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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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British Agent (Wife’s Passport)

13 September, 2014
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Major Ian Pirie was a British agent working for the Secret Service – SOE. The Special Operations Executive (SOE) was a British World War II organization. Major Pirie was stationed in Crete. Niki Dermetzi, a devastating blonde at the Argentina night club, was his girlfriend. THIS is her British passport issued 1947 in London with lots of revenues: 7 Greek, 1 British, 2 Turkish & 3 Spanish and many...

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Interpol Stolen and Lost Travel Documents Database

8 September, 2014
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INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database enables INTERPOL National Central Bureaus and other authorized law enforcement entities (such as immigration and border control officers) to ascertain the validity of a travel document in seconds. The SLTD database was created in 2002, following the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks in the US, to help member countries secure their borders and protect their citizens from terrorists and other dangerous...

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Virginia Woolf Passport Page

3 September, 2014
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Update 18 September: unsold! Unique passport photo of the exceedingly rare British writer British passport page, signed below in fountain pen. The page bears two ink stamps indicating the date of issue, April 18, 1933. In fine condition, with the date stamp trivially affecting a couple letters of the signature. This portrait of the 51-year-old Woolf resembles the most famous photo of her, taken at age 20, with both...

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The Canadian Passport – Early Years

31 August, 2014
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Early years of the Canadian passport The story of the Canadian passport is entwined with Canada’s history, both as a colony of Great Britain and as a neighbor of the United States. Before 1862, Canadians, as British subjects, could travel freely to and from the United States without passports. To travel to Europe, however, a Canadian had to obtain a British passport from the Foreign Office in London. Those...

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NZten.com – Bring Back Ten-Year Passport

30 August, 2014
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NZten.com is the website which aims to bring back the 10 Year New Zealand Passport NZ passports were once valid for 10 years. This changed in 2005 when the validity was cut to 5 years but the passport fees were more than doubled to NZ$153 today. I was in contact with Kyle Lockwood, spokesman for New Zealand Ten Year Passports and we discussed about the validity of passports. Visit...

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The Evolution of the Australian Passport

28 August, 2014
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Early Australian passports are rare to spot. I had only this one in the past. If your collection focus is Australia then you should grab such early documents whenever they appear. The Australian Government first started issuing passports in 1901 following the federation of the colonies. However, Australia’s first federal passport regulations were not introduced until 3 September 1912. And it was another three years before the Australian Government...

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