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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.
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

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

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