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The Collectors: Momerath’s Vintage Passports

Feb 16, 2010

by rikrak handmade and vintage goods

I just love seeing what folks are collecting. I guess I feel it tells us just a little bit about what inspires them, what they love, and what they choose to surround themselves with in their homes. Today, I’m delighted to present the next in an ongoing series here on Etsy’s blog: The Collectors. First published on my own little blog, the rikrak studio, it’s 11 and a half quick questions with a wonderful artist on what they’re collecting (apart from their art supplies!).

Hope you’ll just love this vintage women’s passport collection with momerath!

Oh, wanderlust! What a thrill it is to travel and see the world, isn’t it? It’s one of my favorite things: the endless possibility and education that unfolds as we explore new places. How fortunate I feel that the freedom to travel has luckily become second nature to many women of my generation. We know it wasn’t always this way for female travelers, and today’s fantastic collection offers us a glimpse of eras when women traveling on their own, or without a male companion, was a rare and curious thing indeed.

Here’s to liberating ideas!

Who (are you): I’m momerath on Etsy.

What (are you collecting): I collect women’s passports from the 1950s and earlier.

When (did you start): 2004.

How (many do you have?): Seven.

Where (do you find them): Ebay, mostly. And friends buy them for me.

Where (do you keep them): On the plate rail of what would be the dining room in a more civilized house, but in our house is the playroom.

What (‘s a crazy/interesting story behind one): One of the first things you notice in these passports is how they were often created to be issued to a traveler and “wife” — husband and wife could travel on one passport, and the assumption was that a traveler would be male, with perhaps a wife coming along. Women traveling solo screwed up the system — the issuer would have to go through crossing out all the blanks for “wife.” Children, too, could travel on a passport with their parent.

What (piece would you like to add): I wish I had my grandmother’s passport. She moved to France in the 1950s. It was a difficult time for her, isolated with her young son, my father, in an unfamiliar place, unable to speak the language.

Why (do you love them): My own passport has always been a prized possession; it represents freedom, possibility, adventure. I like imagining why these women were traveling at a time when women weren’t “supposed” to go roaming about, and certainly not unescorted. Their passports give tantalizing hints.

Which (one is your favourite) and why: I honestly cannot choose a favorite.

What (else do you collect): I take photos of informational and warning signs that show that little guy, Stick Figure Man, and all his adventures. He’s a secret agent, I’m sure of it. I’m compiling a dossier.

Thanks so very much, momerath! What a wonderful part of history you’re collecting!

On your cyber travels, be sure to visit this collector’s shop, too, where adventures await at every turn. It’s a trip into the wonderful world of the stickman and his endlessly crazy capers.

Here’s to adventuring, nicies!

What do you collect? I’d love to hear! Please post in the comments below!

The Collectors Series | Vintage Passports | Vintage Paper Ephemera


  • prairieprincess

    prairieprincess said 10 years ago

    What a fun thing to collect! Thanks for sharing this!

  • sarahknightdesign

    sarahknightdesign said 10 years ago

    they all tell a story, that's for sure. Great article & great finds:)

  • ABoxForMyTreasure

    ABoxForMyTreasure said 10 years ago

    What an incredibly thought provoking collection - what stories old passports must tell...

  • Emmamaha

    Emmamaha said 10 years ago

    Lovely choices that complement theme of travel. Kudos!

  • BeachCoveJewelry

    BeachCoveJewelry said 10 years ago

    It would be really fun to see where these people have gone...

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 10 years ago

    vintage suitcases and picnic baskets!! and buttons!

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 10 years ago

    What a beautiful collection!

  • xoxsmiley

    xoxsmiley said 10 years ago

    I want to collect stamps on my passport! :] I collect cute stickers and have been doing so for many years.

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 10 years ago

    How mysterious!

  • calloohcallay

    calloohcallay said 10 years ago

    Wonderful collection--thanks!

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 10 years ago

    That is one thing I never thought to collect but what a wonderful idea in combining a love for travel with old family history! and I love the stick figure guy and his travels!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 10 years ago

    What an interesting thing to collect! Thanks for sharing your collection, Momerath!

  • Vanessa Admin

    Vanessa said 10 years ago

    Keep it coming!

