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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.
France, envelope much forwarded, opened, and re-sealed, 1921
France, envelope much forwarded, opened, and re-sealed, 1921
France, envelope much forwarded, opened, and re-sealed, 1921
2 x 25c and 5 x 5c, for 75c registered rate; addressed to Grand Duke Alexander, from Cannes (cancelled hexagon d/s Cannes C) to Paris, 3 January 1921; forwarded and re-addressed many times; opened by P.T.T. and re-sealed; multiple m/s endorsements and backstamps; minor age faults but a spectacular cover

Reference: S1044
£35.00

Dutch East Indies to Chicago 1941 censoredDutch East Indies to Chicago 1941 censored
DEI 5c blue Queen Wilhelmina issue (SG 341) cancelled d/r bridged cds Batavia, to Chicago 24 April 1941; opened and resealed with Dutch censor’s tape; tied with CENSUUR cds 24 April 1941 & s/r cachets in red DEV.6 & EC.C; no b/s

Reference: S1043
£15.00

Denmark to England 1945 censored
Denmark to England 1945 censored
Denmark King’s Head 40 + 30 definitives cancelled with d/r cds + slogan, airmail, from Copenhagen to London, 29 June 1945; opened and resealed with Danish censor’s tape; tied with s/r crown cachet 249 DANMARK in violet; readdressed to the Nautical College, Pangbourne; no b/s

Reference: S1042
£16.00

Czechoslovakia to British Zone of Occupied Germany, 1947
Czechoslovakia to British Zone of Occupied Germany, 1947
Czechoslovakia to British Zone of Occupied Germany, 1947
Czech 2.40 pictorial and 1.60 Lidice (SG 488, 494) on plain envelope to the British Zone of occupied Germany; from Trutnova to Düsseldorf, 2 September 1947; with blue official cachet of Trutnova; opened by British censor & sealed with tape 'Opened by Examiner 2345'; tied with circular cachet 'British Censorship Germany 0140' front & back; attractive combination

Reference: S1041
£25.00

USA rural free delivery box holder 1952
USA rural free delivery box holder 1952
US 1c Jefferson PS card green on buff + green boxed imprint 'revalued 2c P.O dept'; local post Monroe, Washington, 20 February 1952; addressed only by large red h/s 'Box Holder Local'; on reverse advert for Monroe store; part of the rural free delivery service, fine example

Reference: S1040
£30.00

USA rural free delivery 1903
USA rural free delivery 1903
2c Washington (SG 307a) cancelled 1 in 5-bars 'killer' alongside supurb strike of 'R.F.D. BRDIGTON JUN 18 1903 MAINE'; rural free delivery cachet; b/s Portland, ME 19 June 1903 and unclear s/r cds 18 June (Bridgton?): a lovely example of this type of mail

Reference: S1039
£50.00

Russia to Stockholm, 1936
Russia to Stockholm, 1936
8 pictorials + 1 small definitive, 138 kopeks total, cancelled d/r cds Moscow 55 13 April 1936; to Stockholm; a nice multifranking, no backstamp

Reference: S1037
£25.00

Russia to Paris, 1924
Russia to Paris, 1924
Russia to Paris, 1924
19 x 5 roubles (SG 279) (plus probably 2 other copies lost) & 2 x 10 roubles (SG 280); 5th anniversary of the October Revolution issue; the values expressed in '1922 roubles' each worth 10,000 times the earlier values

Reference: S1036
£16.00

France to US forces in Japan, 1942
France to US forces in Japan, 1942
France pictorials 25fr and 50fr cancelled Marseille machine d/s, to US Forces in Yokohoma, Japan, 28 February 1948; US civil censor sealing strip and h/s used by the Occupation Forces in Japan; no postal b/s

Reference: S1035
£25.00

Bulgarian Occupation of Serbia, 1918
Bulgarian Occupation of Serbia, 1918
Occupation of Serbia by Bulgaria WW1; 50 stot pictorial cancelled T in circle 'taxe' h/s, with s/r cds Kiupria 22 December 1918; to Kromburg?; no b/s; philatelic use

Reference: S1034
£15.00

Bulgarian Occupation of Serbia, 1918
Bulgarian Occupation of Serbia, 1918
Occupation of Serbia by Bulgaria WW1; 30 stot pictorial cancelled T in circle 'taxe' h/s, s/r cds Kiupria 22 December 1918, to Kromburg?; no b/s; philatelic use

Reference: S1033
£15.00

Austria National Insurance book
Austria National Insurance book
Austria National Insurance book
Small folded booklet "Landesverband Niederösterreich" with 14 June 1919 on front page; National Insurance monthly stamps applied and dated for the years 1926 to 1931; clean and well preserved, not often seen

Reference: S1032
£20.00

GB GB 'Compac' FDC to British Columbia, 1963
7 copies of the Compac Cable stamp (SG 645), including block of 4, on envelope from Yeovil 3 December 1963 to Kitimat, British Columbia, Canada; unusual FDC, by airmail

