Tom Topol

Tom Topol
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Tom Topol is an expert in the field of passports and their history, and editor of www.passport-collector.com. He has been studying this topic for more than a decade and consults collectors, museums, foundations and news media worldwide when it comes to historical passports and passport history. Tom is a member of the Ephemera Society of America and he can be contacted via his website or directly via passportcollector@gmail.com.

History of the EU and its Laissez-Passer

After the Second World War, Europe was troubled. Two bloody wars had been fought on the continent. European countries had been making war against...

Passport formats and standardisation

Germany 1646. Anna Eleonore, the duchess of Braunschweig and Lueneburg, issued a passport to her messenger Jacob to pass freely and unhindered to foreign...

Global passport fees in 2020

Passports are a necessity in today’s global world and so are the fees someone has to pay for a travel document. In the best...

Current and valid passports on eBay

As a historian and collector of old passports, eBay is, of course, one of the sources where I find my collectibles, but also relevant...

Milestones in 100 years of the passport photo

2015 was the 100th anniversary of the passport photo, but it was unfortunately not much communicated or even celebrated. Only the British newspaper The...

The world is flat

It was in 2003 when I bought my first old passport at a flea market in Kyoto, Japan. It was a wonderful Japanese document...