German Courier Ministerialpass – Barbarossa

German Courier Ministerialpass – Barbarossa

German Courier Ministerialpass Barbarossa German-Soviet relations have always been exceptional, and this passport is an excellent example of these relations. Hermann Saam was a consular secretary and diplomatic courier at the German embassy in Moscow. Such Third Reich documents of…

World record: The “fattest” passport

World record: The “fattest” passport

fattest passport world record A total of over 1,400 passport pages during a life of travel The passport is possibly the pinnacle of travel memorabilia in the era of electronic boarding cards and digital images. It is a gateway to…

Walter A. Fallon and Eastman Kodak Company

Walter A. Fallon and Eastman Kodak Company

Walter Fallon Eastman Kodak Here comes another exciting passport history story, thanks to a US reader who contacted me on these documents asking for advice. Chris owns four US passports from Walter A. Fallon, the chief executive of the Eastman…

Gijsbert Karel Count van Hogendorp

Gijsbert Karel Count van Hogendorp

Gijsbert Karel Count van Hogendorp This Dutch passport issued in 1814 in Amsterdam in the name of Gijsbert Karel, Count van Hogendorp is a pretty nice example of a travel document used just briefly before the Netherlands became a Kingdom…

Global Passport Fees 2022 Update

Global Passport Fees 2022 Update

Global Passport Fees 2022 Passports are a necessity in today’s global world, and so are the fees someone has to pay for a travel document. In the best case, you pay this fee only every ten years, as this is…

Unusual Austrian Post WWII-Passport

Unusual Austrian Post WWII-Passport

Unusual Austrian Post WWII-Passport Thanks to my fellow collector from Germany who offered this quite unusual document, I can display it’s pictures and tell a bit about the document. Direct after WWII Swastika free documents did not exist so the…

Dictator Ceausescu – Son’s Passport

Dictator Ceausescu – Son’s Passport

Dictator Ceausescu – Son’s Passport This service passport was issued in 1993 and expired in 1998. The document shows no travels and was issued after his parents’ execution in 1989. An exciting travel document of Cold War times. Valentin Ceaușescu…

Agnes Schneider – From Clerk to US Consul

Agnes Schneider – From Clerk to US Consul

“From Pirates to Passports: A Timeless Commitment to Service” was an exhibition at the U.S. Diplomacy Center in Washington D.C. in May 2019, in which I assisted with some passports and received a recognition award for my contribution from the…

Early Australian Passport – New South Wales

Early Australian Passport – New South Wales

The Australian Government first started issuing passports in 1901, following the federation of the colonies. Australia’s first federal passport regulations were not introduced until September 3rd, 1912. And it was another three years before the Australian Government introduced a mandatory passport…