  • seawillowherbs

    seawillowherbs said 10 years ago

    I carry my own (expired) passport with me in my bag at all times. These days I never need it but I carry it with me away way. I don't know why I carry it. I take it out now and again and look at the picture of my seventeen year old self and I think of my trip I took to Europe in high school and all of the different countries I went to and all of the interesting things I saw. It also reminds me that I still can't find any of the pictures I took during that trip. I guess they are gone for good but I still have the stamps in my passport as proof.

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 10 years ago

    Cool collection! I collect a lot of things; always changing.

  • franz66

    franz66 said 10 years ago

    What a unique item to be collecting... good luck finding more!

  • Ebruk

    Ebruk said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this!

  • aloucreations

    aloucreations said 10 years ago

    That is an amazing collection! I only seem to find junk ;)

  • lealerjcreates

    lealerjcreates said 10 years ago

    interesting...thanks for sharing.

  • KOALACaddie

    KOALACaddie said 10 years ago

    The passport photos are so interesting. Great collectible - best wishes for continued success.

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget said 10 years ago

    Rikrak, you totally rock! Thanks for sharing this with us :)

  • CraftsnQuirks

    CraftsnQuirks said 10 years ago

    i collect skeleton keys, i have a running count of 30 and it's going up. i have all different sizes and i'm starting to collect a few newwer ones. but i mainly collect the old ones. love the article!

  • BetaBoutique

    BetaBoutique said 10 years ago

    This is so original collection! I am from former Soviet Union and here we have so many Soviet passports in every house as after USSR collapsed everyone had to change them. But I guess noone would give them away anyways, they have their sentimental and historical value, one of those things that reminds that USSR really existed..

  • MinceCo

    MinceCo said 10 years ago

    I lOVE collecting!! It is something I try and keep control of sensibly :) As a young girl I had loads of rabbits..I still have a good collection of small ones.Now, I collect fabrics and have a HUGE collection, more tha my art materials and that's alot! I think I've read about your collector series before and it is a great idea, thanks for sharing In the spirit of travel themes, heres a couple from my store I hope you will like..

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 10 years ago

    What a unique collection! Passports do possess that aura of mystery.

  • ThatSomething

    ThatSomething said 10 years ago

    Very interesting! I traveled to Africa alone and it was an adventure i will never forget. Thanks for sharing this!

  • PuzzleBoBuzzles

    PuzzleBoBuzzles said 10 years ago


  • prettylittlethieves

    prettylittlethieves said 10 years ago

    what a beautiful thing to collect.

  • kissavintagedesign

    kissavintagedesign said 10 years ago

    What a fun collection! It is great to imagine the lives of the people attached to such vintage treasures! I have boxes of vintage paper ephemera from a relative's travels around the world, and many, many other collections... from fine porcelain tea cups, to stuffed (toy) woolly mammoths. I inherited the collecting gene from both sides of my family (eek!). Thanks for the article!

  • artangel

    artangel said 10 years ago

    Wonderful article! I'm fascinated by collections and the things people choose to gather and keep. Very intruiging!

  • jesophi

    jesophi said 10 years ago

    ♥I love collections, great post.

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 10 years ago

    oh, I want to travel more, there is so much I need to see!

  • kmwatkins

    kmwatkins said 10 years ago

    Makes me appreciate living in the here and now!

  • dreamyvintage

    dreamyvintage said 10 years ago

    traveller and "the wife" :) it is so sad and funny!

  • earlybirdcreations

    earlybirdcreations said 10 years ago

    What a fun collection, so much history and undoubtedly so many fantastic stories behind each passport :)

  • mietteLove

    mietteLove said 10 years ago

    Hooray for this series!

  • gullistCraft

    gullistCraft said 10 years ago

    Very beautiful picks! Thanks,

  • breadandroses

    breadandroses said 10 years ago

    What a novel and fascinating collection! This series is a great concept. Keep 'em coming.

  • NovembersSecret

    NovembersSecret said 10 years ago

    Oh, I love it! That's a really unusual thing to collect! Thank you for sharing. I love collecting things! I'm currently starting a collection of vintage keys. I also used to collect rubber ducks (I have over 80) but stopped because it was starting to get a little creepy seeing them all lined up on a shelf, looking at me. I also, inadvertantly, seem to collect books.

