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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.
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

Italy to France 1839
Italy to France 1839
Entire from Milan, 12 December 1839 to Lyon; h/s in red 'Milano/Dicembre 12'; h/s in red 'Franca'; h/s in red 'T.S.1' (transit Sarde rayon 1); h/s in red LI (lettera Italiana); m/s charge mark 15 décimes; French cachet d¢entrée SARD 2 Pont de B 2 16 December 1839; b/s Lyon 16 December and rate marks

Reference: S932
£18.00

GB SG52 1½ on cover 1879
GB SG52 1½ on cover 1879
GB 1d plate 199 & three half pence plate 3 on entire (cat £300 on envelope); cancelled (twice) EXCHANGE LIVERPOOL duplex 466 10 April 1879; French cachet d¢entrée ANGL. AMB. CALAIS E in red 11 April 1879; faint Paris b/s 11 April 1879

Reference: S929
£35.00

French Morocco 1916
French Morocco 1916
TRESOR ET POSTES MEKNES s/r cds on economy envelope inscribed in m/s 'Troupe Occidental du Maroc, envoi du soldat...Meknes' ; no b/s, minor faults to envelope

Reference: S926
£20.00

French Morocco 1914French Morocco 1914
military s/r cds Tresor et Postes aux Armées Marrrakech 22 April 1914, on economy envelope, m/s S.M. (Service Militaire) sent 'en franchise' (post free); VF blue cachet Artillerie Coloniale 42 Batterie de 65 du Maroc, to Casablanca, no b/s, small fault to envelope

Reference: S925
£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

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

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

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

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

German POW in France, 1917
German POW in France, 1917
POW card to a German prisoner in France; cancelled d/r bridged cds Cassel 7u, 5 March 1917; to Riom, Puy de Dome; red boxed cachet P.G. VISE/13e REGION; black boxed cachet 'Prisonnier de Guerre/Romans/Verifié/Par les Interprètes; m/s "Kriegsgefangensendung (Par la Suisse)"

Reference: S838
£21.00

French Civilian Mail from Austria, 1917
French Civilian Mail from Austria, 1917
French Civilian Mail from Austria, 1917
7½ pfg Germania cancelled German Army bridged cds K.D. Feldpost (with other details erased); from Hohentwiel, Austria to St Remy, 30 June 1917; violet boxed censor cachet 'Gepruft/P.U.St; message in French, from French civilian (in occupied France?); on decorative PPC

Reference: S837
£20.00

France, registered, AR, refused, return to sender, 1979
France, registered, AR, refused, return to sender, 1979
France, registered, AR, refused, return to sender, 1979
1.20 and 1.50 'Sabine' + 5 fr and 3 fr pictorials on registered envelope sent sealed with the tape of the AR service (Avis de reception); cancelled St Gobert, Aisne; large h/s AR: 2 strikes of the h/s 'Retour à l'envoyeur 2224': ms 'refuse'; b/s Marle sur Serre 17 May (to return) & (?) 19 May, much travelled

Reference: S833
£20.00

Switzerland to New York, censored 1918
Switzerland to New York, censored 1918
10c & 15c William Tell issues cancelled d/r bridged cds; from Bulle to New York, 11 July 1918; French censor's tape 'Controle Postal Militaire' tied with oval 'Ouvert' h/s No 202 and cachet '140'; no b/s; faults to envelope but nice strikes

Reference: S811
£15.00

Switzerland to New York, 1916 censored
Switzerland to New York, 1916 censored
25c 'Helvetia' definitive cancelled d/r bridged cds 'GENEVE 10 SUCC. FUSTERIE'; to New York, 11 December 1916; French censor's sealing tape tied by censor's 'Ouvert' cachet No 202; no b/s

Reference: S810
£15.00

Saarbrucken entry mark, 1869Saarbrucken entry mark, 1869
France 10c and 3 x 20 Napoleon Lauré cancelled 2598 Nancy, red PD; red cachet 'Aus Frankreich p. Saarbrücken Franko'(altered from previous 'Franco') route 1, 29 July 1869; boxed German cachet deleted with 2 lines (unclear); b/s Dresden 30 VII IX 3/4; a very scarce Saar cachet, ex Doris Green collection

Reference: S801
£50.00

Saarbrucken entry mark 1867Saarbrucken entry mark 1867
France 20c and 80c Napoleon non lauré cancelled Paris star 34 Rue Chaillet (poor strikes as usual for 34); Saar cachet d'entrée in red 'Aus Frankreich P. Saarbrucken Franco' Route 1, 10 July 1867; not a perfect strike but a very scarce Saar cachet

Reference: S800
£50.00

French Morocco to Belgium, 1897
French Morocco to Belgium, 1897
10 centimes red surcharge on France 10c Sage black on greenish PS card, cancelled with dotted circle cds, from Magador to Brussels, 6 September 1897; Brussels arrival cds 15 September 1897 & Belgian cachet de facteur 5; on reverse Tanger Maroc 11 September 1897

Reference: S792
£20.00

France Avis de Réception 1908
France Avis de Réception 1908
10c Semense Ligné on 514 Avis de Reception form, cancelled Le Vallois-Perret 25 December 1905; within are the completed details for the receipt, from Le Vallois-Perret to Paris; h/s within, Le Vallois 29 December & Paris 47 30 December 1905. A neat erxample of the form in use

Reference: S774
£15.00

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