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AMERICAN SEAMAN’S PROTECTION CERTIFICATE

9 April, 2015
Notary Protection Certificate issued to Andrew Boteler, mariner, 11 May 1796. Dated seventeen days before the passage of the Act that prescribed use of Seamen's Protections, it served the same purpose. A document such as this would later often be required by the collector in order for a seaman to obtain a certificate from the Custom House

Seamen’s Protection Certificates were usually printed documents, varying in size and style, that were carried by American seamen as proof of citizenship. The certificate was obtained by the individual through the customhouse, public notary, or U.S. Consul when required in a foreign port. It contained the person’s name, birthplace, approximate age, height, skin color, eye and hair color, and other distinctive descriptive information, such as the location of scars...

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MUSSOLINI’S ATTEMPTED ASSASSINATION

6 April, 2015
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MUSSOLINI’S ATTEMPTED ASSASSINATION Passport of the Hon Violet Gibson, used by her on her journey to Rome where she attempted to assassinate Benito Mussolini, together with other family papers, the collection comprising: her passport no. 158876, issued to “The Honourable Violet Albinia Gibson”, her photograph date-stamped by the Foreign Office 6 November 1924, the passport marked as valid until 6 November 1926, with visa-stamps made on her embarkation from...

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First Federal Republic Of Germany Passport

31 March, 2015
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As a vivid researcher and collector of German passports it gives me today a great pleasure to display the very first “Federal Republic Of Germany” passport. After WWII Germany was occupied by the Allied Forces and was divided in four sectors. During six years passports, travel permits etc were issued only by the Allied Forces Travel Board. On Feb 1, 1951 finally the power to issue passports was given...

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Benjamin Franklin: First American Diplomat

15 March, 2015
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Benjamin Franklin: First American Diplomat, 1776–1785 Benjamin Franklin, the most distinguished scientific and literary American of his age, was the first American diplomat. He served from 1776 to 1778 on a three-man commission to France charged with the critical task of gaining French support for American independence. French aristocrats and intellectuals embraced Franklin as the personification of the New World Enlightenment. His likeness appeared on medallions, rings, watches, and...

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Passport Application Album 1917

10 March, 2015
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At the beginning of the 20th century Hawaii sugar plantation owners began recruiting Russian workers. Perhaps as many as 2,000 Russians and Ukrainians came to Hawaii. The album contains the passport applications of 165 persons from Hawaii who wished to return to Russia following the Revolution of 1917. Each person was required to submit a photograph and details of birth, occupation in Russia, the name of the ship and...

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East German MIG-21 Jet Pilot “Travel Document”

7 March, 2015
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Meet Wolfgang, an officer in the rank of an Major, of the East German National People’s Army, or Nationale Volksarmee (NVA) and MIG-21 Jet pilot and flight trainer. The document displayed here is a NVA license for pilots issued 1967 and is an outstanding document of the East German military aviation history and Cold War history. This military pilot’s license in combination with a military ID card and a...

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Lidgerwood Passport

4 March, 2015
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THIS is the passport of global businessman William van Vleck Lidgerwood—one of the founders of the Washington Association of New Jersey. Lidgerwood spent most of his active business career traveling in Europe and South America and more than likely had more than one of these documents during his life. As a world traveler, Lidgerwood was exposed to the extensive history of Western Europe and the America’s and saw himself...

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Tränenpalast РBorder Crossing РEast Germany

1 March, 2015
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The Tränenpalast (English: “Palace of Tears”) is the Berlin colloquialism for the former border crossing at Berlin Friedrichstraße station, where East Germans said goodbye to visitors going back to West Germany. From 1962 to 1989 it was the border crossing for travellers by S-bahn, U-bahn and train between East and West Germany. It was used only for westbound border crossings, with separate checkpoints for West Berliners, West Germans, foreigners,...

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Palestine Certificate Of Naturalization 1942

26 February, 2015
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Palestine Certificate Of Naturalization 1942 Without this document you could not get a British Palestine passport or ID card so it’s related to passport history. To find such a document is unusual I would say. How many Palestinians will still have today such a old Certificate of Naturalization? I guess not many. The document is issued in three languages (English, Hebrew and Arabic). The documents was issued to Kurt...

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Olympic Gold Medal Winner & Wife Saved by R.Wallenberg

23 February, 2015
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An very interesting document set was offered which is truly rare to find. An RAOUL WALLENBERG SCHUTZ-PASS (protection pass) and another second document which is a confirmation issued by the Swedish Embassy in Budapest stating that it’s bearer is protected by the Swedish Embassy to leave Hungary for Sweden. The bearers of those documents are Mrs. Dr. Eugen Fuchs geb. Eva Schwarz for the WALLENBERG SCHUTZPASS and Dr. Eugen...

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