Military-ID USSR Officer – Stalingrad

Military-ID USSR Officer – Stalingrad

77 years end of WWII Usually, I do not collect such documents, but this ID got my attention as such WWII Russian documents are not often to find, and this one is special as this officer fought in STALINGRAD! Military-ID…

A Road Trip with a German passport in the 1970s

A Road Trip with a German passport in the 1970s

Unlike the citizens of East Germany living behind the Iron Curtain, West Germans traveled extensively throughout the Cold War. By 1970, West Germany’s Hallstein Doctrine had ended, meaning West Germans were free to interact liberally with nations that had recognized…

Diplomatic Passport of Eduard Schewardnadze

Diplomatic Passport of Eduard Schewardnadze

My website is online for over a decade, and I got many requests from readers offering documents. The email I got these days was indeed one of the more exciting ones. I was contacted by Sergo, who holds the Georgian…

USSR Diplomatic Passport – Igor Y. Andropov

USSR Diplomatic Passport – Igor Y. Andropov

USSR Diplomatic Passport Andropov Diplomat, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary; born on August 18, 1941, son of the former General Secretary of the Central Committee of the CPSU Yu. V. Andropov; graduated from MGIMO, candidate of historical sciences; from 1974-1979 – in scientific and…

East German couple traveling to Cuba

East German couple traveling to Cuba

East German Couple Cuba In the planned economy, travel was organized and subsidized by the state. The largest travel providers in the GDR were the Free German Trade Union Federation (FDGB), the youth organizations, and above all the companies. At…

NS German Passport – Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia – Kaschau

NS German Passport – Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia – Kaschau

After World War I and during the gradual break-up of Austria-Hungary, the city at first became a part of the transient “Eastern Slovak Republic,” declared on 11 December 1918 in Košice and earlier in Prešov under the protection of Hungary….

Variety Artiste Daisy Weston travels to Finland and Russia in 1911

Variety Artiste Daisy Weston travels to Finland and Russia in 1911

British passports were the only travel documents that didn’t physically describe their bearer. But Daisy’s passport already had a passport photo at a time when photographs were not expected nor mandatory. The passport photo was generally introduced in 1915. Daisy…

Iraq Diplomatic Passport – Al-Bakr Presidency

Iraq Diplomatic Passport – Al-Bakr Presidency

Following the Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party’s ouster from government in 1963, Al-Bakr and the party pursued underground activities and became vocal government critics. During this period, Al-Bakr was elected by the Ba’ath Party’s Iraqi branch’s Secretary-General (the head) and appointed…

Frederic Leighton and his Travels in 19th Century

Frederic Leighton and his Travels in 19th Century

Who was Frederic Leighton? Frederic Leighton Travel Frederic Leighton (1830-1896) was one of the most famous British artists of the nineteenth century. The recipient of many national and international awards and honors, he was well acquainted with members of the…