Early Federal German Foreign Representations

Early Federal German Foreign Representations

When it comes to passport history, Germany and GDR are a key focus for me. In my collection, I have one of the very first Federal German passports. Same for GDR – one of the first and probably the very…

British Consul Woodhouse in Petrograd 1916

British Consul Woodhouse in Petrograd 1916

The city of Petrograd was the capital of the Russian Empire from the 18th to the 20th century. Only from 1914 to 1924 was it called Petrograd. For more than 200 years, the name was St.Petersburg. British Consul Woodhouse Petrograd…

The Passport From Princess Natalja Of Montenegro Is Back To It`s Family

The Passport From Princess Natalja Of Montenegro Is Back To It`s Family

By Géraldine Cerf de Dudzeele, Paris – repost from 2013 Passport Princess Natalja Montenegro Natalija Konstantinović was born in Trieste (Italy) in 1882 as the daughter of Alexander Konstantinović and Milena Opuić. She was descended from the Obrenović dynasty which…

English Passport 1640 with twelve signatures

English Passport 1640 with twelve signatures

This is an English passport issued to Sir Thomas Aston on 9th December 1640 to enable him to travel with two servants as he was ‘desirous of spending some tyme in foreigne parts beyond the seas.’ This document was issued…

Passport of an USSR soldier stationed in GDR

Passport of an USSR soldier stationed in GDR

30 years of German reunification Passport USSR soldier GDR Between 350,000 and 500,000 Soviet soldiers were stationed in the GDR – more than anywhere else outside the borders of the USSR. The duration of military service was initially three, later…

An unusual Czechoslovak passport for a courier

An unusual Czechoslovak passport for a courier

An unusual passport for a Czechoslovak military courier for travel from Prague to Kyiv in March 1919 unusual Czechoslovak passport courier Many thanks to Zbyšek Šustek, Slovak Numismatic Society at Slovak Academy of Sciences The first Czechoslovak passports were issued…

Free France (France Libre) Diplomatic Passport

Free France (France Libre) Diplomatic Passport

Free France and its Free French Forces (French: France Libre et les Forces françaises libres) was the government-in-exile led by Charles de Gaulle during the Second World War, and its military forces, that continued to fight against the Axis powers as an Allied nation, following the Fall of France. Set up in London in June 1940,…

30 Years German Reunification

30 Years German Reunification

German Reunification Unbelievable, it is already 30 years ago when Germany East and West reunited. When the wall came down in Nov 1989, I wanted to go to Berlin but couldn’t. My first trip to the now open German Democratic…

US Passport 1886 Congressman Morse

US Passport 1886 Congressman Morse

Leopold Morse was a United States Representative from Massachusetts, and this is his 1886 US passport. Morse was born in 1831 in Wachenheim, Germany, and attended the common schools there. He immigrated to the United States in 1849 and resided…