Emergence of the GDR: People’s Congresses

Emergence of the GDR: People’s Congresses

Parallel to the Western powers, the Soviet Union also formed its own state from its occupation zone. It was under the domination of the SED. The military authorities call communist people’s congresses, which are supposed to give the founding of…

Lady Georgiana Grey & her Servant James Stiles

Lady Georgiana Grey & her Servant James Stiles

A Lady, her Maid, and her Male Servant – an urgent need for a new passport Lady Georgiana Grey By the mid-ninetieth century, an ever-increasing number of Britain’s wealthy nobility traveled to Europe with servants, visiting the great cultural and…

East German Passport from Karl-Marx Stadt

East German Passport from Karl-Marx Stadt

This East-German passport was issued on 23 November 1989, just a few days after the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989. german passport Karl-Marx Stadt This passport is fascinating on multiple levels. First, it keenly portrays the…

Rose Valland – NS Plundering – Assignment Order

Rose Valland – NS Plundering – Assignment Order

A recent TV report inspired this article. The story was new to me, and I believe the brave actions to save looted artworks must be told to a broader audience. Rose Antonia Maria Valland (1 November 1898 – 18 September 1980)…

Passport colors of most travel documents

Passport colors of most travel documents

passport colors South Sudan owes a great deal to America. Its national coat of arms (chosen in a public competition) resembles the great seal, perhaps as a gesture of gratitude. Its current passports, which are blue and eagle-crested, are strikingly…

Gisela Pelzl – A GDR Sports Physician Passport

Gisela Pelzl – A GDR Sports Physician Passport

Dr. Gisela Pelzl passed away at the age of 80 years On Friday, March 06, 2020, Gisela Pelzl (born von Mülmann) passed away at the age of 80 after a long illness. Gisela Pelzl earned her spurs as a competitive…

Sovereign Military Order of Malta – Passport

Sovereign Military Order of Malta – Passport

The following diplomatic passport was offered on an auction platform and is THE rarest passports in general. The Sovereign Military Order of Malta or SMOM. It is reported in 2018 that the order issued only about 500 diplomatic passports. There…

Early German passport 1952 issued in Pretoria

Early German passport 1952 issued in Pretoria

Meet Hildegard Kihn, nee Lessing, born 1906 in Koenigsberg, Prussia, Germany. Her Federal German passport was issued on 21 January 1952 at the Consulate General in Pretoria, South Africa. The passport booklet is the very first ever printed series in…

ID-Documents of a WWII Blitz Ambulance Driver

ID-Documents of a WWII Blitz Ambulance Driver

The following fantastic document set of a female ambulance driver found its way into my archive. Meet Miss Marjorie McMahon. She drove an ambulance for the British Red Cross in London during the Blitz and later into Europe after D-Day….