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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 Germany & States, most recent first.
GB from Base Army to London 1943GB from Base Army to London 1943
6 x KGVI 3d + 2 x 1d all cancelled BASE ARMY POST OFFICE 4 (then in Egypt) airmail; sealed with censor¢s tape "Opened by Censor PC22" in red; tied by small diamond cachet 8 (front and back); 1/8d rate

Reference: S1116
£25.00

GB to French Zone of Germany 1948GB to French Zone of Germany 1948
GB KGVI 6d on envelope to Landau, French Zone of Germany; cancelled Enfield m/c d/s 27 July 1948; destination partially blacked out and m/s "2/8 return" & violet h/s 'Zurüch' added; with typed note 'Wenn unbestellbar, bitte zurück an umsthende Adresse' ('if address unknown please contact the address overleaf'); on reverse small label 'décédé'

Reference: S1115
£25.00

German airmail to Colombia, underpaid, 1937
German airmail to Colombia, underpaid, 1937
airmail letter to Colombia; Hindenburg heads 2 x 10pfg + 25pfg cancelled cds Meerane 4 September 1937; m/s "mit Luftpost in Columbien"; red h/s "mit Luftpost zum D. Europa"; also Transit cds CORREO AEREO BARRANQUILLA; b/s Bogota 17 September 1937; originally underpaid with ms ¢1¢ and boxed ¢T'

Reference: S1100
£25.00

East Germany Egypt Relief fund 1957East Germany Egypt Relief fund 1957
'Help Egypt' surcharge; Egypt relief fund block of 4 (E293) on stamp fair commemorative card, illustrated; cancelled with special Berlin-Lieffenberg cachet 3 March 1957; no message, unposted

Reference: S1107
£24.00

1944 Occupied Poland to Switzerland1944 Occupied Poland to Switzerland
12gr PS card registered, uprated with 60 gr + 20 gr Hitler heads; cancelled d/r cds Tarnow Krakau 8 April 1944, with registration label; red boxed h/s Zuzustellen; red boxed 2185; red swastika censor's cachet; Swiss orange label ''Zivilpost' Celigny; b/s d/r bridged cds Céligny, Genève 18 April 1944

Reference: S1086
£25.00

Belgium to Germany mixed frankingBelgium to Germany mixed franking
20pfg Germania + Belgium 25c with Sunday label on Antwerp illustrated letter card; cancelled s/r cds Deutsches Seepost 10 e; With original text and 4 photo illustrations; small corner fault but unusual

Reference: S1085
£22.00

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

1939 Occupied Poland Red Cross to Hungary1939 Occupied Poland Red Cross to Hungary
German 5 pfg Hindenburg PS card with added 10 pfg; red h/s 'Polski Czerwony Krzyz Okreg Krakowski' (Polish Red Cross, Krakow); cancelled Krakow 2 December 1939; Visegrad, Hungary arrival cds 9 December 1939; small faults to lower corner but a nice Red Cross item

Reference: S1079
£25.00

Germany to New York 1939Germany to New York 1939
5 pfg Eagle & Hindenberg 1pfg with margin, cancelled Leipzig special decorative cachet 8 January 1939, plus 5pfg Hindenburg cancelled Berlin-Charlottenburg 14 January 1939,(SG 526, 493B, 496B), on card with 'Postkarte' erased and h/s 'Drucksache' (printed matter) added: gap in dates due to postal inspection?

Reference: S1078
£21.00

1923 German inflation registered envelope to Holland1923 German inflation registered envelope to Holland1923 German inflation registered envelope to Holland
Registered envelope, franked 5 x 125 (+1 lost) taufend on 1000 marks, with 6 x 1000 marks on reverse; censored with Geöffnet tape for currency control inspection; sealed with violet inspector's stamp 14 and violet circular cachet tying the label; from Oberhausen 24 September 1923; b/s Haarlem 26 September 1923

Reference: S1077
£21.00

1941 Austria to New York censored 19411941 Austria to New York censored 19411941 Austria to New York censored 1941
German Hindenburg 50pfg + 15pfg cancelled d/r bridged cds Vienna 6a, to New York 11 April 1941; on airmail envelope endorsed ms '4gr' weight mark; sealed on reverse with censor's "Geöffnet" tape with swastika cachets and code numeral 372

