Posts Tagged ‘ France ’

One Of Varian Fry’s “Passport To Freedom”

31 August, 2015
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Following up on my previous article “Surrender On Demand – Varian Fry In Nazi Occupied France” I was able to get now some pictures of such a fake passport organized by Fry and his team from the Emergency Rescue Committee (ERC). Thanks to a Czech fellow collector who guided me to the source. What you see here is the fake Czechoslovakian passport of Ivan (here: Ivan) and Charlotte Halibut,...

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Surrender On Demand – Varian Fry In Nazi Occupied France

20 June, 2015
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When I started to read his book “Surrender on Demand – Rescue of German Emigrants in Marseilles 1940/41 “ I was instantly caught by his work and stories. You get a vivid impression how Paris was at that time when it was occupied by the Nazis and how dangerous it was for refugees and enemies of the Third Reich. This article will give you some kind of book review...

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French Passport 1602

22 April, 2015
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French passport (4 pages)  dated June 1602 with secretarial signature of King Henry IV of France. A later note on the back indicates that this passport was issued to the Philip William, Prince of Orange (1554-1618) for travel through Flanders and Burgundy. The handwritten document has four entries, each signed by two people and dated July 1602. There are remains of a wax seal. What a fantastic early travel...

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Harry Curt Eduard Carl von Arnim

21 April, 2015
Harry Curt Eduard Carl von Arnim

Passport-collector.com at the Political Archive …von Arnim passport was one of the highlights I could see at the archive in Berlin. The most important phases of Harry von Arnim’s life:1842 Final school exam (GB A-level), USA: High school);1845 Examination for a doctorate in jurisprudence (Dr. jur, int.);1846 Marriage to Elisabeth (Elise) von Prillwitz (1827 – 1854), a daughter ofPrince August of Prussia (1779 – 1843) from the morganatic marriage...

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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
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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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PASSPORT MARSHAL PETAIN

28 November, 2014
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Currently you have the chance to grab a document of significant French history – the passport of later Chief of State (Chef de l’État Français) of Vichy France (1940 to 1944). Pétain, who was 84 years old in 1940, ranks as France’s oldest head of state. It is not a diplomatic passport as the seller describes but it’s still a great item to enrich your collection as such documents you...

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What does your passport mean to you?

23 September, 2014
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What does your passport mean to you? It might represent your nationality or your ability to live and work in a certain country. Perhaps it reminds you of having your passport photo taken – a traumatic experience even for the most photogenic – or of the frequently infuriating bureaucracy of visas and entry requirements that overseas travel can entail. Some see the sheer fact of owning a passport as...

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French Passport on Sheep Skin (!)

16 August, 2014
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Well, here just an example of a readers request for support… Subject: 19th Century French PassportThis is a very unusual passport in that it is dated 1801 and printed on sheepskin. The owner contacted me to help him place an insurance value on it because he now lives in Houston, TX, not Paris. Can you help a little bit? Please. The dimensions are 19″ x 21″ for the piece...

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British Passport 1792 FITZGERALD Lord Robert Stephen

8 June, 2014
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BRITISH PASSPORT 1792 FITZGERALD LORD ROBERT STEPHEN – PASSPORT TO CROSS SWITZERLAND … to allow free passage MISTER PAIJOL officer in the regiment of the Marquis of Autichamps serving his Britannic majesty going to join his body Dusseldorf Germany,  signed passport valid for two months,  BERNE 1 October 1792, signature ROBERT FITZGERALD Minister, good general condition is back with two beautiful wax seals in very good condition some old...

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