British Diplomat who faced down the Gestapo

Were it not for him, Baroness Rabbi Julia Neuberger might not have been born, nor Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, nor thousands of other British Jews. The name of Robert Smallbones will be unfamiliar to many. For only now has the British…

The Life Of a US Diplomatic Courier

The Ten Million Mile Man Robert “Bob” LaPlante spent four decades as a U.S. Diplomatic Courier, during which time he logged over ten million miles traveling in 197 countries. Now, for the very first time in print, one of history’s…

New US Passport Design In 2017

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A new US Passport is scheduled for 2017 and here are the core facts… The chip, embedded in the information page, will be protected by a polycarbonate coating that helps prevent your book from getting wet or bending when you sit on it, or…

German Passport 1922 – Palestine Wanderer

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This German Prussian passport from 1922 was issued in Breslau an bears a early visa for Palestine (via Egypt) issued by the British at their embassy in Berlin plus an Austrian visa marked as “PALÄSTINAWANDERER” – Palestine Wanderer. Page eight…

Astronaut – Donald “Deke” Slayton

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Described by Life Magazine as “frank and stubborn,” Slayton once joked that people were always trying to stop him from exploring. Indeed, the Air Force almost rejected him when they discovered that his left ring finger, which had been severed…