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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 (d) Queen Elizabeth, most recent first.
GB Meter mark and Slogan 1986
GB Meter mark and Slogan 1986
d/r cds Worcester 17 Meter mark and slogan to Droitwich 14 May 1986, with red slogan 'Look After Yourself – Quit Smoking' plus large boxed red h/s "Franking Me with an Incorrect Date has made it Appear that I have Arrived Late, date posted 15 May"; no b/s, unusual

Reference: S944
£15.00

National Trust Labels on Tintagel Card
National Trust Labels on Tintagel Card
PPC of Old Post Office, Tintagel, Cornwall franked with 4 fine National Trust 'stamps' 1p, 3p, 5p, 10p; cancelled by large s/r cds THE OLD POST OFFICE, TINTAGEL

Reference: S935
£15.00

GB Postal Strike 1971 to New Zealand
GB Postal Strike 1971 to New Zealand
1971 Postal Strike 'Special Courier mail from UK' label, 'New Zealand Courier'; cancelled 'Special Courier Mail, B & K Ealing Postal Office' 7 March 1971; New Zealand 4c moth stamp cancelled Auckland 19 March 1971; no b/s

Reference: S847
£15.00

GB Postal Strike 1971, Bexhill
GB Postal Strike 1971, Bexhill
Postal strike private post 'stamp' 2½d red Bexhill Delivery Service, operated by Bruce Co 16 Sea Road, cancelled with h/s 18.2.71.14.00; design with entwined SA (or AS);on long envelope, no b/s

Reference: S831
£18.00

GB Postal Strike 1971 Budleigh-Salterton
GB Postal Strike 1971 Budleigh-Salterton
Postal strike stamp inscribed 'Postage Paid 6d (2½p) cancelled with fine cds 'During the National Postal Strike - the post… Raleigh Stamp Postal Service 19 Feb 71', on a local letter in Budleigh Salterton; scarce 'stamp' slight faults to envelope

Reference: S829
£20.00

GB postal strike 1971, Coventry
GB postal strike 1971, Coventry
Commercial use of postal strike carrier service; letter from Coventry to Chiswick, London on 2? February 1971 bearing private label of 'Loadrunner Transport Services Ltd, Coventry, Inland Post 2/-'; no b/s

Reference: S828
£25.00

GB Postal Strike January 1971 FDCGB Postal Strike January 1971 FDC
Postal Strike Mail souvenir FDC with JFK 2/- "stamp" cancelled PRIVATE MAIL, 20 January 1971 in blue, London to Hendon

Reference: S708
£15.00

GB to Azores 1971, returned GB to Azores 1971, returned GB to Azores 1971, returned
GB Machin 5p violet on plain envelope from Huddersfield to Ponta Delgada, Azores; h/s Ausente/Parti boxed h/s (also on reverse); h/s "RETOUR À L'ENVOYEUR/DEVOLVIGO AO REMETENTE"; h/s "UNDELIVERED FOR REASON STATED/RETURN TO SENDER"; red h/s "O NAVIO NÃO SE ENCONTRA NEM É ESPERADO NESTE PORTO"; b/s Correios Ponta Delgada 24 July 1971

Reference: S697
£24.00

Jersey to Copenhagen 1961 returned
Jersey to Copenhagen 1961 returned
Jersey to Copenhagen 1961 returned
GB 3d CEPT issue Jersey to Copenhagen, 19 September 1961 (2nd value lost in transit) cancelled Jersey slogan d/s, to a hotel; m/s "please forward"; cds Kobenhavn 23 Sept & 25 Sept 1961; purple h/s "OMKARTERINGS---/KOBENHAVN" (twice); large green h/s RETOUR and green boxed 'parti'; purple h/s "UNDELIVERED FOR REASON STATED/RETURN TO SENDER" m/s "RETOUR in green with further h/s on reverse

Reference: S623
£30.00

Postard from ship at Gibraltar to UK with postage duePostard from ship at Gibraltar to UK with postage duePostard from ship at Gibraltar to UK with postage due
Strip 4 GB QEII Wilding ½d orange on PPC of P&O ship 'Chusan', cancelled with post office triangle cachet I.S.(Inland Service); double ring cds Gibraltar 19 May 1956; GB Postage Due h/s in Green 2d I.S.T and black T; m/s "Posted SS Chusan Gibraltar 18.3.56"; to Carshalton, Surrey

Reference: S621
£25.00

B.E.A Airletter Stamps, 1953 
B.E.A Airletter Stamps, 1953
GB 2½ Coronation (SG 532) on long envelope with added British European Airways "stamps" 1/9d, 1/2d, 8d cancelled with boxed "Waterloo Air Terminal" 25 November 1943, to British European Airways, Birmingham. with small added h/s "To Be Posted on Arrival". m/s on reverse states "flown in by helicopter".

