French passport of a famous lady. Do you recognize her?

22 August, 2012
Gloria Swanson 1929 France

What you see here is the French passport of “Madame la marquise Le Bailly de la Falaise”. This name might not be familiar to you but she was very famous. Take a look at the picture. Do you recognize her? No? Then look very carefully at the document which was issued on March 16th 1929 in Paris you might can read her maiden/artist name. A wonderful collectible – I...

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German Passport Neumünster 1811

19 August, 2012
german passport 1811

This very nice document find it`s way also recently to my collection. issued to 19 year old Jacob Heinrich Richter. Beside the usual descripton of the person like age, hair and eye color we find also skin color (Gesichtsfarbe) which is rather unusual. detail crisp and complete wax seal three journeys documented on back

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How to read old German language handwriting on passports?

16 August, 2012

As a collector of German travel documents it is not always easy to read the handwriting of a issued passport especially when you have documents before 19th century. Well, I guess said is valid also for other collectors and their collection area. The old German language is handwritten in “Kurrent” which is a form of late medieval cursive writing, also known as Kurrentschrift or Alte Deutsche Schrift (“Old German...

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Recent additions to my own collection

13 August, 2012
East German Passport

Here you get an impression about the exciting documents I recently could aquire. Belive it or not the East German passport from 1956 is my favorite. It is not only one of the earliest issued passport in East Germany but it has also most interesting visas e.g. for BURMA issued at the Burmese Embassy in MOSCOW. Look also at the post card from the government travel office which was...

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Der Passexpedient – A Book Review

10 August, 2012
Der Passexpedient

by Tom Topol, passport collector & editor, Zürich, August 2012 One of the most famous travel documents in history is the “Safe Conduct” by Emperor Charles V for Martin Luther’s journey to the Imperial Diet of Worms in 1521. During the Middle Ages and early modern period, such documents were issued only in exceptional cases. After the French Revolution, government passport systems emerged throughout Europe. Then used identification documents...

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Important Raoul Wallenberg Schutzpass Found In Budapest

7 August, 2012
Important Raoul Wallenberg Schutzpass Found In Budapest

The main reason to go to Budapest, beside meeting up with Marco, was to pick up a very special document. Some weeks ago I was contacted via my website if I would be interested in a RAOUL WALLENBERG SCHUTZPASS (Protection letter). Yes, you read correct. A second WALLENBERG was available within just 3 months! Unbelievable! I know only two passport collectors having this important document in their own collection....

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Collectors Meeting in Budapest

5 August, 2012

  I informed my fellow collector Marco that I will be a few days in the city and we instantly agreed to take this chance to meet each other finally in person after we been in contact by email for about 2 years. Marco is not only a great fellow collector with a broad knowledge about Hungarian passports but he is also an excellent host. See the pictures. We...

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North German Confederation Passport

31 July, 2012
Reisepass_Norddeutscher Bund

Outstanding auction result at eBay for this super rare North German Confederation Passport. I was bidding too but always have my limit. CONGRATULATION to the seller and the buyer who paid 512 US$ (Oct.2010). The North German Confederation was existing only from 1867 to 1871. This is only the second time I saw this precious type.

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Collectors Meeting in Tel Aviv

29 July, 2012
collectors meeting

Tel Aviv was the venue for a collectors get-together on 27 July 2012. Locally-based Neil and Gil who was visiting from Singapore met at the Cafe Landwer to exchange their experiences as passport collectors and talk about specific matters concerning early Israeli travel documents and Judaica, an area which both are familiar with. It was their first personal meeting after having been in touch electronically for a long period....

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The future of passport collecting

26 July, 2012

Many collectors contacted me asking why they don`t find any more foreign passports at eBay. The answer is plain and simple. eBay is strictly deleting them. Here a small overview (from my experience). eBay US It was always forbidden to list government ID`s such as passports. The exception are US passports expired more than 20 years. Other older expired documents are somehow tolerated. eBay GER Yes, there are some...

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