Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story

12 April, 2015
Noor Inayat Khan

Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story I am pretty sure most of the readers have never heard of this story and this remarkable woman. Just by random I stumbled over this most interesting WWII drama which is also new to me. Noor Inayat Khan was the daughter of a spiritual teacher from India, Hazrat Inayat Khan, and his American wife, Ora Ray Baker. After Noor’s birth...

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9 April, 2015
Notary Protection Certificate issued to Andrew Boteler, mariner, 11 May 1796. Dated seventeen days before the passage of the Act that prescribed use of Seamen's Protections, it served the same purpose. A document such as this would later often be required by the collector in order for a seaman to obtain a certificate from the Custom House

Seamen’s Protection Certificates were usually printed documents, varying in size and style, that were carried by American seamen as proof of citizenship. The certificate was obtained by the individual through the customhouse, public notary, or U.S. Consul when required in a foreign port. It contained the person’s name, birthplace, approximate age, height, skin color, eye and hair color, and other distinctive descriptive information, such as the location of scars...

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6 April, 2015

MUSSOLINI’S ATTEMPTED ASSASSINATION Passport of the Hon Violet Gibson, used by her on her journey to Rome where she attempted to assassinate Benito Mussolini, together with other family papers, the collection comprising: her passport no. 158876, issued to “The Honourable Violet Albinia Gibson”, her photograph date-stamped by the Foreign Office 6 November 1924, the passport marked as valid until 6 November 1926, with visa-stamps made on her embarkation from...

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Passport Paul Parker – Manchester United

2 April, 2015

The story of his passport which was available at eGreedy made quite some “noise” in the British newspapers. But I have more details for you… Paul Andrew Parker (born 4 April 1964 in West Ham, London) is an English former professional footballer, manager and sports television pundit. As a player he was a full back from 1982 to 1997 most notably in the Premier League for Manchester United, also...

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First Federal Republic Of Germany Passport

31 March, 2015
BRD 1950 NY

As a vivid researcher and collector of German passports it gives me today a great pleasure to display the very first “Federal Republic Of Germany” passport. After WWII Germany was occupied by the Allied Forces and was divided in four sectors. During six years passports, travel permits etc were issued only by the Allied Forces Travel Board. On Feb 1, 1951 finally the power to issue passports was given...

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Collectors Meeting In Zürich

29 March, 2015

Always a pleasure to meet up with these guys. Guido is holding a very nice Alien passport from Denmark which he recently acquired. We shared our experience and collectibles. I really wish such collectors meetings could be on a more regular basis. However we manage to meet 1-2 a year. Guido has an eye for beauty. Not only the passport must be in almost perfect condition also he prefers...

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Benjamin Franklin: First American Diplomat

15 March, 2015

Benjamin Franklin: First American Diplomat, 1776–1785 Benjamin Franklin, the most distinguished scientific and literary American of his age, was the first American diplomat. He served from 1776 to 1778 on a three-man commission to France charged with the critical task of gaining French support for American independence. French aristocrats and intellectuals embraced Franklin as the personification of the New World Enlightenment. His likeness appeared on medallions, rings, watches, and...

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Mobile Passport Control USA

13 March, 2015

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has launched the Mobile Passport Control (MPC) app, which allows travellers to submit their passport information and customs declaration form via smartphone or tablet upon arrival at the airport, prior to inspection by a CBP officer. The first-of-its-kind iOS app is being trialled by passengers arriving in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and can be used by iPhone and iPad users. Travelers just need...

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Passport Application Album 1917

10 March, 2015
hawaii pp book

At the beginning of the 20th century Hawaii sugar plantation owners began recruiting Russian workers. Perhaps as many as 2,000 Russians and Ukrainians came to Hawaii. The album contains the passport applications of 165 persons from Hawaii who wished to return to Russia following the Revolution of 1917. Each person was required to submit a photograph and details of birth, occupation in Russia, the name of the ship and...

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East German MIG-21 Jet Pilot “Travel Document”

7 March, 2015

Meet Wolfgang, an officer in the rank of an Major, of the East German National People’s Army, or Nationale Volksarmee (NVA) and MIG-21 Jet pilot and flight trainer. The document displayed here is a NVA license for pilots issued 1967 and is an outstanding document of the East German military aviation history and Cold War history. This military pilot’s license in combination with a military ID card and a...

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