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UK Passport 1933 of a Secret Service Agent

11 January, 2014
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This is a very unique document – a UK passport of a former SIS (MI-6) Agent! The Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), often known as MI6, collects Britain’s foreign intelligence. The Service is based at Vauxhall Cross in London. Its Chief is Sir John Sawers. SIS provides Her Majesty’s Government with a global covert capability to promote and defend the national security and economic well-being of the United Kingdom. Meet...

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Chinue Sugihara – The Conspiracy of Kindness

9 January, 2014
Chinue Sugihara – The Conspiracy of Kindness

Here is a video documentation in six parts made by the History Channel telling the story of Chinue Sugihara. Watch all parts to understand what he did to save Jewish lives. Chiune Sugihara (1 January 1900 – 31 July 1986) was a Japanese diplomat who served as Vice-Consul for the Empire of Japan in Lithuania. During World War II, he helped several thousand Jews leave the country by issuing...

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German Passport 1929, Tientsin

2 January, 2014
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German Passport 1929, Tientsin Meet German Engineer Karl Wick which passport was issued at the German Consulate General in Tientsin, China on 13. April 1929. A rare piece of German passport history! You can imagine not many passports were issued there and even less survived until today – more than 80 years after issuing! Great visas documenting Karl’s travels which includes China, Russia, Poland, Belgium, Germany, France and Chile....

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The Passport Of Peter Walker

30 December, 2013
The Passport Of Peter Walker

(by William Walker, UK) The Passport Of Peter Walker Read the great story of a UK navigator at a Wellington bomber during WW II.Thank you very much William for contacting me and share with us this amazing story and passport of your father. Peter Walker was born in 1915 on Christmas eve.He went to Hotel college in Lausanne during the pre-war years, leaving for England in July of 1939...

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Nazi Passport Issued 1946 (!)

27 December, 2013
Nazi Passport Issued 1946 (!)

Nazi Passport, Cologne / Germany, August 7, 1946 Nazi Germany was defeated by the allied forces and WWII was already over for more than one year but the passport office in Cologne / Germany issued still this passport with Swastika for Elise Wolber, a house wife from Cologne and 64 years old. The passport was valid for just one year and don’t have any visa. The Swastika on the...

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Galeazzo Ciano – Foreign Minister of Fascist Italy – Diplomatic Passport

24 December, 2013
Galeazzo Ciano – Foreign Minister of Fascist Italy – Diplomatic Passport

Galeazzo Ciano – Foreign Minister of Fascist Italy – Diplomatic Passport Galeazzo Ciano, dei conti di Cortellazzo, was born on 18 March 1903 at Leghorn, the son of Admiral Costanzo Ciano, an Italian hero of World War I and an early supporter of Mussolini. After gaining his degree young Ciano dabbled for a time in journalism and then in 1925 entered the Italian diplomatic service. He served briefly at...

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NORTH KOREAN PASSPORT

17 December, 2013
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NORTH KOREAN PASSPORT 1992 – What A Rare Piece! You might have read my article about facts of the North Korean (DPRK) Passport. Well, I just can display now a obsolete document of such a passport. Unfortunately I missed the chance to get it for my own collection but with support of a fellow collector from China I can at least share the pictures. If you as a collector...

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United States Of The Ionian Islands (British Protectorate), Passport 1856

13 December, 2013
United States Of The Ionian Islands (British Protectorate), Passport 1856

The United States of the Ionian Islands was a state and amical protectorate of the United Kingdom between 1815 and 1864. It was the successor state of the Septinsular Republic. It covered the territory of the Ionian Islands, located in modern Greece, to whom it was ceded as a gift of the United Kingdom to the newly enthroned King George I,at the end of the protectorate. On 29 March...

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Swiss Passport History (German)

7 December, 2013

Source: SF (Swiss TV) with 54 photos Wie der Pass rot wurde… Einen Pass zu haben, erscheint uns als selbstverständlich. Dabei gibt es das kleine Büchlein noch keine 100 Jahre. Und seine mittlerweile klassische Farbe Rot bekam der Schweizer Pass auch erst vor 50 Jahren verpasst. Das Wort «Pass» leitet sich vom lateinischen «passare» ab, was so viel wie «durchgehen» oder «passieren» heisst. Die Entwicklung des Passes ist eng...

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US Re-Entry Permit, Department Of Justice

5 December, 2013
US Re-Entry Permit, Department Of Justice

This white “Travel Document” is rarely to spot. The Guideline M396-11/2011 of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement doesn’t display this document. The reason might be as this document is issued by the Department of Justice. Look at the pictures of the Re-Entry permit and at the last few pages you will find a explanation when such a document will be issued. For my understanding the procedure to issue such...

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