Treasure: Guyanese Leather-Bound Passport from 1967

12 Jan

Guyanese passport:1967 was the year

In a recent bid to clear out the loft and create some much needed living space, we uncovered hoards of little treasures along the way. Most items we found were toot to be tossed, but we also uncovered some gems that had been forgotten and lost for years.

He’s even cuter than I used to be…hmph!

Just take a look at my Dads’ beautiful forest green leather-bound passport from the first country he ever called home, Guyana, South America. A West-Indian jewel of a nation, full of things that glitter; gold, Demerara sugar and warm-natured people.

Jewel green Guyanese leather bound passport

I couldn’t resist showing off these pristine passport ink stamps and British Guyana paper stamps. Perhaps it’s simply the fact that this well worn item from the 50’s still looks so handsome after all these years (no I’m not talking about you Dad.)

One EBay seller who shares my passion for stamps and snapshots of the past, is this wonderfully curious vendor; selling his collection of stamps on six envelopes sent from Guyana to the U.S. in 1968, 1976, 1981, 1983 and 1985, and what treasures they are.

A little taste of Guyana’s history: 1815 sees the beautiful West Indian country under the grasp of British rule. It isn’t until 1966 (yes that long) that Guyana receives its independence.

It borders Suriname to the east, Venezuela to the west and Brazil to the south.  It’s also the only English-speaking country in South America.

Famous for its gold, Guyana’s Omai mine is one of the largest gold mines in the whole of South America.

My fathers’ family who own a property in the capital ‘Georgetown’ moved to England in ’67, but I’m desperate to meet our charming and vibrant family members that reside in Guyana.


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