Nepalese Passport

11 April, 2014
Nepalese Passport

                                                              Did you know? Nepalese passports are issued to the citizens of Nepal for international travel. The Nepalese passport was hand written before late 2010 until many incidents of forged passports came to light. Nepal has  introduced Machine readable passport from 26 December 2010 and is one of the few countries  still not issuing biometric passports (ePassports). Nepalese passports are stamped with the label mentioning “Not Valid for Travel...

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Richard Ellis’s Life In 15 Passports

9 April, 2014
Richard Ellis’s Life In 15 Passports

Text & Pictures by Krissy Ellis, Kuwait I got in touch with Krissy while she was posting a picture of twelve UK passports and this pic made me curious, so I contacted her. Krissy was so kind to write about her father’s life who was working as “Heavy Goods Vehicle Driver” in the Middle East. For sure a challenging job at such places and time. Here is his story...

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Rwandan Woman’s National Identity Card

7 April, 2014
Rwandan Woman’s National Identity Card

copyright David Guttenfelder AP’s chief Asia photographer A Rwandan woman’s national identity card, marking her ethnicity as Tutsi lies near the altar of Ntarama Church, where on April 15, 1994 she and some 5,000 other Tutsis came to seek refuge from Hutu militias. Today the church is a genocide memorial containing the bones and belongings of those who were murdered there. Rwandan national identity cards no longer note an...

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Why Paul Robeson Loses Appeal Over His Passport?

6 April, 2014
Why Paul Robeson Loses Appeal Over His Passport?

Paul Leroy Robeson was exceptional in most things he did. He was a footballer par excellence at Rutgers University and an internationally acclaimed singer, theater personally and a dedicated civil rights activist in the U.S.. The latter day U.S. saw his merit in its true light and issued a postage stamp in his honor in 2004 but in 1955, his application for renewal of his passport was rejected by...

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USN Commander James V. Rowney – Pearl Harbor / Midway

4 April, 2014
USN Commander James V. Rowney – Pearl Harbor / Midway

Not often you find a passport like this! It’s not only a pretty US Special Passport (1955) in almost mint and unused condition but it belonged once to a WWII (Pearl Harbor & Midway) and Korea war experienced US Navy Commander. James Victor Rowney was born (November 11, 1917) in Baltimore, MD. Rowney belonged to the Maryland National Guard (1935-1937) and U.S. Naval Reserve (1937). He received an appointment...

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Sugihara & Zwartendijk Visas On ONE Travel Document (!) – Visas For Life

29 March, 2014
Sugihara & Zwartendijk Visas On ONE Travel Document (!) – Visas For Life

Two of eighteen righteous diplomats which took enormous personal risks to rescue Jews and others facing persecution and peril. They were true heroes; indeed, they were among the foremost human rights defenders of their day. Due their actions thousands could escape Nazi Holocaust. Since I am collecting passports I was always interested in protection letters/passports and visas saving Jewish lifes. Thanks to my global network and intensive research I...

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Harbin (China) Passports Before Japanese Occupation

27 March, 2014
No 231

(Text and pictures from our fellow collector Neil K., Israel) One of the most exciting, disturbing and historically important part of the conflict in Asia, during the 20th century, was the invasion of North East China in 1931 by Japan. And, without any consideration of the events before and after, travel was always important, to and from the region.Here we can find two interesting travel documents: A passport issued...

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