The Canadian Passport – Early Years

31 August, 2014
Canada 1915

Early years of the Canadian passport The story of the Canadian passport is entwined with Canada’s history, both as a colony of Great Britain and as a neighbor of the United States. Before 1862, Canadians, as British subjects, could travel freely to and from the United States without passports. To travel to Europe, however, a Canadian had to obtain a British passport from the Foreign Office in London. Those...

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NZten.com – Bring Back Ten-Year Passport

30 August, 2014
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NZten.com is the website which aims to bring back the 10 Year New Zealand Passport NZ passports were once valid for 10 years. This changed in 2005 when the validity was cut to 5 years but the passport fees were more than doubled to NZ$153 today. I was in contact with Kyle Lockwood, spokesman for New Zealand Ten Year Passports and we discussed about the validity of passports. Visit...

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The Evolution of the Australian Passport

28 August, 2014
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Early Australian passports are rare to spot. I had only this one in the past. If your collection focus is Australia then you should grab such early documents whenever they appear. The Australian Government first started issuing passports in 1901 following the federation of the colonies. However, Australia’s first federal passport regulations were not introduced until 3 September 1912. And it was another three years before the Australian Government...

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F. Scott Fitzgerald

25 August, 2014
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If the “Roaring Twenties” conjures up images bobbed-hair flappers and couples dancing to jazz music, you may have F. Scott Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940) to thank. Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was an American writer of novels, short stories, essays and plays. During his lifetime, Fitzgerald completed four novels (a fifth was published posthumously) and about 160 stories. His novels include “The Great Gatsby”, one of...

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Passports are not necessary

22 August, 2014
American Line

Well, at least not according this brochure of the AMERICAN LINE, Philadelphia USA The brochure which was issued till 1907 states… “Passports are not necessary to United States citizens in most European countries, but travelers frequently find it to their advantage to carry with them this evidence of their citizenship. They are useful as a means of admission to certain places of interest, and also for identification at banks...

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German Nazi Passport With “Stamped” Middle Name SARA

19 August, 2014
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German Nazi Passport With Stamped Middle Name “SARA” In my collection I do have several of these but I never saw so far one like this where the Jewish mandatory middle name SARA is STAMPED. The Nazis made it mandatory to Jews to “re-register” their passports so that they can add the infamous big red “J” and the middle name “Sara” or “Israel” to mark then clearly as Jews!...

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French Passport on Sheep Skin (!)

16 August, 2014
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Well, here just an example of a readers request for support… Subject: 19th Century French Passport This is a very unusual passport in that it is dated 1801 and printed on sheepskin. The owner contacted me to help him place an insurance value on it because he now lives in Houston, TX, not Paris. Can you help a little bit? Please. The dimensions are 19″ x 21″ for the...

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SCAM ALERT! ATTENTION!

14 August, 2014
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Update 22th Aug : Further Scam emails are: hakeemahmed@live.com naseefapple@gmail.com ahmanfas@gmail.com rizvimdm@gmail.com lalithgunadasa@gmail.com navin41@hotmail.com maxbrown073@gmail.com   ATTENTION! SCAM ALERT! Currently there are guys offering old British Ceylon passports for insane high prices. I was contacted from 7 different people asking between $18.000 and $30.000 US for such a document in bad quality! This is one of the guys who was contacting me claiming he sold 2 of these passports...

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eBay US Customer Service Is Bottom Quality!

13 August, 2014
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eBay US Customer Service Is Bottom Quality and unfortunately the get away with it! Just another worse eBay experience! I listed a old obsolete US passport and eBay cancelled my listing within a few hours referring to the “Government & ID policy” and stating that I listed a non-US document. Obviously they are wrong but it doesn’t help as you can’t contact them to fix the issue. With the...

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Diana, Princess of Wales

6 August, 2014
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Diana, Princess of Wales (Diana Frances; nee Spencer; 1 July 1961 – 31 August 1997), was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, who is the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. Diana was born into an aristocratic English family with royal ancestry as The Honourable Diana Spencer. She was the fourth child of John Spencer, Viscount Althorp and his first wife, the Honourable Frances...

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