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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.

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South Africa Wynberg to Switzerland 1917, censored
South Africa Wynberg to Switzerland 1917, censored
South Africa Wynberg to Switzerland 1917, censored
1/2d green + 2 x 1d (SG 3 and 4) on envelope from Wynberg, Cape to Bern, Switzerland; opened and resealed with bilingual 'Opened by Censor' label in red and a s/r 'Passed by Censor C.14' cachet; b/s Berne 5 August 1917

Reference: S1006
£20.00

Italian internee in Switzerland 1942
Italian internee in Switzerland 1942
Italian internee in Switzerland 1942
Military internment envelope with cachet CAMP MILITAIRE d'INTERNEMENT BUSSWIL; undated but c1942; to Zurich; from an Italian citizen; h/s 365; no b/s; on reverse trilingual Swiss censor label

Reference: S1005
£20.00

Italian internee in Switzerland 1942
Italian internee in Switzerland 1942
Military internment envelope with cachet CAMP MILITAIRE d'INTERNEMENT FRIBOURG FRANK DE PORT; undated, but c1942; to Geneva; from an Italian internee; h/s 315; no b/s

Reference: S1004
£20.00

Italian internee in Switzerland 1941
Italian internee in Switzerland 1941
Military internment envelope used within Berne, c1941, with d/r PORTOFREI cachet for an interned Italian citizen; h/s 315; incomplete b/s undated

Reference: S1003
£15.00

Italian internee in Switzerland 1941
Italian internee in Switzerland 1941
Military internment envelope from Berne Schönbühl to Zurich with PORTOFREI cachet; c1941; from an interned Italian soldier; h/s 822; no b/s

Reference: S1002
£15.00

British Levant 40 paras registered envelope unused
British Levant 40 paras registered envelope unused
GB KEVII 2d + 1d registered envelope, larger format, overprinted REGn.FEE.40 paras.; fine unused, slight 'patterning' on the flap

Reference: S1001
£20.00

British Levant Smyrna to London 1910
British Levant Smyrna to London 1910
GB KEVII 1d PS card overprinted LEVANT cancelled by VF s/r cds BRITISH POST OFFICE SMYRNA 16 JUNE 1910, to London; sent as a birthday card: a neat example of the card and cancellation

Reference: S1000
£20.00

British Post Offices in Turkey to GB 1882British Post Offices in Turkey to GB 1882
GB 2½d plate 23 1E cancelled barred oval C and alongside s/r cds in red BRITISH POST OFFICE CONSTANTINOPLE code C 19 May 1882; on reverse s/r cds Gosport 24 May 1882

Reference: S999
£40.00

Turkey registered to Serbia 1921
Turkey registered to Serbia 1921
Turkey registered to Serbia 1921
5 Turkish pictorials 2 x 7½ pi on 3 pi, 60 paras on 10 paras, 5 pi, 1pi unsurcharged, for 21 piasters 60 paras rate; from Istanbul to Belgrade, 16 November 1921; boxed R registration h/s ms 868; b/s STAMBOUL 16 Nov 1921; BEOGRAD 18 Nov 1921

Reference: S998
£35.00

Russia registered mail Odessa to Kiev 1908
Russia registered mail Odessa to Kiev 1908
Russia registered mail Odessa to Kiev 1908
Arms type 2 x 7 kopeks on registered envelope with Odessa registration label, cancelled d/r cds Odessa 24 April 1908; b/s d/r cds MERGOROD 27 April, KIEV 28 April 1908

Reference: S997
£20.00

Russia registered letter Odessa to Paris 1901
Russia registered letter Odessa to Paris 1901
14 kopek blue PS envelope, registered, uprated with Arms issues 1 kopek and 5 kopek, cancelled by s/r cds Odessa 7 March 1901 (Russian calendar); b/s Paris Av. dʼOrléans 24 March 1901

Reference: S996
£24.00

Russian printed matter used within Russia 1922 
Russian printed matter used within Russia 1922
Russian Arms types 1 rouble + 4 kopek on folded typed letter in Russian, unsealed (printed matter rate); from Tamvov 5 August 1922; b/s d/r cds Kersonov 8 August 1922

Reference: S995
£20.00

Russian postal card Odessa to Belgium 1896
Russian postal card Odessa to Belgium 1896
4 kopek red on buff PS card cancelled VF s/r cds ODESSA 29 May 1896; light s/r arrival cds ANVERS 13 June 1896; Belgian postman's h/s 57

