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Passports of the rich, famous and enviably photogenic

by | 19th, July 2013

EVERYONE, save for her blessed Majesty The Queen, needs a passport to travel overseas.  (A British passport is issued in the name of Her Majesty, so it is unnecessary for The Queen to possess one.) This mean that Her Majesty need not pose for the dreaded passport photo – small relief given that her head is scrutinised on coinage and stamps.

Britishers applying for a passport should submit an exacting photograph:

Your photo may be rejected unless it shows you:

facing forward and looking straight at the camera
with a neutral expression and your mouth closed
without anything covering the face
in clear contrast to the background
without a head covering (unless it’s worn for religious or medical reasons)
with eyes open, visible and free from reflection or glare from glasses
with your eyes not covered by sunglasses, tinted glasses, glasses frames or hair
without any shadows in the picture

In this gallery of passports, we see how the rich and famous coped with posing for tiny picture that would be scrutinised by lantern-jawed officialdom.


Passports issued in the 1950s to John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kenned.

The stamps forms an almost perfect target about his head. 

Passports issued in the 1950s to John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy are seen in this photo taken Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005, in New York. The passports are among the nearly 2,000 lots in a massive collection of Kennedy memorabilia to be sold by Guernsey's auction house in New York Dec. 13-17. (AP Photo/Aaron Jackson)


Roy Orbison. 

Distinguishing features: Deep green eyes like a fresh-cut cabbage.




Sammy Davis plays Guatanamo Bay




Walt Disney 

Walt Disney



Virginia Wolf. 

Virginia Woolf


David Bowie – possibly the most indecently flattering passport photo of all time.

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Muhammed Ali. 

Muhammad Ali



Something of the mug shot about this Marilyn Monroe photo. And fingerprints should help implicate her in all manner of crimes.




John Lennon… Come in John Lennon… Receiving. Over. You’re breaking up… Over.




Katharine Hepburn was ever photogenic. 

Katharine Hepburn



Johnny Cash sticks with his tough guy persona. 

Johnny Cash



Janis Joplin. Anything to declare? 

Janis Joplin



James Joyce. Get a load of those words. So many, many, many words. 

James Joyce



Ernest Hemingway really is looking right back at you.

Ernest Hemingway



Ella Fitzgerald. 

Ella Fitzgerald



Albert Einstein. Passports..? Where we’re going, we don’t need passports…



To be continued…


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