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This website is designed to show interesting or colourful covers of the whole world. We try to add about 25 to 30 new items each week. Many countries are included but there is particular strength in GB, the French Group & the German Group, as well as world-wide Wartime Censorship in WW1 & WW2, Postage Dues, Mis-routed mail, Special Services and Airmails. Please note items marked with a reference number BPS-xxx are auction lots for viewing only in a Bradford postal auction, not for immediate sale.

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Holland to New York 1940 censored
Holland to New York 1940 censored
Holland to New York 1940 censored
12½ on 3c (SG 526) German occupation surcharged issue cancelled d/r cds from Groenlo(?) To New York 5 October 1940; German censorʼs "Geöffnet" tape with black eagle & swastikas, tied with red eagle & swastikas h/s; with original letter; no b/s; some faults to reverse of envelope

Reference: S959
£18.00

Holland to Paris 1941 censoredHolland to Paris 1941 censored
5 on 3c; 7½ on 3c (SG 523-4) German occupation surcharge issues cancelled with decorative slogan d/s from The Hague(?) to Paris 21 August 1941; German censorʼs 'Geöffnet' tape tied with swastika h/s and red Wehrmacht m/c h/s

Reference: S958
£16.00

Paraguay censored 1943
Paraguay censored 1943
Paraguay censored 1943
7 pesos yellow, 2 x 5c, 10c, 50c and on reverse 2 x 30c flag issues; from Paraguay to Washington, 27 March 1943; cancelled 'Scio Aereo Postal(?) Paraguay'; US (?) Censor’s tape 'Opened by Examiner 8008' with h/s '1E/-', form 167; b/s US receipt h/s 3 April 43

Reference: S957
£18.00

Costa Rica doubly censored 1942
Costa Rica doubly censored 1942
5c and 10c triangular cancelled d/r cds in violet watery ink Puerto Jiminez, to Los Angeles 15 October 1942; local & US Censor’s tapes 'Abierta por la Censura Defensa Continentalʼ and 'Examined by 2405'; no b/s

Reference: S956
£20.00

Guatemala bisect 1944 censored
Guatemala bisect 1944 censored
2c portrait issue, bisect of 2c portrait + 1c pictorial, all cancelled slogan m/c d/s, from Guatemala to USA 4 January 1944; US Censor’s tape inscribed "Examined by 9811" + the original letter; no b/s

Reference: S955
£20.00

USA and Canada 1941
USA and Canada 1941
USA and Canada 1941
US 3c violet PS envelope with added 3c, 2 x 10c President’s issue + 1c portrait S.C. Foster, all cancelled with 'dumb' hand cancel, from Holabird, S. Dakota to Winnipeg, Canada, 5 June 1941; h/s 'Via Air Mail' 'Return Receipt Requested' & 'Registered' h/s with m/s '70'; opened and resealed with label "Opened to Verify Contents"; for the Foreign Exchange Control Board; b/s d/r cds in violet Holabird S Dak Registered 5 June 1941; fine scarce combination

Reference: S954
£25.00

GB Crimean War 1855
GB Crimean War 1855
Stampless envelope to Ireland with m/s 3 charge mark (for French packet mail); m/s "from the Army in the Crimea", "via Marseilles"; on front arrival d/r cds Kingstown in blue 28 Feb 1855; on reverse partial 'British Army Post Office A 22 Jan 1855' and transit cds (Dublin?) 2 Feb 1855; ex Reg Hindley Russia collection

Reference: S953
£35.00

GB Crimean War 1854
GB Crimean War 1854
Stampless envelope with unclear m/s charge mark 6(?), m/s "Army in the Crimea", 28th November (1854); to Dublin "via Marseilles"; on front faint blue arrival cds Kingstown 28 December; on reverse faint transit mark (London) 18 December; ex Reg Hindley Russia collection

Reference: S952
£30.00

Great Britain OHMS Crowned Paid 1852 to Yorkshire
Great Britain OHMS Crowned Paid 1852 to Yorkshire
Inland Revenue Document from London to Penistone, Yorkshire; m/s 'On HMS'; crowned PAID cds in red 27 September 1852; h/s of A. J. Fearons (Inland Revenue Solicitor General); b/s Barnsley 28 Sept

Reference: S951
£20.00

GB Free Frank, fine GB Free Frank, fine 'Scalloped' Sunday cds 1836
FREE FRANK, front only, post Bishop mark, scalloped cds for SUNDAY mail in red, from London to Chichester 31 July 1836; crowned Free cds in red 1 August 1836, fine strikes, signed Bagot (?)

Reference: S950
£20.00

Hanover to Paris 1843
Hanover to Paris 1843
entire with boxed d/s Hannover to Paris 17 May 1843; transit h/s HANNOVRE.T.T; French cachet dʼentrée TOUR T FORBACH 2 21 May 1843; m/s charge mark 25 décimes; b/s TOUR T FORBACH 2 ( cachet d'entrée used as a transit mark - unusual on reverse) in mixed inks 21 May 1843

Reference: S949
£16.00

Germany to France 1823
Germany to France 1823
entire with Thurn & Taxis Bremen 'half moon' h/s to Bordeaux 8 March 1823; m/s rate mark 19 décimes in blue (Paris?) transit h/s TTR4; French boxed cachet d'entrée 'Allemagne par Givet'

Reference: S948
£15.00

Germany Nuremberg to Beaune 1813
Germany Nuremberg to Beaune 1813
entire with unboxed 2 line rayon h/s 'R.3 Nürnberg / 27 May 1813', to Beaune; unboxed French cachet dʼentrée ALLEMAGNE PAR STRASBOURG; m/s rate mark 12 décimes; no b/s, nice clear cover, minor age faults

Reference: S947
£20.00

Nigeria multifranking to Yorkshire, 1972
Nigeria multifranking to Yorkshire, 1972
Nigeria multifranking to Yorkshire, 1972
Long envelope Port Harcourt to Halifax, Yorkshire 28 April 1972, franked with 20 x 2d (SG 231, no printer’s imprint) + 10 x 3d pictorials (SG 233, with imprint), for Express Airmail rate 70d=5/10; NB 15 x 2d on reverse uncancelled; (30 stamps cat £2 each)

Reference: S946
£25.00

USA postal bulk licence for covers to India 1944
USA postal bulk licence for covers to India 1944
USA postal bulk licence for covers to India 1944
2 x $1, 50c, 30c Presidents Series on long envelope to Calcutta, cancelled s/r cds Washington DC 31 May 1944; opened and resealed by US & British censors; violet h/s DHA/138; red financial control cachet 'Board of Economic Warfare/Office of Export Control', May 31 1944; 'License No 189466 (in m/s), COMMISSIONER OF PATENTS'; 'LICENSE COVERS MAILING OF 6 (in m/s) Packages'; red 'Approved for British Empire only' h/s; on reverse large red rosette seal, cancelled 'US Patent Office Licensing Division'; b/s Calcutta, 5 July 1944 + BHA/282; rare combination of markings

Reference: S945
£50.00

GB Meter mark and Slogan 1986
GB Meter mark and Slogan 1986
d/r cds Worcester 17 Meter mark and slogan to Droitwich 14 May 1986, with red slogan 'Look After Yourself – Quit Smoking' plus large boxed red h/s "Franking Me with an Incorrect Date has made it Appear that I have Arrived Late, date posted 15 May"; no b/s, unusual

Reference: S944
£15.00

Belgium Queen Astrid Mourning Set 
Belgium Queen Astrid Mourning Set
Mourning issue for Queen Astrid set (SG 713-720) on large registered envelope from Brussels to Colwyn Bay, 2 February 1936; by Airmail; b/s faint oval d/s Registered Colwyn Bay

Reference: S942
£18.00

South Africa Natal settlers FDC 1949
South Africa Natal settlers FDC 1949
Block of 4 1½d Natal Settlers stamps (SG 127) on illustrated FDC 2 May 1949 for the 100th anniversary, from Durban to Salisbury; registered label Marine Parade, Durban; b/s Salisbury, S. Rhodesia 3 May 49

Reference: S943
£15.00

Manchester local mail 1897 with Charity LabelsManchester local mail 1897 with Charity Labels
GB 1d lilac cancelled 498 duplex 21 July 1897 on large envelope with central fold, with 2 added Charity labels for the 1837-1897 Queen's Jubilee, Prince of Wales Hospital Fund, 1/- blue & 2/6 red; age wear but a scarce use of these labels

Reference: S941
£20.00

France Valeur Déclarée envelope 1929France Valeur Déclarée envelope 1929France Valeur Déclarée envelope 1929
Merson 2fr & 3fr +65c Sower on reverse of large brown registered envelope inscribed VALEUR with notation '15,000 quinze mille francs' in m/s; h/s boxed 'Chargé'; Paris to Hesdin 22 August 1929

Reference: S940
£15.00

Mixed franking Norway and Iceland 1966
Mixed franking Norway and Iceland 1966
Norwegian America Line Postcard of Arctic Cruise ship 2 August 1966; m/s BERGENSFJORD; red h/s 'Arctic Exploration Cruises' franked with 35 Norway map of Svalbard (SG 468) cancelled Longyearbyen 6 Aug 1966, and Iceland 10 aur horse (SG 355) cancelled Reykjavik 2 August 1966; with cachet of ship 'on cruise' 6 August 66, to Bergen; signed by master of the ship and the postmaster, attractive combination

Reference: S939
£25.00

Egypt 1954 to Bradford, censored
Egypt 1954 to Bradford, censored
Egypt 20 mils soldier, 30 mils pictorial, 2 mils blocked Farouk's head, on lightweight airmail envelope from Cairo to Bradford, cancelled with bi-lingual cds 3 December 1954; Arabic censor tape sealed with Arabic cachet, under and over tape; no arrival b/s; era of the conflict with Israel

Reference: S938
£15.00

USA Airmail to England 1943, censored
USA Airmail to England 1943, censored
USA 5 x 6c Presidents issue cancelled s/r cds barred duplex Boston Back Bay Annex 13 May 1941, to Ipswich, opened & resealed by US Censor, no b/s

Reference: S937
£16.00

USA Airmail to GB 1941, censored
USA Airmail to GB 1941, censored
30c Presidents¢ series cancelled Newark Clinton Hill Sta duplex 1 on decorative air mail envelope from Newark, New Jersey to Ipswich, UK; inscribed 'via Trans-Atlantic Airmail'; opened by British censor examiner 940; no b/s; small faults to envelope

Reference: S936
£15.00

National Trust Labels on Tintagel Card
National Trust Labels on Tintagel Card
PPC of Old Post Office, Tintagel, Cornwall franked with 4 fine National Trust 'stamps' 1p, 3p, 5p, 10p; cancelled by large s/r cds THE OLD POST OFFICE, TINTAGEL

Reference: S935
£15.00

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