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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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Fighting the Forger: The Secrets of your Passport

1 July, 2014
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Martin Lloyd traces passports back over three thousand years, using illustrations from his collection of historic passports to discover how passport design was influenced by a desire to confound the forger, how it developed from the handwritten paper to the technically complex document we use today and how forgers have responded to the challenge presented by secret safeguards. You will never look at your passport in the same light...

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The Invention of a Passport (eBay version)

29 June, 2014
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Recently at eBay… Original German Reich Passport, 1934 issued in Linz Indeed a real camouflage passport, right? It’s actually a Austrian passport where a Nazi Germany cover was “added”. Thank’s to Falk who sent me the link to this “passport invention”!  

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FANTASY AND CAMOUFLAGE PASSPORTS

27 June, 2014
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FANTASY AND CAMOUFLAGE PASSPORTS The following article “Fantasy and Camouflage Passports” was inspired by our fellow collector Theo as we discussed recently these kind of “passports”. Currently there are not less than 125 fantasy passports listed plus another 25 camouflage passports and 2 documents of territories which are not internationally recognized. The United Nation has currently 193 member states. Does it mean there are 193 different passports? No, because...

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US History – Philippines Islands Passport

16 June, 2014
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US History – Philippines Islands Passport I guess not many people in the USA today know that the Philippines once were US territory. After the Spanish–American War the Philippines were acquired from Spain and remained US territory from 1898-1946. This passport is from the period of the Insular Government (1901-1935) when Francis Burton Harrison was Governor General of the Philippines. He was by the way the longest serving Governor...

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