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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.
Australia registered airmail 1949
Australia registered airmail 1949
8 x 1949 UPU 3d (SG 232) + 6 x 2d John Forrest (SG 233) on registered envelope by airmail to Kirkcaldy; b/s Tirrikiba NSW 17 Dec 1949, Sydney 18 Dec 1949, minor faults to envelope but a spectacular franking

Reference: S910
£25.00

Egypt Hotel Post 1956
Egypt Hotel Post 1956
Aeroplane over Pyramids 8 mils, 20 mils Airmails, cancelled bi-lingual bridged s/r cds, on Heliopolis House Hotel envelope, from the hotel in Cairo to London, 22 August 1935; no b/s; minor faults to envelope

Reference: S909
£15.00

Switzerland to Polish Corps 1941
Switzerland to Polish Corps 1941
Swiss 60c William Tell (SG 406) on airmail envelope cancelled bridged d/r cds MORGES 22 August 1941; oval h/s "BIURO POLSKJ I KORPUS" 18 September 1941; forwarded from London GPO PO box, blue-green h/s '13 Sep 1941'; m/s 2/1 DAC (red) P/53 (blue); British censor's tape 'Opened by Examiner 787'

Reference: S908
£20.00

Berlin Airlift 1949
Berlin Airlift 1949
Berlin Airlift commemorative issue, Russian Zone General issue on official envelope FDC; from Berlin-Neu Koeln to Hamburg, 23 June 1949; 24pfg overprinted 3rd German People's Congress 29-30 May 1949 (SG R54); no b/s

Reference: S907
£30.00

Transatlantic 1st Flight, mixed franking 1939
Transatlantic 1st Flight, mixed franking 1939
GB KGV 1/- and KGVI 3d + US 30c from London to New York and back; cancelled London FS (5?) Aug 1939, New York 6 Aug 1939; on special envelope inscribed 'Transatlantic First Service....by Imperial Airways" and m/s "Caribou" in red; b/s New York 6 August and 8 August

Reference: S906
£20.00

GB 1st Flight England-Scandinavia 1936
GB 1st Flight England-Scandinavia 1936
GB KGV 2d on special airmail envelope inscribed 'Opening of the Air Mail Service by British Airways, England-Scandinavia'; from London 17 March 1936, b/s MALMO 17 March 1936

Reference: S905
£20.00

Austrian Red Cross to Danish POW Agency, 1917
Austrian Red Cross to Danish POW Agency, 1917
Austrian Red Cross to Danish POW Agency, 1917
Rough paper envelope marked 'Portofrei' in m/s, to the Danish Red Cross POW agency; cancelled with d/r bridged cds Kufstein, Tyrol, 1 April 1917; Red Cross h/s "Freuen-Zweig-Verein/Kufstein"; triangular censor h/s "Zensur Abteillung, Wien"; seal on reverse "Geschlossen von d. Zensur d. GZNB"

Reference: S904
£25.00

Curacao to USA 1945, censored
Curacao to USA 1945, censored
Curacao 35c pictorial (defective corner) cancelled d/r cds CURACAO WILLEMSTAD 6 May 1945; light strike of violet cachet 'Curacao - Censuur'; to New York, no b/s; faults to envelope but not common

Reference: S903
£20.00

Letter to POW in Suffolk 1947, RTS
Letter to POW in Suffolk 1947, RTS
d/r bridged cds Berlin N 65g (French Zone) on envelope with m/s date 16 November 1947 to POW Camp Debach, Woodbridge; m/s 'Kriegsgefangenenpost'; red h/s "Addressee repatriated/Return to Sender"; long legible letter in German; some faults to envelope but a scarce useage

Reference: S902
£40.00

GB to Cuba 1941 censored
GB to Cuba 1941 censored
GB to Cuba 1941 censored
GB KGVI 3d deep violet on envelope cancelled London WC m/c d/s 7 Jan 1941; opened by British censor & re-sealed with tape reading 'Opened by Examiner 2563'; b/s Havana, Cuba slogan d/s 31 January 1941; some faults to envelope

Reference: S901
£15.00

Moscow to London 1917 registered, censored
Moscow to London 1917 registered, censored
Moscow to London 1917 registered, censored
envelope bearing Russian Arms series 4k + 10k on 7k, registered, cancelled with d/r bridged cds Moscow ('antique' lettering); unclear small censor's cachet No 54, on hand made wrapper; on reverse Moscow d/r cds 13 April 1917 (in between the two revolutions); London 'hooded' registered d/s 26 May 1917; blue crayon 217 on front and 13 on reverse; fragile

Reference: S900
£40.00

Polish forces in GB 1945 censored
Polish forces in GB 1945 censored
Polish Warsaw Rising issue 1944 1+2 zlt on registered envelope to Polish Forces CMF 125, with special boxed cancellation POLSKA MARYNARKA WOJENNA AGENCJA POCZTCWA (also on registered label); opened by British Censor Examiner 1586; b/s Poczta Polowa(?) 132, 26 May 1945; scarce combination

