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A brief history of travel

2 February, 2015
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 A brief history of travel (A German perspective) When we talk about passports then it’s always related to travelling. As a collector you love travel documents with plenty of visas, colorful stamps and revenues most, as then it proves the document was really used for travel. Millions of Germans head off on vacation each year. But tourism as a mass phenomenon emerged only just a few decades ago, although...

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Senior SS Officer Passport – Karl von Krempler

29 January, 2015
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Passports from such ranking SS-personnel are quite rare to spot. Here is one…and he had also a quite unusual task. This unusual document is for sale! Contact me via my contact form if you are interested! It writes Dragutin (Karl in Croatian) pl. (Von) Krempler. He didn’t have German citizenship. Karl von Krempler was SS Standartenführer and SS-und Polizeiführer during World War II responsible for recruiting Muslims from Bosnia...

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CHARLES CASTLE (1813-1886) HIS PASSPORT

27 January, 2015
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 I have the contents of the writing desk of my great great great uncle Charles Castle, passed down to me by my uncle John Salter. It’s a treasure trove of correspondence from the mid-nineteenth century. Uncle Charles was active in Bristol politics and business, and the letters are peppered with details which build a rich picture of the times. Tucked in amongst all the letters and business papers is...

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Gijsbert Karel Count van Hogendorp

24 January, 2015
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This Dutch passport issued 1814 in Amsterdam in the name of Gijsbert Karel, Count van Hogendorp is a pretty nice example of a travel document used just briefly before the Netherlands became Kingdom in 1815 with his first king William I. Gijsbert Karel, Count van Hogendorp (27 October 1762 – 5 August 1834) was a conservative Dutch statesman. Van Hogendorp was born in Rotterdam, and went to school in...

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An act of courage saved lives – Sugihara & Wallenberg

22 January, 2015
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Vancouverite Deborah Ross-Grayman was born after the Second World War ended. But she credits her life to the wartime actions of a single remarkable man. Chiune Sugihara was vice-consul in Lithuania for the Imperial Japanese government. Defying his government, Sugihara issued transit visas to European Jews, allowing them to escape the advancing Nazis. His actions, which could have cost him his career, to say nothing of his life, are...

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Diplomatic Passport Of Muhammad Anwar al-Sadat

18 January, 2015
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Today I am able to present you an extraordinary collectible which is definitely outstanding! The owner of the document contacted me via my website and asked me in support to find a potential buyer. The passport is a vintage document, used but in very good condition and complete. Here are the details. Diplomatic passport of Muhammad Anwar al-Sadat Third President of Egypt (1970 – 1981) Nobel Peace Prize Laureates...

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British Courier’s Passport

15 January, 2015
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King’s Foreign Service Messengers Courier’s Passport issued 7th December  1910 for travel to St. Petersburg, Russia, maybe in connection with the arrival of Sir George Buchanan the new British Ambassador. The King’s messenger was Ernest Frederick Gye. Not to mix up with a KING’S MESSENGER PASSPORT, which is much more rare!

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LINCOLN APPOINTS MINISTER TO PRUSSIA

12 January, 2015
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LINCOLN APPOINTS NORMAN B. JUDD AS MINISTER TO PRUSSIA ABRAHAM LINCOLN (1809-1865).  Lincoln was the Sixteenth President. NORMAN B. JUDD (1815-1878).  Judd was a lawyer in Illinois and a member of the Illinois State Senate, where he befriended Abraham Lincoln.  Judd served as a delegate to the 1860 Republican National Convention and placed Lincoln’s name at the Convention for President.  He traveled with the President-elect from Illinois to Washington. ...

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Colony Of North Borneo

6 January, 2015
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North Borneo was a British  protectorate  under the sovereign  North Borneo Chartered Company  from 1882 to 1946. After World War II, it became a  crown colony  of the  United Kingdom  from 1946 to 1963, known as British North Borneo. Currently, it is known as the state of  Sabah ,  East Malaysia. The Governor of British Crown Colony of North Borneo is the position created by the British Government upon the cession of North Borneo from the North Borneo Chartered Company. The...

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German Jew Passport – Forced to Leave Switzerland

1 January, 2015
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This German passport was issued 1934 at the Consulate General in Zurich / Switzerland to Leo Neumann (I do have also another one in his name and one for his wife). As you can see the big red “J” on page one, we know he was a Jew. But Switzerland was for him not any more a safe place when fleeing from the Nazis as Leo was EXPELLED by...

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