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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
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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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ISRAEL Border Control Clearance

21 July, 2014
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As I just learned from my friend Avi, Israel has a new system of Border Control Clearance and is not stamping your passport any more when entering or leaving the country. Instead you will get a so called “Border Control Clearance” – Slip as shown. This procedure is introduced since end of 2013. If you have any evidence in your passport of having visited Israel, you can be denied...

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Passbrief (Passport) 1793 Holy Roman Empire

18 July, 2014
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This Passbrief (Passport) 1793 of the Holy Roman Empire is very very rare, large (40 x 53 cm / 15.75 x – 20.87 inch)  and was issued at the Reichshof in Vienna for a trip from Vienna to Regensburg. The pass includes beautiful font graphic and also a large paper seal with diameter of 12 cm! Particularly interesting is the signature on the bottom left of Franz de Paula...

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Who is Georg von Bekesy?

15 July, 2014
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Georg von Bekesy was born in Budapest, Hungary on June 3, 1899; he died in Honolulu on June 13, 1972. He was the only Nobel Prize winner to ever work at the University of Hawaii. His hobby was collecting art objects and books about art. In 1961 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for his research on the function of the cochlea in the mammalian...

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Identity and Identification

12 July, 2014
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Identity and Identification – another great lecture from Gresham College… Identity and Identification Professor Jane Caplan Overview You may know who you are, but how do I know that you really are who you say you are?  How are you going to prove to me, a skeptical stranger or a suspicious official, that you are telling me the truth? How, in other words, can you be identified as an individual, and how...

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How Powerful is Your Passport?

9 July, 2014
How Powerful is Your Passport?

How Powerful is Your Passport? click the map to see full picture Even in our digital world, a 3X5 inch paper booklet we call the passport dominates our ability to travel between countries. But no two national passports are created equal. As we all know some passports enjoy a lot more privileges than others. Check out this infographic from GOOD Infographics to see how your passport ranks in terms of...

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US Passport Philippines Islands

6 July, 2014
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US Passport Philippines Islands Here comes another US Passport Philippines Islands. This passport was issued 1930. As mentioned earlier in another article these types of US passports are rare too find and not many US citizens know today that the Philippines and Manila were once US territory. Enjoy the gallery (click to see larger pictures). I just explored that there is a nice and entertaining Facebook page about the...

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Infineon beefs up e-passport chips

3 July, 2014
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Infineon beefs up e-passport chips Here some technical information on the chips which are used in recent biometric passports and a outlook what will come… Infineon’s SLE78 security controller is being used to forge high-speed e-passports with high bit rates and CC EAL6+h certified flash. Enabled by the latest Logical Data Structure specification from the International Civil Aviation Organization, e-passports are now capable of storing e-visa, entry/exit stamps and...

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Two New Books On Passport History! A MUST HAVE For Any Serious Collector! Click for details!