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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.
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

Yugoslavia Parcel Card 1939 
Yugoslavia Parcel Card 1939 
Yugoslavia Parcel Card 1939
Parcel card cancelled with d/r bridged cds JLMENAU 15 April 1939, VILLARCH 19 April small label Villach 2 and unclear light red boxed h/s; blue crayon m/s charge mark; on reverse Yugoslavia Revenue stamps 2 x 2dinar + 2 x 2marks cancelled Zagreb, with inspector¢s cachets

Reference: S923
£25.00

Yugoslavia Parcel Card 1937 
Yugoslavia Parcel Card 1937 
Yugoslavia Parcel Card 1937
German parcel card cancelled with red oval d/s 'Leverkusen 1.G WERK Gebühr Bezahlt'; blue crayon charge mark; cds Munich 26 Nov 1937 and unclear cds 28 Nov; on reverse Yugoslavia revenues 2 x 2 mks with Slavonic cancellations '...Magazin', & 5 dinars orange cancelled Zagreb 2 3 December 1937, nice combination

Reference: S922
£25.00

GB Scotland Parcel Bill 1906
GB Scotland Parcel Bill 1906
Postal Document No PP.5a "Parcel Bill (in Letter Bag)" cancelled Huntley 30 November 1906 to Keith; dated 8.15 a.m. in Huntley, 10.15 a.m.in Keith; correctly used, locally; not often seen

Reference: S921
£20.00

USA Forces in Trinidad 1942, censoredUSA Forces in Trinidad 1942, censored
5 x 3c President Jefferson definitive on airmail envelope cancelled American Base Forces APO 803 11 April 1942 to New Orleans; boxed red censor h/s 'Passed by US Army Examiner 715', no b/s, from the American Forces in Trinidad durng WW2, scarce source

Reference: S920
£25.00

Holland to New York 1940Holland to New York 1940Holland to New York 1940
12 ½ on 3c (SG 526) German occupation surcharged issue cancelled d/r css from Groenlo…. To New York (5 October 1940); German censor¢s "Geöffnet" tape with black swastikas, tied with red swastikas; with original letter; no b/s

Reference: S959
£16.00

USA Special Delivery 1938
USA Special Delivery 1938
USA Special Delivery 1938
10c 'Arms' Special Delivery issue on envelope inscribed 'Via Air Mail Special Delivery' cancelled Rensselaer Ind 24 March 1938; red h/s 'Fee claimed Cincinnati, Ohio'; b/s oval d/s 'CHGO. TERM. R.P.O. Tr 3 (railway d/s) 24 March 1938, CRI MON & CIN 24 March, CINCINNATI 25 March 1936 `

Reference: S919
£18.00

USA missent mail, external, 1987
USA missent mail, external, 1987
US 22c airmail stamp on plain envelope addressed to US Peace Corps (Central Pacific) in Kiribati (formerly Gilbert Islands), cancelled Washington m/c d/s 10 August 1987; h/s 'MISSENT TO MANILA' (sometimes considered a code to excuse delay) b/s TAIPEI 15 August 1987

Reference: S918
£15.00

US missent mail, internal, 1934
US missent mail, internal, 1934
3c Washington on plain envelope cancelled Bloomfield m/c d/s 9 July 1934 to Des Moins; violet h/s 'Missent to Winterset, Iowa', large violet s/r cds WINTERSET, Iowa 10 July 1934, no b/s

Reference: S917
£15.00

Switzerland censored Postcard to GB 1945
Switzerland censored Postcard to GB 1945
2 x 10c Peace issue (SG 448) on PPC of Geneva cancelled with illustrated 'STATIONS THERMALES' slogan d/s; British red hexagon censor crowned cachet 'passed P27', scarce use on postcard

Reference: S916
£15.00

Bavaria Bavaria 'Free State' Issues 1919
Plain envelope inscribed 'Einschreiben', with registered label, franked with Germania issue overprinted FREISTAAT BAYERN 3 x 2½ pfg + 3 x 7½ pfg plus 5 pfg portrait issue, b/s Wiesbaden 7.8.19

Reference: S915
£20.00

Austrian Italy 1856
Austrian Italy 1856
Entire cancelled Bologna 11 January 1856 small s/r cds; m/s charge mark 6 (amount due to Austria in lira); red h/s 'D.A.d.L'; Austrian Italy currency notation, with m/s '4'; b/s small boxed red 'Arrivo Genova' 13 Jan 1856

Reference: S914
£25.00

French Occupation of the Rhineland, 1924
French Occupation of the Rhineland, 1924
Sower 3 x 20c + 3 x 5c all cancelled Poste Aux Armées 191 (128th Infantry Division, Duren) for a 75c rate; during the French military occupation of the Rhineland, 1919-30; to Washington, County Durham 13 September 1924; faults to envelope but a scarce franking

Reference: S912
£25.00

Bermuda "Posted in the High Seas" c 1950
KGB ½d (SG 93), KGVI 2½d (SG 113c), 1/- (SG 115) all cancelled undated with 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)

Reference: S960
£35.00

Australia Flying Doctor 1957
Australia Flying Doctor 1957
2 x 7d Flying Doctor issue (SG 297) + 10d definitive (SG 282c) on official FDC envelope for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, from Sydney to Germany, 17 September 1957 (Not FD of issue); cancelled s/r 'skeleton' cds GPO Sydney NSW; no b/s `

Reference: S911
£15.00