11-01-2013 05:34 PM
Im sure the punch hole topic has been discused before on the forum...Veary Nice hucks
Part of a PKWA in silver group. Stewy
I am unaware of such a discussion. Could you please provided a link?
by Justin P
I can honestly say from what I've been taught the holes where a common practice for these types of identification papers. I can also assure you I have paperwork with holes that has been in nobody's collection besides mine which makes the theory of collectors creating the holes fault IMO as I wasn't collecting in the 70's and didn't do them. It was obtained by myself directly from the family so even though I can't necessarily "prove" a collector didn't do it, I am completely sure one didn't.
Punching holes in personal ID documents - such as ID cards, passports, drivers licences etc. - was and is a common German practice to mark these documents as cancelled/void.
For example, I still have two of my old passports, all of which have such holes. When picking up a new one, the registration office officials always asked me whether I wanted to keep the old one (which I always did) and then handed it back to me after punching holes into it, thus rendering it useless as an ID document. During my time as a Red Cross volunteer, we did the same thing with expired or otherwise void Red Cross ID cards.
That said, it is of course possible that the holes in some ID documents were indeed punched by ignorant collectors.