My Grandmother's Passport

Contributed by Peter

My Grandmother's Passport

Just under 100 years ago when this passport was issued, very few people, even the prosperous middle classes, travelled abroad, but this seventeen year old Sheffield girl went alone to Finland.

Finland was one of the few countries which required a passport: the number of passports issued was so small that there was a tear-off pad at the Foreign Office bearing the Foreign Secretary's coat of arms and which he signed personally.

In 1911, the Grand Duchy of Finland was a personal possession of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. This passport comes from two years before the Romanovs celebrated their tercentenary and six years before they lost their throne.

This passport points to may differences between out world and that of a century ago. Yet, for all the differences, the passport's text is still much the same as you will find on today's documents.

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Location

Foreign Office, London

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1911

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40cm
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30cm
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