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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.
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

Czechoslovakia Newspaper Post 1919
Czechoslovakia Newspaper Post 1919
1 page from a news sheet or leaflet sent by Newspaper post from near Prague, 1 December 1919 (?) to Skiccon, Bohemia; franked with 5 newspaper stamps; showing a fine collection of adverts; small age faults but scarce

Reference: S1018
£20.00

Russia, Termnikov Zemstvo, 1860
Russia, Termnikov Zemstvo, 1860
Russia, Termnikov Zemstvo, 1860
Outer wrapper, no text, from Temnikov to St Petersburg May 1960, to the St Petersburg Board of Guardians; sealed with wax seal of Temnikov Zemstvo; s/r cds 26 May 1860; faint strike large s/r cds on front; m/s '4'

Reference: S1017
£25.00

French Colonies, Mauritania internal airmail 1935
French Colonies, Mauritania internal airmail 1935
2 x 50c Desert Riders issue cancelled d/r cds Saint-Louis Senegal on official Government imprinted envelope, to Port Etienne, 15 December 1935; m/s 'Par Avion'; St Louis was the administrative capital of Mauritania at the time, making this an internal airmail

Reference: S1016
£20.00

French Colonies, Ivory Coast, 1939
French Colonies, Ivory Coast, 1939
6 Ivory Coast pictorials (5 designs); 5fr 15c airmail rate from Abidjan to Zurich, 14 January 1939; no b/s, an attractive franking

Reference: S1015
£15.00

French Colonies, Upper Senegal and Niger, 1913
French Colonies, Upper Senegal and Niger, 1913
5c Faidherbe Upper Senegal and Niger on 5c PS envelope from Duenne to Dijon, 27 November 1913; cancelled Duenne d/r cds; b/s KAYES HAUT-SENEGAL ET NIGER 7 DEC 13; fine example of an uprated PS

Reference: S1014
£20.00

French Indochina, Vietnam 1949
French Indochina, Vietnam 1949
commercial envelope franked 2 x 20c red Rice Fields + 2 x $1 green 'Apsara' dancing nymph (SG 186, 195); from Hanoi to Besançon cancelled Hanoi s/r cds, 10 May 1949; no b/s

Reference: S1013
£15.00

French Indochina, Vietnam, 1947
French Indochina, Vietnam, 1947
Block of 4 x 70c 'Apsara' dancing nymph design (SG 194) on commercial envelope from Hanoi to Paris, cancelled Saigon RP COCHINCHINE 3 May 1947; m/s AVION in red crayon; no b/s; part of flap on reverse missing

Reference: S1012
£15.00

French Indochina, Vietnam, 1947
French Indochina, Vietnam, 1947
2 x $1 green (SG 295) on commercial envelope cancelled s/r HANOI/TONKIN sans-serif letters; to Besançon 26 July 1947; no b/s; slight fault to back of envelope

Reference: S1011
£15.00

Madagascar Military Expedition card 1895
Madagascar Military Expedition card 1895
Special military PS card 1895 inscribed 'Corps Expéditionnaire de Madagascar' & 'Franchise Postale', unused; plus notes on the background history of French control of Madagascar in 1895, with map

Reference: S1010
£20.00

British Bechuanaland registered envelope 1889
British Bechuanaland registered envelope 1889
Cape of Good Hope 4d blue registration envelope overprinted 'British Bechuanaland', mint 1889

Reference: S1008
£15.00