Old Passports – The Lifestyle Show with Michelle Constant

Another radio interview. This time I was talking with Michelle Constant from South African radio (SAfm) about passport history, obsolete countries and where to find old passports for your collection. When do YOU start your passport collection?

Travel documents telling the stories of its bearers. Who were they? What did they work? Why did they traveled to China, India or USA in 1924 or in mid-19th century or 200 years ago? Where was the passport issued and from whom? Of course, there are many more questions to ask on geographical and political issues…it`s much more than just collecting it`s also an advanced research on travel documents.

Today our passports are uniform but look at an old passport back in 19th century – at that time they were really some kind of “Art” and unique. Handwritten on nice paper with colorful stamps, signatures and beautiful photographs.

Each collector has to define his own range of collection – you can’t have it all. Ask yourself “What is the purpose of my collection?”

Passport-collector.com is well recognized by international collectors and other interested parties. I am in regular contact with museums and archives such as the German Foreign Office – Political Archive in Berlin, I am adviser to foundations and support museums, Hollywood film makers, universities, libraries and TV stations when it comes to passports and their history.

Several articles on passport history and passport collecting were published by me (see references & testimonials). I can say I do have the most comprehensive documentation and database when it comes to travel documents. At my website, you will find several guidelines on passports which is unique as on passport history & collecting almost no books are available.

A famous man once said “If you don’t find what you looking for – create it – be it!” So, I did as there was nothing available at all. All is done by my private time and efforts.

See the passports to countries that no longer exist

 

Old Passports – The Lifestyle Show with Michelle Constant