Tränenpalast РBorder Crossing РEast Germany

1 March, 2015
Berlin

The Tränenpalast (English: “Palace of Tears”) is the Berlin colloquialism for the former border crossing at Berlin Friedrichstraße station, where East Germans said goodbye to visitors going back to West Germany. From 1962 to 1989 it was the border crossing for travellers by S-bahn, U-bahn and train between East and West Germany. It was used only for westbound border crossings, with separate checkpoints for West Berliners, West Germans, foreigners,...

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Palestine Certificate Of Naturalization 1942

26 February, 2015
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Palestine Certificate Of Naturalization 1942 Without this document you could not get a British Palestine passport or ID card so it’s related to passport history. To find such a document is unusual I would say. How many Palestinians will still have today such a old Certificate of Naturalization? I guess not many. The document is issued in three languages (English, Hebrew and Arabic). The documents was issued to Kurt...

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Olympic Gold Medal Winner & Wife Saved by R.Wallenberg

23 February, 2015
budapest

An very interesting document set was offered which is truly rare to find. An RAOUL WALLENBERG SCHUTZ-PASS (protection pass) and another second document which is a confirmation issued by the Swedish Embassy in Budapest stating that it’s bearer is protected by the Swedish Embassy to leave Hungary for Sweden. The bearers of those documents are Mrs. Dr. Eugen Fuchs geb. Eva Schwarz for the WALLENBERG SCHUTZPASS and Dr. Eugen...

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Should you repair your collectibles?

23 February, 2015
Should you repair your collectibles?

Recently I was asked “How to repair a torn passport cover?” I answered as follows: This cover bears the passport number which you find also at the pages. So you can’t substitute the cover. The Germans had also covers of the same passport model without numbers – so easy to substitute. There are two repair solutions…beside the total replacement of cover 1. black/brown textile tape to repair (tape) the...

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FRANCE 1880 DIPLOMATIC PASSPORT

20 February, 2015
FRANCE 1880 DIPLOMATIC PASSPORT

This passport type is unusual! I asked my fellow collector Tristan, who is indeed an expert in French travel documents and he also replied to me that he never saw such a type before. Issued to M. Georges Firmin-Didot, Attaché of the French Republic sent to his post at the Holy Sea (Vatican). Issued in Paris, 20. July 1880, stamp, signed by the chief of staff of the foreign...

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Edouard Drouyn de Lhuys

18 February, 2015
Drouy

Edouard Drouyn de Lhuys (19 November 1805 – 1 March 1881) was a French statesman and diplomat, born at Melun in the department of Seine et Marne. He was educated at the College of Louis-le-Grande. The scion of a wealthy and noble house, he excelled in rhetoric. He quickly became interested in politics and diplomacy. He was ambassador at The Hague and Madrid, and distinguished himself by his opposition...

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Nansen Passport For A Beauty

14 February, 2015
Nansen Estonia 1933 Beauty-007

Issued for 19 year old girl Tamara Matskevitch in Tallinn, Estonia. Excellent condition with great photo of Tamara. Several extensions of her document. Hard cover. Nansen refugee (travel documents) are rare to find, especially in such fine condition (and with such a beautiful passport picture). This document type is widely called “Nansen passport” but is in fact always an Identity Document which might have been used to travel.

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Haiti Passport 1861 Signed By President Geffrard

11 February, 2015
Haiti 1861 signed President Geffrard-004

Finding an Haitian early passport is already difficult but to find an Haitian passport issued to the Italian Consul in Haiti, Francis Edlmann, signed by Haitian President Guillaume Fabre Nocolas Geffrard itself is almost a unique finding of museum quality. Double folio in excellent condition issued at the Presidential palace 6. May 1861. The passport has the No. 9. In all the years of research & collecting I saw...

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Titles included in British passports

8 February, 2015

Did you know? For detailed information on the correct use of titles that may be recorded on the personal details page of the passport, and the appropriate observation to be entered, see Observations in Passports. Titles of nobility Titles of nobility are part of a person’s name and identity, and for holders who use their title as part of their name for all purposes, the title should be entered...

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The curious case of Fred Lepkin

5 February, 2015
Fred Lepkin curious case

Fred Lepkin is a Canadian historian and an avid genealogist on the quest to uncover his family history. How I got in contact with Fred? Well, a relative of him was performing some online research and ends up at my website, to be more specific, at my article on a Travel Document with a Sugihara visa. Fred contacted me then by email asking for more details. I sent him...

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