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  • 1808 State Department related passport circular
  • Very early US passport circular - 1808
  • 1808 State Department related passport circular
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Very early US passport circular – 1808

US diplomatic mission in Spain. A lovely early Americana official State Department related circular. The document was hand written and signed by US senior diplomat to Spain George W. Erving (1769-1850). His posting to Madrid, as Chargי d'Affaires (the ‘ambassador’ was James Bowdoin III), started...

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  • early Israeli passport
  • early Israeli Diplomatic passport
  • early Israeli Diplomatic passport
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  • Israel Government Printer 1948 - 1953
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  • Israel Government Printer 1948 - 1953
  • Israel Government Printer 1948 - 1953
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Israel Government Printer 1948 – 1953

Printers of Passports & Travel Documents as well. Israel “inherited” it’s Government Printer (GP) from the terminated British Mandate in 1948. Originally established in an old winery, in what was a German settlement colony called Sharona. The Winery went bankrupt and it turned into a...

  • German passport paper usage
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German passport paper usage

Post-War use for lottery in 1945. Here is a fine example of post-war paper shortage usage. After the war there was an acute shortage of paper manufacturing, and we can find this in liberated countries throughout Europe and even as far as in China. Many...

  • The 1938 Anschluss
  • Jewish immigration visa for Palestine, 1938 Vienna.

The 1938 Anschluss

Very early German visa for Austria. One of the significant pre-war events of Nazi Germany was the occupation of Austria, known as the Anschluss. This act was another signal that peace in Europe would not last and alarm bells rang off in Europe. ...

  • Austerity in Israel
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  • Austerity in Israel
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Food rationing & passports

Shortages in Israel – 1950's. During Israel's first 10-11 years there was a severe shortage of basic and necessary material. Also, the population has grown immensely due to immigration, and with the shortage of foreign currency as well, due to the struggles of a new...

  • Looks like a visa but is NOT
  • 1920 Polish passport
  • 1920 Polish passport
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Looks like a visa but is NOT

Very early Jewish immigration “visa” for Palestine. An attractive early Second Republic passport from 1920, the year that Poland began to print officially passports en bulk. This could be considered as the first version, with others appearing already in 1921, see sampled imprint: Drukarnia Panstwowa...