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1944 issued South African passport

 

Used five years later to travel to Israel.

 

Colonial British passports are rather attractive and very collectible, and some of the most remote colonies issued sampled travel documents are rather scarce and desired among collectors.

 

Union of South Africa passport (No. 42559) was issued to Polish born Leah Maylowitz on January 5th 1944 at Pretoria, the capital of the country. The passport was also endorsed for traveling to Northern Rhodesia and Belgium Congo, then both under colonial rule, one by the British and the other by the French.

 

What makes the passport interesting is the Belgium visa and the post-war Israeli visa issued at Johannesburg, the added two local internal revenue tax stamps CONVERTED to consular stamps is a lovely additional as well, enhancing the passports appeal (more can be learned about early Israeli consular stamps via this link here from a previous article of mine).

 

 

Thank you for reading “Our Passports”.

 

 

Neil Kaplan
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