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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.
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

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

Sierra Leone registered to Germany 1913Sierra Leone registered to Germany 1913
KGV 1d PS card with 2 added 1d definitives, registration h/s, m/s 'Printed Matter'; b/s London 'Hooded' Registration cds London EC 3 August 1913; Hannover bridged d/r cds 4 August 1913: scarce example of registered foreign printed matter rate, small plate flaw on one 1d stamp; ex Ken Sergeant

Reference: S934
£40.00

Italy to France 1843
Italy to France 1843
Entire from Brescia to Lyon, 10 March 1843; red h/s Brescia 10 Mar; red h/s 'Franca'; red h/s TS1 (transit Sarde rayon 1); red h/s LI– (littera Italiana); m/s rate mark 10 décimes; b/s Lyon 14 March 1843 & m/s rate mark 9

Reference: S933
£18.00

Italy to France 1839
Italy to France 1839
Entire from Milan, 12 December 1839 to Lyon; h/s in red 'Milano/Dicembre 12'; h/s in red 'Franca'; h/s in red 'T.S.1' (transit Sarde rayon 1); h/s in red LI (lettera Italiana); m/s charge mark 15 décimes; French cachet d¢entrée SARD 2 Pont de B 2 16 December 1839; b/s Lyon 16 December and rate marks

Reference: S932
£18.00

Rhodesia UDI era cover to Zambia with Postage Due
Rhodesia UDI era cover to Zambia with Postage Due
Southern Rhodesia 4d QEII overprinted INDEPENDENCE cancelled 'check address' slogan d/s from Bulawayo to Luanshya, Zambia 11 February 1966; m/s 'Tax 8d; Zambia Postage Dues 6d and 2d cancelled LUANSHYA (ZAMBIA) 15 Feb 1966; Rhodesian stamps were not recognised by British authorities during UDI 11 Nov 1965 – Feb 1980; b/s Luanshya Zambia 14 Feb 1966

Reference: S931
£30.00

GB 6d rate Glasgow to Canada 1863GB 6d rate Glasgow to Canada 1863
6d deep lilac, small white corner letters plate 3 (SG 83 - cat £200+ on cover) wing margin with small fault, cancelled with fine Glasgow duplex 159; MS 'per Canadian Mail via Londonderry'; b/s Montreal 20 April 1863; a lovely cover with a small printing fault giving the effect of a re-entry lower left.

Reference: S930
£40.00

GB SG52 1½ on cover 1879
GB SG52 1½ on cover 1879
GB 1d plate 199 & three half pence plate 3 on entire (cat £300 on envelope); cancelled (twice) EXCHANGE LIVERPOOL duplex 466 10 April 1879; French cachet d¢entrée ANGL. AMB. CALAIS E in red 11 April 1879; faint Paris b/s 11 April 1879

Reference: S929
£35.00

GB Manchester Mileage Mark inverted 1807
GB Manchester Mileage Mark inverted 1807
Entire from Manchester to Norwich, cancelled with large red cds inverted (Pipe 3/22x) (cat £75) 2 June 1807; m/s rate mark 1/1 (?); v faint unclear red b/s

Reference: S928
£25.00

USA to Polish Forces censored 1941
USA to Polish Forces censored 1941
USA 5c MacDowell portrait cancelled s/r cds 13 May 1941 on envelope to Polish sergeant; forwarded, opened, and resealed roughly by British Censor's tape; h/s oval cachet BIURO POCZTOWE 1 KORPUSU 19 July 1941 & 23 July 1941; no b/s; some age wear

Reference: S927
£25.00

French Morocco 1916
French Morocco 1916
TRESOR ET POSTES MEKNES s/r cds on economy envelope inscribed in m/s 'Troupe Occidental du Maroc, envoi du soldat...Meknes' ; no b/s, minor faults to envelope

Reference: S926
£20.00

French Morocco 1914French Morocco 1914
military s/r cds Tresor et Postes aux Armées Marrrakech 22 April 1914, on economy envelope, m/s S.M. (Service Militaire) sent 'en franchise' (post free); VF blue cachet Artillerie Coloniale 42 Batterie de 65 du Maroc, to Casablanca, no b/s, small fault to envelope

Reference: S925
£25.00

Germany end of Inflation 1923
Germany end of Inflation 1923
Germany end of Inflation 1923
3 x 10 new pfennigs on registered envelope cancelled s/r cds Stuttgart No 7; b/s oval h/s München 2a BZ 6.12.23 and large blue label of Stuttgart firm: in the first week of the new post-inflation currency

Reference: S924
£15.00