Der Passexpedient – A Book Review

10 August, 2012
Der Passexpedient

by Tom Topol, passport collector & editor, Zürich, August 2012 One of the most famous travel documents in history is the “Safe Conduct” by Emperor Charles V for Martin Luther’s journey to the Imperial Diet of Worms in 1521. During the Middle Ages and early modern period, such documents were issued only in exceptional cases. After the French Revolution, government passport systems emerged throughout Europe. Then used identification documents...

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Important Raoul Wallenberg Schutzpass Found In Budapest

7 August, 2012

The main reason to go to Budapest, beside meeting up with Marco, was to pick up a very special document. Some weeks ago I was contacted via my website if I would be interested in a RAOUL WALLENBERG SCHUTZPASS (Protection letter). Yes, you read correct. A second WALLENBERG was available within just 3 months! Unbelievable! I know only two passport collectors having this important document in their own collection....

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Collectors Meeting in Budapest

5 August, 2012

  I informed my fellow collector Marco that I will be a few days in the city and we instantly agreed to take this chance to meet each other finally in person after we been in contact by email for about 2 years. Marco is not only a great fellow collector with a broad knowledge about Hungarian passports but he is also an excellent host. See the pictures. We...

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North German Confederation Passport

31 July, 2012
Reisepass_Norddeutscher Bund

Outstanding auction result at eBay for this super rare North German Confederation Passport. I was bidding too but always have my limit. CONGRATULATION to the seller and the buyer who paid 512 US$ (Oct.2010). The North German Confederation was existing only from 1867 to 1871. This is only the second time I saw this precious type.

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Collectors Meeting in Tel Aviv

29 July, 2012
collectors meeting

Tel Aviv was the venue for a collectors get-together on 27 July 2012 at the Cafe Landwer to exchange experiences as passport collectors and talk about specific matters concerning early Israeli travel documents and Judaica.

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The future of passport collecting

26 July, 2012

Many collectors contacted me asking why they don`t find any more foreign passports at eBay. The answer is plain and simple. eBay is strictly deleting them. Here a small overview (from my experience). eBay US It was always forbidden to list government ID`s such as passports. The exception are US passports expired more than 20 years. Other older expired documents are somehow tolerated. eBay GER Yes, there are some...

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Collectors Meeting In Bangkok

16 July, 2012
Collectors lunch

On Saturday I got surprisingly a call from Nassir. I met him once at the local flea market in Bangkok and we found out that we share the same passion for passport collecting. Nassir is from Dubai and a regular traveller to Bangkok. So on Saturday we agreed to met today for a “collectors lunch”. We had some good food and a interesting discussion. I learned from Nassir that...

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Passport Fees Around The World

5 July, 2012

As I found out today the British Passport Office published a list of passport fees around the world. The mentioned fees there are significant lower than earlier reported by and I belive the British Passport Office is a much more reliable source. The original PDF-file can be downloaded here. The new data are as follows. However please take a note also on the readers comments which are the...

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Did you know…

21 June, 2012
DDR_bis 1995

…that GDR Passports (East Germany) issued in the last days of the country were still valid till 1995? Even the German Democratic Republic of Germany was obsolete since 3 Oct 1990! That sounds strange and I believe there was no other case like that when it comes to passports. But the reason was simple. These “extension” was based on German law as it was impossible to issue for millions...

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Profit Before Culture: Should History be Sold to the Highest Bidder?

17 June, 2012

Benjamin Shapell, March, 1995 The Public’s Right to Own Original Historical Letters “There is a desire of property in the sanest and best men, which Nature seems to have implanted as conservative of her works, and which is necessary to encourage and keep alive the arts.” -Walter Savage Landor In the field of collecting autograph letters, there are two questions that dealers are always asked.  “How do you know...

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