Book Review – The United States Passport (Past, Present, Future)

6 November, 2012
us eagle

The United States Passport (Past, Present, Future) is full of facts about the American passport. The book was issued by the Passport Office – Department of State in 1976. Even the book was published 37 years ago the data you will find there are most valuable for passport collectors. Of course such a department has access to all statistics and history which makes this book a “Bible” on the...

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Frederic Leighton And His Travels

3 November, 2012

Who was Frederic Leighton? Frederic Leighton (1830-1896), was one of the most famous British artists of the nineteenth century. The recipient of many national and international awards and honours, he was well acquainted with members of the royal family and with most of the great artists, writers and politicians of the late Victorian era. He was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire to a medical family. His father was a doctor,...

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Diplomatic Passport Collection of Gough and Margaret Whitlam – Ex-Prime Minister of Australia 1972-1975

31 October, 2012
3-1981 Diplomatic Passport for the Hon Edward Gough Whitlam QC MP

Some time ago I was asked to support in the evaluation of these outstanding Diplomatic Passport Collection of Gough and Margaret Whitlam – Ex-Prime Minister of Australia 1972-1975. It is fantastic to see that the University of Western Sidney – Whitlam Institute is bringing this collection to the public . It was my great pleasure to be part of this project. I wish more organizations world wide would handle...

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28 October, 2012
collective passport uk

Did you know that collective passports are still issued in UK and Malta? This document is a collective passport for children on an organised trip. The group leader must also carry his/her full GBR passport. Each child listed on page 2 of the collective passport must carry a identity card bearing his/her photograph. Even Family passports, where you can see husband, wife and children in one document are still...

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Collectors Meeting in Singapore (4)

22 October, 2012
Marshall Islands

Again I could meet my fellow collector in Singapore where we spend time together discussing about travel documents at the German restaurant “Brotzeit” where we start our meeting. This time I had also the chance to see his collection which is not only a large one with many quality and rare items but also well archived. It is already the fourth passport collectors meeting in Singapore. Due to the...

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Another Collectors Meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam

17 October, 2012
Tom & Viet

After knowing Viet for some time by email I just had the chance to meet him this time at his home in Hanoi. Actually he is not mainly a passports collector but a collector of Vietnam Army collectibles (Medals, Orders, Badges, Uniforms, Hat caps,…) and Vietnam postage stamps and banknotes. He has his own private museum in Hanoi and was frequently present with his collection/museum  in the Vietnamese media...

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Diplomatic Passport – France

13 October, 2012

Diplomatic passports are a interesting collection field, even when it is hard to cover as these types of documents are everything else than common. This is the first time I saw a French Diplomatic passport and I could acquire this document which was issued in 1982 to the Vice Consul of France in Liberia, then for Guinea. Look at the interesting visas from Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast and others...

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Rare Persian Passport 1911

1 October, 2012

Not often you find such a nice & rare collectible from the Arabic-Islamic World. This Persian passport was issued when Persia was still a kingdom and ruled by the last King of the Qajar dynasty – Shah Ahmad (1909-1925). His successors were the last Kings of the Persian Monarchy – the Pahlavi dynasty (1925-1979). Since the revolution in Feb 1979 Persia (Iran) is officially named “Islamic Republic of Iran”....

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BBC Show Finds Passport Signed By Charles I. in 1641

28 September, 2012

London, May 11 (ANI): A BBC Show has come across a passport dating back to 1641 in Sunderland, UK, which was signed by Charles I. According to a report by BBC News, the program, known as ‘Flog It’, has put a price of up to 20,000 pounds on a passport which is almost 400 years old. It was brought to the Stadium of Light to be valued by Peter...

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Das Wanderbuch – Wander Book

22 September, 2012

A Wanderbuch is literally a journey book. It is at once a passport and resume. When issued it has many blank pages for local authorities to give their stamp of approval and employers (Masters) to write about the employee (journeyman). A journeyman must first complete an apprenticeship with a Master craftsman and after completion he was issued the Wander-Buch by the government, allowing him to work as a journeyman...

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