Friday, 6 January 2017

Passport Portraits of Yesteryear no. 24

Continuing the series of passport portraits from my collection.
Peruse and wonder.
In 1939, Emma Benisset de Villares is a 39 year old Spanish housewife living in Argentina but her surname indicates her origin for she is only Spanish by marriage having been born a Frenchwoman in Cannes.
Probably aware of the rising tension in Europe and perhaps wanting to see her family, she obtains a passport from the Spanish consulate in Buenos Aires and from the French consul a visa which, ironically given her birth and new nationality, prohibits her from working in France and forbids any passage into Spain.
She arrives in Cannes on 3 February 1939 and has to show a certificate of good conduct to the Argentine consul in Paris before being allowed to return. She leaves Cannes on 24 March and arrives in Buenos Aires on 7 April.

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