My name is Tom, German national, familiar with the world as I was working with several international companies in different countries.
I’m a passionate passport collector since 2005 when I explored the “Art” in old passports at some flea market in Kyoto, Japan. Such a document tells you the story of it’s bearer and it’s interesting history. Who was he/she? What did they work? Why they traveled to China, India or USA in 1924 or in mid 19th century? Where was the passport issued and from whom? Of course there are many more questions to ask on geography and political issues…so it`s much more than just collecting it`s also a research on travel documents.
Today our passports are uniform beside the individual passport stamps and visas of course but look at an old passport back in 19th century – at that time they were really some kind of “Art” and unique. Handwritten on nice paper with colorful stamps, signatures and beautiful photographs.
Every collector has to define his own range of collection – you can’t have it all. Ask yourself “What is the purpose of my collection?” Focus on quality not on quantity!
My main focus is on “German documents”. My private collection has 500+ passports. The earliest one is from 1646.
Passport-collector.com is well recognized by international collectors and other interested parties. I am in regular contact with different museums and archives such as the German Foreign Office – Political Archive in Berlin, I am adviser to Foundations and support Hollywood film makers, Universities, Libraries and TV stations such as BBC.
Several articles on passport history and passport collecting were published on different collecting websites. I can say I do have the most comprehensive documentation and database when it comes to travel documents. At my website you will find several guidelines on passports which is unique as on passport collecting there are no books available. Some very few books about passport history of specific countries are available e.g. Germany, USA, UK, France, Australia.
A famous man once said “If you don’t find what you looking for – create it – be it!” So I did as there was nothing available at all. All is done by my private time and efforts.
THANKS to all fellow collectors for their contribution with articles and pictures as this keeps the site vivid.
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Passport Collector & Editor
Member of the Ephemera Society of America
Member of the Ephemera Society of UK