History

Articles & pictures especially related to passport history.

The Identification Tags of German Southwest Africa (1884-1915)

3 April, 2013
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Already in 1900 the German South-West Africa seriously was thinking about how a reliable identification of the natives without much fuss could be made possible. The European system of passports or identity cards of different design was far too complicated to simply be copied. Nevertheless risked the colonial authorities issuing passports to a number of natives made of paper and cardboard in some districts. The experiment was doomed to fail...

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Passport Collecting – What is it all about?

31 March, 2013

This was one of the presentattions from our passport collectors meeting in Berlin last year. Enjoy! Passport collecting – What is it all about? The Collection & Documentation of a Great Collector Passport collector Peter Linnepe Germany presented by http://www.passport-collector.com First Int. Passport Collectors Meeting Berlin 12-13 May 2012 presented by http://www.passport-collector.com WELCOME My intention to build passport-collector.com… 1. There was nothing for my needs! 2. Promote Passport collecting...

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The “Runde Ecke” Memorial Museum

8 February, 2013

History The building is located on the site, where around 1000 the first German castle was built in a mainly Slavic / Sorbic populated area. The old city wall of Leipzig ran just outside this place. 1911 to 1913 the new office building of the “Alte Leipziger” Fire Insurance Company was built. Rumour has it that the house was used by the Gestapo in the time of National Socialism....

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Passport Of Francis X. Bushman

11 January, 2013

Francis X. Bushman, Actor Born Francis Xavier Bushman on Jan. 10, 1883 in Norfolk, VA Died Aug. 23, 1966 of heart attack in Pacific Palisades, CA Francis X. Bushman was one of the great lovers of the silent screen. Bushman’s rugged good looks and expansive, eye-catching gestures made him the “King of the Movies” in an era that knew many film greats, including Charlie Chaplin, William S. Hart and...

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Another East German Dienstpass (Service passport) for my collection

2 January, 2013

Travel documents from East Germany are a quite interesting collection field – especially for me as German. While the latest documents issued in the 80/90s are still frequently and inexpensive available documents before 1960 are rare to find. Also this Dienstpass (Service passport) is everything else than common. Several types of this model were issued during the years and I believe I have now 3-4 different types. Further highlights...

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Kuwaiti travel documents

25 December, 2012
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KUWAIT: Traveling in the 1930s was not as a familiar process as it is nowadays since Kuwaiti people, back in the days, had no passports to travel with. They traveled to few countries and were restricted to an agreement between the government of Kuwait and the British Empire, researcher in the Kuwaiti heritage Dr Yagoub Al-Ghunaim said yesterday. People who wanted to travel had to go the Amir’s Secretary...

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Diplomatic Passport Of East Germanys Minister Of State Security (STASI)

13 December, 2012
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Diplomatic Passport Of East Germany’s Minister Of State Security (STASI) This is the East German Diplomatic Passport of Erich Mielke (December 28, 1907 – May 21, 2000) a German Communist politician and Minister of State Security of the German Democratic Republic from 1957 to 1989. A hard-line Stalinist, he spent several years in the Soviet Union. Mielke held the military rank of four star Army General. In 1993, he...

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My German passport found in Shanghai

8 December, 2012

(by PETER NASH, Sydney) My German passport found in Shanghai Sitting at the computer my wife Rieke knew something special had come into the ‘inbox’ and called me immediately. The unknown sender titled the Subject: “Lost Passport in Shanghai” – a topic with which I was familiar as I had initiated connections to owners of two German Passports a few years earlier. However, this time there was an attachment...

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Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma

15 November, 2012
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Louis of Battenberg, the great grandson of Queen Victoria, and second cousin of George V, was born in Windsor, England, on 25th June, 1900. His father, Prince Louis of Battenberg, had been born in Austria. As a result of the anti-German feelings in Britain during the First World War the family changed its name from Battenberg to Mountbatten. Mountbatten was educated at Osborne and Dartmouth Royal Naval College (1913-16)....

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US Passport of Zeppelin LZ 129 Hindenburg Airship Passengers

11 November, 2012
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WOW! What a piece of history! What you see here is the US Passport of Zeppelin LZ 129 Hindenburg Airship Passengers – Mr. & Mrs. Brown flying to Germany and Europe on Aug 16, 1936. LZ 129 Hindenburg (Luftschiff Zeppelin #129; Registration: D-LZ 129) was a large German commercial passenger-carrying rigid airship, the lead ship of the Hindenburg class, the longest class of flying machine and the largest airship...

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