103 search results for "diplomat"

Meet Ruth Bielaski Shipley

19 September, 2014
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Ruth Bielaski Shipley (April 20, 1885 – November 3, 1966) was head of the Passport Division of the United States Department of State for 27 years from 1928 to 1955. She became head of the Passport Division in 1928, the first woman to hold the position, after twice declining the appointment. She succeeded foreign service officer Parker Wilson Buhrman  and initially headed a staff of more than 70. In...

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GUIDELINES

15 September, 2014
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Literature about passport history or passport collecting is rare to find therefor you will get here valuable guidelines written by experienced collectors. Are you a specialist in some passport collection field then you are very welcome to contact me to share your guideline with us. Thanks to all contributors. 1. German Empire Passports 2. Allied Military Travel Permits For Occupied Germany 3. Spanish Passports (Part I) (II) (III)  (IV)...

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Passbrief (Passport) 1793 Holy Roman Empire

18 July, 2014
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This Passbrief (Passport) 1793 of the Holy Roman Empire is very very rare, large (40 x 53 cm / 15.75 x – 20.87 inch)  and was issued at the Reichshof in Vienna for a trip from Vienna to Regensburg. The pass includes beautiful font graphic and also a large paper seal with diameter of 12 cm! Particularly interesting is the signature on the bottom left of Franz de Paula...

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FANTASY AND CAMOUFLAGE PASSPORTS

27 June, 2014
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FANTASY AND CAMOUFLAGE PASSPORTS The following article “Fantasy and Camouflage Passports” was inspired by our fellow collector Theo as we discussed recently these kind of “passports”. Currently there are not less than 125 fantasy passports listed plus another 25 camouflage passports and 2 documents of territories which are not internationally recognized. The United Nation has currently 193 member states. Does it mean there are 193 different passports? No, because...

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Adolf Hitler’s Passport

2 June, 2014
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Where is Adolf Hitler’s passport? This article was published first in the German Spiegel Magazine 52/2001 (Link to the original German article) and gives a good overview of the whereabouts of Hitler’s estate including his passport. You can easily translate the text with the language translation tool at my website. First select German then switch to English. This article was motivated by the recent occurrence of two passports from...

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ICAO 24 Nov 2015 Deadline

25 May, 2014
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The 24 November 2015 deadline: what is it all about? The 24 November 2015 deadline comes from from Standard 3.10.1 in Annex 9 — Facilitation. ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) are contained in Annexes to the Chicago Convention, the main international law instrument regulating civil aviation matters globally. Annex 9 — Facilitation contains SARPs related to border controls and inspection formalities, including MRTDs. The deadline refers to non-machine...

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Interesting Finland Passport

30 April, 2014
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This Finish passport from 1953 is interesting as it has a visa for Germany issued by the British Legation in Helsinki. Why is that? Well, the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic (West and East Germany) were both recognized just on January 7, 1972 by Finland and diplomatic relations between Finland and West Germany were established on January 7, 1973. So it took almost 28 years after WWII to establish...

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Altered SUGIHARA Travel Document To Save Not One Jewish Life But Two

29 April, 2014
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This Travel Document is one of the most interesting collectible I ever got. Here is the story of this life saving document with a visa issued by righteous diplomat Chinue “Sempo” Sugihara. The document which is a Certificate (Zaswiadczenie) printed by the Polish Legation in Kaunas / Lithuania was issued by British Legation, section Polish interests in Lithuania, Legation stamp (HIS BRITANNIC MAJESTY LEGATION LITHUANIA), signed by Chargé des...

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German Ambassador Baron Von Wangenheim

25 April, 2014
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Another outstanding and historic valuable German document for my collection! This is the passport of Baron von Wangenheim, German ambassador in Constantinople / Ottoman Empire. von Wangenheim was witness of the Armenian Genocide where estimated 1.5 Million people were killed. Hans Freiherr von Wangenheim (1859–1915) – German diplomat. Ambassador Extraordinary to Mexico. German Minister at Athens, 1909-12. During World War I, from 1912 to October 25, 1915 was ambassador...

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Sugihara & Zwartendijk Visas On One Travel Document

29 March, 2014
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Sugihara & Zwartendijk – two of eighteen righteous diplomats which took enormous personal risks to rescue Jews and others facing persecution and peril. They were true heroes; indeed, they were among the foremost human rights defenders of their day. Due their actions thousands could escape Nazi Holocaust. Since I am collecting passports I was always interested in protection letters/passports and visas saving Jewish lifes. Thanks to my global network...

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