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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.

Items in category France & Colonies, most recent first.
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

GB 1971 Postal Strike Hovercraft mail
GB 1971 Postal Strike Hovercraft mail
'Exporters Letter Service' 4/- strike post label black on blue; cancelled with boxed cachet 'flown by Hovercraft Ramsgate', to Amsterdam; franked with French 0.50c type Bequet definitive

Reference: S1046
£20.00

France, envelope much forwarded, opened, and re-sealed, 1921
France, envelope much forwarded, opened, and re-sealed, 1921
France, envelope much forwarded, opened, and re-sealed, 1921
2 x 25c and 5 x 5c, for 75c registered rate; addressed to Grand Duke Alexander, from Cannes (cancelled hexagon d/s Cannes C) to Paris, 3 January 1921; forwarded and re-addressed many times; opened by P.T.T. and re-sealed; multiple m/s endorsements and backstamps; minor age faults but a spectacular cover

Reference: S1044
£35.00

France to US forces in Japan, 1942
France to US forces in Japan, 1942
France pictorials 25fr and 50fr cancelled Marseille machine d/s, to US Forces in Yokohoma, Japan, 28 February 1948; US civil censor sealing strip and h/s used by the Occupation Forces in Japan; no postal b/s

Reference: S1035
£25.00

French Colonies, Mauritania internal airmail 1935
French Colonies, Mauritania internal airmail 1935
2 x 50c Desert Riders issue cancelled d/r cds Saint-Louis Senegal on official Government imprinted envelope, to Port Etienne, 15 December 1935; m/s 'Par Avion'; St Louis was the administrative capital of Mauritania at the time, making this an internal airmail

Reference: S1016
£20.00

French Colonies, Ivory Coast, 1939
French Colonies, Ivory Coast, 1939
6 Ivory Coast pictorials (5 designs); 5fr 15c airmail rate from Abidjan to Zurich, 14 January 1939; no b/s, an attractive franking

Reference: S1015
£15.00

French Colonies, Upper Senegal and Niger, 1913
French Colonies, Upper Senegal and Niger, 1913
5c Faidherbe Upper Senegal and Niger on 5c PS envelope from Duenne to Dijon, 27 November 1913; cancelled Duenne d/r cds; b/s KAYES HAUT-SENEGAL ET NIGER 7 DEC 13; fine example of an uprated PS

Reference: S1014
£20.00

French Indochina, Vietnam 1949
French Indochina, Vietnam 1949
commercial envelope franked 2 x 20c red Rice Fields + 2 x $1 green 'Apsara' dancing nymph (SG 186, 195); from Hanoi to Besançon cancelled Hanoi s/r cds, 10 May 1949; no b/s

Reference: S1013
£15.00

French Indochina, Vietnam, 1947
French Indochina, Vietnam, 1947
Block of 4 x 70c 'Apsara' dancing nymph design (SG 194) on commercial envelope from Hanoi to Paris, cancelled Saigon RP COCHINCHINE 3 May 1947; m/s AVION in red crayon; no b/s; part of flap on reverse missing

Reference: S1012
£15.00

French Indochina, Vietnam, 1947
French Indochina, Vietnam, 1947
2 x $1 green (SG 295) on commercial envelope cancelled s/r HANOI/TONKIN sans-serif letters; to Besançon 26 July 1947; no b/s; slight fault to back of envelope

Reference: S1011
£15.00

Madagascar Military Expedition card 1895
Madagascar Military Expedition card 1895
Special military PS card 1895 inscribed 'Corps Expéditionnaire de Madagascar' & 'Franchise Postale', unused; plus notes on the background history of French control of Madagascar in 1895, with map

Reference: S1010
£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

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

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 to India readdressed to France 1915
GB to India readdressed to France 1915
2 x GB KGV ½d on PPC of Admiral Jellicoe from Marby, Glamorgan to the Interpreter Poona Horse, Indian Cavalry, France; readdressed to French mission St Omer; then forwarded to a Camp de Cav Bratonne (?); m/s in red ink 'Dépot du 41e Artillerie'; Fr. Military css TRESOR et POSTES 2 23 April 1915; did it arrive ?

Reference: S980
£20.00

French parcel card 1927
French parcel card 1927
Parcel card franked with 3f Merson & Sower 1fr, 20c, 50c, 80c plus 50c timbre fiscal; cancelled Metz R.Lafayette, Moselle; to Chalons sur Marne; punched with small circle as fiscal use

Reference: S969
£16.00

German Occupation of Lorraine, 1940
German Occupation of Lorraine, 1940
12pfg Hindenburg issue overprinted LOTHRINGEN, cancelled with boxed provisional d/s GROSS HATTINGEN in volet; very faint German censor cachet and red crayon cross; no b/s

Reference: S966
£20.00

France 1st Red Cross Issue 1914
France 1st Red Cross Issue 1914
5c Sower + 2 x 10c+5c Red Cross stamp (SG 351,YT 146) neatly cancelled CLERMONT-FERRAND CENTRAL, PUY DE DOME 14 October 1915, to London; early in WW1, no b/s; envelope flap missing

Reference: S965
£20.00

Hanover to Paris 1843
Hanover to Paris 1843
entire with boxed d/s Hannover to Paris 17 May 1843; transit h/s HANNOVRE.T.T; French cachet dʼentrée TOUR T FORBACH 2 21 May 1843; m/s charge mark 25 décimes; b/s TOUR T FORBACH 2 ( cachet d'entrée used as a transit mark - unusual on reverse) in mixed inks 21 May 1843

Reference: S949
£16.00

Germany to France 1823
Germany to France 1823
entire with Thurn & Taxis Bremen 'half moon' h/s to Bordeaux 8 March 1823; m/s rate mark 19 décimes in blue (Paris?) transit h/s TTR4; French boxed cachet d'entrée 'Allemagne par Givet'

Reference: S948
£15.00

Germany Nuremberg to Beaune 1813
Germany Nuremberg to Beaune 1813
entire with unboxed 2 line rayon h/s 'R.3 Nürnberg / 27 May 1813', to Beaune; unboxed French cachet dʼentrée ALLEMAGNE PAR STRASBOURG; m/s rate mark 12 décimes; no b/s, nice clear cover, minor age faults

Reference: S947
£20.00

France Valeur Déclarée envelope 1929France Valeur Déclarée envelope 1929France Valeur Déclarée envelope 1929
Merson 2fr & 3fr +65c Sower on reverse of large brown registered envelope inscribed VALEUR with notation '15,000 quinze mille francs' in m/s; h/s boxed 'Chargé'; Paris to Hesdin 22 August 1929

Reference: S940
£15.00

Italy to France 1843
Italy to France 1843
Entire from Brescia to Lyon, 10 March 1843; red h/s Brescia 10 Mar; red h/s 'Franca'; red h/s TS1 (transit Sarde rayon 1); red h/s LI– (littera Italiana); m/s rate mark 10 décimes; b/s Lyon 14 March 1843 & m/s rate mark 9

Reference: S933
£18.00

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