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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.
France 2 x Napoléon Lauré grey 1868France 2 x Napoléon Lauré grey 1868
2 x 4c (SG 109) Napoleon Lauré cancelled Paris Senat, on FRONT ONLY, 29 October 1868, to Wales; red PD; very scarce 8c franking

Reference: S1083
£25.00

1919 Alsace souvenir postal card1919 Alsace souvenir postal card
plain postal card franked by Mulhausen d/r cds 15 Jan 1919; Mulhausen s/r cds 1 Feb 1919 on 2 and 5 pfg Germania heads; 10 pfg Germania already used cancelled Mulhausen s/r cds 21 Jan 1919; Mulhausen-Wittenheim oval railway d/s 15 January 1919, small Mulhausen cachet; large French red 'Déesse' controle postal cachet, for currency control inspection, an unusual combination

Reference: S1082
£30.00

1919 Alsace souvenir postal card1919 Alsace souvenir postal card
plain postal card franked by Germania 2 ,3, 5,7 pfg issues cancelled MULHOUSE s/r cds 1 February 1919; Mulhausen-(ELS)-Wittenheim Bahnpost Railway d/s 15 January 1919; small Mulhausen cachet; red French 'Déese' postal control censor cachet, with other 'souvenir' cachets of Mulhouse & Sennheim, attractive immediate post-war commemorative item celebrating the return of Alsace to France

Reference: S1081
£30.00

1903 Germany unperpaid with French postage due1903 Germany unperpaid with French postage due
5 pfg Germania on PPC of Frankfurt; cancelled d/r cds Frankfurt 15 September 1903, h/s 'T'` postage due, blue crayon '15'; h/s P.7 and Zurück; French postage due 10c + 3 x 1c cancelled Concarnau 18 September 1903 and tied by s/r cachet 'a Entl Ffm. I'; transit cds Paris Etranger 18 Sept 1903; Frankfurt arrival cds 24 September 1903 & s/r h/s AUSG.C.2 26 Sept 1903

Reference: S1080
£25.00

1939 Occupied Poland Red Cross to Hungary1939 Occupied Poland Red Cross to Hungary
German 5 pfg Hindenburg PS card with added 10 pfg; red h/s 'Polski Czerwony Krzyz Okreg Krakowski' (Polish Red Cross, Krakow); cancelled Krakow 2 December 1939; Visegrad, Hungary arrival cds 9 December 1939; small faults to lower corner but a nice Red Cross item

Reference: S1079
£25.00

Germany to New York 1939Germany to New York 1939
5 pfg Eagle & Hindenberg 1pfg with margin, cancelled Leipzig special decorative cachet 8 January 1939, plus 5pfg Hindenburg cancelled Berlin-Charlottenburg 14 January 1939,(SG 526, 493B, 496B), on card with 'Postkarte' erased and h/s 'Drucksache' (printed matter) added: gap in dates due to postal inspection?

Reference: S1078
£21.00

1923 German inflation registered envelope to Holland1923 German inflation registered envelope to Holland1923 German inflation registered envelope to Holland
Registered envelope, franked 5 x 125 (+1 lost) taufend on 1000 marks, with 6 x 1000 marks on reverse; censored with Geöffnet tape for currency control inspection; sealed with violet inspector's stamp 14 and violet circular cachet tying the label; from Oberhausen 24 September 1923; b/s Haarlem 26 September 1923

Reference: S1077
£21.00

1941 Austria to New York censored 19411941 Austria to New York censored 19411941 Austria to New York censored 1941
German Hindenburg 50pfg + 15pfg cancelled d/r bridged cds Vienna 6a, to New York 11 April 1941; on airmail envelope endorsed ms '4gr' weight mark; sealed on reverse with censor's "Geöffnet" tape with swastika cachets and code numeral 372

Reference: S1075
£24.00

Channel Islands Return to Sender 1952Channel Islands Return to Sender 1952
2 x 1d Channel Isles issue (SG CI) cancelled by 7 bar m/c d/r; from London to Surrey 12 May 1952; boxed h/s "RETURN TO SENDER ADDRESSS INSUFFICIENT 1.S"; stamp recancelled with postman's triangle cachet S.E 1; large blue crayon 'PTO' (for return address); on reverse small s/r cds London 12 May 1952

Reference: S1074
£25.00

South Africa Royal Visit 1947 with plate flawSouth Africa Royal Visit 1947 with plate flaw
special envelope franked with blocks of 4 Royal Visit issue (SG 111-113 + 113a) FDC, including the variety "black eye" on one example of the 3d value; all cancelled with 'crowned' registered cachet; b/s with same h/s; from Pretoria, 17 February 1947 to Preston

Reference: S1072
£25.00

South Africa (Natal) to USA 1919 censoredSouth Africa (Natal) to USA 1919 censored
S. Africa 2d & d cancelled d/r cds PORT SHEPSTONE, NATAL 20 February 1919; s/r censor cachet "Passed Censor 10/99" (by the British War Office?); to USA; no b/s, clear strikes

