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Passport issued by Count Friedrich von Zeppelin 1828

12 July, 2015

Original posting was from June 2012 I am very delighted to share with you this outstanding document which I could only acquire by support of a great fellow collector. Theo, you are the best! Again you made it possible! I wish I could do something for you soon too. Another great example of collector`s collaboration. You really contribute to the collector`s community in the very best way! Unfortunately there...

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Passport To Freedom

10 July, 2015
Haiti passport 1930

View and read the great story of a Jewish family escaping the Nazis in Berlin by purchasing land in Haiti. In this way they were granted a Haitian passport! A less known possibility and escape route when it comes to emigration of Jews during the Holocaust. Thank you Mary for sharing this awesome story! Click the Full screen icon to see a large presentation! Passport to freedom from Mary...

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Passport Applications: A Rich Genealogical Resource

7 July, 2015

Patricia O’Brien Shawker , “Passport Applications: A Rich Genealogical Resource,” OnBoard 13 (May 2007): 12-13. Passport applications can be an excellent source of genealogical information for ancestors who were known to have worked or traveled outside the United States. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has the passport applications, not the actual passports, that were issued by the State Department from October 1795 through 31 March 1925. The...

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Damien Hirst – British Visitor’s Passport Sold At Auction

1 July, 2015

Considering that Damian Hurst is one of the most expensive and wanted modern artists, for which you have to pay Millions of Pounds for his art works, his British Visitor Passport from 1986 was gone for just £875 including premium. I would not be surprised if we will see the same document offered in the near future at a much higher value. Will keep my eyes open… Description of...

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On Top Of The World

23 June, 2015

On 29 May 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain. Travelling as part of a British expedition, they were the first climbers to ever reach the 8,848m summit. The Otago Museum in Dunedin, New Zealand is showing his passport from 1953 and the passport of late Sir Edmund Hillary. I couldn’t find any passport pictures from Tenzing Norgay (Indian...

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Surrender On Demand – Varian Fry In Nazi Occupied France

20 June, 2015
Fry place

When I started to read his book “Surrender on Demand – Rescue of German Emigrants in Marseilles 1940/41 “ I was instantly caught by his work and stories. You get a vivid impression how Paris was at that time when it was occupied by the Nazis and how dangerous it was for refugees and enemies of the Third Reich. This article will give you some kind of book review...

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Vidkun Quisling Diplomatic Passport Not Sold

18 June, 2015

Vidkun Abraham Lauritz Jonssøn Quisling was a Norwegian politician and officer, commonly known as one of World War II’s most infamous traitors. He held the office of Minister President of Norway from February 1, 1942, to the end of World War II, while the elected social democratic cabinet of Johan Nygaardsvold was exiled in London. Quisling was tried for high treason and executed by firing squad after the war....

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Immigration And Emigration In The 19th Century

15 June, 2015

The State Archive of Lucerne (Switzerland) is a excellent source for this topic. I found valuable information on emigration which is always also a topic of immigration. Maybe specific for the Swiss emigration was the a large share of emigrants headed to foreign countries to be soldiers in foreign armies. Example USA: Between 1815 and 1915, some 30 million Europeans arrived in the United States. For many it was...

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German Passport 1646 (permit to pass), Duchess of Hesse

10 June, 2015

Very rare and early identification document from the final phase of the Thirty Years’ War for a duke’s messenger to Eisleben and Herringen, which probably was responsible for the conveyance of the princely annual Christmas post. – On the lower right corner is a note found on the disbursement of wages messengers (27 guilders) of 30 Januar 1647th – Anna Eleanor, daughter of the Landgrave Ludwig V of Hesse-Darmstadt...

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Free City of Danzig

9 June, 2015

The website has everything what you need to know about the Free City of Danzig. Beside the excellent gallery of the three passport types in seven versions (direct link here…) you will find vast information, media and much more about the city. Truly a excellent site. I still do enjoy reading… Last but not least you will find displayed also a “Alien Passport” version which is most rare...

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