Throwback Thursday: Peeking Inside a US Passport from 1952
Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't get that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.
While rifling though some old documents, we happened upon a US passport issued in 1952. Although there are few stamps over which to "ooh" and "aah," the design and requirements within the tiny book did open our eyes a bit as to how restrictive world travel was for the average American.
As you're no doubt aware, World Wars I and II really messed up international relations. As citizens of one of the victors, US travelers were at least more free than most when it came to crossing borders, but some countries still remained on the hot list.
Both of these restriction stamps were in the same 1952 passport:
Meanwhile, in the 1970s:
Passport size and the green cover didn't change much over twenty years, but the restrictions on travel did, plus now you'd have a nifty vaccination report to include. The vaccination report shown was issued by Pan Am, proving the passport holder had received her smallpox shot.