German Architect builds America’s first Skyscrapers

German Architect builds America’s first Skyscrapers

German Architect America’s Skyscrapers Paul Gmelin was born in 1858 in Ulm, Germany. He assisted in planning several of New York’s first skyscrapers. He began his career in New York as a draftsman with the Bridge Builders Magazine. While with…

Woman Fled Nazi Germany To Become US Citizen

Woman Fled Nazi Germany To Become US Citizen

Nazi Germany US Citizen A fantastic passport set of two travel documents of a stateless German woman who most likely fled in time from Nazi Germany to become a US citizen. Meet Margarethe Schmidt, born in Magdeburg, Germany, on January…

German Alien Passport 1942 Bohemia and Moravia

German Alien Passport 1942 Bohemia and Moravia

German Alien Passport Moravia I have seen plenty of German Alien passports and I do also have several in my archive but this one is an unusual new addition. 90% or even more were issued to forced laborers and stateless…

ROC Diplomatic Passport 1944

ROC Diplomatic Passport 1944

ROC Diplomatic Passport The following Republic of China (ROC) diplomatic passport was issued in 1944 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the daughter of the Chinese Consul in Willemstad (William Town), Curacao. Miss She Yu Li traveled via India,…

Important German Film Director Passport

Important German Film Director Passport

I randomly found his passport offered at an antique shop. Unfortunately, the condition is bad and the seller’s price was quite high. However, Käutner is one of the most important directors of the post-WWII area and I am sure you…

State of Vietnam – Passport 1957

State of Vietnam – Passport 1957

Not often a collector can find such a true passport historical treasure. A red passport by the State of Vietnam in 1957. It is not exaggerated when I say this travel document is rare. The State of Vietnam was a state that…

When Siam became Thailand

When Siam became Thailand

History Siam Thailand Passport Around a thousand years ago, people who spoke a language from the Tai group settled in what is now Thailand. The Sanskrit word syam is where the name Siam originated. The Portuguese used it starting in…

Danzig Passport History

Danzig Passport History

Danzig Passport History The website www.Danzig.org has everything that you need to know about the Free City of Danzig (Gdansk). Besides the excellent gallery of the three passport types in seven versions (direct link here…), you will find vast information,…

Rare Passport Grand Duchy of Berg 1811

Rare Passport Grand Duchy of Berg 1811

Following his victory at the Battle of Austerlitz (1805), Emperor Napoleon created the Grand Duchy of Berg (German: Großherzogtum Berg), sometimes known as the Grand Duchy of Berg and Cleves, on lands straddling the Rhine between the French Empire and…