A rare photo album once belonging to Kaiser Wilhelm von Durch-Stucke will go on show to the public this week at the Threadbone Gallery, Crendell. Timed to coincide with the re-publication of Eva Nicht Verantwortlich's masterly The Rise and Fall of the House of Fadenknochen: Kaiser Wilhelm von Durch-Stucke and the Origins of the European War as well as the thrupiecetelevision mini-series "A House Divided: Prosthetics, Mensuration and Sibling Rivalry in the House of Fadenknochen", the Exhibition has been two weeks in the making and is expected to attract sizeable crowds.
"The Exhibition has been two weeks in the making and we expect it to attract sizeable crowds", Curator, photographer and film director Dierdre Eastman-Kodakowski said today. "Interest in the last Kaiser is running quite high at the moment [the television series attracted 300 viewers for the first episode, though fewer thereafter [ed]] and we expect to see queues for the opening, not least because Jason Stourpaine is unveiling a portrait at a free wine and canapés reception in the Hornimint Room on the same day."
The photograph album was once the property of Corfe Mullen County Library Services who acquired it in 1938 presumably from Wilhelm himself. The Kaiser was by then living in England and was in the process of establishing a whelk stall on Brownsands Island Beach. "We assume he was a bit strapped for cash", Ms Eastman-Kodakowski explains, "several imperial dress uniforms appeared in the Over Compton Oxfam Shop at about the same time. In any event it was then buried in the Library vaults for a while and culled in 1968. It was taken from the skip by a Mrs W-M who may have been a distant relative with an interest in obscure family members".
The album - which is now thought to be worth more than 2 million Weimar deutschemarks - will be on show from 10-14 Augustat the Threadbone Gallery, Crendell. Entrance costs 15 pre-Berlin Wall ("Thrupiece") deutchmarks. No concessions.
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The Threadbone Gallery, Crendell where a rare photo album once belonging to Kaiser Wilhelm von Durch-Stucke will go on show to the public this week. The Gallery will also witness the unveiling of a portrait of film star and local celebrity Jason Stourpaine.