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New US Passport In 2016

15 October, 2014
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A new US Passport is scheduled for 2016 and here are the core facts… The chip, embedded in the information page, will be protected by a polycarbonate coating that helps prevent your book from getting wet or bending when you sit on it, or drop it off the Eiffel Tower The US is going back to its old ways and putting numbers on its passports pages, whether you get the standard 28-page book,...

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ID Card German Princess

12 October, 2014
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ID CARD of German Princess Marie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein Usually I do not collect ID-Cards but this German PASS-KARTE from Prussia is a exception because it was issued to Princss Marie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, which is one of Germany’s oldest noble dynasty. Definitely a nice finding for my collection. Here is the brief genealogy and of course pictures of the PassKarte. This document was Germany’s first standardized ID-Card. Her Pass-Karte was...

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US Passport 1796 issued by David Humphreys

9 October, 2014
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US Passport 1796 issued by David Humphreys – THIS is one of the most exceptional passports a collector can get! A historical treasure of its finest and truly a highlight of American history in general and of US passport history in specific! One of the earliest passports of the United States of America issued by David Humphreys (July 10, 1752 – February 21, 1818) Travel passes were required by...

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Organization Of American States – Travel Document

3 October, 2014
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A organization with it’s own “Official Travel Document”. Pictures and details after the introduction. The Organization of American States is the world’s oldest regional organization, dating back to the First International Conference of American States, held in Washington, D.C., from October 1889 to April 1890. That meeting approved the establishment of the International Union of American Republics, and the stage was set for the weaving of a web of...

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Experiences as a Queen’s Messenger

1 October, 2014
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Experiences as a Queen’s Messenger by Lieutenant Colonel Kimmins John Kimmins had an army career which started in Sandhurst from where he joined a Cavalry regiment. On retirement at 55 he became a Queen’s Messenger. For those who know little more than that there are such individuals as Queens’ messengers it seems like an easy job: flying Club class everywhere (although in the early days this was always first...

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30 September, 2014
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US Passport signed by Minister Rufus King 1798

28 September, 2014
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(Source: U.S. Diplomacy Center) Rufus King, a signer of the U.S. Constitution, also served as a diplomat and authorized this passport, giving David Hinckley permission to “pass without giving or suffering any molestation or hindrance.” Issued in 1798, this is the oldest American artifact in the United States Diplomacy Center collection. From the founding of our nation until 1856 when Congress enacted new passport laws, many government entities issued...

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Celebrity Passports Auction Results

28 September, 2014
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These 4 celebrities reached so far the highest prices. Lou Gehrig ($263.000), Marilyn Monroe ($115.000), James Joyce ($98.696) & Albert Einstein ($93.000) All collectors know to find nice old passports is difficult and to find celebrity passports is even more challenging. But from time to time it`s possible. On some auctions houses you could find in the past the celebrities as listed. Via my website I got also several...

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What does your passport mean to you?

23 September, 2014
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What does your passport mean to you? It might represent your nationality or your ability to live and work in a certain country. Perhaps it reminds you of having your passport photo taken – a traumatic experience even for the most photogenic – or of the frequently infuriating bureaucracy of visas and entry requirements that overseas travel can entail. Some see the sheer fact of owning a passport as...

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Meet Ruth Bielaski Shipley

19 September, 2014
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Ruth Bielaski Shipley (April 20, 1885 – November 3, 1966) was head of the Passport Division of the United States Department of State for 27 years from 1928 to 1955. She became head of the Passport Division in 1928, the first woman to hold the position, after twice declining the appointment. She succeeded foreign service officer Parker Wilson Buhrman  and initially headed a staff of more than 70. In...

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