Belgium: Diplomatic Passports 1954

Belgium Diplomatic Passports Mullie
These are the diplomatic passports of Gilbert Mullie (Senator, Chairman of the Farmer’s Union, President of the Catholic party) and his wife. Both documents look like printed yesterday and are in fantastic mint condition. His passport was used for travel and both passports were extended twice.

Gilbert Mullie Joseph Aristide Belgium Diplomatic Passports Mullie

Born on May 26, 1876, at Dottignies and died on 24 August 1962 in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert was a Belgian Catholic politician. Mullie was a veterinarian ( Université catholique de Louvain , 1900).

A son of the farmers Aimé Mullie and Cyrée Glorieux. After completing the humanities at the Sint-Amand college in Kortrijk, he obtained his doctorate in veterinary sciences at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. In 1928, he married Marie Braffort, widow of Ghent professor Maurice Hanseval. The marriage remained childless. 

He became an assistant at the Veeartsenijschool in Kuregem and inspector-veterinarian for the Ministry of Agriculture. He was an advisor to Baron Edouard Empain and the Bank Empain, for the Heliopolis project in Egypt and during the First World War, he was a volunteer for the war. Belgium Diplomatic Passports Mullie

  • 1901-1902: assistant at the Veterinary school of Cureghem
  • 1904: veterinary inspector at the Ministry of Agriculture
  • 1908-1914: active in financial institutions – the advisor Baron Empain in Egypt
  • 1914-1919: voluntary war
  • 1919-1925: Recovery service director in Germany (stolen artworks)
  • 1925-1958: Elected senator of the district of Kortrijk -Ypres
    • 1935-1939: Secretary
    • 1939-1958: Vice President
  • 1928-: Member of the General Council of the Boerenbond
    • 1936-1961: president
  • 1934 AG member of the Catholic Union
  • 1946-1952: Municipal Councillor of Woluwe-Saint-Pierre
  • 1958-1962: co-opted senator

He was decorated with the Iron Cross (14-18), the Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown, Military Cross from 1940 to 1945, Grand Cross of the Order of Leopold II, Commander with the plate ‘Order of St. Gregory the Great.

Belgium Diplomatic Passports Gilbert Mullie and wife 1954Belgium Diplomatic Passports Gilbert Mullie and wife 1954

Belgium Diplomatic Passports Gilbert Mullie and wife 1954
Belgium Diplomatic Passports Gilbert Mullie and wife 1954








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1. What are the earliest known examples of passports, and how have they evolved?

The word "passport" came up only in the mid 15th Century. Before that, such documents were safe conducts, recommendations or protection letters. On a practical aspect, the earliest passport I have seen was from the mid 16th Century. Read more...

2. Are there any notable historical figures or personalities whose passports are highly sought after by collectors?

Every collector is doing well to define his collection focus, and yes, there are collectors looking for Celebrity passports and travel documents of historical figures like Winston Churchill, Brothers Grimm, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Read more...

3. How did passport designs and security features change throughout different periods in history, and what impact did these changes have on forgery prevention?

"Passports" before the 18th Century had a pure functional character. Security features were, in the best case, a watermark and a wax seal. Forgery, back then, was not an issue like it is nowadays. Only from the 1980s on, security features became a thing. A state-of-the-art passport nowadays has dozens of security features - visible and invisible. Some are known only by the security document printer itself. Read more...

4. What are some of the rarest and most valuable historical passports that have ever been sold or auctioned?

Lou Gehrig, Victor Tsoi, Marilyn Monroe, James Joyce, and Albert Einstein when it comes to the most expensive ones. Read more...

5. How do diplomatic passports differ from regular passports, and what makes them significant to collectors?

Such documents were often held by officials in high ranks, like ambassadors, consuls or special envoys. Furthermore, these travel documents are often frequently traveled. Hence, they hold a tapestry of stamps or visas. Partly from unusual places.

6. Can you provide insights into the stories behind specific historical passports that offer unique insights into past travel and migration trends?

A passport tells the story of its bearer and these stories can be everything - surprising, sad, vivid. Isabella Bird and her travels (1831-1904) or Mary Kingsley, a fearless Lady explorer.

7. What role did passports play during significant historical events, such as wartime travel restrictions or international treaties?

During war, a passport could have been a matter of life or death. Especially, when we are looking into WWII and the Holocaust. And yes, during that time, passports and similar documents were often forged to escape and save lives. Example...

8. How has the emergence of digital passports and biometric identification impacted the world of passport collecting?

Current modern passports having now often a sparkling, flashy design. This has mainly two reasons. 1. Improved security and 2. Displaying a countries' heritage, icons, and important figures or achievements. I can fully understand that those modern documents are wanted, especially by younger collectors.

9. Are there any specialized collections of passports, such as those from a specific country, era, or distinguished individuals?

Yes, the University of Western Sidney Library has e.g. a passport collection of the former prime minister Hon Edward Gough Whitlam and his wife Margaret. They are all diplomatic passports and I had the pleasure to apprise them. I hold e.g. a collection of almost all types of the German Empire passports (only 2 types are still missing). Also, my East German passport collection is quite extensive with pretty rare passport types.

10. Where can passport collectors find reliable resources and reputable sellers to expand their collection and learn more about passport history?

A good start is eBay, Delcampe, flea markets, garage or estate sales. The more significant travel documents you probably find at the classic auction houses. Sometimes I also offer documents from my archive/collection. See offers... As you are already here, you surely found a great source on the topic 😉

Other great sources are: Scottish Passports, The Nansen passport, The secret lives of diplomatic couriers

11. Is vintage passport collecting legal? What are the regulations and considerations collectors should know when acquiring historical passports?

First, it's important to stress that each country has its own laws when it comes to passports. Collecting old vintage passports for historical or educational reasons is safe and legal, or at least tolerated. More details on the legal aspects are here...

Does this article spark your curiosity about passport collecting and the history of passports? With this valuable information, you have a good basis to start your own passport collection.

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