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First Federal Republic Of Germany Passport

31 March, 2015
BRD 1950 NY

As a vivid researcher and collector of German passports it gives me today a great pleasure to display the very first “Federal Republic Of Germany” passport. After WWII Germany was occupied by the Allied Forces and was divided in four sectors. During six years passports, travel permits etc were issued only by the Allied Forces Travel Board. On Feb 1, 1951 finally the power to issue passports was given...

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Benjamin Franklin: First American Diplomat

15 March, 2015
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Benjamin Franklin: First American Diplomat, 1776–1785 Benjamin Franklin, the most distinguished scientific and literary American of his age, was the first American diplomat. He served from 1776 to 1778 on a three-man commission to France charged with the critical task of gaining French support for American independence. French aristocrats and intellectuals embraced Franklin as the personification of the New World Enlightenment. His likeness appeared on medallions, rings, watches, and...

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Passport Application Album 1917

10 March, 2015
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At the beginning of the 20th century Hawaii sugar plantation owners began recruiting Russian workers. Perhaps as many as 2,000 Russians and Ukrainians came to Hawaii. The album contains the passport applications of 165 persons from Hawaii who wished to return to Russia following the Revolution of 1917. Each person was required to submit a photograph and details of birth, occupation in Russia, the name of the ship and...

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East German MIG-21 Jet Pilot “Travel Document”

7 March, 2015
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Meet Wolfgang, an officer in the rank of an Major, of the East German National People’s Army, or Nationale Volksarmee (NVA) and MIG-21 Jet pilot and flight trainer. The document displayed here is a NVA license for pilots issued 1967 and is an outstanding document of the East German military aviation history and Cold War history. This military pilot’s license in combination with a military ID card and a...

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Lidgerwood Passport

4 March, 2015
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THIS is the passport of global businessman William van Vleck Lidgerwood—one of the founders of the Washington Association of New Jersey. Lidgerwood spent most of his active business career traveling in Europe and South America and more than likely had more than one of these documents during his life. As a world traveler, Lidgerwood was exposed to the extensive history of Western Europe and the America’s and saw himself...

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Tränenpalast РBorder Crossing РEast Germany

1 March, 2015
Berlin

The Tränenpalast (English: “Palace of Tears”) is the Berlin colloquialism for the former border crossing at Berlin Friedrichstraße station, where East Germans said goodbye to visitors going back to West Germany. From 1962 to 1989 it was the border crossing for travellers by S-bahn, U-bahn and train between East and West Germany. It was used only for westbound border crossings, with separate checkpoints for West Berliners, West Germans, foreigners,...

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Palestine Certificate Of Naturalization 1942

26 February, 2015
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Palestine Certificate Of Naturalization 1942 Without this document you could not get a British Palestine passport or ID card so it’s related to passport history. To find such a document is unusual I would say. How many Palestinians will still have today such a old Certificate of Naturalization? I guess not many. The document is issued in three languages (English, Hebrew and Arabic). The documents was issued to Kurt...

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Olympic Gold Medal Winner & Wife Saved by R.Wallenberg

23 February, 2015
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An very interesting document set was offered which is truly rare to find. An RAOUL WALLENBERG SCHUTZ-PASS (protection pass) and another second document which is a confirmation issued by the Swedish Embassy in Budapest stating that it’s bearer is protected by the Swedish Embassy to leave Hungary for Sweden. The bearers of those documents are Mrs. Dr. Eugen Fuchs geb. Eva Schwarz for the WALLENBERG SCHUTZPASS and Dr. Eugen...

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Edouard Drouyn de Lhuys

18 February, 2015
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Edouard Drouyn de Lhuys (19 November 1805 – 1 March 1881) was a French statesman and diplomat, born at Melun in the department of Seine et Marne. He was educated at the College of Louis-le-Grande. The scion of a wealthy and noble house, he excelled in rhetoric. He quickly became interested in politics and diplomacy. He was ambassador at The Hague and Madrid, and distinguished himself by his opposition...

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Nansen Passport For A Beauty

14 February, 2015
Nansen Estonia 1933 Beauty-007

Issued for 19 year old girl Tamara Matskevitch in Tallinn, Estonia. Excellent condition with great photo of Tamara. Several extensions of her document. Hard cover. Nansen refugee (travel documents) are rare to find, especially in such fine condition (and with such a beautiful passport picture). This document type is widely called “Nansen passport” but is in fact always an Identity Document which might have been used to travel.

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