Ephemera Society Fair London

Ephemera Society Fair London

As a new member, it was my first visit to this Ephemera Society Fair in London, and I had much fun meeting very nice new colleagues. I will go again if possible. My table there was to promote passport collecting…

East Germany 1955 – Very early passport

East Germany 1955 – Very early passport

East German Passport GDR This travel document might be one of the earliest issued East German Passports. I never saw one before 1955. The first passport act of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) was issued in September 1954 and came…

Important Sugihara Passport Discovered

Important Sugihara Passport Discovered

Important Sugihara Passport Discovered Today I can report and display a document issued by one of the *”Righteous Among The Nations.” (*an honorific used by the State of Israel to describe non-Jews who risked their lives during the Holocaust to…

German Actor Schoenhals Who Faced The Nazis

German Actor Schoenhals Who Faced The Nazis

His acting career ended abruptly in 1940 when the Nazi regime disapproved of him for declining to take the lead in the antisemitic propaganda movie Jud Süß. German Actor Schoenhals Moritz James Karl Albrecht Schoenhals was the child of an…

Polish Aliyah Passports Index

Polish Aliyah Passports Index

Polish Aliyah Passports Aliyah is the immigration of Jews from the diaspora to the land of Israel. Also defined as “the act of going up” or progressing towards Jerusalem. It is one of the most basic tenets of Zionist ideology….

Commemorative Passports

Commemorative Passports

There are commemorative coins and banknotes but did you ever hear about commemorative passports? Let me enlighten you. There are commemorative passports, but they are scarce. I know about these examples, which I will introduce here. If you think there…

Fantastic Swiss Maid Passport In WWII Germany – Outstanding!

Fantastic Swiss Maid Passport In WWII Germany – Outstanding!

Swiss Maid in WWII Germany Meet Swiss Margaretha Herta Maurer from Stetteln, Canton Berne, who worked as a housemaid in Germany during the entire WWII. Margaretha was 1.58cm tall, with brown eyes and blonde hair. She signed her passport with…

US Diplomatic Passport Robert S. Townsend

US Diplomatic Passport Robert S. Townsend

As often, a reader wrote to me asking for my expert opinion, but I never imagined the outcome of this case… Passport Robert S. Townsend “Good morning. My name is Scott, and I recently acquired through auction a 1919 US…

East German Alien Passport Type

East German Alien Passport Type

East Germany’s (GDR) passport types consisted of a standard, service, and diplomatic passport type, but this ALIEN TYPE (for non-citizens and stateless persons) is the rarest. While someone still can find GDR diplomatic passports, an Alien passport is very, very…