The Evolution of the Australian Passport

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

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,…

Passports are not necessary

Well, at least not according this brochure of the AMERICAN LINE, Philadelphia USA The brochure which was issued till 1907 states… “Passports are not necessary to United States citizens in most European countries, but travelers frequently find it to their…

French Passport on Sheep Skin (!)

Well, here just an example of a readers request for support… Subject: 19th Century French Passport This is a very unusual passport in that it is dated 1801 and printed on sheepskin. The owner contacted me to help him place…

eBay US Customer Service Is Bottom Quality!

ebay sucks

eBay US Customer Service Is Bottom Quality and unfortunately the get away with it! Just another worse eBay experience! I listed a old obsolete US passport and eBay cancelled my listing within a few hours referring to the “Government &…

Diana, Princess of Wales

Diana, Princess of Wales (Diana Frances; nee Spencer; 1 July 1961 – 31 August 1997), was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, who is the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. Diana was born into…

Isabella Bird and her travels

Intrepid travel writer and photographer Isabella Bird (1831-1904) was one of the 19th century’s most remarkable women travellers. Her intrepid global travels and her subsequent travel books made her famous at home and abroad. Over coming poor health and the…