Reference: S1075
£24.00

Parcel card from Heligoland, 1943
Parcel card from Heligoland, 1943
Parcel card from Heligoland, 1943
Hitler heads 80 pfg + 5 pfg on parcel card with green label inscribed 1 mk 40; red crayon charge mark 460; from Heligoland 13(?) July 1943 to Altachlame i Pom; black circular swastika censor cachet; on reverse d/r cds Stolp (Pom) 1 25 July 1948 + photo probably from c1945 after bomb damage

Reference: S1054
£40.00

Parcel card from Heligoland, 1942
Parcel card from Heligoland, 1942
Parcel card from Heligoland, 1942
German Hindenburg 15 pfg + Hitler head 60 pfg on parcel card, cancelled Helgoland d/r cds 14 September 1942, to Innsbruck, Austria; blue crayon rate marks 2’60, 2’75; h/s 'Nachgebuhr' (excess charge); on reverse h/s Verzollt 24 Sep 1942; circular Eagle censor cachet Innsbruck-Bahnhof

Reference: S1053
£50.00

Parcel card from Heligoland 1941
Parcel card from Heligoland 1941
German Hindenburg heads, 5 pfg, 30 pfg, 100 pfg on parcel card cancelled HELGOLAND d/r cds 6 June 1941; to Neustadt (Main); green label inscribed 40 pfg & blue crayon endorsement 40; h/s 'Zollfrei' (no customs charge) and swastika censor’s cachet; b/s Neustadt (Main) 13 June 1941

Reference: S1052
£50.00

Parcel card from Heligoland May 1941
Parcel card from Heligoland May 1941
German Hindenburg 5 pfg, 40 pfg, 100 pfg on Parcelkarte (parcel card) cancelled d/r bridged cds Helgoland; to Neustadt (Main), 15 May 1941; h/s 'Zollfrei' (no customs charge) & swastika cachet + green label 40 rpf and crayon m/s 40; b/s Wurzburg 22 May, Neustadt 26 May; fine example; v scarce

Reference: S1051
£50.00

German WW2 censor’s German WW2 censor’s German WW2 censor’s 'swipe' mark
8 pfgs + 4pfg Hitler heads on plain envelope from Ankum Bz Osnabruck to Maarn, Holland, 23 March 1943; opened and resealed with censor’s tape, tied with Swastika cachet; also marked front and black with blue ink 'swipe' special inspection mark (Dutch mail?)

Reference: S1049
£15.00

German WW2 censor’s German WW2 censor’s German WW2 censor’s 'swipe' mark
2 x 6 pfgs Hitler heads on plain envelope from Ankum Bz Osnabruck to Maarn, Holland, 17 September 1943; opened and resealed with censor’s tape, tied with Swastika cachet (black and red); also marked front and black with blue ink 'swipe' special inspection mark (Dutch mail?)

Reference: S1048
£15.00

Czechoslovakia to British Zone of Occupied Germany, 1947
Czechoslovakia to British Zone of Occupied Germany, 1947
Czechoslovakia to British Zone of Occupied Germany, 1947
Czech 2.40 pictorial and 1.60 Lidice (SG 488, 494) on plain envelope to the British Zone of occupied Germany; from Trutnova to Düsseldorf, 2 September 1947; with blue official cachet of Trutnova; opened by British censor & sealed with tape 'Opened by Examiner 2345'; tied with circular cachet 'British Censorship Germany 0140' front & back; attractive combination

Reference: S1041
£25.00

Turkey PS card Smyrna to Germany 1897
Turkey PS card Smyrna to Germany 1897
Turkish 20p PS card cancelled with VF barred oval h/s SMYRNE, with bi-lingual d/r cds 20 September 1897; German d/r bridged arrival cds BARMEN 26 September 1897

Reference: S990
£21.00

GPO used by FPO Germany 1957
GPO used by FPO Germany 1957
QE2 Wilding ½d orange x 5; cancelled Field Post Office 414, then at Wilhemshaven; to Catford, London, 18 January 1957; m/s 'Forces Airmail'; no b/s; nice neat franking

Reference: S982
£15.00

Holland to Germany 1940
Holland to Germany 1940
12½c portrait issue on business envelope from Haaksbergen to Krefeld, 12 March 1940; opened and resealed by German censor with swastika cachets; no b/s

Reference: S975
£15.00

Holland to USA 1940
Holland to USA 1940
7½+2½ on 5c portrait PS card cancelled with ornamental slogan d/s 'SGRAVENHAGE; to New York, 10 December 1940; red German swastika censor's cachet; black C in circle inspector's mark (USA); scarce use on postal card

Reference: S974
£18.00

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

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