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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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Nicholas Winton – Saving Czech Jewish Kids on the eve of WWII

2 May, 2014
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In 1938, London stockbroker Nicholas Winton decided to use his two weeks vacation to get to work. As violence began escalating against Jewish people in Europe, the 29-year-old traveled to Prague and ended up saving the lives of 669 children, mostly Jews, from almost certain death. Winton – now 104 – has spoken to CBS’ 60 Minutes about his incredible story, which included theft, forging documents and even blackmailing...

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Interesting Finland Passport

30 April, 2014
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This Finish passport from 1953 is interesting as it has a visa for Germany issued by the British Legation in Helsinki. Why is that? Well, the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic (West and East Germany) were both recognized just on January 7, 1972 by Finland and diplomatic relations between Finland and West Germany were established on January 7, 1973. So it took almost 28 years after WWII to establish...

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Altered SUGIHARA Travel Document To Save Not One Jewish Life But Two

29 April, 2014
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This Travel Document is one of the most interesting collectible I ever got. Here is the story of this life saving document with a visa issued by righteous diplomat Chinue “Sempo” Sugihara. The document which is a Certificate (Zaswiadczenie) printed by the Polish Legation in Kaunas / Lithuania was issued by British Legation, section Polish interests in Lithuania, Legation stamp (HIS BRITANNIC MAJESTY LEGATION LITHUANIA), signed by Chargé des...

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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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