What does your passport mean to you?

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What does your passport mean to you? It might represent your nationality or your ability to live and work in a certain country. Perhaps it reminds you of having your passport photo taken – a traumatic experience even for the…

Meet Ruth Bielaski Shipley

Ruth Bielaski Shipley (April 20, 1885 – November 3, 1966) was head of the Passport Division of the United States Department of State for 27 years from 1928 to 1955. She became head of the Passport Division in 1928, the…

British Agent (Wife’s Passport)

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Major Ian Pirie was a British agent working for the Secret Service – SOE. The Special Operations Executive (SOE) was a British World War II organization. Major Pirie was stationed in Crete. Niki Dermetzi, a devastating blonde at the Argentina…

Interpol Stolen and Lost Travel Documents Database

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INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database enables INTERPOL National Central Bureaus and other authorized law enforcement entities (such as immigration and border control officers) to ascertain the validity of a travel document in seconds. The SLTD database was…

Virginia Woolf Passport Page

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Update 18 September: unsold! Unique passport photo of the exceedingly rare British writer British passport page, signed below in fountain pen. The page bears two ink stamps indicating the date of issue, April 18, 1933. In fine condition, with the…

The Canadian Passport – Early Years

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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…

The Evolution of the Australian Passport

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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…

F. Scott Fitzgerald

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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,…