Kings Messenger Henry Francis Angold

It is always fantastic when readers engage on articles from my website. Guy Winter contacted me and told me a bit about his relative and shared great pictures as well. Kings Messenger Henry Angold

Henry Francis Angold was born in Georgetown, British Guyana, on May 5, 1883, to Thomas Bernard Angold and Jessie Matilda Carr. He is never married! Uncle Doodle as our ‘hero’ was known in the family died I think in the sixties so I never knew him. I know from my late cousin Ursula very little. The most memorable thing was that he was considered sartorial, hence his nickname. The following passports are from his service in occupied Rhineland 1920, several times renewed until 1930. Furthermore a passport with a German diplomatic visa in 1938. Kings Messenger Henry Angold

The King’s Messenger Passport
Kings Messenger Henry Angold

Kings Messenger Henry Angold
Henry Francis Arnold, King’s Messenger passport (Number 24), London, Feb 28, 1938.
Kings Messenger Henry Angold
Acting King’s Messenger. Henry was born in Georgetown, British Guiana.

Here are some additional photos and documents of Francis in uniform, in a group photo at the British embassy in Berlin 1937/38. A document of honor and a dapper photo of Francis. I only found an entry in the British military Navy service list, listing Angold in service with the Army on May 26, 1919, in the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. Probably right after that in 1920, he worked for the Foreign Office. In his 1920 passport (see above), his profession is documented as I.A.R.H.C. I don’t know what it means. If someone has a clue please comment. Kings Messenger Henry Angold

Thanks to my fellow collector Theo the riddle is solved. I.A.R.H.C. = Inter-Allied Rhineland High Commission

Guy told me further that he inherited all this 5 years ago. Other relatives of Guy worked at the Foreign office too and one even mentioned that Goering was charming but Ribbentrop was a snob. On Feb 8, 1956, Henry passed away in The Gables Rest Home, 210 Hyde End Road, Spencers Wood, Reading, Berkshire, UK.


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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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