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11-10-2007, 11:25 PM
The old blue passport was issued in 1920. The new burgundy passport was first issued by Glasgow Passport Office on 15 August 1988.
Can anyone remember when they first had to show a passport to travel out of the country.
I remember a quickie type one issued by the post office for day trips to France in the 1960's. I cannot remember a passport in the 1950's for travel to and from Ireland (Eire)
12-10-2007, 12:08 AM
Even in the 1990s when I last went to Eire you didn't need a passport if you were travelling on the ferry.
I also remember the 1 year passports from the PO, I still have mine somewhere from a trip to meet my penpal in Brittany when I was 16.
12-10-2007, 8:57 AM
... I cannot remember a passport in the 1950's for travel to and from Ireland (Eire)
That, of course, is because Ireland was once part of the UK; there are a number of areas where there is a special relationship between the two countries (but don't ask me to list them because I can't).
12-10-2007, 3:56 PM
I remember a short-term passport in the sixties - can't remember if it was valid for weeks or months. I must have had it in 1967 when I went on a school trip to Paris.
12-10-2007, 4:01 PM
I have my grandparents passport from 1922 which is dark blue. One passport covered my grandfather, grandmother and father (10 months old at the time).
12-10-2007, 4:14 PM
Yes, we used to have a family passport when the kids were little. It only needed the parents' photos and the kids' names and dobs were also included. I think you had to have a proper passport when you were 16.
We had a young French student (aged 11 or 12) who travelled with some sort of identity card.
12-10-2007, 4:15 PM
That's a nice keepsake Ed,
Was it stamped to show where they travelled or do you know that?
12-10-2007, 9:56 PM
Mutley, the British passport was only used one way; to relocate to the USA. I also have their entry into the USA through Ellis Island, naturalization papers and a USA passport that they used in 1952 to visit England. I was fortunate that my dad saved everything when his parents died. .............Ed
18-10-2007, 8:37 PM
A brief history of the British passport here:
23-10-2007, 12:40 AM
Thank you Terry,
That was exactly what I wanted to know.
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