The gaps in my German Empire collection are getting smaller as I could just acquire a “Grand Duchy of Weimar” passport booklet. Thanks a fellow collector who made this possible. Another significant addition to my German collection is a early Federal German Diplomatic passport issued on 1. Feb 1953, on the day exactly 2 years after the Federal Republic of Germany was allowed to issue again passports. Till 31. Jan 1951 only the Allied Military Government for Germany had the right to issued passports. A Federal German Diplomatic passport alone is very rare to find but it’s even more special when it’s such a early issue. Many thanks to my German friend FM to bring this collectible to my attention.
I could get three other significant documents which will be most interesting for collectors
- Brazil Diplomatic passport 1951, issued in Bonn, Germany for the wife of Brazil’s 1st Ambassador to Germany (a beautiful woman)
- Scottish passport 1877 in fantastic condition with great wax seal – in all the years I saw only two Scottish passports. (One I had earlier went back to the National Museum of Scotland) – read the online article HERE. Considering that Scotland might find again independence in the upcoming referendum in September such a document will gain even more significance.
But the most rare and truly exciting document is this…
- KING’S MESSENGER PASSPORT 1941
Issued for Paul Simpson who was a King’s Messenger for King George VI traveling with diplomatic documents destined for the British embassy in Santiago. Simpson died tragically when his airplane “Star Dust” crashed into Mount Tupungato in the Argentine Andes on 2 August 1947.
There is a book covering this accident. “Star Dust Falling”. Jay Rayner is a fine journalist and the disappearance of Star Dust is a great story. His book gives a gripping and readable account of the plane’s last journey and of the modern expedition to locate its final resting place. And, in reconstructing the background to the disaster, he pays a belated tribute to the memory of the 11 people who disappeared with the plane.
A King’s or Queen’s Messenger passport is one of the rarest travel document a passport collector can find for his collection. I asked Martin Lloyd, English book author of “The Passport: The History of Man’s Most Travelled Document” and he states:
“There are only a few KMs appointed at any one time. In the early 1950s I know that there were 37 KMs working; today there are about 16. Each KM is issued with several valid passports to run concurrently, but even so, this still means that it is a rare passport.”