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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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ID-Card For Members Of The Consular Service – Munich/Germany 1976

2 December, 2013
ID-Card For Members Of The Consular Service – Munich/Germany 1976

Not a passport but however a interesting document which you also don’t see often.  “Ausweis für Mitglieder des Konsularkorps”. This ID-Card for Members of the Consular Service was issued to Honorary Consul of the Republic of Uganda, Dr. Hans Christian Kopf. It is stated that the bearer should be allowed to travel freely and unhindered but at the same time it is stated this document is NOT a passport!...

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Did You Ever Heard About KIRIBATI?

29 November, 2013
Did You Ever Heard About KIRIBATI?

I have to admit I needed to do some research when I got this document offered. KIRIBATI? What? Well, Kiribati is a island nation in the central tropical Pacific Ocean. The permanent population is just over 100,000 (2011) on 800 square kilometers (310 sq mi).The nation is composed of 32 atolls and one raised coral island, Banaba, dispersed over 3.5 million square kilometers, (1,351,000 square miles) straddling the equator, and bordering the International Date...

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UNION OF SOUTH AFRICA 1923 – A RARE PASSPORT

26 November, 2013
UNION OF SOUTH AFRICA 1923 – A RARE PASSPORT

If you see this precious piece you could think the passport is covered in Elephant leather (which is of course not the case). Meet Shopkeeper David Weinberg, born in Lithuania in 1894. His Union of South Africa Passport was issued in Pretoria 19th November 1923 and that makes the document today 90years old. As you all know I do collecting for quite a while but believe me a Union...

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Nazi Germany Passport issued in LUXEMBOURG (RRRR)

24 November, 2013
Nazi Germany Passport issued in LUXEMBOURG (RRRR)

This passport was issued on 17 October 1939 to Michael Flügel, his wife and two children just a few weeks after WWII begun but well before the German occupation of Luxembourg in May 1940. Another great item to my collection as German passports issued in Luxembourg are extremely hard to find. ________________________________________________________________________________ The Luxembourgish government had pursued a policy of neutrality since the “Luxembourg Crisis” of 1867 had highlighted...

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“A BRAVE MAN”. Anniversary Of The Rescue Of Danish Jews

21 November, 2013
“A BRAVE MAN”. Anniversary Of The Rescue Of Danish Jews

On the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the rescue of the Danish Jews, the Foreign Office published an expanded and updated revision of the 2004 release commemorative publication “Georg Ferdinand Duckwitz. Rescuing the Danish Jews.” Duckwitz (1904-1973) had warned as a shipping expert at the German Embassy in Copenhagen in October 1943 of the impending deportation of Danish Jews, enabling the escape of about 7,000 people. For this...

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Interesting German Passport 1939, London

11 November, 2013
Germany 1939 London-002

THIS passport is not only a very interesting document regarding the “ANSCHLUSS” of Austria into Nazi-Germany it shows also the influence of NAZISM abroad on German citizens. In this case the German Embassy in London forced a maid to return to Germany! 26 year young Austrian born Maria Paintner got a permission to “Land at Dover” on 28 Feb 1938. So stated in the permit on her Austrian passport...

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Most Rare German Empire Passport For My Collection

8 November, 2013
Grossherzogswappen_Mecklenburg_(Schwerin&Strelitz)

For a passport collector like me aiming to get the German Empire States complete it was a great joy to fill a huge gap by acquiring this most rare type from the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. This passport type is not only extremely rare but it comes also in a excellent condition. The passport was issued 1890 for Eduard Ephraimson and his wife Pauline. Eduard was 47 years old...

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Scottish Passport For The National Museum of Scotland

1 November, 2013
Scottish Passport For The National Museum of Scotland

Thomas C. Archer was appointed as Director of The Industrial Museum of Scotland …in 1860 and occupied this position until 1864. In 1864, in anticipation of a major new building opening to house the growing museum, the Museum was renamed the ‘Edinburgh Museum of Science and Art’. Archer’s job title then changed to be Director of the Edinburgh Museum of Science and Art, a post he held until his...

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Airship Hindenburg Disaster – Passport & Passenger Ticket

28 October, 2013
Airship Hindenburg Disaster – Passport & Passenger Ticket

Airship Hindenburg Disaster – Passenger Ticket And Passport Burtis J. “Bert” Dolan’s passenger ticket and passport survived the final flight and disaster of the German zeppelin Hindenburg. Through the courtesy of the Burtis J. Dolan family archive, the ticket is now on exhibit in the Smithsonian National Postal Museum exhibition Fire & Ice: Hindenburg and Titanic. The ticket, #2398, was purchased from the Zeppelin operating company only two days...

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