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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.
Belgian Congo to USA 1941 CensoredBelgian Congo to USA 1941 Censored
2 x 15c + 2 x 1 fr 25 pictorials from Lusala(?) to USA, 16 November 1941; opened by censor and resealed with tape 'Censure, Congo Belge'; also tied on reverse LEOPOLDVILLE 18 November 1941; small corner fault; sent when the US was not yet in the War

Reference: S1060
£15.00

Austrian Airmail 1925Austrian Airmail 1925
Austrian airmail issues 3 x 6gr, 2 x 5gr, 2 gr + 40g definitive (SG 583, 616, 617, 618); all cancelled Vienna I d/r bridged cds 29 September 1925 to Bern; with extra cds 30 September (with blue crayon tick); m/s and h/s Flugpost; no b/s; attractive airmail cover

Reference: S1059
£25.00

Austrian Occupation of Serbia censored reply paid card 1918 Austrian Occupation of Serbia censored reply paid card 1918
Austrian occupation of Serbia, complete reply paid card, both parts franked and registered; from Sofia, 29 March 1918 (Julian Calendar, 10 April Gregorian Calendar) 1918 to Geneva; Austrian PS card with added 3 heller Austro-Hungarian Military Post issue with Austrian and Serbian censor handstamps; to exiled Serb in Switzerland

Reference: S1058
£35.00

France Red Cross 1945 censoredFrance Red Cross 1945 censored
4fr Dulac issue + 4 x 50c 1944 'broken chains' issue; cancelled with Chaumont s/r cds, 24 August 1945, to Geneva; fine Red Cross cachet of Chaumont; opened by censor and re-sealed with oval 'Ouvert' h/s code LYY; on reverse code number 590 but no b/s

Reference: S1057
£20.00

France Express Letter to Scotland 1959France Express Letter to Scotland 1959
4 pictorials & 3 definitive issues cancelled Paris VI R.St Romain, on envelope to Edinburgh 14 March 1959; pink Express label and black h/s 'Express Fee Paid'; b/s Paris Gare du Nord Etranger; with blue crayon endorsement of Express; attractive combination

Reference: S1056
£20.00

Argentine advertising cover to USA censored 1942Argentine advertising cover to USA censored 1942Argentine advertising cover to USA censored 1942
10c & 5c portrait issue on lovely advertising envelope, cancelled Buenos Aires, 14 February 1942; to New York; censored and resealed with tape 'Examined by 6608' (by British in the West Indies?); no b/s; attractive item

Reference: S1055
£40.00

Parcel card from Heligoland, 1943
Parcel card from Heligoland, 1943
Parcel card from Heligoland, 1943
Hitler heads 80 pfg + 5 pfg on parcel card with green label inscribed 1 mk 40; red crayon charge mark 460; from Heligoland 13(?) July 1943 to Altachlame i Pom; black circular swastika censor cachet; on reverse d/r cds Stolp (Pom) 1 25 July 1948 + photo probably from c1945 after bomb damage

Reference: S1054
£40.00

Parcel card from Heligoland, 1942
Parcel card from Heligoland, 1942
Parcel card from Heligoland, 1942
German Hindenburg 15 pfg + Hitler head 60 pfg on parcel card, cancelled Helgoland d/r cds 14 September 1942, to Innsbruck, Austria; blue crayon rate marks 2’60, 2’75; h/s 'Nachgebuhr' (excess charge); on reverse h/s Verzollt 24 Sep 1942; circular Eagle censor cachet Innsbruck-Bahnhof

Reference: S1053
£50.00

Parcel card from Heligoland 1941
Parcel card from Heligoland 1941
German Hindenburg heads, 5 pfg, 30 pfg, 100 pfg on parcel card cancelled HELGOLAND d/r cds 6 June 1941; to Neustadt (Main); green label inscribed 40 pfg & blue crayon endorsement 40; h/s 'Zollfrei' (no customs charge) and swastika censor’s cachet; b/s Neustadt (Main) 13 June 1941

Reference: S1052
£50.00

Parcel card from Heligoland May 1941
Parcel card from Heligoland May 1941
German Hindenburg 5 pfg, 40 pfg, 100 pfg on Parcelkarte (parcel card) cancelled d/r bridged cds Helgoland; to Neustadt (Main), 15 May 1941; h/s 'Zollfrei' (no customs charge) & swastika cachet + green label 40 rpf and crayon m/s 40; b/s Wurzburg 22 May, Neustadt 26 May; fine example; v scarce

Reference: S1051
£50.00

Denmark parcel card 1993
Denmark parcel card 1993
Danish parcel card 'Bulletin d'Expedition' from Virum to Newcastle, 20 April 1993; franked with 9 copies of 10kr 3 lions arms issue bistre-yellow & 3kr pictorial; cancelled large d/r cds Virim, for a parcel of paper

Reference: S1050
£15.00

German WW2 censor’s German WW2 censor’s German WW2 censor’s 'swipe' mark
8 pfgs + 4pfg Hitler heads on plain envelope from Ankum Bz Osnabruck to Maarn, Holland, 23 March 1943; opened and resealed with censor’s tape, tied with Swastika cachet; also marked front and black with blue ink 'swipe' special inspection mark (Dutch mail?)

Reference: S1049
£15.00

German WW2 censor’s German WW2 censor’s German WW2 censor’s 'swipe' mark
2 x 6 pfgs Hitler heads on plain envelope from Ankum Bz Osnabruck to Maarn, Holland, 17 September 1943; opened and resealed with censor’s tape, tied with Swastika cachet (black and red); also marked front and black with blue ink 'swipe' special inspection mark (Dutch mail?)

Reference: S1048
£15.00

Ireland to Canada, 1944, doubly censored
Ireland to Canada, 1944, doubly censored
Ireland SG 79,80; on plain envelope from Baile Atha Cliath 8 March 1844 to Vancouver, Canada; inspected by Irish and British censors, with pink sealing tape 'AN SCRUDOIR D’OSCAIL 160' and 'Opened by Examiner 3962'; bilingual Air Mail label; no b/s, scarce & attractive combination

Reference: S1047
£20.00

GB 1971 Postal Strike Hovercraft mail
GB 1971 Postal Strike Hovercraft mail
'Exporters Letter Service' 4/- strike post label black on blue; cancelled with boxed cachet 'flown by Hovercraft Ramsgate', to Amsterdam; franked with French 0.50c type Bequet definitive

Reference: S1046
£20.00

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

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