US passport of a woman with a pretty unique cover

U.S. passport unique cover

Not often you find such a pretty customized travel document. I saw this passport randomly at an auction platform, and the cover instantly got my attention. The price was reasonable, the document condition is excellent, so I bought it. The bearer’s name is on the front cover handwritten with a golden pen, which is very unusual! U.S. passport customized cover

Could you personalize your passport today in the same way? Inevitably, not as such alternations result in the invalidity of your travel document. But obviously in 1953, when this passport was issued it was possible. A probably unique U.S. passport. I will ask my contacts at the State Department if they have any more information on such customization. U.S. passport customized cover

US passport unique cover

The passport was issued to CATHERINE PATTON CLARK from Bridgeport, VA born Aug 20, 1908. She traveled only in 1953 to several countries like Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Denmark, the UK, Sweden, Italy, and France. U.S. passport unique cover

US passport unique cover

US passport unique cover

Initially, a U.S. passport was issued for two years, although by the 1950s on application by the holder a passport could be stamped so that this time was extended without reissue. Stamping for a further extension is not permitted at present. Also, extension pages are not any longer added to passports. If your passport runs out of pages you need to apply for a new one. U.S. passports nowadays are valid for all countries, EXCEPT NORTH KOREA!

And did you know? U.S. passports changed the cover colors over the years from black to red to green to blue.

U.S. passport unique cover

pasaportë pasaportea пашпарт pasoš паспорт passaport putovnica cestovní pas pas paspoort pass passi passeport pasaporte Reisepass διαβατήριο útlevél Vegabréf pas passaporto pase pasas пасош passaport pass paszport Passaporte pașaport заграничный пасспорт пасош cestovný pas potni list pasaporte pass паспорт pasport פּאַס

How the Passport Became an Improbable Symbol of American Identity


*and a FREE Passport Collecting Guideline!

Similar Posts


  1. Dear Tom,
    I wonder if there was any reason for having the bearer’s name on the front cover. However, I’m quite certain that it was handwritten by her Catharine herself.
    Best regards,

    1. Hi Ramon. Yes, it’s handwritten with a golden pen. I guess she did so to personalize her travel document. A unique document. Cheers, Tom

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.