Warsaw Pact travel during the Cold War 1975-89

Warsaw Pact travel during the Cold War 1975-89

Throughout its existence, the Warsaw Pact aimed to portray a unified and allied front against the West, even after the Hungarian and Czechoslovak uprisings of 1956 and 1968. Since these member states were allied nations, the passport holder of a…

US Passport 1915 – Curtiss Aeroplane Company

US Passport 1915 – Curtiss Aeroplane Company

Passport Curtiss Aeroplane Company Marietta Ford Russell, the wife of Frank Henry Russell, an early aviator and vice president of the Curtiss Aeroplane Company, owned this fascinating pair of documents. He came to the UK during World War 1 to…

Large Grand Duchy of Oldenburg Passport 1864

Large Grand Duchy of Oldenburg Passport 1864

Grand Duchy Oldenburg Passport The Grand Duchy of Oldenburg was a German Confederation region re-established by the Congress of Vienna in 1815. During the Danish-German War of 1864, Oldenburg was neutral – neutrality was, however, violated by the Prussian troops…

The international Congo Conference – Berlin 1885

The international Congo Conference – Berlin 1885

This article is inspired by Germany’s official statement to take responsibility for killing about 70.000 Herero and Nama between 1904 and 1908. Germany formally declared the killings a genocide on 28 March 2021, promised to apologize, and pledged $1.35 billion…

Adolph von Menzel – Diplomatic passport 1842

Adolph von Menzel – Diplomatic passport 1842

Adolph Friedrich Erdmann von Menzel (8 December 1815 – 9 February 1905) was a German Realist painter and etchings artist. He is regarded as one of the two most influential German painters of the nineteenth century, alongside Caspar David Friedrich,…

Field Marshal Douglas MacArthur’s Passport

Field Marshal Douglas MacArthur’s Passport

Douglas MacArthur served in the United States Army his whole life, from birth to death. His father, Arthur MacArthur Jr., led an infantry company tasked with defending settlers and railroad workers from the Indian “menace” in remote parts of New…

A pretty rare passport of Transnistria

A pretty rare passport of Transnistria

rare passport of Transnistria This is an internal passport issued by the Transnistrian Moldavian Republic (or sometimes translated as Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic, PMR) – the official name of the country Приднестровская Молдавская Республика (ПМР). rare passport of Transnistria Most people…

Walther Ulbricht – The papers of the wall builder

Walther Ulbricht – The papers of the wall builder

“No one intends to build a wall.” This sentence has gone down in history. It was uttered in 1961 by GDR head of state Walter Ulbricht (1893-1973). 56 years later, unique documents from the life of the “wall builder” were…

Passports, Profiteers, Police – A Swiss war secret

Passports, Profiteers, Police – A Swiss war secret

Not often we find books with solid content on passport history—the following book displaying such documents in crisp and large format. The topic is most fascinating as it brings us back to a time were passports made a difference in…