Navy during WWII, joined the US Merchant Marine after the Germans occupied France. He died when I was a child, and I can't find much ...
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German private property and homes returned after founding of republic?

During the occupation of defeated Germany in 1945 the allied forces, including those of the United States, Britain and the Soviet Union, seized and occupied thousands of private homes and other ...
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What is the term for a person who surveys the land and relays messages from a noble to his governed village?

The question is self-explanatory: What is the term for a person who surveys the land and relays messages from a noble to his governed village? The officer would: Survey the village or tenant, to ...
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Why was Lithuania not colonized by Soviet Union?

During the Soviet occupation of Baltic States, Estonia and Latvia saw their countries settled by Russians who eventually made up more than 30% of their populations. However percentage of Russians in ...
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What does a slitterman do?

On my Great-Uncle's Naval Entry Form, it says: Occupation upon entry: Slitterman (paper) I found this article, which says a slitterman is: A representative for the Travellers Aid Society Can ...
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What does a “boat crimper” do?

Working with Census data and other 19th century sources, I occasionally come across the occupation of "boat crimper." I can't figure out what these boat crimpers do. Based on the definition of "...