History

Articles & pictures especially related to passport history.

The World’s Smallest Countries

15 March, 2014
Tonga_Marshall

These are the world’s 20 smallest counties by population. I have / had 50% of them covered by a sample of their travel document. A San Marino just went into a collection of a Swiss fellow collector and so in the past Vatican, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Micronesia and Kiribati. Currently I still have TONGA and MARSHALL ISLANDS available! Imagine these nations issued just between 900 and 177,000 passports to their...

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German Passport 1940, Tientsin

12 March, 2014
Germany Tientsin Aug 1945-001-r100

THIS is absolutely a super rare German passport issued by the Nazis 1940 in TIENTSIN, CHINA! Look at the huge Chinese stamp with Swastika. The passport was issued to 26 year young Marianna Gosewisch. As you see in the document details she was even born in China 1914. Her passport was valid till 13 August 1945 but was once more renewed by the “GERMAN OFFICE” in TIENTSIN until 13...

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List Of Passports

10 March, 2014
en.wikipedia.org_wiki_Wikipedia

Wikipedia did a awesome job by listing and displaying passports of almost all countries in the world (current and extinct). If you follow their country links you may even learn more about the history of a countries passport as some articles go more into deep. At the same time you can see which countries are using ePassports today and which not. The newest passport by the way is South...

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James Earl Ray Fake Canadian Passport – Assassin of Martin Luther King

8 March, 2014
Martin Luther King - The fake passport used by James Earl Ray

When it became known back in 1968 that Martin Luther King assassin James Earl Ray had secured a Canadian passport to escape the FBI, it was another embarrassment for the Canadian passport office and External Affairs. Add Ray to the list of famous spies and assassins who used a Canadian passport to get around. James Earl Ray’s photo on a fake passport issued to one of his aliases, Ramon...

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East German Passports

6 March, 2014
DDR (GDR) passport types

East German passports (German Democratic Republic, GDR) are nice and still affordable collectibles and in my opinion underestimated by collectors. Why? Till mid 80′s the people did rarely held a passport as they were heavily restricted to travel outside GDR. Passports issued in the 60′s and 70′s are already hard to find but the newer ones are still cheap and almost in new condition. Mielke’s passport was sold some...

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Old Passports In Leather Wallets

4 March, 2014
Leather wallet

Old Passports In Leather Wallets What you see here are four beautiful passports from the collection of my fellow collector Brian, a British collector who build truly a fine collection of US and UK  passports. Such travel documents in leather wallets are not standard. The usual US or UK passport in the 19th century came just on plain thin paper and made the documents easily vulnerable especially on frequent...

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German Passport 1945 – SS-Hauptsturmführer & Commander SD

2 March, 2014
GERMANY SS-Oslo 1945-003

German Passport 1945 issued by SS-Hauptsturmführer & Commander Security Police (SD) Here comes a most interesting document which tells the journey of a woman working for *NORDAG” in Oslo, Norway. Ruth Balzer was born 1917 in Berlin Schöneberg. Her work book (Arbeitsbuch) shows her professional life. The first entry is from 1936 were she was a apprentice (clerk) for 2 years at the company of Bruno Mädler, Berlin. Then...

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Voyage Of The S.S. St.Louis

24 February, 2014
Peter has even the menue card from the St. Louis

Voyage Of The S.S. St.Louis After Kristallnacht in November 1938, many Jews within Germany decided that it was time to leave. Though many German Jews had emigrated in the preceding years, the Jews who remained had a more difficult time leaving the country because emigration policies had been toughened. By 1939, not only were visas needed to be able to enter another country but money was also needed to...

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HAITI 1853, PASSPORT SIGNED BY EMPEROR FAUSTIN

21 February, 2014
Haiti1853

Faustin-Élie Soulouque (15 August 1782 – 6 August 1867) or Faustin I. He was a career officer and general in the Haitian army when he was elected President of Haiti in 1847. In 1849 he was proclaimed Emperor of Haiti under the name Faustin I. He soon purged the army of the ruling elite, installed black-skinned loyalists in administrative positions, and created a secret police and a personal army....

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Alien Registration Application – SIAM

19 February, 2014
Thai_Chinese-002

As pointed out earlier Thais are generally not collecting old paper so I was surprised to find a bunch of these 1940′s alien registration applications on my regular flea market. You know I often buy a old passport only because of it’s passport picture and these registration forms showing Chinese immigrants when Thailand was Siam (before 24 June 1939 and again from 8 September 1945 to 20 July 1949)....

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