Passports and other official government issued identity documents are an interesting topic to divulge into. A must have document in this interconnected world where travelling is part of our modern integrated world with even stricter policing at the frontier or to drive around in a personal vehicle. Opening a bank account is no less bureaucratic which requires a person to establish his identity with some reputable and valid documents.

Sovereign has its own authority to issue different type of identity documents ranging from identity cards, driving licenses or birth certificates under its jurisdiction, therefore documents can vary from one country to another. Going to a foreign country, visas and resident cards are issued to regulate those of non-citizen.

These documents are product of both politics and technology. First as a plea to protect and respect its bearer, later as mechanisms of security, and then tokens in global integration. It is part of symbols of nationhood: flags, stamps, banknotes & passports.

Travelling is essentially a part of human necessities and with transportations, connections and entertainment, crossing the border is just part of the fun. Those with family residing at different part of the world, travelling is the only way for physical connection. With cheap fares, tourism is no longer for reserve fews.

Collecting passport and identity documents is grouped under ephemera : collecting paper and manuscript. Some are probably interested into specific countries or regions, period of issue, immigration stamps or multiple type of visas or perhaps philatelic revenue stamps. Or some are just collecting these documents in general. Whatever the reason is, each document is unique depending on the issuing country, issued visas and frontier seals; making collecting these documents a journey to fulfil for each piece's unique historic, pageantry and its aesthetic value.
Malaysia   ✇   Federation of Malaya (1957 - 1963) Post Independence   ✇   Japanese Occupation of Malaya (1942 - 1945)   ✇   Federation of Malaya (1948 - 1957) British Protected   ✇   Straits Settlements   ✇   State of Singapore (1959 - 1963) Full Internal Self-Government   ✇   Crown Colony of Singapore (1946 - 1955)   ✇   Unfederated Malay States

United Kingdom   ✇   United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland   ✇   United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland   ✇   Bailiwick of Guernsey

Greece   ✇   Republic of Peru   ✇   Republic of Turkey   ✇   Kingdom of Spain   ✇   Kosovo   ✇   Republic of Croatia   ✇   Bulgaria   ✇   Union of Soviet Socialist Republics   ✇   United States of America   ✇   British Mandate Palestine   ✇   The Republic of the Union of Myanmar (Burma)   ✇   Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus   ✇   France   ✇   Republic of France   ✇   Kingdom of Belgium   ✇   New Zealand   ✇   British India   ✇   Federal Republic of Yugoslavia   ✇   Saudi Arabia   ✇   Republic of Serbia   ✇   Philippines   ✇   Palestinian Authority   ✇   Italy   ✇   Pakistan   ✇   Republic of Slovenia   ✇   State of Israel   ✇   Republic of Singapore   ✇   Thailand   ✇   Spain   ✇   Russian Federation   ✇   Republic of Yugoslavia   ✇   Republic of Ireland
 
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