I collect nothing, but I could really get into collecting passports of the rich and famous. As with everything else on the internet, there’s a subculture and a language and it’s endlessly interesting. Over the years, I’ve stumbled across a number of expired passports of famous people – entertainers, writers, statesmen and the like.
Historical interest aside, I really miss being able to smile in passport photos.
Renowned science enthusiast Albert Einstein was also known to do a bit of traveling. Behold, Einstein’s 1923 Swiss passport, when he was a rather dashing (dare I say smouldering?) 44-year old.
Buddy Holly was a true dreamboat, and would easily pass for a modern day hipster.Unfortunately, Buddy couldn’t take his hipster good looks to several countries during the Cold War, including Hungary, so fiendish it gets all caps, bold print, and boxed-in text.
Through this research, I’ve learned the value and prices of expired passports are something else. This passport sold for over USD$26,000 in an online auction in 2006. Amazing.
My parents really enjoyed Buddy Holly, so I gave them Cash, Johnny Cash. In passport form.
The Man in Black’s passport from 1968 to 1973. During this period, he did some pretty badass travel: Vietnam, the Philippines, and Denmark. This passport sold at auction for $22,000. Worth it.
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