Harbin (China) Passports Before Japanese Occupation

27 March, 2014
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(Text and pictures from our fellow collector Neil K., Israel) One of the most exciting, disturbing and historically important part of the conflict in Asia, during the 20th century, was the invasion of North East China in 1931 by Japan. And, without any consideration of the events before and after, travel was always important, to and from the region.Here we can find two interesting travel documents: A passport issued...

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The Oldest Printed Passport Of The Netherlands?

25 March, 2014
The Oldest Printed Passport Of The Netherlands?

The following passport is offered by a German auction house. Estimated result: €4.800 – €10.000. I am not so sure it will be sold and will keep track and report after April 26. Description by the auction house: The Hauge, Antwerp, 6 June 1645, passport for free convoy, help and support by all public powers and offices within and outside the Antwerp area, 31 x 31.5 cm, black, beige,...

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Passport To Crime – Channel News Asia Report

23 March, 2014
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“Passport to crime ” is the title of a TV report by Singapore based news channel  – a brief and very flat report on passport fraud related to missing Malaysian flight MH0370 last week. Thailand and especially the city of Pattaya seems to be a hot spot for passport fraud. Beside the repetition of all the facts which were already in the media for weeks, the report revealed nothing...

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Her Majesty’s Passport Office

22 March, 2014
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Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO) seems to be the most transparent passport office around the globe. On their website you find missions & visions, performance indicators, targets, annual reports and even a salary list of their officers. The British office is a role model for public service and other counties should “copy and paste”. The annual report and accounts 2012/2013 reports for example the following… 5.4 Mio UK passports...

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The Earliest Passport Of The Federal Republic Of Germany

18 March, 2014
The Earliest Passport Of The Federal Republic Of Germany

Recently I could acquire the earliest Federal Germany passport – issued on 15 February 1951, just 14 days after the Allied Military Government for Germany gave back the power to Federal Germany to issue passports. The printing date of the passport document at the back of the cover indicates 12/50 which means printed December 1950. So far truly the earliest passport by the young Federal Republic of Germany. The...

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Passports Of The World’s Smallest Countries

15 March, 2014
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These are the world’s 20 smallest counties by population. I have / had 50% of them covered by a sample of their travel document. A San Marino just went into a collection of a Swiss fellow collector and so in the past Vatican, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Micronesia and Kiribati. Currently I still have TONGA and MARSHALL ISLANDS available! Imagine these nations issued just between 900 and 177,000 passports to their...

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German Passport 1940, Tientsin

12 March, 2014
German Passport 1940, Tientsin

THIS is absolutely a super rare German passport issued by the Nazis 1940 in TIENTSIN, CHINA! Look at the huge Chinese stamp with Swastika. The passport was issued to 26 year young Marianna Gosewisch. As you see in the document details she was even born in China 1914. Her passport was valid till 13 August 1945 but was once more renewed by the “GERMAN OFFICE” in TIENTSIN until 13...

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