United States Special Passport 1931 – Accountant US Tariff Commission

United States Special Passport 1931 – Accountant US Tariff Commission

Meet Louis Serge Ballif from Whitney, Idaho who worked as accountant for the United States Tariff Commission mainly in Brussels where he was the head of the accountants. His passport is a “Special” passport of the US government. The special passport was firstly issued in 1819 by J.Q. Adams. This red type was discontinued in 1961 when the new passport type came up. From then on they were “Official” passports.

Ballif traveled quite a lot for a short time. You can see his wife in the passport picture, which was later just crossed out in 1932 as she got her own passport. It was as simple as that back in those days. However, she traveled with him at least to Germany as the visa indicates. Further visas are Austria, Czechoslovakia, UK, France, Poland, Netherlands – all issued in Washington. Then three times UK visas issued in Brussels (their stamp still says Territory) and finally a Austrian visa also issued in Brussels. The last stamp is dated 18 April 1933 at Harwich, UK.

The official register of the United States in 1945 and 1952 still listed Ballif with the Tariff Commission as Vice Chairman of the Review and Planning Committee but his main position was Chief Technical Service, where he earned $11.050 a year.This type of United States passport is nowadays not easy to find.

 

 

United States Special Passport 1931 – Accountant US Tariff Commission

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