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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.
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

Holland to Spain 1942 
Holland to Spain 1942
7½ on 7c PS card cancelled 'Sgravenhage ornamental slogan d/s; to Spain, 24 January 1942; German swastika censor cachet; Spanish censor cachets (3) in violet) plus small boxed red control h/s (German?) 4206; scarce use on postal card

Reference: S973
£20.00

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

Holland to New York 1940 censored
Holland to New York 1940 censored
Holland to New York 1940 censored
12½ on 3c (SG 526) German occupation surcharged issue cancelled d/r cds from Groenlo(?) To New York 5 October 1940; German censorʼs "Geöffnet" tape with black eagle & swastikas, tied with red eagle & swastikas h/s; with original letter; no b/s; some faults to reverse of envelope

Reference: S959
£18.00

Holland to Paris 1941 censoredHolland to Paris 1941 censored
5 on 3c; 7½ on 3c (SG 523-4) German occupation surcharge issues cancelled with decorative slogan d/s from The Hague(?) to Paris 21 August 1941; German censorʼs 'Geöffnet' tape tied with swastika h/s and red Wehrmacht m/c h/s

Reference: S958
£16.00

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

Germany end of Inflation 1923
Germany end of Inflation 1923
Germany end of Inflation 1923
3 x 10 new pfennigs on registered envelope cancelled s/r cds Stuttgart No 7; b/s oval h/s München 2a BZ 6.12.23 and large blue label of Stuttgart firm: in the first week of the new post-inflation currency

Reference: S924
£15.00

Bavaria Bavaria 'Free State' Issues 1919
Plain envelope inscribed 'Einschreiben', with registered label, franked with Germania issue overprinted FREISTAAT BAYERN 3 x 2½ pfg + 3 x 7½ pfg plus 5 pfg portrait issue, b/s Wiesbaden 7.8.19

Reference: S915
£20.00

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

Berlin Airlift 1949
Berlin Airlift 1949
Berlin Airlift commemorative issue, Russian Zone General issue on official envelope FDC; from Berlin-Neu Koeln to Hamburg, 23 June 1949; 24pfg overprinted 3rd German People's Congress 29-30 May 1949 (SG R54); no b/s

Reference: S907
£30.00

Letter to POW in Suffolk 1947, RTS
Letter to POW in Suffolk 1947, RTS
d/r bridged cds Berlin N 65g (French Zone) on envelope with m/s date 16 November 1947 to POW Camp Debach, Woodbridge; m/s 'Kriegsgefangenenpost'; red h/s "Addressee repatriated/Return to Sender"; long legible letter in German; some faults to envelope but a scarce useage

Reference: S902
£40.00

Switzerland to Yorkshire 1943, censored
Switzerland to Yorkshire 1943, censored
Switzerland to Yorkshire 1943, censored
Swiss small pictorials 2 x 10c + 30c on airmail envelope from Le Sépey, Switzerland to Harrogate, 12 March 1943; m/s in blue crayon 389; opened and censored by the Germans with 'Geöffnet' label tied by swastikas; British censor's tape 'Opened by Examiner 7545'; no b/s

Reference: S892
£20.00

Germany, Russian Zone, 1949
Germany, Russian Zone, 1949
Zonal issues for the Russian Zone of post-war Occupied Germany, Bicentenary of Goethe, complete set (SG R55-59) on decorative FDC, registered, with special 'Globe' cachet; fine set,

Reference: S889
£21.00

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

British POW in Germany 1918
British POW in Germany 1918
PPC of a rural scene, from British Royal Fusiliers POW in a camp in Mecklenberg, to Canterbury, 19 May 1918; with fine purple cachet "Kriegsgefangenenlager Parchim/Gebrüft F.A. No 86 Postprufungsstelle"; overstruck by red London Paid m/c d/s 22 August 1918; a nice POW example with all marks clean

Reference: S887
£15.00

Germany Zonal issue 1948
Germany Zonal issue 1948
Workers issues with posthorn 'all over' overprints 16, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 80, 84 pfg (SG A59-60, 63-66, 68-69) and 'banded' overprints 24, 25pfg (SG A44, A45) on large piece, unaddressed, cancelled Genzenhausen (Mittelfr) with neatly struck d/r cds

Reference: S886
£20.00

OHMS envelope to Cologne, 1949
OHMS envelope to Cologne, 1949
OHMS telegram envelope sealed with with OHMS label cancelled bridged d/r cds Koln–Lindenthal 2 31 Jan 1949, & with circular cachet 'By Civilian Post, Free of Charge (Porto Frei)....'

Reference: S885
£15.00

Germany Berlin, 1952 OlympicsGermany Berlin, 1952 Olympics
Germany Berlin issues (SG B88-90) 4, 10 & 20pfg on llustrated FDC of the pre-Olympics festival in Berlin, 1952 (prior to the Games in Helsinki); with Olympic cachet dated 1952, scarce stamps

Reference: S884
£25.00

German occupation of Luxemburg 1943
German occupation of Luxemburg 1943
German occupation of Luxemburg 1943
2 x 12pfg Hitler heads cancelled German type cds Esch-Alzig on window envelope; German "Geöffnet' censor tape tied with black and red Swastika cachets; on reverse censor cachet 204 in red oval, no b/s: destination not shown but at 24pfg rate probably to Germany or other occupied territory

Reference: S866
£20.00

German occupation of Luxemburg 1941
German occupation of Luxemburg 1941
German occupation of Luxemburg 1941
12pfg Hindenburg overprinted Luxemburg, cancelled German type cds Luxemberg 2a 8 April 1941, on window envelope with German 'Geöffnet' censor tape tied by red and black swastika cachets; no b/s; on reverse typed notation from 'Weimerskirch'

Reference: S865
£20.00

German advertising envelope registered 1927
German advertising envelope registered 1927
40pfg portrait issue on registered envelope with commercial advertising; cancelled with d/r bridged cds Dortmund 22 Feb 1927; on reverse oval Munich 2a BZ 23 Feb (1927)

Reference: S850
£20.00

Germany decorative illustrated envelope 1924
Germany decorative illustrated envelope 1924
3pfg of the new gold currency (renten-pfennige) used alone on illustrated decorative advertising envelope, to Vilshafen; cancelled s/r cds Günzburg 2 May 1924; printed paper rate; no b/s

Reference: S846
£15.00

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