Time Travel

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  An isochronic map shows where to go, how long it took to get there – and what changes were on the way In 1914 John G. Bartholomew, the scion of an Edinburgh map making family and cartographer royal to…

Interesting US Passport 1912

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At the first view you might not see something special on this US passport issued May 1912 but the second view will reveal that this passport already has a passport picture included, which was only mandatory from Dec 1914! Also…

Black British Early Passports

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Passports of Black People in the 19th century are rare to find and even in the early 20th century they were not that common. Now I did acquire such a Black British passport lot of five documents including two British…

Collective Passport For 10 Men

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Collective or group passports are a type of travel document which are nowadays not used anymore (exception – see related link below). I do have a few in my collection and the latest collective passport I have seen was issued…

Enrico Caruso Passport 1919

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WHAT a great finding is this Italian passport of Caruso from 1919 issued in New York! His travel document included his 2nd wife Dorothy Park Benjamin (the daughter of a wealthy New York patent lawyer) and his son Enrico, Jr.…

East German Border Control Case

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A quite unique finding is this East German border control equipment case with various devices and documents which was recently available at an auction. My first idea was to bid on it as it’s a great German history related item…

U.S. Ships Passports Behind Expectations

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FOUR SHIP’S PASSPORTS issued and signed by Jackson, Jefferson, Madison and Monroe ended UNSOLD and far below expectations at an US auction. James Madison and James Monroe Four Language Ship’s Papers Signed. One partially-printed page, 20.5″ x 15.75″ (sight), December 21,…