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 10 years ago

    I collect vintage children's books! I love the politically incorrect ones and the ones with super strict gender-stereotypes . I have probably about 100 books dating back to the 1940s.

  • LucyBlaireCreations

    LucyBlaireCreations said 10 years ago

    a very unique thing to collect I love it! I have many obsessions and suffer from some serious "pack rat"-ism... I've gone through many phases and have some serious collections of Pez... hideous snow globes from places I've been... vintage cameras... weird Red Sox memorabilia (like the Valentines Day card I got their former 3rd basemen to fill out for my husband)... autographed books... view master stuff... and Tin Types... okay I may be a horder! haha

  • DecadenceandDecay

    DecadenceandDecay said 10 years ago

    I collect dust. No, I have tons of small collections everything for my other shop, OpulentOddities, from lockets (30? victorian-1950s) to chandelier crystals (300+) mini cabinent keys (which isn't very original, but I probably have 30-45? Not sure really), Edward Mobley rubber animals, rubber faced stuffed animals. 1930s bisque animals in peoples clothing (very hard to find, I have 3), pince nez, old photographs (again, who doesn't), tags with numbers on them that could be anything. I have piles and piles of junk and I'm so happy with them. Really, its not one thing. I'm a memory collector. I sponge off of other people's memories and hoard and gather them.

  • AnniesWearableArt

    AnniesWearableArt said 10 years ago

    My passports are two of my most prized possessions. I flew internationally as a flight attendant for American Trans Air, so mine were full. Sometimes I still can't believe I was a jet setter at one time-I'm such a country girl homebody now! LOL

  • MariesVintage

    MariesVintage said 10 years ago

    Oh my goodness, I now desperately want a collection of vintage passports! I treasure the small smattering of stamps on my own passport, but what an amazing piece of history to have!

  • littlelauren

    littlelauren said 10 years ago

    A collection of more then just a physical posession, A collection os freedom, and celebtation, and a beautiful idea! This is my favorite installment to date, because its about more then things, its about cherished memories and adventure!

  • JeansVintageCloset

    JeansVintageCloset said 10 years ago

    My sisters and I still have my grandfathers passport from Sweden. He was an accomplished sailor. We also have his sailors tales as told by my dad there are extraordinary treasures from history

  • VixensEmpire

    VixensEmpire said 10 years ago

    What an original idea for a collection! I love going through international airports and seeing all the different passports. I college wooden and metal letterpress blocks. It started because my Mom gave me a printers tray that I had grown up admiring. She had filled it with little ceramic trinkets and antiques, but that wasn't my style. I'm a writer and have a love for graphic design, so I started buying letterpress blocks of all shapes, sizes, and languages. They're gorgeous! I keep many of them on the window sill in my office so I'm always surrounded by beauty and words. Aww, and now I feel all warm and fuzzy. --hugs in the warm fuzzies--

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 10 years ago

    What an exciting and interesting collection. Makes me wonder why some of them chose their destinations. Being a person who hasn't traveled much I can let my imagination just take me all over the world by just looking at the photos. Thank you so much for sharing them. I personally collect pencils, yes, I know, it's a little strange but I have this uncontrollable urge every time I see a fancy pencil.

  • FoundVintageStyle

    FoundVintageStyle said 10 years ago

    love this evocative collection! I collect vintage buttons- they hold so much beauty + history... can't resist!

  • pennyzw

    pennyzw said 10 years ago

    It's always so inspiring and refreshing to see what others collect - the key is to be passionate, right? thanks for sharing!!!

  • pricelesstshirts

    pricelesstshirts said 10 years ago

    That's nice, thanks for sharing! oh!I even see an old Polish passport. lol!

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection said 10 years ago

    Cute Stuff - Love it! TheIDConnection, Sooo very cool, not run into these before in my travels.

  • blushdrop

    blushdrop said 10 years ago

    beautiful! i love old worn typography! such character!

  • EmmieBean

    EmmieBean said 10 years ago

    A very poetic collectible indeed. Nice idea!

  • TheRubyNeedle

    TheRubyNeedle said 10 years ago

    What a beautiful story. I love collecting. I guess my biggest collection is of sea glass. I love finding unusual colors and particularly love to find pieces that have written words still embedded on them. I have hundreds, maybe thousands of pieces and I cherish each one. Thanks for sharing such a lovely story and great collection!

