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UNMIK Travel Document

9 October, 2013
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An UNMIK Travel Document was a passport-sized document used to foreign travel for residents of Kosovo who were not able to obtain a passport from Yugoslavia.The document was issued by the UNMIK from 2000till 2008. After the government of Kosovo started to issue their own passports, the UNMIK ceased issuing them. Existing documents retained their validity until expiry (the last ones expired in 2010). The travel document was not...

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Samuel Colt And His Passports

6 October, 2013
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Samuel Colt a native of Hartford, Connecticut, is known as one of the greatest inventors and industrialists of the nineteenth century. He amassed a fortune manufacturing his well-known revolvers in Hartford and selling them in the United States and abroad. I stumbled upon a small batch of documents that includes four of his passports. Two of the passports were issued in 1849 (one from the US Legation in England...

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First International Passports (video)

3 October, 2013
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This article was first posted at my website in July 2011 now updated and republished. First International (European) passports for Steel-Coal Community officials, Luxembourg – 7 October 1953 Steel-Coal Community officials going through customs and show their national passports. At the Steel-Coal Community headquarters in Luxembourg, M. Jean Monnet hands over their new European passports to several of his organization’s staff. After ceremony Mr. Reinz (Dutch) chief of Transport...

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Provisional Certificate Of German Nationality Used As Travel Document

24 September, 2013
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Well, I do collect for quite some years but when US fellow collector Tom Richards sent me the pictures of this document I was really surprised. I was not aware that a Certificate of Nationality can be used as a travel document. I believe this is a unique circumstance. What makes the document even more special is the fact that it bears not less than ten (10) Allied Military...

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PETER III OF RUSSIA (1728-1762), Tsar of Russia, Passport

18 September, 2013
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PETER III OF RUSSIA (1728-1762) Tsar of Russia for six months, assassinated, married to the future Catherine the Great. Autograph printed document (for travel) signed Peter Prince zur Holstein, written in German, dated castle of Reval May 11th, 1747, with paper seal. Partly cut with loss of margin and part of paper seal. Contemporary notes on verso, partly lacking. This is truly a document of significant Russian history and...

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LUDVIG XVI, King Of France, Passport

12 September, 2013
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LUDVIG XVI,  King of France. Passport, printed and handwritten, signed “Louis”, for m. Felix Soffiet “fabriquant de bas”, for a journey from Paris to Gothenburg. Dated Versailles March 3 1782, 1 page in folio, some tears in the foldings. Countersigned De Vergennes. Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes (20 December 1717 – 13 February 1787) was a French statesman and diplomat, French Foreign Minister at the time of the American...

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Rare Collection Of Nazi Documents Donated

2 September, 2013
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Rare collection of Nazi documents donated A rare collection of stamps, letters, ID cards and other documents of the Nazi era was donated to the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. Valued at $260,000, the Edward Victor Philatelic Holocaust Collection was acquired and organized by Victor, a retired Los Angeles lawyer, over a 30-year period. In many cases the content tracks the fate of a given Jewish family from...

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North Korean Passport (50/60’s)

30 August, 2013
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What you see here is a very very very rare collectible … North Korea Passport (DPRK) , unissued, ca. 50/60’s, 28 pages, excellent condition Russian, Korean and (traditional) Chinese., see pictures This is a passport (for foreign travels) of North Korea (People’s Korean Democratic Republic). And it has pages for visas, this is main sign that this passport is for travels abroad. Some explanation of each page (according to...

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THE ALLIED “PASSIERSCHEIN” SAFE CONDUCT PASSES OF WWII

29 August, 2013
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THE ALLIED “PASSIERSCHEIN” SAFE CONDUCT PASSES OF WWII SGM Herbert A. Friedman (Ret.) made a nice article and summary of these documents. Here is a brief introduction and please visit his website at   http://www.psywarrior.com/GermanSCP.html to read the full story. By the time the United States entered World War II in December 1941, the British, French and Russians had already printed and dropped a host of surrender leaflets on...

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Evolution of the UAE passport

23 August, 2013
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Mustafa Al Zarooni / 23 August 2013 While history could be “the biography of great men”, as Thomas Carlyle wrote, we encounter it through collections of yellow-tinged papers and photographs and artefacts. Museums, which display these archives, are the house of history. They tell the tales of nations, people, their rulers, customs, beliefs and turning points. Al Dana Museum at the General Directorate of Naturalisation and Foreigners Affairs in...

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