Rare Ukrainian Soviet Republic Passport 1925 for Brazil

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Ukrainian Soviet Republic Passport

Ukrainian Soviet Republic PassportAfter the Bolsheviks conquered Kyiv, they proclaimed the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in January 1919. In March, the first constitution was adopted by the All-Ukrainian Central Executive Committee. On December 30, 1922, it became part of the Soviet Union. The territory of the Western Ukrainian People’s Republic, which had existed from 1918 to 1919, had already passed to Poland, Romania, and Czechoslovakia in 1921 under the Riga Peace Treaty. Ukrainian Soviet Republic Passport

The passport has a transfer visa issued by the German Embassy in Riga, Latvia, and from Lithuania. According to the immigration stamp on the title page, the bearer arrived in Brazil on 30 Jan 1926. Ukrainian Soviet Republic Passport

Ukrainian Soviet Republic Passport

Since the 1930s, Ukraine, like all parts of the USSR, was subjected to Stalinist terror. The great famine of 1932/1933, the Holodomor, killed about 3.5 million people in Ukraine. The bearer of this passport made the right decision in time to emigrate to Brazil. Unfortunately, due to the faded ink, the name is not readable on the personal page but we can see the name in one of the visas in the document. Ukrainian Soviet Republic Passport

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After the end of the Ukrainian People’s Republic, between 1919 and 1922, Vlas Yakovlevich Chubar was chairman of the Orgburo for the Restoration of Industry in Ukraine, a member of the Revolutionary Committee and chairman of the ВСНХ there. From July 13, 1923, to April 28, 1934, he was the head of government (chairman of the Sovnarkom) in Ukraine. Around 1932, at the time of the great famine catastrophe (Holodomor), he had to put up with harsh reproaches from Stalin for this as a senior member of the Ukrainian Politburo and as head of government. Chubar was arrested during the Great Terror of 1937-38 and executed early in 1939. The top Communist Party official in Ukraine during the 1932-33 famine, Chubar was posthumously held culpable for those events by a Ukrainian court in 2010. Ukrainian Soviet Republic Passport

Nowadays, such a Ukrainian Soviet Republic passport is rare to find. I am glad to display this example which I just got into my collection.


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1. What are the earliest known examples of passports, and how have they evolved?

The word "passport" came up only in the mid 15th Century. Before that, such documents were safe conducts, recommendations or protection letters. On a practical aspect, the earliest passport I have seen was from the mid 16th Century. Read more...

2. Are there any notable historical figures or personalities whose passports are highly sought after by collectors?

Every collector is doing well to define his collection focus, and yes, there are collectors looking for Celebrity passports and travel documents of historical figures like Winston Churchill, Brothers Grimm, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Read more...

3. How did passport designs and security features change throughout different periods in history, and what impact did these changes have on forgery prevention?

"Passports" before the 18th Century had a pure functional character. Security features were, in the best case, a watermark and a wax seal. Forgery, back then, was not an issue like it is nowadays. Only from the 1980s on, security features became a thing. A state-of-the-art passport nowadays has dozens of security features - visible and invisible. Some are known only by the security document printer itself. Read more...

4. What are some of the rarest and most valuable historical passports that have ever been sold or auctioned?

Lou Gehrig, Victor Tsoi, Marilyn Monroe, James Joyce, and Albert Einstein when it comes to the most expensive ones. Read more...

5. How do diplomatic passports differ from regular passports, and what makes them significant to collectors?

Such documents were often held by officials in high ranks, like ambassadors, consuls or special envoys. Furthermore, these travel documents are often frequently traveled. Hence, they hold a tapestry of stamps or visas. Partly from unusual places.

6. Can you provide insights into the stories behind specific historical passports that offer unique insights into past travel and migration trends?

A passport tells the story of its bearer and these stories can be everything - surprising, sad, vivid. Isabella Bird and her travels (1831-1904) or Mary Kingsley, a fearless Lady explorer.

7. What role did passports play during significant historical events, such as wartime travel restrictions or international treaties?

During war, a passport could have been a matter of life or death. Especially, when we are looking into WWII and the Holocaust. And yes, during that time, passports and similar documents were often forged to escape and save lives. Example...

8. How has the emergence of digital passports and biometric identification impacted the world of passport collecting?

Current modern passports having now often a sparkling, flashy design. This has mainly two reasons. 1. Improved security and 2. Displaying a countries' heritage, icons, and important figures or achievements. I can fully understand that those modern documents are wanted, especially by younger collectors.

9. Are there any specialized collections of passports, such as those from a specific country, era, or distinguished individuals?

Yes, the University of Western Sidney Library has e.g. a passport collection of the former prime minister Hon Edward Gough Whitlam and his wife Margaret. They are all diplomatic passports and I had the pleasure to apprise them. I hold e.g. a collection of almost all types of the German Empire passports (only 2 types are still missing). Also, my East German passport collection is quite extensive with pretty rare passport types.

10. Where can passport collectors find reliable resources and reputable sellers to expand their collection and learn more about passport history?

A good start is eBay, Delcampe, flea markets, garage or estate sales. The more significant travel documents you probably find at the classic auction houses. Sometimes I also offer documents from my archive/collection. See offers... As you are already here, you surely found a great source on the topic 😉

Other great sources are: Scottish Passports, The Nansen passport, The secret lives of diplomatic couriers

11. Is vintage passport collecting legal? What are the regulations and considerations collectors should know when acquiring historical passports?

First, it's important to stress that each country has its own laws when it comes to passports. Collecting old vintage passports for historical or educational reasons is safe and legal, or at least tolerated. More details on the legal aspects are here...

Does this article spark your curiosity about passport collecting and the history of passports? With this valuable information, you have a good basis to start your own passport collection.

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