From the Internet archives is Herman Melville’s 1856 US passport application from a simpler time when the government trusted the individual to describe themselves. However as The New Yorker describes below, this author might have had a bit more help in expediting his application than the average US citizen at the time.
Article: Passport photos of the famous
A collection of passport photos from the early half of the twentieth century of notable writers and artists, including Langston Hughes, Jack Benny, Walt Disney, and Edward Estlin Cummings better known as E.E. Cummings. I concur with the collector’s insightful comment: The quality is pretty gritty, but I find them interesting, not the least because…