Reference: S1031
£15.00

GB Postal Strike, February 1971, GB Postal Strike, February 1971, 'Post Haste'
Window envelope used during the GB Postal Strike; inscribed "POSTHASTE...Shepherds Mkt (London) W1"; VF blue single ring cachet 'Post Haste London 11 Feb 1971' + d/r cds "Chelsea 11.2.1971"; minor fault to envelope (NSB)

Reference: S1030
£15.00

GB Postage Due on P.O. Foreign Parcels form 1968
GB Postage Due on P.O. Foreign Parcels form 1968
Postage Dues 8 x 5/-, 4 x 10/-, 1/-, 6d, 2d (SG D59, D63, D64, D66, D67) for total of £4.1.8 in respect of '2 returned foreign parcels'; cancelled with oval registered d/s Kettering, Northants, 6 Dec 1968; on Post office form P325B

Reference: S1029
£15.00

Card to a US Revenue Cutter, forwarded, 1906
Card to a US Revenue Cutter, forwarded, 1906
Card to a US Revenue Cutter, forwarded, 1906
GB KE7 1d red cancelled Cardiff m/c d/s 3 May 1906, to US Revenue Cutter 'Perry', Astoria, Oregon; forwarded with cds and cachet 'Forwarded Astoria Oregon 5 June 1906'; to Seattle

Reference: S1028
£20.00

GB uprated letter to Edinburgh 1819
GB uprated letter to Edinburgh 1819
Entire with red unframed h/s DEC W 27 M 1819 (Aucland Ed 39), from London 23 Dec 1819; m/s rate mark 1/6 crossed out and 3/6½(?) added (the extra ½d included for the 'wheel tax' charge); uprated as there had been an enclosure of a bank draft: scarce useage

Reference: S1027
£20.00

Denmark to Ireland, 1945, doubly censored
Denmark to Ireland, 1945, doubly censored
Denmark to Ireland, 1945, doubly censored
Denmark 3 x 15o portrait issue + 2 x 20o pictorial, cancelled Copenhagen 20 July 1945, to Dublin; opened by Censors and resealed with censor’s sealing tape by Denmark and Britain; tied with circular cachet crown 377 of Denmark; British 'Opened by Examiner 6936'; no b/s

Reference: S1026
£25.00

Haiti, WW2 double censorship to USA 1945
Haiti, WW2 double censorship to USA 1945
Haiti, WW2 double censorship to USA 1945
4 Haiti pictorials cancelled d/r French style cds Port de Paix 26 February 1945, to Philadelphia; similar cancellation on reverse; with censor sealing tapes from Haiti & USA; with Haiti cachet on reverse & large boxed cachet in light blue, a scarce combination

Reference: S1025
£24.00

Nicaragua double censorship to USA 1943Nicaragua double censorship to USA 1943
0.40c on 1c pictorial, cancelled with boxed d/s Managua 4 August 1943 to New York; overstruck with circular 'V for Victory' censor cachet in violet (Nicaragua) plus US plain censor’s sealing tape; inscribed bi-lingually 'written in English'; no b/s

Reference: S1024
£15.00

Guatemala, US Legation Mail via diplomatic pouch, 1915
Guatemala, US Legation Mail via diplomatic pouch, 1915
Block 4 x 12½c pictorial cancelled at the US Legation in Guatemala, to Northampton 12 May 1915; sent through 'diplomatic pouch' with h/s stating this; small cds Washington 12 May 1915; no b/s

Reference: S1023
£18.00

Guatemela, US Legation Mail via diplomatic pouch, 1915
Guatemela, US Legation Mail via diplomatic pouch, 1915
2c, 6c, 12½c, 50c pictorials on envelope from the US Legation in Guatemala, 25 May 1915; sent through 'diplomatic pouch' with h/s stating this; small s/r cds Washington 3 June 1915; no b/s; a colourful cover, some faults

Reference: S1022
£20.00

Panama, 1st flight, 1929, via PanAm to New York
Panama, 1st flight, 1929, via PanAm to New York
Panama 2c airmail envelope to New York, 8 February 1929, uprated with 25c on 10c airmail surcharged stamp, cancelled Panama duplex 3; VF circular 'Agencia Postal Panama, Primer Correo Aereo Intenacional' and h/s 'Pan American Airways inc, Primer Vuelo', both in violet; no b/s

Reference: S1021
£40.00

Chile, Batle of Coronel, 1914
Chile, Batle of Coronel, 1914
Chile 20c portrait issue cancelled with VF d/r cds Coronel, to Wimbledon, 1 November 1914; just before the battle, from a civilian or possibly from someone from one of the ships; b/s light Chilian cds: Note the battle took place 1 November 1914 when HMS Good Hope and Monmouth were sunk by a German squadron including the Griesman, Scharbhorst etc, rare item

Reference: S1020
£50.00

Panama Lindbergh Commemoration
Panama Lindbergh Commemoration
Panama Homage to Lindbergh issue 2c and 5c overprints (SG 222-3) first day of issue with special 'Honor a Lindbergh' cancellation; no b/s; from Colon to Cristobal, 9 January 1928

Reference: S1019
£15.00

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