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French Passport 1602

22 April, 2015
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French passport (4 pages)  dated June 1602 with secretarial signature of King Henry IV of France. A later note on the back indicates that this passport was issued to the Philip William, Prince of Orange (1554-1618) for travel through Flanders and Burgundy. The handwritten document has four entries, each signed by two people and dated July 1602. There are remains of a wax seal. What a fantastic early travel...

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Harry Curt Eduard Carl von Arnim

21 April, 2015
Harry Curt Eduard Carl von Arnim

Passport-collector.com at the Political Archive …von Arnim passport was one of the highlights I could see at the archive in Berlin. The most important phases of Harry von Arnim’s life:1842 Final school exam (GB A-level), USA: High school);1845 Examination for a doctorate in jurisprudence (Dr. jur, int.);1846 Marriage to Elisabeth (Elise) von Prillwitz (1827 – 1854), a daughter ofPrince August of Prussia (1779 – 1843) from the morganatic marriage...

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UNO Passport – Tamar Oppenheimer

20 April, 2015
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Recently the United Nation Passport of Tamar M.Oppenheimer was at auction. Dr.Oppenheimer was the Director of the Narcotic Drug Division. The passport or to be more precise the Laissez-passer was issued in April 1982 at the headquarters of the UNO in New York and was valid till 1985. The document has various visa and stamps e.g. from Peru, Republic of Botswana, Republic of Singapore, England, Great Britain, Republic of...

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Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story

12 April, 2015
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Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story I am pretty sure most of the readers have never heard of this story and this remarkable woman. Just by random I stumbled over this most interesting WWII drama which is also new to me. Noor Inayat Khan was the daughter of a spiritual teacher from India, Hazrat Inayat Khan, and his American wife, Ora Ray Baker. After Noor’s birth...

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AMERICAN SEAMAN’S PROTECTION CERTIFICATE

9 April, 2015
Notary Protection Certificate issued to Andrew Boteler, mariner, 11 May 1796. Dated seventeen days before the passage of the Act that prescribed use of Seamen's Protections, it served the same purpose. A document such as this would later often be required by the collector in order for a seaman to obtain a certificate from the Custom House

Seamen’s Protection Certificates were usually printed documents, varying in size and style, that were carried by American seamen as proof of citizenship. The certificate was obtained by the individual through the customhouse, public notary, or U.S. Consul when required in a foreign port. It contained the person’s name, birthplace, approximate age, height, skin color, eye and hair color, and other distinctive descriptive information, such as the location of scars...

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MUSSOLINI’S ATTEMPTED ASSASSINATION

6 April, 2015
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MUSSOLINI’S ATTEMPTED ASSASSINATION Passport of the Hon Violet Gibson, used by her on her journey to Rome where she attempted to assassinate Benito Mussolini, together with other family papers, the collection comprising: her passport no. 158876, issued to “The Honourable Violet Albinia Gibson”, her photograph date-stamped by the Foreign Office 6 November 1924, the passport marked as valid until 6 November 1926, with visa-stamps made on her embarkation from...

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Passport Paul Parker – Manchester United

2 April, 2015
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The story of his passport which was available at eGreedy made quite some “noise” in the British newspapers. But I have more details for you… Paul Andrew Parker (born 4 April 1964 in West Ham, London) is an English former professional footballer, manager and sports television pundit. As a player he was a full back from 1982 to 1997 most notably in the Premier League for Manchester United, also...

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First Federal Republic Of Germany Passport

31 March, 2015
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As a vivid researcher and collector of German passports it gives me today a great pleasure to display the very first “Federal Republic Of Germany” passport. After WWII Germany was occupied by the Allied Forces and was divided in four sectors. During six years passports, travel permits etc were issued only by the Allied Forces Travel Board. On Feb 1, 1951 finally the power to issue passports was given...

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Collectors Meeting In Zürich

29 March, 2015
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Always a pleasure to meet up with these guys. Guido is holding a very nice Alien passport from Denmark which he recently acquired. We shared our experience and collectibles. I really wish such collectors meetings could be on a more regular basis. However we manage to meet 1-2 a year. Guido has an eye for beauty. Not only the passport must be in almost perfect condition also he prefers...

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Benjamin Franklin: First American Diplomat

15 March, 2015
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Benjamin Franklin: First American Diplomat, 1776–1785 Benjamin Franklin, the most distinguished scientific and literary American of his age, was the first American diplomat. He served from 1776 to 1778 on a three-man commission to France charged with the critical task of gaining French support for American independence. French aristocrats and intellectuals embraced Franklin as the personification of the New World Enlightenment. His likeness appeared on medallions, rings, watches, and...

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