LET PASS OR DIE – Passport History

The book about the history of the passport is for a general audience but gives you also valuable knowledge on passport collecting as a leisure activity. 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. 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. However, you will also learn about current modern passports and the future of travel documents. new book old passports

The passport photo is since “just” 100 years a significant characteristic of any issued passport. The variations of photos were extensive when introduced in 1915 and everything was possible. The exact date for launching the passport photo in German passports by law was 1 January 1915. new book old passports

The book title is referring to the inscription of the Imperial passport of Kublai Khan
“I am the emissary of the Khan. If you defy me, you die.”- 1240 A.D.

Tom Topol is a well-recognized expert and author on passports and their history in the security printing industry and has studied the topic for more than 17 years. Tom is a member of the Ephemera Society of America. new book old passports

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Table of Contents & Sample Pages
353 pages / 183 pictures


49 EUR including global shipping