Palestine Passport History

4 September, 2012

First period of time was from 1918-1920, the period of British Military rule or authority in just-liberated-Palestine from Ottoman Turkish rule (about 400 years). During this period of time a Laissez-Passer was issued by the military authorities in the region, most likely the EEF (Egypt Expeditionary Forces). Large sheet, printing on both sides, issued from the end of 1918 most likely and up to 1920. Second period is the...

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Passport Database

30 August, 2012

It might be interesting for you to know that my passport database is one of the largest established. Of course, I know collectors which following this hobby much longer than I do and they have much more items in their own collection than I have in mine, but I don`t know how they are organized. Basically I always do pictures/scans of the documents I get on my desk. I...

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“Passports – Yes, the world is flat…” – Article In The German Autographensammler-Magazin

26 August, 2012

Some month agao I got in contact with the editor of the magazin via my German friend Ingo, who is a long time member of this society. Luckily there were open to report also about side topics on collecting autographs. So the idea was born to write an article about passport collecting. Thanks again to Ulli and Ingo to make this possible. The article “Passports – Yes, the world...

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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 Neum√ľnster 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

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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Two New Books On Passport History! A MUST HAVE For Any Serious Collector! Click for details!