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SKORZENY’S PASSPORTS

24 May, 2014
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OTTO AND ILSE SKORZENY’S PASSPORTS OTTO SKORZENY (1908 – 1975) Nazi officer and Hitler’s chief and favorite commando, he made a daring mountain-top rescue of Mussolini, placed english-speaking soldier in American uniforms to mislead American forces in the Bulge, and after the war headed the organization that helped hundreds of ex-SS officers flee Germany. Large important and revealing lot of passports, travel documents, membership cards, etc. owned and and...

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Collectors Meeting in Zürich (4)

22 May, 2014
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I love to meet up with my fellow collectors, here with Guido & Gerhard. We had once again a great time sharing documents, collectors stories and of course collectibles. Besides that we enjoyed the great service of famous Cafe Sprüngli at Paradeplatz in Zürich. I have seen some very nice documents and was able to swap documents. Another passport collectors meeting will be on next Saturday 24 May with...

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Impressions From The London Ephemera Fair

21 May, 2014
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Twice a year the Ephemera Society UK is organizing a “Old Paper Fair” which is always interesting to visit. It was my second participation as member and it was again great fun, my UK fellow collector and good friend Ed joined me at the fair. Around 70 sellers offered their collectibles. According the society this event had 20% more visitors compared to the previous fair. This time we had...

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Passport for a Member of the Frankfurt National Assembly

20 May, 2014
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Austrian Imperial Royal Passport, Vienna, 15 May 1848, German form of paper with handwritten additions, 39 x 44.5 cm.,folded.Signed by Count Raymond Albert Zeno of Montecuccoli Laderchi (1802-1852), District Commissioner of Salzachkreis, District Marshal and Governor of Lower Austria, the Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetian. The manuscript is also undersigned from the recipient of the passport, Dr. Ignaz Neubauer, Lawyer (1816-1888). Passport valid for one year and received “/ as a...

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Herman Göring Passport Pulled From Auction

18 May, 2014
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Several tems owned by Adolf Hitler and Air Force Chief Field Marshal Hermann Göring have been withdrawn from a French auction following objections from two Jewish groups. Forty Nazi items were to have gone under the hammer at the auction auction house in Paris. The items include two Herman Göring passports and other items. According to the auction house, the items were pillaged from Hitler’s mountaintop retreat in the...

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Polish Passport Of Karol Wojtyła (Pope John Paul II)

15 May, 2014
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Im Jahr 2000 besuchte der schwerkranke Johannes Paul II. Jerusalem. An der Klagemauer schob er mit zitternder Hand einen Zettel in eine Steinfuge, wie es fromme Pilger tun. Darauf stand eine Bitte um Vergebung, die er dann in der Holocaust-Gedenkstätte Yad Vashem wiederholte, um Vergebung für alle Ausbrüche von „Hass, Verfolgung und Vertreibung, ausgelöst durch den Antisemitismus der Christen“. Es war keine fromme Predigt, sondern ein fast schon juristisch...

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Interesting Chinese Passport To Taiwan

12 May, 2014
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This 1929 Chinese passport from Fujian to Taiwan got the attention from collectors right away as the price was quickly going significantly up once it was online at a auction house. I see this type the very first time and I guess such early Chinese travel documents are truly rare to find. I do have a few Chinese and Taiwan documents but with distance my old Qing Dynasty Chinese...

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ICAO – Latest Developments On ePassports (eMRTD)

9 May, 2014
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In the last few months I got more interested on the current status of Biometric passports. The official term is eMRTD which means electronic Machine Readable Travel Documents. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which is is a specialized agency of the United Nations, sets the technical standard for passports worldwide and gives recommendations and guidelines on travel documents to its 191 member states.   Some of the most...

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The Oldest Printed Passport Of The Netherlands?

7 May, 2014
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Update 5.5.14 As assumed the document wasn’t sold! Many of the lots have been unsold which implies that all estimates and minimum bidding’s were far over estimated! The following passport is offered by a German auction house. Estimated result: €4.800 – €10.000. I am not so sure it will be sold and will keep track and report after April 26. Description by the auction house: The Hauge, Antwerp, 6...

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Bavaria, Ministry Of Foreign Affairs – Ministerialpass

5 May, 2014
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Bavaria, Ministry Of Foreign Affairs – Ministerialpass (Departmental Passport) Once more I got a awesome document for my German collection due to the support via my global network. I deeply appreciate that! What you see here is a light blue Ministerialpass (Departmental passport) from the Bavarian State Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the document is unissued (blank). This type I saw only twice in all the years of collecting. See...

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