Reference: S899
£40.00

USA to England 1943 censored
USA to England 1943 censored
US 5c occupied countries issue, Poland (marginal) + 2 x 2c Defence Definitives; from Brooklyn to South Shields, 31 July 1943; opened and resealed by British Censor 'Opened by Examiner 5231'; no b/s

Reference: S898
£20.00

France 25c Cérès used in Monaco, 1876
France 25c Cérès used in Monaco, 1876
25c Type 3 (YT 60c) on small neat envelope with good cds Monaco & GC 2387 on stamp (cat E400+ on cover); b/s Marseille 23 March 1976, Paris 24 March; minor faults to envelope

Reference: S895
£40.00

Samoa / USA first flight to NZ, 1965
Samoa / USA first flight to NZ, 1965
US pictorials 5c, 5c, 15c cancelled d/r cds Pago Pago, Samoa 28 November 1965 on illustrated Air New Zealand envelope for DC8 1st flight between Samoa and New Zealand

Reference: S894
£15.00

Turkey telegram 1933
Turkey telegram 1933
Turkey telegram 1933
Folded intact telegram form (for a birthday) sealed with white on red label 'Telegraf'; from Istanbul to London, 26 September 1933; d/r bilingual cds Stanbul; h/s 'via Eastern'; complete, good condition

Reference: S893
£15.00

Switzerland to Yorkshire 1943, censored
Switzerland to Yorkshire 1943, censored
Switzerland to Yorkshire 1943, censored
Swiss small pictorials 2 x 10c + 30c on airmail envelope from Le Sépey, Switzerland to Harrogate, 12 March 1943; m/s in blue crayon 389; opened and censored by the Germans with 'Geöffnet' label tied by swastikas; British censor's tape 'Opened by Examiner 7545'; no b/s

Reference: S892
£20.00

Persia part newspaper to New York 1943
Persia part newspaper to New York 1943
Block of 4 x 10d magenta bridge pictorials (SG 852) on part Persian newspaper; from Teheran to New York, 22 (?) 1943, closed with address band sealed with Anglo-Soviet Persian censorship cachet, and with British crown censor DHC/31 on reverse; rare use; fragile

Reference: S891
£50.00

Italy airmail to Peru, 1940
Italy airmail to Peru, 1940
Italy small definitives 10 lire, 1.25, 75c, and 2 x 50c for a total rate of 13 lire, on an airmail envelope with bilingual 'Par Avion' h/s & '3' in circle; cancelled 'MILANO C.CORRISP.E PACCHI/POSTA AEREA' to Lima, Peru 14 February 1940; with Peruvian censor on reverse 'El Censo Hara Conocer la Realidad Peruana'

Reference: S890
£20.00

Germany, Russian Zone, 1949
Germany, Russian Zone, 1949
Zonal issues for the Russian Zone of post-war Occupied Germany, Bicentenary of Goethe, complete set (SG R55-59) on decorative FDC, registered, with special 'Globe' cachet; fine set,

Reference: S889
£21.00

French POW in Germany, 1942
French POW in Germany, 1942
Reply paid part of POW card from Bourges, 22 August 1942 to a French POW at Stalag VIF, Bocholt, Westphalia with censor h/s of the camp, (to Working Party No 83)

Reference: S888
£15.00

British POW in Germany 1918
British POW in Germany 1918
PPC of a rural scene, from British Royal Fusiliers POW in a camp in Mecklenberg, to Canterbury, 19 May 1918; with fine purple cachet "Kriegsgefangenenlager Parchim/Gebrüft F.A. No 86 Postprufungsstelle"; overstruck by red London Paid m/c d/s 22 August 1918; a nice POW example with all marks clean

Reference: S887
£15.00

Germany Zonal issue 1948
Germany Zonal issue 1948
Workers issues with posthorn 'all over' overprints 16, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 80, 84 pfg (SG A59-60, 63-66, 68-69) and 'banded' overprints 24, 25pfg (SG A44, A45) on large piece, unaddressed, cancelled Genzenhausen (Mittelfr) with neatly struck d/r cds

Reference: S886
£20.00

OHMS envelope to Cologne, 1949
OHMS envelope to Cologne, 1949
OHMS telegram envelope sealed with with OHMS label cancelled bridged d/r cds Koln–Lindenthal 2 31 Jan 1949, & with circular cachet 'By Civilian Post, Free of Charge (Porto Frei)....'

Reference: S885
£15.00

Germany Berlin, 1952 OlympicsGermany Berlin, 1952 Olympics
Germany Berlin issues (SG B88-90) 4, 10 & 20pfg on llustrated FDC of the pre-Olympics festival in Berlin, 1952 (prior to the Games in Helsinki); with Olympic cachet dated 1952, scarce stamps

Reference: S884
£25.00