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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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Anatomy of Biometric Passports

12 June, 2014
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Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 490362, 8 pages http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/490362 Research Article Anatomy of Biometric Passports Dominik Malčík and Martin Drahanský Faculty of Information Technology, Brno University of Technology, Božetĕchova 2, 61266 Brno, Czech Republic Received 25 May 2012; Accepted 18 July 2012 Academic Editor: Tai Hoon Kim Copyright © 2012 Dominik Malčík and Martin Drahanský. This is an open access article distributed under the...

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British Passport 1792 FITZGERALD Lord Robert Stephen

8 June, 2014
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BRITISH PASSPORT 1792 FITZGERALD LORD ROBERT STEPHEN – PASSPORT TO CROSS SWITZERLAND … to allow free passage MISTER PAIJOL officer in the regiment of the Marquis of Autichamps serving his Britannic majesty going to join his body Dusseldorf Germany,  signed passport valid for two months,  BERNE 1 October 1792, signature ROBERT FITZGERALD Minister, good general condition is back with two beautiful wax seals in very good condition some old...

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Adolf Hitler’s Passport

2 June, 2014
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Where is Adolf Hitler’s passport? This article was published first in the German Spiegel Magazine 52/2001 (Link to the original German article) and gives a good overview of the whereabouts of Hitler’s estate including his passport. You can easily translate the text with the language translation tool at my website. First select German then switch to English. This article was motivated by the recent occurrence of two passports from...

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Collectors Meeting in Zürich (5)

31 May, 2014
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Knowing Edi more than 2 years we managed to meet up in Zürich and we spend a great time together to discuss our common desire – passport collecting. Edi is collecting since 1985 and has around 1000 travel documents in his collection and he is collecting just what he likes with no specific focus. He showed me some pretty collectibles and we spend 5 hours together including a nice...

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Nazi Germany Passport Issued In Luxembourg

28 May, 2014
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Nazi Germany Passport Issued In Luxembourg Here comes a very nice addition to my own collection. A German passport issued at the German Embassy in Luxembourg 17 Oct 1939 – just three weeks after WWII begun and eight month before Nazi Germany occupied Luxembourg in Mai 1940. Pay attention to the handwritten remark on page one as it’s stated “Tsch.Pass No.318 v. 14.4.1923, Paris”. So it looks like the...

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The finest example of security features of any 19th century passport!

26 May, 2014
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This 1866 passport from the Kingdom of Saxony, Germany I just got recently. A very unusual type and very different to the standard type. Besides the early Wander books which was at the same time a passport it’s possible that Germany was one or THE country which issued passport booklets so early. But look at the “security features”! Color thread binding – sealed, Micro printing, Coat of Arms watermark,...

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ICAO 24 Nov 2015 Deadline

25 May, 2014
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The 24 November 2015 deadline: what is it all about? The 24 November 2015 deadline comes from from Standard 3.10.1 in Annex 9 — Facilitation. ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) are contained in Annexes to the Chicago Convention, the main international law instrument regulating civil aviation matters globally. Annex 9 — Facilitation contains SARPs related to border controls and inspection formalities, including MRTDs. The deadline refers to non-machine...

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SKORZENY’S PASSPORTS

24 May, 2014
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OTTO AND ILSE SKORZENY’S PASSPORTS OTTO SKORZENY (1908 – 1975) Nazi officer and Hitler’s chief and favorite commando, he made a daring mountain-top rescue of Mussolini, placed english-speaking soldier in American uniforms to mislead American forces in the Bulge, and after the war headed the organization that helped hundreds of ex-SS officers flee Germany. Large important and revealing lot of passports, travel documents, membership cards, etc. owned and and...

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Collectors Meeting in Zürich (4)

22 May, 2014
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I love to meet up with my fellow collectors, here with Guido & Gerhard. We had once again a great time sharing documents, collectors stories and of course collectibles. Besides that we enjoyed the great service of famous Cafe Sprüngli at Paradeplatz in Zürich. I have seen some very nice documents and was able to swap documents. Another passport collectors meeting will be on next Saturday 24 May with...

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