History

Articles & pictures especially related to passport history.

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
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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
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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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Nazi Germany Passport Issued In Luxembourg

28 May, 2014
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Nazi Germany Passport Issued In Luxembourg Here comes a very nice addition to my own collection. A German passport issued at the German Embassy in Luxembourg 17 Oct 1939 – just three weeks after WWII begun and eight month before Nazi Germany occupied Luxembourg in Mai 1940. Pay attention to the handwritten remark on page one as it’s stated “Tsch.Pass No.318 v. 14.4.1923, Paris”. So it looks like the...

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Polish Passport Of Karol Wojtyła (Pope John Paul II)

15 May, 2014
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Im Jahr 2000 besuchte der schwerkranke Johannes Paul II. Jerusalem. An der Klagemauer schob er mit zitternder Hand einen Zettel in eine Steinfuge, wie es fromme Pilger tun. Darauf stand eine Bitte um Vergebung, die er dann in der Holocaust-Gedenkstätte Yad Vashem wiederholte, um Vergebung für alle Ausbrüche von „Hass, Verfolgung und Vertreibung, ausgelöst durch den Antisemitismus der Christen“. Es war keine fromme Predigt, sondern ein fast schon juristisch...

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Interesting Chinese Passport To Taiwan

12 May, 2014
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This 1929 Chinese passport from Fujian to Taiwan got the attention from collectors right away as the price was quickly going significantly up once it was online at a auction house. I see this type the very first time and I guess such early Chinese travel documents are truly rare to find. I do have a few Chinese and Taiwan documents but with distance my old Qing Dynasty Chinese...

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Bavaria, Ministry Of Foreign Affairs – Ministerialpass

5 May, 2014
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Bavaria, Ministry Of Foreign Affairs – Ministerialpass (Departmental Passport) Once more I got a awesome document for my German collection due to the support via my global network. I deeply appreciate that! What you see here is a light blue Ministerialpass (Departmental passport) from the Bavarian State Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the document is unissued (blank). This type I saw only twice in all the years of collecting. See...

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