GDR Passport Typewriter “Erika”, ca. 1970

11 May, 2013
Typewriter Erika 1970s

What a cool collectible and it’s in new condition – never used! At auction in Germany. Starting price is €80. GDR Passport Typewriter “Erika”, c. 1970 Description: For completion of driver’s licenses, passports etc. by the GDR officials. Made by Robotron, Dresden. – Never used, absolutely new. DDR-Paß-Schreibmaschine “Erika”, um 1970. Zur Beschriftung von Ausweisen, Führerscheinen, Reisepässen der DDR-Behörden. Hersteller: Robotron, Dresden. – Ungebraucht, absolut neuwertig.  

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Collectors Meeting in Hong Kong & Bangkok

9 May, 2013
Collectors Meeting in Hong Kong & Bangkok

Passport Collectors Meeting in Hong Kong & Bangkok Again I had the chance to meet up with a new fellow collector in Hong Kong. JC is collecting modern passports and has a very nice collection. When we met I could see such passports like Vanuatu, San Marino (biometric), Hong Kong (biometric), Bangladesh (diplomatic), Kazakhstan (biometric) just to mention some outstanding documents of his collection. But I was also lucky...

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Thomas Jefferson – Passport 1789

8 May, 2013
Thomas Jefferson passport

Thomas Jefferson recalled his departure from France in his autobiography: “I cannot leave this great and good country without expressing my sense of its preeminence of character among the nations of the earth.” Thomas Jefferson’s passport is signed by King Louis XVI, Versailles September 18, 1789 and issued to Jefferson for his return journey. Source: Library of Congress

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Celebrity Passports At Auction Behind Expectations

1 May, 2013
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James Stewart, Glenn Ford and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. are quite famous Hollywood actors however their auction results did not meet the expectations. Actually I was willing to pay more for the Jimmy Stewart when I got his passport offered via my website but at that time the seller refused. Now it was sold for a much lower price. I guess the seller is not that happy also considering the...

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Zürich Passport Office Want’s Passport Returned

16 April, 2013
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Our fellow collector G.J. from Germany sent in this interesting document of the Zürich passport office. I believe its from the 70/80s or maybe earlier, the date cant be clearly identified. Actually the document is saying that Mr. Brüninger has past away and his passport should be returned (not shall) to the passport office. I never saw such a document before and I’m convinced such actions will nowadays not...

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A Interesting Polish Passport 1932-1940

8 April, 2013
A Interesting Polish Passport 1932-1940

By Neil K., Israel World War II has always caught my imagination. The stories behind the events of that period are exciting and at times unbelievable. So when I come across a passport which has a rich story behind, it should be shared. The passport here is a standard “blue jacket” Polish passport, they began to appear around 1930 and where used until 1945, later being changed to the...

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The Identification Tags of German Southwest Africa (1884-1915)

3 April, 2013
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Already in 1900 the German South-West Africa seriously was thinking about how a reliable identification of the natives without much fuss could be made possible. The European system of passports or identity cards of different design was far too complicated to simply be copied. Nevertheless risked the colonial authorities issuing passports to a number of natives made of paper and cardboard in some districts. The experiment was doomed to fail...

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