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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 (c) Four Kings, most recent first.
Transatlantic 1st Flight, mixed franking 1939
Transatlantic 1st Flight, mixed franking 1939
GB KGV 1/- and KGVI 3d + US 30c from London to New York and back; cancelled London FS (5?) Aug 1939, New York 6 Aug 1939; on special envelope inscribed 'Transatlantic First Service....by Imperial Airways" and m/s "Caribou" in red; b/s New York 6 August and 8 August

Reference: S906
£20.00

GB 1st Flight England-Scandinavia 1936
GB 1st Flight England-Scandinavia 1936
GB KGV 2d on special airmail envelope inscribed 'Opening of the Air Mail Service by British Airways, England-Scandinavia'; from London 17 March 1936, b/s MALMO 17 March 1936

Reference: S905
£20.00

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

GB to Cuba 1941 censored
GB to Cuba 1941 censored
GB to Cuba 1941 censored
GB KGVI 3d deep violet on envelope cancelled London WC m/c d/s 7 Jan 1941; opened by British censor & re-sealed with tape reading 'Opened by Examiner 2563'; b/s Havana, Cuba slogan d/s 31 January 1941; some faults to envelope

Reference: S901
£15.00

USA to England 1943 censored
USA to England 1943 censored
US 5c occupied countries issue, Poland (marginal) + 2 x 2c Defence Definitives; from Brooklyn to South Shields, 31 July 1943; opened and resealed by British Censor 'Opened by Examiner 5231'; no b/s

Reference: S898
£20.00

London to Ireland Postage Due 1914
London to Ireland Postage Due 1914
Envelope unfranked from London to Cork, 6 June 1914, cancelled by London m/c d/s; with large charge mark N/2d in circle; 2d black postage due label cancelled Cork 8 June 1914; on reverse Cork d/r cds 7 June 1914: very early use of Postage Due in Ireland

Reference: S873
£25.00

GB to Transvaal Postage Due 1910
GB to Transvaal Postage Due 1910
GB KEVII d on PPC of Old Mill, Leatherhead, with d/r cds of Leatherhead 13 August 1910; underpaid to Transvaal; charge marks T/1A in circle, T in hexagon & m/s '10' in blue crayon; 1d Transvaal postage due label cancelled Potchefstroom 8 September (on card) and 9 September 1910 (on label): corner fault to card but a nice combination of marks

Reference: S872
£20.00

British POW letter to Stalag XIA 1945
British POW letter to Stalag XIA 1945
2d POW air letter to a British POW in Stalag XIA, cancelled Stafford m/c d/s 10 January 1945; from a mother to her son; no censor marks; no b/s; some age marks

Reference: S816
£16.00

Naval mail, censored, red void centre cds 1943
Naval mail, censored, red void centre cds 1943
Stampless envelope with m/s 'On Active Service'; blue shield cachet 'from H.M. Ship passed by censor'; d/r void cds 'Post Office Maritime Mail' v fine strike in red; to London, 13 February 1943 (m/s); no b/s; a neat clean example

Reference: S806
£15.00

Naval censored mail 1943
Naval censored mail 1943
Stampless envelope with red anchor type Naval cachet HM Ship, and double ring void centre d/s 'Post Office Maritime Mail' (v fine strike), to Bournemouth, 14 December 1943 (m/s); censor's tape 'Opened by Examiner 2989'; no b/s; a nice clean example

Reference: S805
£20.00

GB 10 x 1d on GB 10 x 1d on 'Honour Envelope' to Doncaster 1941, censored
10 x KGVI 1d deep red on green band 'Honour Envelope', m/s 'Air Mail'; cancelled Field Post Office (number unclear, probably in Middle East) 19 March 1941; violet boxed censor h/s 'Passed Unit Censor" with No 425 reversed (type A302) signed; no b/s

Reference: S778
£22.00

GB 2/6 brown used alone 1940, censored
GB 2/6 brown used alone 1940, censored
GB KGVI 2/6 brown (SG 476) used alone on air mail envelope from London to Illinois, USA 20 June 1940, cancelled London FS M machine d/s; USA censor's tape 'Opened by Examiner 301'; no arrival d/s

Reference: S777
£25.00

GB, US Army Mail censored 1943
GB, US Army Mail censored 1943
GB KGV d Silver Jubilee + 2 x KGVI 1d red on illustrated WWII patriotic envelope "We're in it - Let's Win it!", from USAPO to Chelmsford; cancelled US Army Postal Service APO 644; boxed US Army Censor h/s 1007d crossed out; no b/s; a colourful cover

Reference: S754
£25.00

RPSL Red Cross Fund envelope, May 1940
RPSL Red Cross Fund envelope, May 1940
Stamp centenary d, 1d, d cancelled with large red cds with Red Cross symbol, on illustrated envelope of the Royal Philatelic Society Centenary Exhibition, in aid of the Red Cross and St John Fund, special FDC; on reverse an imprint of a penny black;

