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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.
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

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

Australia registered airmail 1949
Australia registered airmail 1949
8 x 1949 UPU 3½d (SG 232) + 6 x 2½d 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 2½d 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