  • noblegnome

    noblegnome said 10 years ago

    I cherish all my passports too. What a great article and amazing items.

  • JoannasPhotography

    JoannasPhotography said 10 years ago

    beautiful collection! And very interesting interview. Thank you for sharing!

  • ThePeachTree

    ThePeachTree said 10 years ago

    Oooo, this is one of my favorites!

  • sadienstella

    sadienstella said 10 years ago

    I think it's fantastic that you collect old passports. How very interesting and personal. I'm sure each one tells a story in a way. Enjoy the history!

  • Whimsywares

    Whimsywares said 10 years ago

    Very unique! Vintage anything is delightful...the olden days were so full of character.

  • songsparrow

    songsparrow said 10 years ago

    What a fantastic collection idea! I love the souls and histories that passports have. One of my favorite things about anything vintage-- especially when you can see a picture of the previous owner!

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 10 years ago

    I love it, what a good fun thing to collect, each piece has a story to tell.

  • VintageStarrBeads

    VintageStarrBeads said 10 years ago I love old papers, diaries and even found this man's discharge papers and leather case from world war II-Rachelle

  • lostinbuffyland

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  • artfulrebel

    artfulrebel said 10 years ago

    what a beautiful idea for a collection! <3

  • BrillianceFound

    BrillianceFound said 10 years ago

    How inspiring!

  • curbsidetreasure

    curbsidetreasure said 10 years ago

    i love old passports :) they are so cool to look at. i would love it collect those... right now i collect vintage ephemera. particularly used airmail envelopes from around the world.

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 10 years ago

    Nice collection!

  • elSage

    elSage said 10 years ago

    Great idea... passports tell such a story!

  • twoartdirectors

    twoartdirectors said 10 years ago

    I am working on a travel-themed wedding right now...great inspiration!

  • japonicas

    japonicas said 10 years ago

    Vintage and pretty! Thanks for including my camera necklace :)

  • ShebboDesign

    ShebboDesign said 10 years ago

    such a great collection!

  • camamiel

    camamiel said 10 years ago

    So imaginative!

  • spacejam

    spacejam said 10 years ago

    what a great idea for a collection!!

  • HandmadeHandsome

    HandmadeHandsome said 10 years ago

    What an interesting collection. Imagine the stories behind each of those passports. Fascinating.

  • pinestreetphoto

    pinestreetphoto said 10 years ago

    what a beautiful collection. thanks!

  • StarAniseRecipes

    StarAniseRecipes said 10 years ago

    That is so great. I too love to know what other people do, what inspires them. And there is so much you can learn about them this way. That is why I love following blogs, after a month or so you have a new virtual friend and it feels like you have known them for years! Usually they are also the people you would not get a chance to meet in real life. Brilliant!

  • RedFenyx

    RedFenyx said 10 years ago

    Really wonderful collection!

  • whyte

    whyte said 10 years ago

    Great finds. Would have never thought of passports, now I'll be looking for them in shops and at shows. Not for me, but just thinking about momerath's collection.

  • TheWildRoseStudio

    TheWildRoseStudio said 10 years ago

    What a brilliant object to collect. I spent my twenties wandering around the world, and valued every new stamp. When I had to renew my passport, I was quite sad. Somehow it meant giving all that freedom and adventure up to the past. My new one barely has a mark. Exotic adventure - it fires ones soul.

  • EclecticasiaVintage

    EclecticasiaVintage said 10 years ago

    Wonderful collection! I always try to imagine the story behind each of the pieces I collect, more difficult with these than the great passports, but some of them must be fascinating...if only they could speak:)

  • ninkos

    ninkos said 10 years ago

    This article made my day. Thanks for sharing your thoughts & collection!

  • BlackDaisyDesigns

    BlackDaisyDesigns said 10 years ago

    I can't throw my old passports away. They're not only proof of travels I've made but also proof of experiences I've made and treasure dearly.

  • paisleybaby

    paisleybaby said 10 years ago

    What a fantastic collection.

  • urbanitejewelry

    urbanitejewelry said 10 years ago

    LOVE this! how completely unique and interesting! i want to collect them too!

