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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.
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

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

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

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

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