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Articles & pictures especially related to passport history.

Passports are not necessary

22 August, 2014
American Line

Well, at least not according this brochure of the AMERICAN LINE, Philadelphia USA The brochure which was issued till 1907 states… “Passports are not necessary to United States citizens in most European countries, but travelers frequently find it to their advantage to carry with them this evidence of their citizenship. They are useful as a means of admission to certain places of interest, and also for identification at banks...

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German Nazi Passport With “Stamped” Middle Name SARA

19 August, 2014
Germany NS Jew Sara stamped-r79

German Nazi Passport With Stamped Middle Name “SARA” In my collection I do have several of these but I never saw so far one like this where the Jewish mandatory middle name SARA is STAMPED. The Nazis made it mandatory to Jews to “re-register” their passports so that they can add the infamous big red “J” and the middle name “Sara” or “Israel” to mark then clearly as Jews!...

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Diana, Princess of Wales

6 August, 2014
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Diana, Princess of Wales (Diana Frances; nee Spencer; 1 July 1961 – 31 August 1997), was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, who is the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. Diana was born into an aristocratic English family with royal ancestry as The Honourable Diana Spencer. She was the fourth child of John Spencer, Viscount Althorp and his first wife, the Honourable Frances...

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Isabella Bird and her travels

3 August, 2014
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Intrepid travel writer and photographer Isabella Bird (1831-1904) was one of the 19th century’s most remarkable women travellers. Her intrepid global travels and her subsequent travel books made her famous at home and abroad. Over coming poor health and the restrictions of a male dominated society, Bird travelled extensively into her old age. Countries she visited included America, Hawaii, India, Kurdistan, the Persian Gulf, Iran, Tibet, Malaysia, Korea, Japan...

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Who is Georg von Bekesy?

15 July, 2014
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Georg von Bekesy was born in Budapest, Hungary on June 3, 1899; he died in Honolulu on June 13, 1972. He was the only Nobel Prize winner to ever work at the University of Hawaii. His hobby was collecting art objects and books about art. In 1961 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for his research on the function of the cochlea in the mammalian...

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US Passport Philippines Islands

6 July, 2014
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US Passport Philippines Islands Here comes another US Passport Philippines Islands. This passport was issued 1930. As mentioned earlier in another article these types of US passports are rare too find and not many US citizens know today that the Philippines and Manila were once US territory. Enjoy the gallery (click to see larger pictures). I just explored that there is a nice and entertaining Facebook page about the...

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Fighting the Forger: The Secrets of your Passport

1 July, 2014
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Martin Lloyd traces passports back over three thousand years, using illustrations from his collection of historic passports to discover how passport design was influenced by a desire to confound the forger, how it developed from the handwritten paper to the technically complex document we use today and how forgers have responded to the challenge presented by secret safeguards. You will never look at your passport in the same light...

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US History – Philippines Islands Passport

16 June, 2014
US Philippines Islands 1916-r100

US History – Philippines Islands Passport I guess not many people in the USA today know that the Philippines once were US territory. After the Spanish–American War the Philippines were acquired from Spain and remained US territory from 1898-1946. This passport is from the period of the Insular Government (1901-1935) when Francis Burton Harrison was Governor General of the Philippines. He was by the way the longest serving Governor...

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British Passport 1792 FITZGERALD Lord Robert Stephen

8 June, 2014
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BRITISH PASSPORT 1792 FITZGERALD LORD ROBERT STEPHEN – PASSPORT TO CROSS SWITZERLAND … to allow free passage MISTER PAIJOL officer in the regiment of the Marquis of Autichamps serving his Britannic majesty going to join his body Dusseldorf Germany,  signed passport valid for two months,  BERNE 1 October 1792, signature ROBERT FITZGERALD Minister, good general condition is back with two beautiful wax seals in very good condition some old...

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Adolf Hitler’s Passport

2 June, 2014
Hitler passport

Where is Adolf Hitler’s passport? This article was published first in the German Spiegel Magazine 52/2001 (Link to the original German article) and gives a good overview of the whereabouts of Hitler’s estate including his passport. You can easily translate the text with the language translation tool at my website. First select German then switch to English. This article was motivated by the recent occurrence of two passports from...

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