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Kingdom Of Saxony, German Empire Unusual Passport Booklet

27 April, 2014
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Kingdom Of Saxony, German Empire Unusual Passport Booklet 1866 This type I never saw before! The cover of the passport booklet looks like the standard German Empire travel documents but it’s not! The wording and layout of the pages are different and the first page has a “REISE-PASS” blind stamp at the lower margin. Also page three shows a very nice blind stamp “K.S. REISEPASSINSAUSLAND “and coat of arms....

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German Ambassador Baron Von Wangenheim

25 April, 2014
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Another outstanding and historic valuable German document for my collection! This is the passport of Baron von Wangenheim, German ambassador in Constantinople / Ottoman Empire. von Wangenheim was witness of the Armenian Genocide where estimated 1.5 Million people were killed. Hans Freiherr von Wangenheim (1859–1915) – German diplomat. Ambassador Extraordinary to Mexico. German Minister at Athens, 1909-12. During World War I, from 1912 to October 25, 1915 was ambassador...

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German Cameroon Passport – Colony Of The German Empire

21 April, 2014
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THIS passport of the German colony in Cameroon is a travel document which I love to have in my collection but another collector had deeper pockets so I was outbid. Congratulation to seller and buyer (a fellow collector) for this great result. A fantastic item and a super rare treasure when it comes to passports. German Cameroon (German: Kamerun) was a West African colony of the German Empire from...

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A Fifty Year Old Passport…

17 April, 2014
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from a Philippines author This is my grandfathers passport from the 1950s. With a matte, almost linen-like, khaki-colored cover and numbered by hand as No. 3155. It provides a fascinating glimpse into a bygone era of civilized travel. Forget computerized bar-coding, filament infused security paper, or even electronic chips in the most modern, highly laminated and tamper proof travel documents. This old passport definitely had style, in the same...

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ICAO – One Passport – One Person Concept

15 April, 2014
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“ONE PASSPORT, ONE PERSON” CONCEPT Background In 1969, ICAO recommended that States not require separate passports for children under 16 years of age entering their territories when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, provided that the children’s’ particulars were recorded in the passport of the accompanying adult. This, and other new provisions, were included in Annex 9 — Facilitation to the Chicago Convention in order to encourage Contracting States...

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Richard Ellis’s Life In 15 Passports

9 April, 2014
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Text & Pictures by Krissy Ellis, Kuwait I got in touch with Krissy while she was posting a picture of twelve UK passports and this pic made me curious, so I contacted her. Krissy was so kind to write about her father’s life who was working as “Heavy Goods Vehicle Driver” in the Middle East. For sure a challenging job at such places and time. Here is his story...

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Why Paul Robeson Loses Appeal Over His Passport?

6 April, 2014
Paul Robeson (abc_net_au)

Paul Leroy Robeson was exceptional in most things he did. He was a footballer par excellence at Rutgers University and an internationally acclaimed singer, theater personally and a dedicated civil rights activist in the U.S.. The latter day U.S. saw his merit in its true light and issued a postage stamp in his honor in 2004 but in 1955, his application for renewal of his passport was rejected by...

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USN Commander James V. Rowney – Pearl Harbor / Midway

4 April, 2014
USA Special 1955 for a Commander

Not often you find a passport like this! It’s not only a pretty US Special Passport (1955) in almost mint and unused condition but it belonged once to a WWII (Pearl Harbor & Midway) and Korea war experienced US Navy Commander. James Victor Rowney was born (November 11, 1917) in Baltimore, MD. Rowney belonged to the Maryland National Guard (1935-1937) and U.S. Naval Reserve (1937). He received an appointment...

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Sugihara & Zwartendijk Visas On One Travel Document

29 March, 2014
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Sugihara & Zwartendijk – two of eighteen righteous diplomats which took enormous personal risks to rescue Jews and others facing persecution and peril. They were true heroes; indeed, they were among the foremost human rights defenders of their day. Due their actions thousands could escape Nazi Holocaust. Since I am collecting passports I was always interested in protection letters/passports and visas saving Jewish lifes. Thanks to my global network...

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Harbin (China) Passports Before Japanese Occupation

27 March, 2014
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(Text and pictures from our fellow collector Neil K., Israel) One of the most exciting, disturbing and historically important part of the conflict in Asia, during the 20th century, was the invasion of North East China in 1931 by Japan. And, without any consideration of the events before and after, travel was always important, to and from the region.Here we can find two interesting travel documents: A passport issued...

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