I loved finding and examining these treasures. Everything about them interests me, the design of the document, the stamps and the handwriting of each individual. In looking at each stamp, I am transported to these European locales, and I start to ponder: What was my ancestor thinking at the time? How was he treated by the official who signed his pass? What uniform did the official wear? Where was the document stamped, etc., etc.
The first document is a Prussian passport from Albert's 1813 journey to Breslau (now in Western Poland) and Vienna.
Passport front detail
Stamp from Breslau
Stamp from Vienna as well as the Swiss consulate in Vienna
Return route stamp from Munich
Return route stamp from Zürich
The second document is a Neuchâtel passport from Albert's 1818 journey to Nice which was part of the Kingdom of Sardinia at the time.
Passport detail – Coat of Arms
Passport detail – Physical characteristics
Stamp of the French legation to Switzerland
Stamp of the Sardinian legation to Switzerland
Stamp of the Swiss consulate in Marseille
Stamps from Nizza (Nice)
Return stamp from Lyon