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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Current Canada Passport – Illuminated

23 January, 2015
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Take a look at the current Canadian passport under black light and you will truly see a firework (of illumination). The current series established from July 2013 will give you this experience. See the pictures here and follow the link to read more details and even see a video of the colorful illuminations. http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/01/20/new-canadian-passports-dark-and-incredible-secrets-revealed-but-youre-going-to-need-a-black-light/  

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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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5-Year Passports Continue to Clip Kiwis’ Wings

21 January, 2015
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5-Year Passports Continue to Clip Kiwis’ Wings  The Taxpayers’ Union is renewing calls for a return to 10-year passports in 2015 after Minister of Internal Affairs Peter Dunne’s failure to address New Zealand’s expensive passport regime that sees New Zealanders pay more but get less.Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:“In August 2014 Mr Dunne announced a review ‘with a view of returning to 10-year passports.’ The review was...

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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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eBay’s Ridiculous Policy On Historical Passports

17 January, 2015
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“Listing policy violation alert: Government IDs and Licenses” You listed a passport issued by a non US government. Because these passports remain the property of their issuing government, we do not allow them to be listed on eBay. This is the case, even when the issuing government no longer exists. To be clear I listed the following HISTORICAL and 149 years old passport – 291355572092 – Passport Reisepass Passeport...

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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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