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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 Australasia/Pacific, most recent first.
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

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 3d (SG 232) + 6 x 2d 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

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

Australia First Flight 1931
Australia First Flight 1931
Australia KGV 2d red & Kangaroo 1/- green cancelled Waverley NSW 19 November 1931, with First Flight cachet 'Special Air Mail Flight Australia – England Nov 1931', to RAMC Cookham Camp, Aldershot; b/s Sydney boxed 'Air Mail Section GPO'

Reference: S879
£15.00

GB to New Zealand, unclaimed, 1957GB to New Zealand, unclaimed, 1957GB to New Zealand, unclaimed, 1957
GB 4d Parliamentary Conference (SG 560), cancelled with the special conference cds (stated to be the 1st day of issue 12 September); from London to Campbell Island via New Zealand; boxed "Not Found" & re-addressed twice; Wellington NZ slogan & cds 16 Jan 1958, small boxed 32, octagonal handstamp Wellington unclaimed 20 Feb 1958; on reverse s/r cds Kilbernie Postmen's Branch 17 Jan 1948 & Returned Letter Office Wellington, 6 March 1948: a fine detailed attempt to deliver

Reference: S650
£40.00

NEW ZEALAND 1d UNIVERSAL ON CARD TO A SHIP IN CHILENEW ZEALAND 1d UNIVERSAL ON CARD TO A SHIP IN CHILE
NZ Penny Universal used alone on a PPC of the Wharves Dunedin, addressed to a ship c/o an agent in Chile, Dunedin m/c d/s 29 December 1899, transit cds Valparaiso Chile 10 February 1900, to the ship 'Loch Garne' c/o the agent Autofagusta, with arrival cds Autofagusta, Chile, 16 February 1900: very unusual & a fine 1d Universal piece

Reference: S555
£25.00

TONGA TIN CAN MAIL ENVELOPE 1969TONGA TIN CAN MAIL ENVELOPE 1969
Decorative envelope with publicity for a Christmas & New Year Cruise by the 'SS Orsova' 29 December 1969, with 3 Tonga stamps, one a 'cut-out' type (SG 273, 276, 286), from Niuafo'ou Island, nice clean example of more modern Tin Can Island Mail, no b/s

Reference: S547
£20.00

TONGA TIN CAN MAIL ENVELOPE FROM NIUAFOOU TO CALIFORNIA 1935TONGA TIN CAN MAIL ENVELOPE FROM NIUAFOOU TO CALIFORNIA 1935
bespoke Tin Can Mail envelope franked with Tonga 2d Queen Salote cancelled Niuafoou 5 June 1935, with all the special cachets for the service, front & back; opened roughly at left hand side and tidied up with a plain card insert, otherwise a good clean example

Reference: S527
£20.00

AUSTRALIA - NEW GUINEA AIRMAIL 1934AUSTRALIA - NEW GUINEA AIRMAIL 1934
1st Official Airmail Service Australia to Papua New Guinea; Australia 6d Airmail & 2d Centenary of Victoria (River Yarra) + New Guinea 2d & 6d Airmail overprint; cancelled Ship Mail Room Melbourne 23 July 1934 & Lae New Guinea 30 July 1934; with special cachets front & reverse; b/s Lae New Guinea & Melbourne Victoria: fine scarce airmail cover

Reference: S522
£45.00

EGYPT, CENSORED ENVELOPE TO AUSTRALIA DECEMBER 1939EGYPT, CENSORED ENVELOPE TO AUSTRALIA DECEMBER 1939
Farouk 5 mils + 10 mils definitives cancelled bilingual Port Said cds; 'Opened by Censor' red on white label over red Egyptian bilingual cachet 'Censorship Dept M'; boxed 'Passed by Censor V61' in blue (Australian?), MS 'English'; no b/s; from Lloyds Triestino, Port Said; some envelope faults (which look worse in the scan than in reality!);

Reference: S426
£18.00

ENVELOPE FRONT FROM QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA TO USA WITH POSTAGE DUEENVELOPE FRONT FROM QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA TO USA WITH POSTAGE DUE
Front only of an envelope franked with Australia 1d & 2d (SG 26a & 47) cancelled Gladstone, Queensland 17 February 1921; handstamped 'US Charge to Collect 12 Cents' & 'Ctms T'; with block of 6 US Postage Due stamps cancelled with oval undated cachet Watertown, Wisc

Reference: S383
£15.00

AUSTRALIA MULTI-FRANKED AIRMAIL TO CHISWICK 1935AUSTRALIA MULTI-FRANKED AIRMAIL TO CHISWICK 1935AUSTRALIA MULTI-FRANKED AIRMAIL TO CHISWICK 1935
Airmail envelope endorsed 'stamps over' with clear s/r cds Fremantle WA 23 April 1935; on reverse 9 copies of the Centenary of Victoria 2d orange (SG 147a; some faults to the envelope but a striking franking

Reference: S382
£20.00

FIRST FLIGHT AUSTRALIA TO SOUTH AFRICA, COCOS ISLANDS TO MAURITIUS 1962FIRST FLIGHT AUSTRALIA TO SOUTH AFRICA, COCOS ISLANDS TO MAURITIUS 1962
Illustrated envelope for the First Regular Air Service by Qantas Empire Airways from Australia to South Africa via Cocos Islands & Mauritius, with large special cachet; franked with Australia KGVI 3d, 9d & 1/- definitives, cancelled RAAF PO Cocos Isles 1 September 1952, b/s Port Louis Mauritius 3 September 1952; a nice combination

