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French Passport on Sheep Skin (!)

16 August, 2014
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Well, here just an example of a readers request for support… Subject: 19th Century French Passport This is a very unusual passport in that it is dated 1801 and printed on sheepskin. The owner contacted me to help him place an insurance value on it because he now lives in Houston, TX, not Paris. Can you help a little bit? Please. The dimensions are 19″ x 21″ for the...

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SCAM ALERT! ATTENTION!

14 August, 2014
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Update 22th Aug : Further Scam emails are: hakeemahmed@live.com naseefapple@gmail.com ahmanfas@gmail.com rizvimdm@gmail.com lalithgunadasa@gmail.com navin41@hotmail.com maxbrown073@gmail.com   ATTENTION! SCAM ALERT! Currently there are guys offering old British Ceylon passports for insane high prices. I was contacted from 7 different people asking between $18.000 and $30.000 US for such a document in bad quality! This is one of the guys who was contacting me claiming he sold 2 of these passports...

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eBay US Customer Service Is Bottom Quality!

13 August, 2014
ebay sucks

eBay US Customer Service Is Bottom Quality and unfortunately the get away with it! Just another worse eBay experience! I listed a old obsolete US passport and eBay cancelled my listing within a few hours referring to the “Government & ID policy” and stating that I listed a non-US document. Obviously they are wrong but it doesn’t help as you can’t contact them to fix the issue. With the...

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Diana, Princess of Wales

6 August, 2014
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Diana, Princess of Wales (Diana Frances; nee Spencer; 1 July 1961 – 31 August 1997), was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, who is the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. Diana was born into an aristocratic English family with royal ancestry as The Honourable Diana Spencer. She was the fourth child of John Spencer, Viscount Althorp and his first wife, the Honourable Frances...

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Isabella Bird and her travels

3 August, 2014
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Intrepid travel writer and photographer Isabella Bird (1831-1904) was one of the 19th century’s most remarkable women travellers. Her intrepid global travels and her subsequent travel books made her famous at home and abroad. Over coming poor health and the restrictions of a male dominated society, Bird travelled extensively into her old age. Countries she visited included America, Hawaii, India, Kurdistan, the Persian Gulf, Iran, Tibet, Malaysia, Korea, Japan...

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PayPal quietly charges fees

1 August, 2014
paypal mad

Paypal has quietly started charging for using the Friends and Family transaction While it still says on the Paypal site, in at least two different places, that “It’s always free to send money to friends and family when you use your PayPal balance or bank account,” as you can clearly see from the screen shot below, that is suddenly not true, at least for certain transactions. “It’s always free...

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Irish Passport with 5 AMG Revenues

31 July, 2014
Ireland 1948 (2)

Our fellow collector Theo shared this nice document with us. A Irish passport issued 1948 with nice Allied Military Government (AMG) revenue stamps. I guess not often to find in this combination. Enjoy.  

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Diplomatic ID-Card Nazi Germany

28 July, 2014
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Not a diplomatic passport but a diplomatic ID card of a captain of the German Navy which was a supporting officer to the Military Attache at the Independent State of Croatia. A nice and rare document, issued 1944. Enjoy

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Celebrity Passports

25 July, 2014
Celebrity Passports

Update: Aleksandr Lukashenko, Mae West and John Metaxas added CLICK on the picture to see the gallery! Celebrity passports are mostly offered at auction houses in the US. Mainly they are not bought by passport collectors but by film & sport fans or autograph collectors. Sometimes you are lucky and you even find them on eBay. Enjoy the gallery…and let me know when you have more pictures of celebrity...

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French Passport 1602

24 July, 2014
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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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