  • lesliejanson

    lesliejanson said 10 years ago

    great piece! unique collection! i collect vintage New York City handkerchiefs (I cannot stop myself!) leslie

  • AndrosCreations

    AndrosCreations said 10 years ago

    I want the U.K. passport....

  • TheJoyofColor

    TheJoyofColor said 10 years ago

    I don't thorw old passport niether, enjoyed this article and the beautiful finds

  • Mimiandlola

    Mimiandlola said 10 years ago

    My husband has kept his grandmother's passport from when she came to Canada from Italy. It's a piece of family history that he treasures. Thanks for sharing!

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 10 years ago

    I love this article! Collections are fascinating to me... Keep it up! :)

  • ArzuMusa

    ArzuMusa said 10 years ago

    What a beautiful collection...

  • carvelcountrysoaps

    carvelcountrysoaps said 10 years ago

    Very cool!

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 10 years ago

    It is so amazing to see what other people are up to, thanks.

  • pixiepaper

    pixiepaper said 10 years ago

    What a cool thing to collect. Thanks for sharing.

  • HoldTheWire

    HoldTheWire said 10 years ago

    Great collection! I never would have thought of collecting passports, but they are fascinating documents of the past.

  • PookThy

    PookThy said 10 years ago

    what fun! thanks for this!

  • LeatherwoodDesigns

    LeatherwoodDesigns said 10 years ago

    A truly fascinating collection - what history must be in those vintage passports!

  • polkadotHOME

    polkadotHOME said 10 years ago

    Very cool! I was just at an antique store where a man was asking the owner if she ever finds passports. He said he has over 100 so far, but he chooses them based on the stamps inside.

  • AudreyGardenLady

    AudreyGardenLady said 10 years ago

    Wow! Genealogy is a serious passion for me so I just LOVE old documents and pictures! I transcribe old court records from the 1700's and 1800's for one genealogy society I belong to. It is fascinating what you find in them! Audrey

  • nowonder

    nowonder said 10 years ago

    So cool! I love it!

  • NestaHome

    NestaHome said 10 years ago

    What an awesome thing to collect!!! I'm jealous :) Great article!

  • genisepark

    genisepark said 10 years ago

    What a fun piece of history you have collected!

  • TeenahTime

    TeenahTime said 10 years ago

    collecting is cool

  • lifeofcolors

    lifeofcolors said 10 years ago

    I love traveling myself! And I love the idea of photographing "the wonderful world of the stickman and his endlessly crazy capers." :-)

  • polkadotscloud

    polkadotscloud said 10 years ago

    woooww! gorgeous finds !I love the Vintage Airport Mail sketchbook!

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace said 10 years ago

    Soooo neat!! The stories behind the travels ... the imagination could go on for days....

  • RoughMagicCreations

    RoughMagicCreations said 10 years ago

    Oh, those old passports are fabulous! Just like little pocket histories of someone's life!

  • FluteTeacher

    FluteTeacher said 10 years ago

    This is so neat! I love passports, too. The old U.K. passport reminded me of my Mum's old one.

  • beyonddesign

    beyonddesign said 10 years ago

    Thank you for such a wonderful article!

  • apiecebydenise

    apiecebydenise said 10 years ago

    Great article and thank you so much for including my travel mug!

  • stillplayinghouse

    stillplayinghouse said 10 years ago

    what a neat idea --to collect passports! as someone who loves genealogy, i can really appreciate this. and since your shop contains 'worldwide travel' items, this collection fits you perfectly. (o:

  • sharonclancydesigns

    sharonclancydesigns said 10 years ago

    Awesome finds!!!

  • sharonclancydesigns

    sharonclancydesigns said 10 years ago

    Wow, really interesting!

  • battysbath

    battysbath said 10 years ago

    I didn't even know you could collect old passports but why not right? They all have a story to tell so they are such a great thing to collect!

  • copabananas

    copabananas said 10 years ago

    very cool!

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 10 years ago

    very interesting story!

  • KattyKinns

    KattyKinns said 10 years ago

    What a fantastic and usual collection, I'm tempted to start my own vintage passport collection now!

  • Fafnir

    Fafnir said 10 years ago

    I've never thought of collecting passports. What an interesting story!

