history passport travel documents

Here you will find travel documents related to passport history from several countries around the world and in different formats. We discuss historical people, ordinary people, celebrities, heroes, and criminals. You will be surprised by the beautiful passport picture of a young Japanese woman in her Kimono during the time of the Japanese Empire and some remarkable passports from countries which are no longer exist.

These pages contain insights on selected and rare examples of passports from the past, along with fantastic stories and astonishing passport pictures. Furthermore, you will obtain insight into the value of old passports, including the most highly valued passport ever sold.

Tom Topol is a recognized expert and author on passports and their history in the security printing industry and has studied the topic for more than 15 years. Tom is a member of both the Ephemera Society of America and the Ephemera Society of the United Kingdom.

His book LET PASS OR DIE is an educational and entertaining BOOK about the HISTORY of the PASSPORT. 353 pages with fascinating stories, including 183 astonishing pictures that are impossible to use today in your passport – well, almost.

The book can be ordered at passport-collector.com at USD$ 39.95, global standard shipping included.

Some readers’ feedback…

Your book definitely tells a lot about the history of passports and I applaud you for the effort that you put into writing the book. (Benjamin Durham, CH)

Tom, I received LET PASS OR DIE today. I’m pleased you invested in good printing, as the images are excellent. I’m looking forward to reading it and passing on purchase details to ex-colleagues from the UK Immigration National Document Fraud Unit. (S.A., UK)