Should you repair your collectibles?

23 February, 2015
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Recently I was asked “How to repair a torn passport cover?” I answered as follows: This cover bears the passport number which you find also at the pages. So you can’t substitute the cover. The Germans had also covers of the same passport model without numbers – so easy to substitute. There are two repair solutions…beside the total replacement of cover 1. black/brown textile tape to repair (tape) the...

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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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Titles included in British passports

8 February, 2015
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Did you know? For detailed information on the correct use of titles that may be recorded on the personal details page of the passport, and the appropriate observation to be entered, see Observations in Passports. Titles of nobility Titles of nobility are part of a person’s name and identity, and for holders who use their title as part of their name for all purposes, the title should be entered...

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The curious case of Fred Lepkin

5 February, 2015
Fred Lepkin curious case

Fred Lepkin is a Canadian historian and an avid genealogist on the quest to uncover his family history. How I got in contact with Fred? Well, a relative of him was performing some online research and ends up at my website, to be more specific, at my article on a Travel Document with a Sugihara visa. Fred contacted me then by email asking for more details. I sent him...

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Farrah Fawcett Passport Sold for $14.000

2 February, 2015
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The latest result on a celebrity passport and at least for me at a rather high level. You might remember her from the TV series “Charlies Angels” as blonde character Jill. The series was running from 1976-1980. This was her most memorable role. So not a A-celebrity, that’s why the result is surprising – must be a fan. For us serious collectors we would rather spend that amount of...

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Steve McQueen Passport

2 February, 2015
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Steve McQueen Passport Sold For $37.000 WOW, that’s money. However a very personal collectible- Congratulation to the buyer!

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Passport Of Baseball Legend Lou Gehrig Sold For $263.000

2 February, 2015
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Here is the video of the auction I followed live online. I was already excited when the level was at $100.000 but that the final result including buyers premium will be incredible $263.000 I really didn’t expect. However as I was tracking the document constantly I had the feeling it will mark a new record – and I was right. Enjoy his passport and the video… Henry Louis “Lou”...

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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
Germany Karl von Krempler 1944 SS-004

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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