ICAO – Latest Developments On ePassports (eMRTD)

ICAO – Latest Developments On ePassports (eMRTD)

In the last few months I got more interested on the current status of Biometric passports. The official term is eMRTD which means electronic Machine Readable Travel Documents. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which is is a specialized agency…

The Oldest Printed Passport Of The Netherlands, really?

The Oldest Printed Passport Of The Netherlands, really?

The Oldest Printed Passport Of The Netherlands, really? Note: As assumed the document wasn’t sold! Many of the lots have been unsold which implies that all estimates and minimum biddings were far overestimated! The following passport is offered by a…

Nicholas Winton – Saving Czech Jewish Kids in WWII

Nicholas Winton – Saving Czech Jewish Kids in WWII

In 1938, London stockbroker Nicholas Winton decided to use his two weeks vacation to get to work. As violence began escalating against Jewish people in Europe, the 29-year-old traveled to Prague and ended up saving the lives of 669 children,…

Altered SUGIHARA Travel Document To Save Not One Jewish Life But Two

Altered SUGIHARA Travel Document To Save Not One Jewish Life But Two

This Travel Document is one of the most interesting collectible I ever got. Here is the story of this life saving document with a visa issued by righteous diplomat Chinue “Sempo” Sugihara. The document which is a Certificate (Zaswiadczenie) printed…

Kingdom Of Saxony, German Empire Unusual Passport Booklet

Kingdom Of Saxony, German Empire Unusual Passport Booklet

Kingdom Of Saxony, German Empire Unusual Passport Booklet This type I never saw before! The cover of the passport booklet looks like the standard German Empire travel documents but it’s not! The wording and layout of the pages are different…

A Fifty Year Old Passport…

A Fifty Year Old Passport…

from a Philippines author This is my grandfathers passport from the 1950s. With a matte, almost linen-like, khaki-colored cover and numbered by hand as No. 3155. It provides a fascinating glimpse into a bygone era of civilized travel. Forget computerized…

Why Paul Robeson Loses Appeal Over His Passport?

Why Paul Robeson Loses Appeal Over His Passport?

Paul Leroy Robeson was exceptional in most things he did. He was a footballer par excellence at Rutgers University and an internationally acclaimed singer, theater personally and a dedicated civil rights activist in the U.S.. The latter day U.S. saw…

Commander James Rowney – Pearl Harbor

Commander James Rowney – Pearl Harbor

Commander Rowney Pearl Harbor This is not only a pretty US Special Passport (1955) in almost mint and unused condition but it belonged once to a WWII (Pearl Harbor & Midway) and Korea war experienced US Navy Commander. James Victor…

East German Biometrics & US Passport Playing The National Anthem

East German Biometrics & US Passport Playing The National Anthem

East German Biometric Passport New researches revealed that the German Democratic Republic (GDR/East Germany)  had already biometric passports in preparation but due to the fall of the Berlin wall they were not anymore introduced. These biometric passports were highly advanced…