War Time ID Badges

At the onset of World War II, almost every business or manufacturer who did work for the war effort required employee ID badges for permission to enter the premises. These curious photographic objects are collectible examples of a time before the high-tech security, fingerprint and iris scans we have today.

Mark Michaelson, author of the book Least Wanted, has a fabulous photostream on Flickr with hundreds of photographic mugshots, ID badges, and other similar examples of identification. These photo badges, which can occasionally be found at estate sales and antique stores, make a very visual and affordable collection if you want to start looking for them.


Vintage Passports of Celebrities

These vintage passports and other government identification remind us that famous people need documentation as well as any other to travel the world. These celebrities were creative, talented and captured the attention of generations. Compelling to look at, these particular images of writers, singers, actors and scientists remind us of their contributions that will stay forever influential in our hearts and minds:

  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Janis Joplin
  • Johnny Cash
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • Virginia Woolf
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • John Lennon
  • Albert Einstein