Reference: S1071
£20.00

Hungary American Relief Fund for Children 1922Hungary American Relief Fund for Children 1922
8 pictorials on reverse of envelope; 2 x 1 kr + 8 x 2.50 k; from Gyula to New York 7 March 1922; arrival d/s New York registered 23 and 24 March 1922; large cachet "Help Hungary's Children AMERICAN RELIEF ADMINISTRATION"; minor faults to envelope but spectacular franking

Reference: S1070
£20.00

Jugoslavia Postal Conference Fund FDCJugoslavia Postal Conference Fund FDC
Postal Employees Fund (SG432-6) FDC on special envelope, registered; hexagon cachet in red PTT...Zagreb; s/r cds Zagreb 1 March 1940; b/s Mitrovia 2 March 1940, colourful cover

Reference: S1069
£20.00

Turkish Cyprus Passport Page 1948 with fiscal stampsTurkish Cyprus Passport Page 1948 with fiscal stamps
Passport page (no 122930) franked with 7 Turkish fiscal stamps; apparently stamped in Turkish Cyprus (Kibris), 28 March 1948

Reference: S1068
£25.00

Turkish Cyprus Passport Page 1945 with fiscal stampsTurkish Cyprus Passport Page 1945 with fiscal stamps
Passport page (no 173074) franked with 5 Turkish fiscal stamps; apparently cancelled in Turkish Cyprus (Kibris), 27 September 1945, unusual

Reference: S1067
£20.00

Turkey Passport Page 1948 with fiscal stampsTurkey Passport Page 1948 with fiscal stamps
Passport page (No 191189) franked with 4 fiscal stamps, 13 September 1948, Ankara

Reference: S1066
£16.00

Turkey Passport Page 1947 with fiscal stampsTurkey Passport Page 1947 with fiscal stamps
Passport page (No 009471) franked (front and back) with 6 fiscal stamps, 21 March 1947, Kilirisar?

Reference: S1065
£20.00

Greece Currency Inspection 1936 to French MoroccoGreece Currency Inspection 1936 to French MoroccoGreece Currency Inspection 1936 to French Morocco
On front 7d pictorial and on reverse 8d pictorial + 2 x 50 lepta on 20 lepta; cancelled with d/r bridged cds Peireus (Athens) 7 November 1938, to French Morocco; red crayon "Surtaxe insufficante" (endorsed by signature); opened and resealed by currency control authorities; tied by large cachet; b/s m/c d/s CASABLANCA 10 Nov 1938

Reference: S1064
£20.00

Honduras Expedition 1941Honduras Expedition 1941
Commemorative envelope for the "Richardson Pan-American Highway Expedition, Detroit to Cape Horn"; from Honduras, 20 March 1941; block of 8 1c yellow cancelled with barred d/s

Reference: S1061
£15.00

Belgian Congo to USA 1941 CensoredBelgian Congo to USA 1941 Censored
2 x 15c + 2 x 1 fr 25 pictorials from Lusala(?) to USA, 16 November 1941; opened by censor and resealed with tape 'Censure, Congo Belge'; also tied on reverse LEOPOLDVILLE 18 November 1941; small corner fault; sent when the US was not yet in the War

Reference: S1060
£15.00

Austrian Occupation of Serbia censored reply paid card 1918 Austrian Occupation of Serbia censored reply paid card 1918
Austrian occupation of Serbia, complete reply paid card, both parts franked and registered; from Sofia, 29 March 1918 (Julian Calendar, 10 April Gregorian Calendar) 1918 to Geneva; Austrian PS card with added 3 heller Austro-Hungarian Military Post issue with Austrian and Serbian censor handstamps; to exiled Serb in Switzerland

Reference: S1058
£35.00

France Red Cross 1945 censoredFrance Red Cross 1945 censored
4fr Dulac issue + 4 x 50c 1944 'broken chains' issue; cancelled with Chaumont s/r cds, 24 August 1945, to Geneva; fine Red Cross cachet of Chaumont; opened by censor and re-sealed with oval 'Ouvert' h/s code LYY; on reverse code number 590 but no b/s

Reference: S1057
£20.00

France Express Letter to Scotland 1959France Express Letter to Scotland 1959
4 pictorials & 3 definitive issues cancelled Paris VI R.St Romain, on envelope to Edinburgh 14 March 1959; pink Express label and black h/s 'Express Fee Paid'; b/s Paris Gare du Nord Etranger; with blue crayon endorsement of Express; attractive combination

Reference: S1056
£20.00

Argentine advertising cover to USA censored 1942Argentine advertising cover to USA censored 1942Argentine advertising cover to USA censored 1942
10c & 5c portrait issue on lovely advertising envelope, cancelled Buenos Aires, 14 February 1942; to New York; censored and resealed with tape 'Examined by 6608' (by British in the West Indies?); no b/s; attractive item

Reference: S1055
£40.00

Parcel card from Heligoland, 1943
Parcel card from Heligoland, 1943
Parcel card from Heligoland, 1943
Hitler heads 80 pfg + 5 pfg on parcel card with green label inscribed 1 mk 40; red crayon charge mark 460; from Heligoland 13(?) July 1943 to Altachlame i Pom; black circular swastika censor cachet; on reverse d/r cds Stolp (Pom) 1 25 July 1948 + photo probably from c1945 after bomb damage

Reference: S1054
£40.00