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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.
Finland 1916 with Russian censor
Finland 1916 with Russian censor
Finland 2 x 5 p Russian Arms design on commercial envelope from Tavastehus to Avo, 4 August 1915; cancelled with trilingual d/r cds; with red d/r Russian Cyrillic censor h/s Avo(Abo); b/s ABO/Turku roller d/s 5 Aug 1915; small faults to envelope at top do not detract

Reference: S883
£15.00

Egypt to Hull with Egypt to Hull with 'Retta' cancel censored 1946
Farouk 1 mil and 6 mils on defective envelope, cancelled by bilingual bridged cds, plus 10 mils Aeroplane over Pyramids airmail stamp cancelled by diamond 'Retta' h/s, from Alexandra to Hull 7 November 1946, with Egyptian censor's sealing tape & red bi-lingual diamond censor h/s No 72; age faults but a scarce combination

Reference: S882
£20.00

Belgium parcel card, 1937
Belgium parcel card, 1937
70c Leopold small definitive (SG 745) cancelled Antwerp 3 November 1937 on parcel card receipt, with 30c red on green parcel post label; pasted on reverse a news cutting (of an airship or balloon pilot)

Reference: S881
£15.00

Austria 4-fold Postanweisung PS card c 1880
Austria 4-fold Postanweisung PS card c 1880
Four-fold STEUER-POSTANWEISUNG constructed in the reply-paid card style PS; 2kr black on pink, c 1880 unused, almost as new, unusual

Reference: S880
£15.00

Australia First Flight 1931
Australia First Flight 1931
Australia KGV 2d red & Kangaroo 1/- green cancelled Waverley NSW 19 November 1931, with First Flight cachet 'Special Air Mail Flight Australia – England Nov 1931', to RAMC Cookham Camp, Aldershot; b/s Sydney boxed 'Air Mail Section GPO'

Reference: S879
£15.00

Turkey to London 1945 censored
Turkey to London 1945 censored
3 x 20k portrait issue + 1k pictorial and 2k compulsory tax stamp, cancelled Galata, Istanbul d/r bridged cds 11 February 1945(?) to London; boxed red 'NON CONTROLÉ(?) cachet; examined and resealed with British censor's tape 'Opened by Examiner 675'; bilingual b/s 19 2 45(?)

Reference: S878
£20.00

Switzerland registered packet to Chicago, 1938
Switzerland registered packet to Chicago, 1938
Swiss International Bodies issue (SG 352-3) cancelled Luzern d/r bridged cds; to Chicago, 29 Sept 1938; registered green label 'Duty Free Postage Stamps for Collections', 'May be opened for US Customs Inspection'; violet h/s 'Passed by US Customs Bureau Chicago'; h/s 'Letter Package' with 'Collect Ten Cents' crossed out; b/s Chicago registered cds 10 October 1938, unusual combination of marks

Reference: S877
£20.00

Portugal to London 1896 with charity label
Portugal to London 1896 with charity label
Portugal 50rs grey-blue cancelled double ring cds (slightly shaken) alongside decorative label '7th Centenary of St Antoine Festival, 12-30 June 1895'; from Oporto to London 15 May 1896; on reverse VF red London EC L AC hooded cds 17 May 1896

Reference: S876
£20.00

South African POW in Italian camp, 1942
South African POW in Italian camp, 1942
South African POW in Italian camp, envelope with 6d and 3d S. African 'bantams' cancelled d/r cds Illovo Beach, Natal, South Africa 8 December 1942; to POW Camp 60 Italy; faint boxed violet bi-lingual Air Mail h/s, m/s charge marks in red & blue crayon; with bi-lingual South African censor's sealing tape; b/s d/r void Italian censor's b/s: a nice combination of marks

Reference: S875
£25.00

Gold Coast registered airmail 1953
Gold Coast registered airmail 1953
Gold Coast KGVI 6d (SG 142), 2/- (SG 144), 5/- (SG145), QEII 4d (SG 159) on registered packet-envelope, by airmail from Takemadi to Beckenham, 7 June 1953 (?)(before independence), very lightly cancelled; registration label completed in red ink 'Tci(?); no clear b/s

Reference: S874
£20.00

London to Ireland Postage Due 1914
London to Ireland Postage Due 1914
Envelope unfranked from London to Cork, 6 June 1914, cancelled by London m/c d/s; with large charge mark N/2d in circle; 2d black postage due label cancelled Cork 8 June 1914; on reverse Cork d/r cds 7 June 1914: very early use of Postage Due in Ireland

Reference: S873
£25.00

GB to Transvaal Postage Due 1910
GB to Transvaal Postage Due 1910
GB KEVII ½d on PPC of Old Mill, Leatherhead, with d/r cds of Leatherhead 13 August 1910; underpaid to Transvaal; charge marks T/1A in circle, T in hexagon & m/s '10' in blue crayon; 1d Transvaal postage due label cancelled Potchefstroom 8 September (on card) and 9 September 1910 (on label): corner fault to card but a nice combination of marks

