Passports please

#1
Saw a Swiss passport for the first time today. Work of bloody psychedelic art! Different detailed colour pic on every page, endpieces that you wouldn't want to look at after a couple of sherbets, embossed cover... anyone seen any other good ones...or bad ones, for that matter...I reckon the worst passport must have been the old British Visitor's job that you could get from the Post Office...little more than a strip of printed cardboard.
 
#2
The old italian ID card (perfectly valid for travel within Europe) was just a strip of cardboard - could do a better job with Photoshop and a home PC.

Thankfully I think they have updated them since I had anything to do with our borders... they were tampered with easily, and often.
 
#3
Lots of the Injun nations in the USA issue their own passports, as below. Recognised by nobody but the militant ones keep getting themselves deported. IIRC an entire lacrosse team were denied entry at Heathrow last year because they were carrying Navaho passports instead of US ones.

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Clucking Bell. Does anybody know how to reduce the size of inserted images?


 
#4
Lots of the Injun nations in the USA issue their own passports, as below. Recognised by nobody but the militant ones keep getting themselves deported. IIRC an entire lacrosse team were denied entry at Heathrow last year because they were carrying Navaho passports instead of US ones.

Edited to add ....

Clucking Bell. Does anybody know how to reduce the size of inserted images?



Try this for resizing ResizR - Easy online image resize
 
#5
The Republic of China and People's Republic of China don't recognise each other's passports as passports since they both claim to be the legitimate government of China and therefore the other's documents aren't valid. If citizens of one want to travel to the other then they have to get special 'internal travel documents' from their destination to cover them on the journey from 'Mainland Area' to 'Taiwan Area'.

To get one of these, they need to prove their identity and the only acceptable document to prove identity? Yep, you've guessed it... If you ask nicely, I'll tell you about Kinmen Steel Knives as well.
 
#6
Saw a Swiss passport for the first time today. Work of bloody psychedelic art! Different detailed colour pic on every page, endpieces that you wouldn't want to look at after a couple of sherbets, embossed cover... anyone seen any other good ones...or bad ones, for that matter...I reckon the worst passport must have been the old British Visitor's job that you could get from the Post Office...little more than a strip of printed cardboard.
Think you'll find the new UK passport is going to be similar
New UK passport design revealed | Mail Online
 
#8
The Republic of China and People's Republic of China don't recognise each other's passports as passports since they both claim to be the legitimate government of China and therefore the other's documents aren't valid. If citizens of one want to travel to the other then they have to get special 'internal travel documents' from their destination to cover them on the journey from 'Mainland Area' to 'Taiwan Area'.

To get one of these, they need to prove their identity and the only acceptable document to prove identity? Yep, you've guessed it... If you ask nicely, I'll tell you about Kinmen Steel Knives as well.
My Anti virus threw a track on your link to the knives!
 
#10
Pray tell. I'm always on the look out for something new or unusual to add to the collection.
Kinmen is a small island off the coast of Fujian which the KMT managed to hold on to when they fled the mainland. They turned it into a massive gun battery and spent the first few years exchanging fire with the Red Army artillery on the mainland with the gold medal going to the Reds.

After a bit they settled into a routine, with each side taking it in turns to fire as agreed times. Then it got restricted to each other's shoreline between high and low tide marks. When the islanders pointed out it was still interfering with the harvest, the Red Army hummed and hawed for a bit and then suggested a compromise: they stick to firing at the shore and remove the fixed time bit - coz that it would be better when some big nobs came to inspect if they could just fire a few shells straight off instead of having to bluff until 'time'. Oh, but don't worry - we'll take the fuses out first.

Hence, Kinmen accumulated large quantities of weapons-quality steel just ready to be turned into kitchen implements by some enterprising locals.
 
#11
My Anti virus threw a track on your link to the knives!
Nothing sinister from mine, but as 'tis available Youtube as well, will change the link just in case.
 
#13
Why do I feel, in this day and age, considering the relative value of any Secretary of State that this country can conjour up, that any passport should be laminated, so that the spit of borderguards can easily be wiped off ?
 
#14
Pray tell. I'm always on the look out for something new or unusual to add to the collection.
The Yank 'Benchmade Presidio' are pretty shit hot as well
 
#15
I collected a lost Cuban passport left in a casino the other day. It looks like my 6 year old made it in 1st grade art class.
 

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#16
I am always a bit partial to the Monegasque (Monaco) passport. It's nothing special, but a nice burgandy colour, quite like the equally obscure and even more amateurishly put-together Andorran passport. The Diplomatic Monegasque passport is even more of a hen's teeth item, and the last time I saw one, it wasn't even held by a local or a Frog...
 
#17
Think you'll find the new UK passport is going to be similar
New UK passport design revealed | Mail Online
The photo page is quite nice, and green tinge and oak leaves are nice too - but I'm not so sure about those country houses. As Rhodie says, twee as well as crass.

Edit : Just clocked the weather symbols . . . WTF? What the hell is that supposed to convey? That we're a nation obsessed with weather reports? Is this a joke? . . . wait a minute, incoming transmission : When I put my tinfoil hat on I get muted transmissions that it's a cruel practical joke by the same designers who produced the new US one, just to show who's boss.

For your general information the burgundy colour scheme is part of a continuing EU directive to standardise all member-state passports and ID. The serge blue of old, as still sported by Canada and Australia looks so much better.
 
#20
I was once shown what I was told was a Bangladeshi Passport that, while it had a vague black and white photograph of a female of around mid to late teens could have been for anyone who looked even vaguely like the holder and while it had a 'stamp' it could have been made with a piece of card,white paper a photograph and half a potato!This was 15 years ago does anybody know if a)it was duff?Or b)they are now 'state of the art' all 'bells whistles and 'bio' strips,only I thought at the time a great deal of authority is afforded to such documents!
 

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