I have been playing around with Passport Applications 1795-1925 on ancestry.com and having a great time. The amount of information varies, but, for the most part you will find the name, date and place of birth, residence, name of father, physical description, date of sailing and countries to be visited. Some of the passport applications are accompanied by a photograph of the applicant. This is good stuff! The passport applications come with a subscription to ancestry.com.
Among the people I found are the following:
Carney A. Hollowell, a student of Princeton, Kentucky; born 16 October 1898 Caldwell County; father J.E. Hollowell, born Caldwell County; planning to visit the British Isles, France, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Germany, Holland, Belgium, and Czech-Slovakia. He is leaving from the port of New York on board the Mauretania 27 June 1922. He is described a 5 feet 7 inches high, blue eyes, Roman nose and brown hair.
Clement Singleton Nunn, an attorney of Marion, Kentucky; accompanied by his wife Lemah Barnes Nunn, who was born in Crittenden County 4 June 1871; they married at Marion 24 October 1894. He was born in Marion 1 February 1870; father Thomas J. Nunn, born Crittenden County but now deceased. They plan to tour Germany, Italy, Great Britain, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Holland, Spain and Belgium and leave 15 July 1922. Nunn is 5 feet 8 inches high, has hazel eyes, round chin, straight nose and is slightly bald. Photographs of Nunn and his wife accompany the application.
John L. Smith, a newspaper writer living in Smithland, Kentucky, was born 10 February 1853 Lyon County, Kentucky; father Franklin M. Smith, born Lyon County. He plans to tour Japan, China and the British Possessions. He will travel on board the President Lincoln 14 June 1923. He is described as 6 feet high, blue eyes, large nose, gray hair. A previous passport was issued 20 November 1919, but is not good now. A photograph of Smith is with the passport application.
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by Brenda Joyce Jerome, CG
Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog