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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.

All items, most recent first.
Fiume Esperanto label and cachet 1957
Fiume Esperanto label and cachet 1957
1 din Yugoslavia allegory design, plus red and green 'primitive' label, rouletted, for Esperanto Congress; both cancelled with special d/s in green 9e INTERNACIA FERVOJISTA ESPERANTO KONGRESO RIJEKA 15.V.1957

Reference: S977
£20.00

Denmark to Palestine 1940 censored
Denmark to Palestine 1940 censored
Airmail envelope franked with 50ore and 1kr King Christian portrait issue (SG 283-4); from Copenhagen to Haifa, Palestine, April 1940; vf hexagon cachet 'Palestine Passed by Censor No 1143'; faint arrival d/s (of addressee) 12 April 1940; m/s note 'last letter received before Nazi occupation'; fine scarce cover

Reference: S976
£30.00

Holland to Germany 1940
Holland to Germany 1940
12½c portrait issue on business envelope from Haaksbergen to Krefeld, 12 March 1940; opened and resealed by German censor with swastika cachets; no b/s

Reference: S975
£15.00

Holland to USA 1940
Holland to USA 1940
7½+2½ on 5c portrait PS card cancelled with ornamental slogan d/s 'SGRAVENHAGE; to New York, 10 December 1940; red German swastika censor's cachet; black C in circle inspector's mark (USA); scarce use on postal card

Reference: S974
£18.00

Holland to Spain 1942 
Holland to Spain 1942
7½ on 7c PS card cancelled 'Sgravenhage ornamental slogan d/s; to Spain, 24 January 1942; German swastika censor cachet; Spanish censor cachets (3) in violet) plus small boxed red control h/s (German?) 4206; scarce use on postal card

Reference: S973
£20.00

Uruguay registered airmail censored 1944
Uruguay registered airmail censored 1944
Uruguay registered airmail censored 1944
1p pictorial + 12c and 20c small definitives on registered airmail envelope from Montevideo to Birmingham, 7 July 1944; on reverse Miami, Fla. registered 12 July and New York 12 July; sealed with British censor tape 'Opened by Examiner 6498'

Reference: S972
£15.00

Brazil registered airmail censored 1945
Brazil registered airmail censored 1945
Brazil registered airmail censored 1945
5c small definitives to total of 19,500 reis on registered airmail envelope from Rio de Janeiro to Birmingham, 5 January 1945; censored and resealed in Brazil with box cachet D.F. 278 (front & reverse) and by GB with label "Opened by Examiner 6698"

Reference: S971
£20.00

USA to Yorkshire Missent 1983
USA to Yorkshire Missent 1983
3 x 40c Philip Mazzei commemorative on airmail envelope from Fort Lauderdale to Harrogate, 21 November 1983; h/s 'missent to Jakarta', a mark considered to be used improperly to cover up delay in the mail; on reverse m/s 'From P&O Canberra"; minor faults to envelope

Reference: S970
£15.00

French parcel card 1927
French parcel card 1927
Parcel card franked with 3f Merson & Sower 1fr, 20c, 50c, 80c plus 50c timbre fiscal; cancelled Metz R.Lafayette, Moselle; to Chalons sur Marne; punched with small circle as fiscal use

Reference: S969
£16.00

Austria, registered express airmail, censored, 1948
Austria, registered express airmail, censored, 1948
5s Costume design on registered airmail envelope from Vienna to Eccles, Manchester, 20 September 1948; censored with sealing tape and censor' s cachet 441 Z1; nice example of the currency & security control of post-war Austria

Reference: S968
£20.00

Portugal to Birmingham, registered airmail, censored, 1944
Portugal to Birmingham, registered airmail, censored, 1944
Portugal to Birmingham, registered airmail, censored, 1944
2 x 1 esc Caravel on envelope, m/s "Par Avion" from Agueda to Birmingham, 1 August 1944; cancelled with 'razor blade' type cds; blue crayon cross for registration; on reverse 3 x International Exhibition 80c (and another one lost); Lisboa transit d/s; English censor 'opened by Examiner 786'; despite faults an interesting wartime cover

Reference: S967
£20.00

German Occupation of Lorraine, 1940
German Occupation of Lorraine, 1940
12pfg Hindenburg issue overprinted LOTHRINGEN, cancelled with boxed provisional d/s GROSS HATTINGEN in volet; very faint German censor cachet and red crayon cross; no b/s

Reference: S966
£20.00

France 1st Red Cross Issue 1914
France 1st Red Cross Issue 1914
5c Sower + 2 x 10c+5c Red Cross stamp (SG 351,YT 146) neatly cancelled CLERMONT-FERRAND CENTRAL, PUY DE DOME 14 October 1915, to London; early in WW1, no b/s; envelope flap missing

Reference: S965
£20.00

GB Fiscal Duty on Life Insurance 1910
GB Fiscal Duty on Life Insurance 1910
Receipt for duty on a life insurance annuity, 31 January 1910 with imprinted red receipt stamp on full document from the Inland Revenue (Form No 9); form fully completed by solicitors

Reference: S964
£20.00

QEII 26p Falmouth to Falmouth Transatlantic
QEII 26p Falmouth to Falmouth Transatlantic
26p Machin on PPC of Falmouth, Cornwall to Falmouth, Mass, USA, 2 July 1984; with large cachet "This Piece of Mail delayed due to incorrect zip code; please notify...." in violet; nice clear example and not often seen

Reference: S963
£16.00

GB KGVI ½ d First Peacetime Voyage S.S. Onward 1945
GB KGVI ½ d First Peacetime Voyage S.S. Onward 1945
GB KGVI ½ d light green on special envelope inscribed with decorative heading "Maiden Voyage SS 'Onward' American Pioneer Line", "1st Peacetime voyage to England"; from London to New York, 18 October 1945; red & green pictorial arrival h/s 'Received' and 'New York Nov 3 1945'; with other cachets; not common

Reference: S962
£20.00

GB KGVI Red Cross 1942
GB KGVI Red Cross 1942
KGVI 2½d blue cancelled London m/c d/s 12 October 1942 to Worsley, Manchester with large 5cm circular red cachet "British Red Cross & St John War Organisation"; on reverse handstamp "if undelivered please forward to Foreign Relations Department, British Red Cross of Order of St John"; some wear due to age but scarce wartime Red Cross

Reference: S961
£25.00

Bermuda "Posted in the High Seas" c 1950
Bermuda "Posted in the High Seas" c 1950
KGB ½d (SG 93), KGVI 2½d (SG 113c), 1/- (SG 115) all cancelled by undated VF strike of "Queen of Bermuda/Posted on the High Seas"; to Runcorn; on airmail envelope inscribed 'Furness Bermuda Line' (service suspended during WW2, restarted 1949, ended 1966: nice maritime colonial cover

Reference: S960
£35.00

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 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

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