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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 stamp subscription form 1955France stamp subscription form 1955France stamp subscription form 1955
Carte d'Abonnement subscription for new French postage stamp issues for a Dr G. Veaux, Bordeaux, 26 December 1955; franked inside with 500fr airmail (SG 1196); numerous postal datestamps inside and on page 4; not often seen

Reference: S1103
£24.00

Syria Free French censor to GB 1944Syria Free French censor to GB 1944Syria Free French censor to GB 1944
Syria 20pi portrait issue; opened and resealed with tape with the Free French Forces cachet and British "Opened by Censor" tape 'No 5726'; from Aleppo to Silsden, Yorkshire, 4 Jan 1944; small h/s 12, scarce censor combination

Reference: S1099
£45.00

France WW2 3 Covers with France WW2 3 Covers with France WW2 3 Covers with 'blue stripe' censor
3 WW2 covers from France to Holland franked with 4 francs or 8 francs, 2 are registered: each with German censor tape, sealed by black and red swastika cachet; each is also marked front and back by a blue ink 'swipe' special inspection mark

Reference: S1098
£40.00

France Alsace-Lorraine Official Parcel Card 1927France Alsace-Lorraine Official Parcel Card 1927France Alsace-Lorraine Official Parcel Card 1927
VALEUR DÉCLARÉE parcel card; on front 1fr 50 Pasteur, 15c Sower, 1fr fiscal; on reverse 10 x 1fr 50 Pasteur, 1fr Sower, 10 x 5f Merson; from Mutzig, 16 August 1927 to Karachi; slight faults to card but a spectacular franking and scarce cover

Reference: S1097
£35.00

France Alsace-Lorraine Official Registered 1930France Alsace-Lorraine Official Registered 1930
2x 1f 50 Pasteur on official envelope from the Mayor of Colmar; cancelled s/r cds 12 April 1930 with RR combined "registration/remboursement" label (reserved for international mail) No 3 m/s Colmar; insured for 12fr 40; faint b/s Minden: a good example of this rare label

Reference: S1096
£35.00

France-Alsace Railway cancel 1875France-Alsace Railway cancel 1875
m/s Souvrance par Roulins, Doubs' + blue firm's cachet; 25c + 15c Cérès cancelled PC du GC 420 Belfort, 15 June 1875; with courier conveyeur 'cachet ondulé' Laissey 15 BES.B (24); b/s Mulhausen 16 June 1875, a good Alsace railway item

Reference: S1095
£25.00

1873 France Grand Cassure and Postage Due1873 France Grand Cassure and Postage Due
25c Cérès (SG 211a) with 'grande cassure' plate flaw on top; cancelled 14 October 1873 Paris Rue Taitbout; underfranked to Rome; red postage due h/s, Italian 40c postage due cancelled Roma 18 October 1873; m/s style h/s ˘40' (the rate due); a superb rare franking

Reference: S1084
£60.00

1936 Tunis postal card1936 Tunis postal card
Parcel card with Tunis CP (colis postaux) label 8567, franked with parcel post stamps 5 x 2fr, 20c, 2 x 5c (SG P44, P46, P52) for 10fr 30c total rate, + 10c quittances fiscal stamp; superb Regence de Tunis cachet; 2 Marseille transit h/s; blue crayon m/s mark (4758?) and red ink '3.92'; Marseille PLM boxed railway d/s 26 Oct 1936; with some faults but a spectacular and rare item

Reference: S1090
£50.00

French Post Office in China to Italy 1916French Post Office in China to Italy 1916French Post Office in China to Italy 1916
French PO's in China 3 x 4c on 10c and 2 x 2c on 5c (SG 84, 85) plus on reverse 2 x 4c on 10c and 2 x 2c on 5c (28c rate); all cancelled Pékin Chine d/r cds 13 October 1916; b/s Livorno 12 Nov 1916; some envelope faults but a very scarce franking

Reference: S1089
£25.00

1941 French Equatorial Africa1941 French Equatorial Africa
1fr French Equatorial Africa (similar to SG 145) on 65c with red overprint LIBRE cancelled d/r cds Pointe-Noire 11 December 1941 to Brazzaville; light strike "Controle Postale Commission"; b/s Brazzaville 12 December 1941; this surcharge unlisted in SG

Reference: S1088
£20.00

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 2½ 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 2½ ,3, 5,7½ 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

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

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