  • akihago

    akihago said 10 years ago

    the collection is great. time make stories. Thanks for including me.

  • elliven

    elliven said 10 years ago

    Too neat!

  • KisforCalligraphy

    KisforCalligraphy said 10 years ago

    I have to admit I get a little too obsessed with what people collect. I would not be surprised if I start looking for a pre-1950's womens passport for you momerath! :D Thank you for including my vintage air mail seals in your awesome series rickrac! I love your new "collectors" series! xoxo K

  • CitrusMoonArt

    CitrusMoonArt said 10 years ago

    I am suppose to be working but now that this juicy article has caught my attention . . . Well, I will be spending the next few hours looking at all the travel goodies (my collection passion)!

  • juliebcreative

    juliebcreative said 10 years ago has the most AMAZING collection of vintage clocks... i drool at them every time i stop by her house!

  • TipsyTimeMachine

    TipsyTimeMachine said 10 years ago

    Gosh, when I was a kid I had about ten collections, my room was stuffed to the gills. For the last ten years I've collected hand made pottery; stoneware, wood fired, raku. Organic textured glazes are my preference, but I have some colourful pieces decorated with unique drawings. Usually I know or get to know the potters I buy from which makes it extra special. Lately I have added some West German Pottery to my collection. Since the house can hold only so much, I sublimate my passion for pottery collection by buying pottery gifts for others.

  • ValerieTyler

    ValerieTyler said 10 years ago

    What a lovely collection---not only that, it's reasonably compact too! There's an artistic element to many collections, this one is especially lovely.

  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons said 10 years ago

    One of the first gifts my cousin gave his now wife,was the passport of a Russian sailor. I always thought it was odd, but she loved it. It's embarrassing to admit that I used to collect swords (bad reproductions) during my teens. Now I collect globes and some vintage gameboards which suits our decor much better.

  • Freshlymes

    Freshlymes said 10 years ago

    I love collecting old boxes used in our real time! I keep all the used sake' boxes from our favorite local sushi restaurant and re-use them to send gifts inside.

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 10 years ago

    vintage photos have always inspired me, even when i have no idea who the person is. i guess seeing the fashions of the day or the unique faces of the people is what intrigues me.

  • VintageBygones

    VintageBygones said 10 years ago

    Really Cool!

  • abfab74

    abfab74 said 10 years ago

    I adore this collection. I started a similar one of my own, quite by accident, a few years ago. My husband and I were at auction and picked up a misc. box of vintage jewelry, eye glasses, linens, etc. Buried underneath it all was an "autograph" book dated 1923. It is filled with notes from the former owners friends and family, somewhat like the back of a high school year book. I have picked up a few more since then, and have them displayed throughout our living room. I love these for the same reasons I love own mysterious little time machines.

  • deardesire

    deardesire said 10 years ago intriguing. real lives. real history. thank you!

  • PrairieStarJewels

    PrairieStarJewels said 10 years ago

    Passports from women in history are a great idea for a collection. I too am very interested in women and history. I collect diaries of women on the westward journey. I haven't gotten an original one yet but have many reprints. I also collect seashells and finally have enough variety to make a Sailors Valentine.

  • FrancesPhotography

    FrancesPhotography said 10 years ago

    what i love about this is the stories you can imagine - they do tell a story - you could make up a whole story from studying someone's passport: the photos, the countries they have visited and when, even by what condition the passport is in.

  • kathiroussel

    kathiroussel said 10 years ago

    that is a fascinating collection-- filled with story and history-- just beautiful! thanks for a wonderful post!

  • rakshniyavintage

    rakshniyavintage said 10 years ago

    that is an amazing collection :) what great finds and awesome stories those passports can tell

  • vonderschonenrapunze

    vonderschonenrapunze said 10 years ago

    i love the stories that vintage items tell, or even the seeds of stories that are planted after seeing them. beautiful collection. thank you so much for sharing. i like to collect vintage erotic postcards, mainly reproductions of artists and the occasional turn of the century nude. the repros of french salon painter, delphin enjolras, are among my favorites. they are so graceful and capture a moment beautifully. i also have a penchant for mermaids. growing up near the sea does that to me, i guess. i've always been drawn to the more pensive, unique mermaids collecting everything from beads to ephemera or anything that catches my eye. thank you

  • MesmerizeStudio

    MesmerizeStudio said 10 years ago

    It's kinda like looking at a person's life ...who are they? Where did they go? What happen to them now? My collection is pretty dull, I don't sew but I like to buy fabrics. The prints attract me and I will just buy a yard to keep. Mandy

  • MyCatLucy

    MyCatLucy said 10 years ago

    I love th old passports! I just got my first one and it just looks too new! I can't wait to see it worn from travel!

