Lizzie Borden’s Passport


From the National Archives of the United States, this is Lizzie Borden’s passport from a trip to Europe just before her 30th birthday.  She signed the passport on 4 June 1890 (123 years ago this week).  It was just little over two years later, on 4 August 1892, that her father and stepmother were killed in the now infamous axe murders.

A neat fact: “Photographs were not required for passports until the end of 1914, so on Lizzie Borden’s application, there is only a written “description of applicant.” Lizzie declared that she is five feet, three inches tall with grey eyes, light brown hair, and a ‘full’ face.” 

Source: [National Archives: Prologue Magazine]

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7 Responses to Lizzie Borden’s Passport

  1. Have you heard the skipping rope rhyme:

    Lizzie Borden took an axe
    And gave her mother forty whacks.
    When she saw what she had done
    She gave her father forty-one.

    So macabre! Can you imagine kids chanting murder rhymes today?! Yikes!!!!

  2. tkmorin says:

    I don’t know why I love old documents so much, but I do; hence, thank you so very much for yet another great post! 1914, eh? Amazing!! 🙂

  3. I love that they have a description of her mouth and chin! Grazie!

    • It’s quite detailed, no? And I feel really bad for the description of her face: “full”! Was that good or bad in 1890? Did the passport office just call Lizzie Borden fat? 🙂

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