Testimonials from collectors and readers

I enjoyed reading your article “A history of passports and their design”
– Thomas A. Tass, CEO, BORDERPOL –
Many thanks for your excellent and informative website on passports, Tom. I’ve found it immensely useful
– Prof. Peter Stallybrass, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA –
Hi Tom! Thank you for such a fascinating website
– Brinn Black, Country/Pop Singer, Nashville, USA –
Really enjoying your posts. Sharing with my contacts
– Thomas Poe, USA, Independent and GLG Sales, Conference & Technical Consultant for Secure Document Covert UltraViolet Pigments and inks –
Congrats Tom, your work is amazing
– Carlos Sasias, Uruguay, Encargado del Centro de Capacitación Migratoria –
Hi Tom, Wow, what a fascinating page! Maybe in the future I can start collecting old passports
– A reader from USA –
“Very well done, dear Tom. You really understood the dimension of the rescue activity of my stepfather Carl Lutz. I am very grateful you made this publication!”
– Agnes Hirschi, Journalist, Muenchenbuchsee, Switzerland –
“I love your website”
– Ellen Freund, Property Master, Los Angeles, USA –
“I was searching for passport expertise and you sound exactly right for what we want to cover.”

– Dearbhla Gavin, producer BBC Essex –
“Your website is excellent, really very interesting! Thank you”
– M.F., Criminal Intelligence Analyst at Federico Fellini International Airport, Rimini (Italy)  –
“Your website is unique and important. You do good work, Tom”
– M.B., Holocaust collector / Philanthropist, USA –
“Your webpage is very well written, interesting and informative and I very much enjoyed reading it. You’ve done an excellent job!”
– T.Lloyd, Reader, UK –
“It is an honor and pleasure meeting you at the BMC.  Your profound knowledge on passport is an asset of the secure document industry. Its good to be connected to an expert like you.”
– Prof. Raymond Wong, Biometrics Research Center at Hong Kong Polytechnic University
“Dear Tom. I enjoyed looking at your website and reading some of the exciting historical features you have! Well done, really interesting. Perhaps we could collaborate on one of my next projects?”
– Yanko Tihov, Yanko BA of Fine Arts and Printmaking
“Hello Tom, Thank you so much! You provided me with a ton of information (on Goodrum’s passport) and enlightened parts of our collection. The travel to Egypt explain some of the Egyptian motifs in the garden. If you’re ever in Atlanta, please don’t hesitate to stop for a visit! All the best.”
– Barbara Hyde, Curator, Goodrum House, Atlanta, GA –
“Topol’s website, Passport-collector, is a goldmine of information on historic and important travel documents.”
– Businessinsider UK  –
“I had the opportunity to interact with Tom with reference to old passport documents I have and I am amazed at his knowledge and pinpointing details from the documents as old as 1909/1911. The information you get is bang on…more like an encyclopedia…”
Khilen Dharmsinh, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
“Glad to come across your site! I will look forward to exploring your posts!”
– Peter J. Spiro, Charles Weiner Professor of Law, Temple University Law School –
“Hi Tom. Cool site. I’m writing a historical novel and am wondering if you know or could point to a place that might help in the following thought. – Tom, Thanks for your response. Very helpful.”
– SD, Dallow, MN, USA –
“Thank you for sharing your work as you give always an important glimpse into history to us”
Zionist Organization Of America founded 1897 –

“I’m just starting it (collecting). I always found passports interesting and when I was in the airport I’d find myself looking at people’s passports in the security lines. I never knew that passport collecting was a thing.”

“Exactly the kind of twitter account I have been looking around for a long time. A real gem!”

“I am writing to you from the film production company Sirenafilm based in Prague. We are currently preparing a film about the Jewish Kindertransport from Austria after the Nazi occupation of Austria in 1938. An essential element of certain scenes is the use of ´´Reich´´ passports that were issued to Austrian citizens shortly after the occupation with the infamous J stamp.  After extensively browsing and familiarizing myself with the world of passport collecting, you proved to be the foremost authority on the subject as much as someone who has previously worked with television and film productions. “

BLOODY MARVELOUS document you sent to me! Thank you very much” (Jersey passport 1753)

“Hello, Tom! As usual, I enjoyed your articles”

“Thank you very much for all your input and information. I will definitely refer your website to other people I know as I have quite a few friends and family members that have things of the similar nature. Thank you once again so very much”

“Your website is a fabulous resource for collectors – a Passport Collectors Paradise!”

