the frankenpassport

August 26, 1996 – August 26, 2006


  • Basic pre-bar code US passport with the usual eight pages of travel instructions in front including reminders not to go to Cuba, Libya or North Korea, and to phone home regularly. Being American means always having something to read in those long security lines.
  • Three signatures of extra pages, bound in by an embassy employee who couldn’t tape straight.
  • Approximately 150 stamps, mainly Finland, US, UK, Estonia, and transit airports like Keflavik, Schiphol and Charles de Gaulle; but also ten other eastern European countries, Canada and Australia.
  • 1 visa from embassy (Romania, expensive and unnecessary).
  • 10 Finnish residence permits.
  • Replaced by a passport that is actually thin enough to be carried in one of those safety pockets (shout out to Cornelia Otis Skinner and Emily Kimbrough).



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