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German Passport 1944 of a (Concentration) Camp Leader

14 May, 2013

German Passport 1944 of a (Concentration) Camp Leader NS-Germany Passport 1944 issued in August 1943 to Ingeborg Bünzel who was a female Waffen-SS member and “Camp leader”, probably of a concentration camp. The document has some interesting entries and stamp and was 3 times renewed by the personal staff office of the Reichsführer-SS which is very unusual! The front-and back cover of the passport are loose and almost all stamps...

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GDR Passport Typewriter “Erika”, ca. 1970

11 May, 2013
Typewriter Erika 1970s

What a cool collectible and it’s in new condition – never used! At auction in Germany. Starting price is €80. GDR Passport Typewriter “Erika”, c. 1970 Description: For completion of driver’s licenses, passports etc. by the GDR officials. Made by Robotron, Dresden. – Never used, absolutely new. DDR-Paß-Schreibmaschine “Erika”, um 1970. Zur Beschriftung von Ausweisen, Führerscheinen, Reisepässen der DDR-Behörden. Hersteller: Robotron, Dresden. – Ungebraucht, absolut neuwertig.  

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Thomas Jefferson – Passport 1789

8 May, 2013
Thomas Jefferson passport

Thomas Jefferson recalled his departure from France in his autobiography: “I cannot leave this great and good country without expressing my sense of its preeminence of character among the nations of the earth.” Thomas Jefferson’s passport is signed by King Louis XVI, Versailles September 18, 1789 and issued to Jefferson for his return journey. Source: Library of Congress

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Zürich Passport Office Want’s Passport Returned

16 April, 2013
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Our fellow collector G.J. from Germany sent in this interesting document of the Zürich passport office. I believe its from the 70/80s or maybe earlier, the date cant be clearly identified. Actually the document is saying that Mr. Brüninger has past away and his passport should be returned (not shall) to the passport office. I never saw such a document before and I’m convinced such actions will nowadays not...

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A Interesting Polish Passport 1932-1940

8 April, 2013
A Interesting Polish Passport 1932-1940

By Neil K., Israel World War II has always caught my imagination. The stories behind the events of that period are exciting and at times unbelievable. So when I come across a passport which has a rich story behind, it should be shared. The passport here is a standard “blue jacket” Polish passport, they began to appear around 1930 and where used until 1945, later being changed to the...

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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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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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