The German Passport System 1925, Johannes Krause

13 April, 2012
Passrecht1925 (Small)-r72

When it comes to literature on passports we all know it is quite difficult to find relevant sources. I was lucky to find to old and rare books on the German passport system. This book has not only the full content of the passport law at that time but it does explain the passport system much more in detail, including several further documents which where normaly just for “internal...

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Benito Mussolini Passport 1922

10 April, 2012

Benito Mussolini Passport Picture (Press Photo) It seems his old passport was offered in 1922 for a sale price of £500(!) Interesting press photo…see full describtion on the pictures below…   Thanks to the input from Jonathan Pile (see comments) I can add the following very interesting facts. …Montgomery Hyde in his observations on Maundy Gregory’s trial in 1933, noted that “Among the curiosities of his collection were an...

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100 Years Ago – The Titanic Disaster, 14 April 1912 (

7 April, 2012

Remembering the deaths of 1514 people in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history 100 years ago. But there were also 710 suvivors, one of them was Mrs Eleanor Genevieve Cassebeer (née Fosdick). Mrs Cassebeer boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg as a first class passenger (ticket number 17770, £27 14s 5d). She was rescued in life boat No.5. Two of her passport applications I found on the...

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Collectors Meeting in London

2 April, 2012

I spend a great time with my fellow collectors Ed and Brian during my trip to London where I met also interesting people like William and Danny. A English lady came all the way from Brighton to show me a lot of 16 UK family passports from the 30s to the 80s. The largest family collection of passports I ever saw. I recommended her to contact my friend Ed...

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1 April, 2012
some money

… for a large sum as shown on the picture. Now I do not have any space to park my car… Have a nice April Fools‘ Day …!!!  

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A Child Passport In The Name Of William Kaczynski

30 March, 2012
William-Danny-Tom, London 24th March 2012

I got in contact with William via a friend of Danny (Spungen Foundation) as we have a hobby in common – passport collecting. Actually Danny has a much broader collection field as I do because he is seaching for Holocaust Postal Documents for his foundation. William has just recently published his book “Fleeing from the Fuhrer” which is telling not only about Holocaust Postal Documents but also the story...

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German South West Africa

17 March, 2012
brass mark

Also this is a type of passport… Imperial security forces in German South West Africa: Pass mark for black native, embossed brass pass mark with imperial crown, including “Keetmanshoop pass” with No. 15488 is embossed, with mounting hole on top. The pass marks were issued from the Imperial Security Forces to the natives in order to pass the pass and border checkpoints.

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Ever heared about KATANGA?

10 March, 2012
Katanga 1962

I belive the most passport collectors didn`t – including me. Thanks to GvK who brings us this rare piece of travel document to our knowledge. KATANGA was a short living independent state from 1960 to 1963 and Elisabethville, where the passport was issued, served as capital. Today Elisabethville is called Lubumbashi. Katanga is today one of the provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Lubumbashi is the regional...

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The Passport Of Princess Natalja of Montenegro

5 March, 2012

Natalija Konstantinović was born in Trieste (Italy) 1882 as daughter of Alexander Konstantinović and Milena Opuić. She was descended from the Obrenović dynasty whch had ruled Serbia for the greater part of the 19th century. She became Princess of Montenegro as the wife of Prince Mirko Petrović-Njegoš. They married in 1902. The couple had five sons; however, two died in early childhood.They divorced in 1917, a year after the...

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Duchy of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg

3 March, 2012

Duchy of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg Issued at Altenburg on February 1757 including a large embossed paper seal. A 253 years old passport in quite good conditions. Written in German language. Such old passports are truly rarely offered. Sold for $280.

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