Reference: S994
£15.00

Roumanian PO in Levant 1896
Roumanian PO in Levant 1896
Roumanian PO in Levant 1896
Pair Romania 10 bani green (perf 13½) surcharged 20 paras 20 in a 'watery' h/s, on reverse of envelope, cleanly cancelled 'Posta Romana Cospoli', with 2nd unclear different cds alongside (Constantinople?), unaddressed but possibly with address label removed; rare use, probably philatelic?; used on mail on Romanian ship post Constanza-Constantinoople; on front VF d/r cds Ploesti Gara 28 March 1896, very scarce

Reference: S993
£40.00

French Post Office in Levant with BOITE MOBILE h/s
French Post Office in Levant with BOITE MOBILE h/s
French Post Office in Levant with BOITE MOBILE h/s
10c black Type Sage cancelled with d/r cds Smyrne Turquie d'Asie 13 August 1900, to Marseille; on Pompeii Casa dei Vettii Postcard (blue background series), oval maritime cachet BM (boîte mobile)

Reference: S992
£22.00

French Post Office in Smyrna to Belgium registered 1921
French Post Office in Smyrna to Belgium registered 1921
France 2 x 5c Sower + 2 x 50c Merson on envelope registered with label (T&P 528) from French Post Offices in Levant, h/s 'Recommendéé'; cancelled with military s/r cds Tresor et Postes 928, 8 February 1921, from Bank of Athens Smyrna (label on reverse; b/s s/r cds Charleroi 11 Feb 1921

Reference: S991
£25.00

Turkey PS card Smyrna to Germany 1897
Turkey PS card Smyrna to Germany 1897
Turkish 20p PS card cancelled with VF barred oval h/s SMYRNE, with bi-lingual d/r cds 20 September 1897; German d/r bridged arrival cds BARMEN 26 September 1897

Reference: S990
£21.00

Austrian Levant Smyrna to Brussels 1898
Austrian Levant Smyrna to Brussels 1898
Austrian Levant 1 piaster on 10c portrait issue cancelled s/r cds SMYRNA OESTERREICHISCHE POST 8 November 1898; b/s Brussels 13 Nov 1898

Reference: S989
£15.00

Austrian PO in Smyrna to GB 1892
Austrian PO in Smyrna to GB 1892
20 para on 5kr red on buff Austrian Post Offices in Levant PS card, VF cancel SMYRNA OSTERREICHISCHE POST 11 August 1892; b/s d/r cds SMYRNA (date unclear); m/s from Ephesos 8 August

Reference: S988
£16.00

Austrian Levant Smyrna to London 1913
Austrian Levant Smyrna to London 1913
Austrian Post Offices in Levant 1 piaster blue on pale blue, cancelled d/r cds SMYRNA OSTERREICHISCHE POST 25 July 1913, on mourning envelope; b/s London s/r cds London SW 1 August 1913 code 62

Reference: S987
£15.00

Portugal to Cuba 1942 censored
Portugal to Cuba 1942 censored
Portugal to Cuba 1942 censored
Portugal 10c, 30c, 15c, 1$, 5$ on airmail envelope cancelled C.T.T. LESARADORES(?), LISBOA 'razor blade' style d/r cds 16 May 1942; British censor's tape 'Opened by Examiner 1712; b/s ocatogal d/s LISBON 17 MAY 42; violet cachet "Ministerio de Communicaciones Cuba 2"

Reference: S986
£20.00

France UN General Assembly Paris 1951
France UN General Assembly Paris 1951
France 1951 UN issue 30 fr + 2 x 18fr & 10fr 'Gandon' (76 fr) on airmail envelope from Paris to Jamaica, New York , cancelled with VF strikes of the s/r cds 'Nations Unies Assemblee G.ale. Paris' 6 December 1951; small inspector's mark "3" in circle; no b/s

Reference: S985
£16.00

France radio licence with fiscal stamp
France radio licence with fiscal stamp
PTT document "Service de la Radiodiffusion" cancelled on 4 'coupon' spaces with s/r cds St Quentin, 2 March 1939; with 2 added fiscal stamps 55c & 5c violet & red (10c increase from previous year); radio licence payments; minor faults

Reference: S984
£20.00

GB House of Lords 1963
GB House of Lords 1963
2½d Wilding cancelled VF d/r cds "House of Lords SW1 1", 4 October 1963; to a Government Minister Sir Keith Joseph, Whitehall

Reference: S983
£15.00

GPO used by FPO Germany 1957
GPO used by FPO Germany 1957
QE2 Wilding ½d orange x 5; cancelled Field Post Office 414, then at Wilhemshaven; to Catford, London, 18 January 1957; m/s 'Forces Airmail'; no b/s; nice neat franking

Reference: S982
£15.00