Fine selection of outstanding passports

13 November, 2010

What makes a passport outstanding? I guess every collector will gives you a different answer but look at these pictures… These collectibles are not only rare and in good condition but also from historical importance. Enjoy!

By the way…the King’s Messenger Passport is NOT a diplomatic passport – the holder does not have diplomatic status even you can read “Courier Diplomatique” in French on it’s cover. ( Source: Martin Lloyd, The Passport. The History of Man’s Most Travelled Document. Page 192, ISBN 0-7509-2964-2)

(Thanks to Johnathan Moore who kindly granted permission for these pictures from his own collection of remarkable documents)

Collection JM
Passport issued by U.S. Minister Plenipotentiary Thomas Pinckney in London, 1793
Passport issued by U.S. Minister Plenipotentiary Thomas Pinckney in London, 1793
U.S. passport signed by James Monroe, 1812 - Monroe would later become a U.S. President
U.S. passport signed by James Monroe, 1812 – Monroe would later become a U.S. President
Passport issued by the Governor of Louisiana, 1833
Passport issued by the Governor of Louisiana, 1833
1916 travel letter/passport from San Marino
1916 travel letter/passport from San Marino
U.S. special passport, 1869 - this type preceded diplomatic and official passports
U.S. special passport, 1869 – this type preceded diplomatic and official passports
U.S. diplomatic passport [first type], 1916
U.S. diplomatic passport [first type], 1916
1938 Albanian diplomatic passport
1938 Albanian diplomatic passport
1943 U.K. "King's Messenger's Passport", issued to Paul Simpson, who was later killed in an infamous airplane crash in the Andes in August 1947
1943 U.K. "King's Messenger's Passport", issued to Paul Simpson, who was later killed in an infamous airplane crash in the Andes in August 1947
 


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