Reference: S736
£24.00

GB to Spain c1940 censoredGB to Spain c1940 censored
GB KGVI 2 x d and 2d (dark colours) (SG 462 and 465) on envelope, uncancelled, from London to the Danish Legation in Madrid; censor's tape inscribed "Opened by Examiner 978"; b/s Madrid, date unclear, but ties the tape

Reference: S707
£18.00

GB WWI SoldierGB WWI SoldierGB WWI Soldier's Card 1915
2x GB KGV d cancelled Blackpool m/c d/s, h/s "Verified at Records/Base M.E.F" and violet boxed "R.E.(S.R.)/A.P.S."; m/s "missing"; on reverse oval cachet "Territorial Force Record Office PRESTON 12 August 1915" sealing flap; age marks & some spotting especially on reverse

Reference: S706
£20.00

GB Registered to Brazil 1936, misrouted & returnedGB Registered to Brazil 1936, misrouted & returnedGB Registered to Brazil 1936, misrouted & returned
GB KGV photogravure issue d, 1d, 1d, 2d (SG 439-441,443) on manilla envelope, registered, to a hotel in Brazil; m/s "if not called for in 10 days please return"; "Huntingdon 7735" registration crossed out and re-entered; m/s "V. VERSO" and h/s "OUT OF COURSE 1.S.", and m/s "received"; b/s Huntindon registered 9 January 1936 & on return 2 March 1936, and at Copacabana 12 January; age faults but an attractive postal history item

Reference: S684
£25.00

GB 2d UPU used alone to AthensGB 2d UPU used alone to Athens
PUC 2d (SG 437) used alone on plain envelope from London to Athens 16 June 1929; cancelled d/r m/c d/s & cds; 2d foreign surface mail rate; no b/s

Reference: S683
£21.00

GB Used Port Said, PAQUEBOT, 1909GB Used Port Said, PAQUEBOT, 1909GB Used Port Said, PAQUEBOT, 1909
GB KEVII 1d cancelled with superb boxed h/s 'PAQUEBOT' alongside bilingual bridged double ring cds PORT SAID 29 July 1909; on VF photographic PPC of Malta; to Anerly, London; a lovely example of this cancellation

Reference: S682
£24.00

GB KGV 1d on Stamp Exhibition card 1912GB KGV 1d on Stamp Exhibition card 1912GB KGV 1d on Stamp Exhibition card 1912
GB KGV 1d on a special 'stamp' postcard, from a stamp dealer (W.T.Wilson) with a stand at the Jubilee International Stamp Exhibition, London 1912, held at the Royal Horticultural Hall, with the special cancellation for the event 18 October 1912, addressed to Cleveland, Ohio USA: attractive early 'philatelic' item

Reference: S648
£16.00

GB KEVIII registered FDC 1936GB KEVIII registered FDC 1936GB KEVIII registered FDC 1936
GB KE VIII d, 1d, 2d on registered envelope from St Albans to Harpenden 1 September 1936, with registered label; on reverse oval d/s registered St Albans (twice) 1 September & Harpenden 2 September 1936

Reference: S647
£20.00

GB FPO 452 Canadian Forces in Italy, 1945
GB FPO 452 Canadian Forces in Italy, 1945
GB KGVI 3d, cancelled Field Post Office 452 Canadian Forces in Italy (Mediterranian Force) on Forces Air Letter, to Wakefield; VF crowned shield censor h/s 5536 in blue, top sealed with PC90 censor tape, Opened by Examiner 2332; no b/s

Reference: S633
£16.00

GB KGVI 11d used alone on FDC
GB KGVI 11d used alone on FDC
GB KGVI definitive issue 11d (SG 474a) used alone on envelope cancelled first day of issue (cat 55); from Flixton, Manchester to Whitley Bay

Reference: S620
£15.00

Postcard from Sark to Scotland, 1906
Postcard from Sark to Scotland, 1906
Postcard from Sark to Scotland, 1906
GB KE VII 1/2d on PPC of Creux Harbour, Sark, to Forsinard, Sutherland, Scotland, 2 July 1906; fine s/r cds of Sark with d/r arrival d/s Forsinard 693; from a Sark hotel to a hotel in Forsinard, an attractive item

Reference: S619
£15.00

London to Algiers by air 1936, returned to sender
London to Algiers by air 1936, returned to sender
London to Algiers by air 1936, returned to sender
GB KGV 5d and 1d cancelled with large double-ring cds Wilton Road, Hudson's Place SW1,from Harrow to Algiers, 2 March 1936; Airmail label with MS 'urgent': boxed handstamp 'Retour à l'Envoyeur' and rough h/s 'voir au dos' in violet; on reverse are cachets showing attempts to deliver via Paris to Algiers, and returned with violet handstamps 'Addresse Incomplète' & 'Inconnu à l'Appel Alger' a fine RTS example

Reference: S615
£24.00