  • JulieMagersSoulen

    JulieMagersSoulen said 10 years ago

    What a beautiful and fascinating collection. It is thought provoking, wondering who these women were and what kind of lives they led. Thanks for an interesting "Collector!"

  • cottagewhimsies

    cottagewhimsies said 10 years ago

    What an unusual and interesting collection! How much fun it would have been to go with them on their adventures!

  • raegirl

    raegirl said 10 years ago

    I collect metal doll houses.

  • AmericanHandmade

    AmericanHandmade said 10 years ago

    Wonderful collection. I keep forgetting all the things we (women) couldn't do for so long. As a young girl I had to take piano because girls couldn't take drums. I wasn't allowed to take wood shop because only boys were allowed to. At 21 I bought my first house and had to get a male co-signer because they wouldn't loan to a single women without it. I collect books and old cameras as well as anything else that strikes my fancy. My most treasured two books are from the Leffingwell estate. They are from the late 1800's, large, 3-4 inches thick and are how to succeed in life books for two children at their 16th birthday. The one for the boy is all about commerce and making money and what to look for in a wife and how to control just about everything in your life. Everything a Man needs to know to succeed. Can you guess what the girls was about? Same size, same hand tooled leather cover but less ornate and all about how to be a good wife and manage a home and handle all the household chores including the servants. How to give dinner parties and supervise the household staff and help your husband succeed. They are both Fantastic examples of a different time and place. That's what I LOVE so much about your women's passport collection. It takes us back to a far away time and place and reminds us how far our journey has been. So far, it's been a fun adventure for me but I sure am glad the old days are part of the past. The gender restrictions were Definitely frustrating.

  • mingtaphotography

    mingtaphotography said 10 years ago

    I have my old passport! Using the second one now!!! Traveling, Traveling, Traveling!!!

  • bellacruz

    bellacruz said 10 years ago

    Wow! What a wonderful thing to collect, to be in touch, in a way, with the travels of so many people. Imagine their struggles, fears, excitement or whatever just based on a photo or two and a few scribbles. Amazing! I have a few letters written by a now deceased local resident. They were dated, 1890, 91 & 92. They talk about mundane things of life, but I feel linked, that's the best way I can explain it, to another life, another time. It's all good.

  • RebeccaBarfoot

    RebeccaBarfoot said 10 years ago

    Funny how the past calls us. And the more we get pushed/pulled- bullied?- by cypberspace, the more we crave what is old, worn, tells a story and can be held in the hand. I am obsessed with old glass bottles and much of my ceramic work is inspired by 19th century apothecary jars- I make bottles both on the wheel and some from molds. My studio is like an antique shop!

  • farandtwee

    farandtwee said 10 years ago

    Do you think it is just the artsy types who are obsessed with collecting? toys for sure! especially the asian toys! Would they be considered mini pieces of art? that is what i think ;)

  • packageinstyle

    packageinstyle said 10 years ago

    :) I collect wooden spools :)

  • nowvintage

    nowvintage said 10 years ago

    This is a really fun article! She really has a writers imagination to have thought of the idea to collect passports! Most of the paintings that I do (apart from my etsy paintings which are too small for this) are of objects so I collect just about everything. I have a nice collection of cages, as they were the first objects that I became intrigued to paint about 15 years ago. I have a pretty cool collection of marionettes, but my favorite thing to paint are shoes. Thing with the shoes tho, is there are certain ones I just like to paint again and again. I think my favorite collection are my travel alarms (the ones in little cases). That collection started with my grandma's, I loved it and started looking for more of them.

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 9 years ago

    Very interesting!

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  • deanwatts2

    Dean 웃웃 Watts said 3 years ago

    hi i have a 1950's passport of a man in good condition would you be interested to add to your collection

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