The Diplomatic Passport Of US-Consul Fishers Wife 1931

The Diplomatic Passport Of US-Consul Fishers Wife 1931

The Diplomatic Passport Of US-Consul Fishers Wife 1931

The Diplomatic Passport Of US-Consul Fishers Wife 1931

The Diplomatic Passport Of US-Consul Fishers Wife 1931     


The Diplomatic Passport Of US-Consul Fishers Wife 1931

This United States diplomatic passport was issued to Myrtle Mary Fisher, the spouse of the US consul in the Bahamas at Nassau. No travels in the document, hence it’s in really nice condition and has 48 pages. Attached to the passport was the ID card of Fred D. Fisher as US consul. Researching some data about Fisher I found the following. Since Jan. 29, 1930 at his post as consul at Nassau, Bahamas and responsible for Trinidad and British West Indies. His annual salary was then $6.000 (according to Register Department of State, Publication no. 170, January 1, 1931). His annual salary that would be similar to $86.000 today.

I found online his appointment certificate as US Consul in Santos, Brazil 1926, signed by President Coolidge and acting Secretary of State Grew and an earlier appointment as Consul Third Class from 1918, signed by President Wilson and Secretary of State Lansing.

Fisher, Fred Douglas (b. 1874) — also known as Fred D. Fisher — of Albany, Linn County, Ore.; Portland, Multnomah County, Ore. Born in Albany, Linn County, Ore., March 13, 1874. Served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; U.S. Vice Consul in Nagasaki, 1901-04; U.S. Consul in Tamsui, 1904-06; Harbin, 1906-08; Newchwang, 1908-09; Johannesburg, 1919-21; Nantes, 1924; Santos, 1926-29; Nassau, 1932; U.S. Consul General in Mukden, 1909-14; Tientsin, 1916-17. Burial location is unknown.


Fisher appointment 1918
SIGNED “Woodrow Wilson” as President and “Robert Lansing” as Secretary of State. Woodrow Wilson (1856 -1924) Partly printed document , 1 page, 23″ x 19″. Washington, D.C., April 8, 1918. Blind embossed 3.5″-diameter Seal of the United States affixed at lower left. Two nearly imperceptible small adhesive remnants in blank upper edge can easily be matted over. Fold lines present, several light spots. Fine condition.Wartime promotion of Fred D. Fisher to Consul Class Three.

The Diplomatic Passport Of US-Consul Fishers Wife 1931

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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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