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1915 Passport of Mrs. István (Stephen) Kortvélyfai) Translation

Translated by Frank Kurchina

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General Description:

A Hungarian passport would have been bilingual, written in Hungarian with subheadings also in French. WW I began August 1, 1914 when Austria invaded Serbia. This particular passport was dated August 1915. The US had remained neutral in the war until April 1917.  The "small coat of arms" of Hungary which was determined by a royal order in February 9, 1874 is at top of passport page.

PAGE 1

IN THE NAME OF HIS MAJESTY

FRANCIS JOSEPH I

EMPEROR OF AUSTRIA,  KING OF BOHEMIA, Etc. Etc.

and

APOSTOLIC KING OF HUNGARY

PASSPORT

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Mrs. István (Stephen) Kortvélyfai)

born (maiden name Kender) Margit (Margaret)

Citizen

Valid for one year

PAGE 2

The traveler:

Profession: day-laborer

Residence: Hidasnémetí, Abaúj-Torna county, Hungary

Age : 30 years

Signature of the holder, Mrs. Stephen Körtvélyfai

PAGE 3

Country, Continent or part of world

Traveling to: United States of North America

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Port of loading:

Purpose of the journey: immigration

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Description of Traveler:

Height: short

Face: round

Hair: blonde

Beard:

Mustache:

Eyes: blue

Mouth:  Regular

Nose: Regular

Distinguishing features:

Given names and ages of Margit Körtvélyfai and her 4 children are written

at bottom of page 4 and all listed as born in Hidasnémetí, Hungary which in 1915 was located in Hungary and is still located in Hungary (not in Slovakia)

Notes

"Apostolic king" (or majesty), was a title granted by the pope to the kings of Hungary.

The passport bearer was from Hidasnémetí Abaúj-Torna vármegye, Hungary. However, this town and part of former Abaúj-Torna county remained in Hungary and never became part of Slovakia after the Hungarian Peace Treaty (1920).

The Hungarian coat of arms in middle of page 4 looks like the Hungarian "middle coat of arms" which consists of the "small coat of arms" in the middle and the additional coat of arms of Dalmatia, Croatia, Szlavonia, Transylvania, and Fiume. The Hungarian "middle coat of arms" was determined by a royal order in 1896 to mark the millennial anniversary of the Hungarian state.

 Credit and thanks to Frank Kurchina for this translation.

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