Reference: S872
£20.00

Egypt railways envelope with official stamp 1937
Egypt railways envelope with official stamp 1937
Large wrapper inscribed "Publicity Department Egyptian State Railways, Telegraphs and Telephones, Cairo Station"; franked with corner marginal 15 mills brown official stamp, cancelled Cairo c1937-8, to London

Reference: S871
£20.00

Australia Airmail to UK 1931
Australia Airmail to UK 1931
3 x 3d green airmail stamp + 2d KGV definitive cancelled d/r cds on Airmail envelope from Jung, Victoria to Winchester; endorsed in red m/s 'By Australian and Karachi-London Air Mails'; no b/s

Reference: S870
£25.00

French Morocco Tafrant 1933
French Morocco Tafrant 1933
Stampless envelope with fine Déesse military cachet 'Bureau des Affaires Indiennes Trafrant'; s/r bridge provisional cds 'Vaguamestre de.... Tafrant' 24 Fev 1933; b/s Fez, Maroc 24 Feb 1933; rare cachets

Reference: S869
£35.00

French Morocco Fez 1914
French Morocco Fez 1914
Stampless envelope with m/s "Sce Mre" (Service Militaire); s/r military cds 'Tresor et Postes aux Armées Fez' 16 April 1914 to Casablanca; with blue military 'Déesse' cachet; no b/s

Reference: S868
£25.00

French Morocco, Casablanca 1912
French Morocco, Casablanca 1912
French Morocco, Casablanca 1912
Stampless envelope endorsed in m/s 'Troupes débarqués au Maroc'; s/r military cds 'Tresor et Postes aux Armées Casablanca'; to Paris, 19 June 1912; on reverse oval cachet 'Poste aux Armées 17 Juin 1912 Fedalah (Maroc)'; signed by the Médecin Major; a rare combination of marks

Reference: S867
£40.00

German occupation of Luxemburg 1943
German occupation of Luxemburg 1943
German occupation of Luxemburg 1943
2 x 12pfg Hitler heads cancelled German type cds Esch-Alzig on window envelope; German "Geöffnet' censor tape tied with black and red Swastika cachets; on reverse censor cachet 204 in red oval, no b/s: destination not shown but at 24pfg rate probably to Germany or other occupied territory

Reference: S866
£20.00

German occupation of Luxemburg 1941
German occupation of Luxemburg 1941
German occupation of Luxemburg 1941
12pfg Hindenburg overprinted Luxemburg, cancelled German type cds Luxemberg 2a 8 April 1941, on window envelope with German 'Geöffnet' censor tape tied by red and black swastika cachets; no b/s; on reverse typed notation from 'Weimerskirch'

Reference: S865
£20.00

Germany Seepost from North Africa 1907
Germany Seepost from North Africa 1907
10pfg Germania on PPC of Algiers, cancelled 'Deutsche Seepost, Ost Asiatische Linie'; to Redditch, 8 December 1907; small s/r cds Gibraltar 9 December 1907 in transit; corner fault to card otherwise fine

Reference: S864
£15.00

GB 6d rate to Italy 1871
GB 6d rate to Italy 1871
6d surface printed issue (SG 109) cancelled London duplex 103; to Messina, 8 February 1871; plate 8 no hyphen; red oval PD; no clear b/s; this is after the Siege of Paris so the cheaper rate via France was used (cf No S862)

Reference: S863
£35.00

Egypt to UK British FPO datestamp 1941Egypt to UK British FPO datestamp 1941
Egypt 3 x 1 mil, 2 mils, 15 mils, 30 mils all cancelled Field Post Office 188 from Zamaley to Whitchurch, Hants, 21 January 1941; boxed violet 'Passed Unit Censor 32' cachet; no b/s

Reference: S861
£25.00

Sweden Postcard to Kiel 1901
Sweden Postcard to Kiel 1901
Sweden Postcard to Kiel 1901
PS card 3 ore red cancelled with VF d/r cds Stockholm 3 HOT.4; to Kiel, 26 June 1901; railway d/s PKXP. No 2 A. INR. N. 27 June; d/r bridged arrival cds Kiel 1p 27 June 1901; on reverse superb blue cachet Kaiserlich Deutsches General-Konsulat in Stockholm, fine attractive item

Reference: S860
£24.00

France Advertising Envelope 1909
France Advertising Envelope 1909
Decorative advertising envelope with 45c Merson, registered; R in circle and 53 in circle; from Paris 11 May 1909 to Caen; b/s Caen 12 May 1909; small faults to envelope but attractive

Reference: S859
£20.00

Persia Newspaper wrapper to USA 1943
Persia Newspaper wrapper to USA 1943
block of 4 10d magenta bridge pictorial (SG852) on part Persian newspaper sealed with address band; tied with Anglo-Soviet Persian censorship cachet and British crown censor DHC/484; also on reverse British crown censor DHC/31; from Teheran to New York 1943; flimsy but a very scarce combination

Reference: S858
£45.00