“Your website is so impressive that I feel that if anyone would know the approximate value of these (passports), it would be you.”

“…thanks for a fascinating site…”

“I just spent one hour exploring your website and have to say this hour was well spent. I learned a lot about passports and their history. A great source!”

“Fascinating site — I found it while researching for a documentary I am editing about European Jews who fled the Holocaust to Ecuador.   We saw one passport that would be great to use to illustrate a section on obtaining visas to leave —  is it possible for us to get a high-resolution scan of what you have posted, and to get permission to use it in our film?”

“I’m just starting to collect passports,  I want to collect South-American passports but is very difficult to find old passports in this country. Your website is amazing!”

“Hello – excellent website! I am fascinated by the history of passports and other documents. I don’t think I’ve found to date a better website / more comprehensive collection. Keep it up!”

“Glad to see you had a useful trip to London again recently, Tom – your web site is certainly a great resource.  Thanks again for your help.”

“Great website – very useful to me as a new collector. I am interested in modern obsolete documents”

“… your knowledge about passports is vast!”

“All I can say is wow. I did a little reading and research, to post something interesting on the passport and it’s history, but your site is like a public library on the topic.”

“You have amazing material. My Ph.D. dissertation is on internal passports in Peru and your links are very helpful.”

“Thank you very much for the information on my document. You have a very good site, informative and fun to look through.”

“Thank you for your expertise. I appreciate your reasoning and will convey all your information to the owner. You have certainly made a study of this particular collecting area and I will pass on information about you. This is very important information.”

“USA 1814 passport – ...I am thrilled to have this travel document in my collection”

“Tom, many thanks for your very nice note and related information. I will stay in touch with you and I very much appreciated the candid and excellent background you provided me.”

“I want to thank you for your site – it is fantastic. You are doing a great job – your website is very professional and informative.”

“Thank you for your speedy processing. I love the documents you sent and surely I will come back again to grab more of your outstanding travel documents”

“Your website is a fabulous resource for collectors.” -9 Miles of Ephemera & Antiques-

“Thanks so much to you for your expertise, your kind assistance, and for facilitating the connection with your fellow collector on my topic. Your site is amazing and I know I’ll be back!”

“You truly have an impressive and informative website. It is not surprising that so many influential individuals seek you out for help and expertise.”

“Thank you so much for your fast response. This is incredibly helpful and you have answered my questions completely.”

“Thank you for an amazing resource and wonderful passport offers. I have just started collecting and only have a few passports. I look forward to increasing my collection and reading the great content on your site.”

“Thank you once again for this incredible passport. It came into the office today and my colleagues and I were all in awe at this rare and precious piece of history. I will enjoy it and cherish for the rest of my life. Thanks!”

“ABSOLUTE TOP! Such a passport I have always wanted, but I was assuming to get something like this would be nearly impossible. Everything fits here: the photo, the stamps, the condition. Again, a sincere THANK YOU for this opportunity!”

“Great website I just stumbled upon and which seems the only resource online!”

“Great website – very useful to me as a new collector.”

“OMG, thank you so much for the Korean passport/residence permit & the Korean DL”

“Thank you again for introducing me to this most fascinating hobby!”

“Hi there. I can see by your website that you’re the world expert on passports! I am a valuer of manuscripts and art here in Australia. I have never valued a passport before. Thank you so much, Tom. As I said, this is outside my expertise, so it has been a sharp learning curve.

“Got the passport today, Love it, Thank you very much again!”

“The passports have arrived this morning, and they are excellent historical documents”

“Got the passport today. It is very nice. Many visas and revenue stamps. Thank you for everything connected with this transaction.”

“The passports look great! I will enjoy studying the Gibbs 1848 passport.”

“The passports arrived in excellent condition. They are both quite interesting to look at. Thanks for having sent them and I look forward to getting others soon.”

“I stumbled upon your website when looking for Ottoman Empire passports and yours was essentially the only dedicated site”


Passport-collector.com is well recognized by international collectors and other interested parties. I am in regular contact with different museums and archives such as the German Foreign Office – Political Archive in Berlin, I am an adviser to well recognized Holocaust Foundations and also support museums, Hollywood filmmakers and TV stations such as BBC, ZDF, Astoria Studios.

Several articles on passport history and passport collecting were issued on different websites and in newspapers & magazines. I can say I do have the most comprehensive documentation and database when it comes to travel documents. At my website, you will find several guidelines on passports.

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