Reference: S381
£20.00

AIR RACE HOLLAND TO CHRISTCHURCH NEW ZEALAND 1953AIR RACE HOLLAND TO CHRISTCHURCH NEW ZEALAND 1953
Decorative illustrated envelope from Holland for the Christchurch Air Race 8 October 1953, franked with 5 Red Cross issues, 25c special air stamp & 5c Juliana issue (SG 769-773, 790a, 684), cancelled Eindhoven 29 September 1953 and with special cachet for the event; on reverse Christchurch arrival d/s 11 October 1953; violet h/s on front 'Retour l'Expditeur'

Reference: S365
£25.00

BILL OF EXCHANGE FROM ADELAIDE TO YORKSHIRE 1870BILL OF EXCHANGE FROM ADELAIDE TO YORKSHIRE 1870BILL OF EXCHANGE FROM ADELAIDE TO YORKSHIRE 1870
6d violet & red Foreign Bill revenue stamp on reverse of 30 bill of exchange from Adelaide, Australia to Halifax, Yorkshire, 10 October 1870; small faults to document, stamp fine and very scarce use thus

Reference: S298
£25.00

GB 2d WILDING ISSUE USED ON CHRISTMAS ISLAND 1956GB 2d WILDING ISSUE USED ON CHRISTMAS ISLAND 1956
GB 2d red Wilding on airmail envelope neatly cancelled BFPO Christmas Island 22 August 1956; in MS on reverse sent from 'HMS Messina' (a tank landing craft); nice clear markings

Reference: S256
£15.00

GB 2d WILDING USED IN CHRISTMAS ISLAND 1956GB 2d WILDING USED IN CHRISTMAS ISLAND 1956
GB 2d red Wilding on airmail envelope clearly cancelled BFPO Christmas Island 22 August 1956; in MS on reverse sent from 'HMS Messina' (a tank landing craft)

Reference: S255
£15.00

MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA TO NORFOLK WITH MIXED REIGNS FRANKING 1943MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA TO NORFOLK WITH MIXED REIGNS FRANKING 1943
Australia KG VI d & 1d plus added Victoria QV 2d, mixed franking on censored envelope to England, cancelled Melbourne 12 October 1943, opened & resealed by the Censor with violet diamond cachet 'Passed by Censor 35', a very neat wartime mixed franking

Reference: S239
£20.00

NEW ZEALAND NEW ZEALAND 'KIWI' ENVELOPE REGISTERED TO HOLLAND 1939, CENSORED
NZ 8d 'Lizard' issue (SG 586 possibly 565) on illustrated PEN FRIEND envelope to Holland, cancelled with large d/r cds Christchurch Registered 4 November 1939. Opened by the NZ Censor, sealed with tape and authorised by red s/r Censor cachet 'Passed by Censor NZ 6' on front & back; no arrival datestamp. A nice scarce item in good condition, early in the War

Reference: S228
£35.00

SOLOMON ISLANDS POSTAL AGENCY ALLARDYCE, SANTA ISABEL TO CAMBRIDGE 1970SOLOMON ISLANDS POSTAL AGENCY ALLARDYCE, SANTA ISABEL TO CAMBRIDGE 1970
pale orange envelope from the Philatelic Section British Solomon Islands with QE2 8c + 35c cancelled Honiara February 1970, with registration cachet, and large oval cachet 'Allardyce Postal Agency, Santa Isabel Is BSIP' in blue, b/s Honiara; a good example of an Agency office dated cachet.

Reference: S175
£20.00

SOLOMON ISLANDS POSTAL AGENCY GUADALCANAL TO CAMBRIDGE 1970SOLOMON ISLANDS POSTAL AGENCY GUADALCANAL TO CAMBRIDGE 1970
pale orange envelope from the Philatelic Section British Solomon Islands with QE2 8c + 35c cancelled Honiara February 1970, with registration cachet, and large oval cachet 'Tangarare Postal Agency, Guadalcanal Is BSIP' in blue, b/s Honiara: a nice example of the agency handstamp and the temporary registration label

Reference: S174
£25.00

TONGA: 1938 LAST DAY JUBILEE COVERTONGA: 1938 LAST DAY JUBILEE COVERTONGA: 1938 LAST DAY JUBILEE COVER
1938 Last Day Jubilee cover with the stamps cancelled by partial NIUAFOOU postmarks dated 12.OC.38 and various Tin Can Mail marks on both sides

Reference: H255
£35.00

TONGA: 1938? REGISTERED COVER TO ENGLAND BY TIN CAN MAIL.TONGA: 1938? REGISTERED COVER TO ENGLAND BY TIN CAN MAIL.
1938? registered cover to London with stamps cancelled by poor NIUAFO'OU TONGA postmarks and with a NIUAFO'OU TONGAN GROUP - OCEANIA cachet and a boxed DESPATCHED BY TIN-CAN MAIL cachet.

Reference: H236
£21.00

FIJI, 5/- KG6 PICTORIAL USED ALONE ON LONG ENVELOPE, AIRMAIL TO NEW ZEALANDFIJI, 5/- KG6 PICTORIAL USED ALONE ON LONG ENVELOPE, AIRMAIL TO NEW ZEALAND
Envelope from the Grand Pacific Hotel Suva, to Auckland New Zealand; with KG6 5/- pictorial cancelled Suva, 11 August 1949, handstamped By Air Mail. A thin box had been drawn round the stamp as if it were invalid.

Reference: S126
£20.00