Stamp Crazy
Here is another blast from the past, but I am catching up! This postcard is from when Karmen went to Korea. You can read more about it on her lovely blog, Karmenvasion. I don’t know too much about passports, I have one but have yet to use it.

Sean Presents: The Origins of the Passport

I have to be honest, the origins of the passport seems a little vague at the beginning, from what I can tell the first passport type of document was introduced in medieval Europe. These documents were issued to travelers, they listed towns and cities the holder was allowed to visit. It seems strange that the early passports were not required at sea ports, as they were considered open trading points, but they were required for visits to inland destinations.

Other Facts!

During the first World War, European governments introduced border passport requirements to keep spies out!

The early passport included a description of the passport holder. Photographs began to be attached to passports in the early decades of the twentieth century, when photography became widespread.

Most countries declare by law that passports are government property, and may be limited or revoked at any time, usually on specified grounds.

The Facts:
Other Party: Karmen M
Card Number: 0093
Average Color: 3F353B
Date Sent: May 20, 2012
Date Received: May 24, 2012
Sender Location: San Francisco, CA*
Receiver Location: Platteville, WI
Distance Traveled: 1710 Miles
Average Speed: 428 Miles Per Day

*This card was printed and mailed from San Francisco.