Reference: S614
£25.00

British Postal Strike February 1971 commercial coverBritish Postal Strike February 1971 commercial cover
GB DL size envelope with Postal Strike label inscribed 'R.& R.S. G.P.C. approved Special Post Feb 1971', 1/-(?) crossed out and 10p added (during the current currency change), black on pale yellow, cancelled by h/s 'Research & Recruitment Services, 132 Great Portland Street, London W1' 26 Feb 1971, to London EC2: seems as genuine as any are

Reference: S566
£20.00

GB £1 Wedgwood bookletGB £1 Wedgwood booklet
GB sponsored booklet "The Story of Wedgwood"(SG DX1) complete with all pages and including the scarce ½p 1 side band; perforations mostly good, neat clean copy, cat £75+

Reference: S565
£21.00

GB £5 POSTAGE DUES ON PIECE 1986GB £5 POSTAGE DUES ON PIECE 1986
Large piece franked with postage dues, 9 x £5, 7 x 20p, 50p, 5p, 3p, all uncancelled but with a 'soft packet' Keighley d/s alongside; used as a receipt for a parcel charged £46.98; nice unusual use of postage dues

Reference: S526
£20.00

50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST AERIAL FLIGHT HENDON TO WINDSOR 196150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST AERIAL FLIGHT HENDON TO WINDSOR 1961
Illustrated commemorative envelope for the 50th anniversary of the First Aerial Post, Hendon to Windsor, in September 1911; 3d WIlding cancelled with the Anniversary slogan d/s 9 September 1961, & an 11d BEA Airway Letter Service stamp cancelled 'BEA CEPT-Europa Flight 9 September 1961' From Windsor to Torquay

Reference: S379
£15.00

ENVELOPE FROM THE BRITISH NAVAL CONTINGENT DURING THE LIBERIA EMERGENCY 1990ENVELOPE FROM THE BRITISH NAVAL CONTINGENT DURING THE LIBERIA EMERGENCY 1990
Envelope with GB 20p 'Kew Gardens' stamp cancelled 'London I.S. Maritime Mail' with boxed cachet 'Ist Officer (S) RFA Tidespring 13 June 1990'. The Royal Fleet Auxiliary 'Tidespring' assisted HMS Andromeda off Monrovia, Liberia during the Liberian civil strife 1990; with notes on the operation included; scarce & not seen before

Reference: S377
£25.00

BRITISH FORCES WITH FRENCH LED FORCE IN THE CONGO EMERGENCY 2003BRITISH FORCES WITH FRENCH LED FORCE IN THE CONGO EMERGENCY 2003
French 'no value' stamp cancelled 'Bureau Postal Interarmées 628' 31 July 2003, on a British Airmail envelope, to Totnes; from the French-led force restoring order in the Bunia region of the Congo. This was the first EU military operation outside Europe and without Nato, with a British contingent of Engineers; notes on the operation are included: very scarce and the only example I have seen

Reference: S376
£35.00

LETTER FROM THE FRENCH EMBASSY LONDON LETTER FROM THE FRENCH EMBASSY LONDON 'VALISE AVION' 1970
5d Machin dark blue on envelope with handstamp in red 'Etat-Major de l'Armée de Terre 2e Bureau Attachés Militaires INV.68-70 - Poste 25.125'; large red cachet 'Ambassade de France Londres Attaché Militaire' & boxed red 'Valise Avion'; MS in red 'o/c MilFrance Londres'; 28 May 1970 London to Ashford, addressed to John Hayhurst, British director of the Concorde Project & famous Postal Hitorian: a spectacular combination

Reference: S337
£25.00

USA AIRMAIL TO ENGLAND WITH GB POSTAGE DUES 1974USA AIRMAIL TO ENGLAND WITH GB POSTAGE DUES 1974
Envelope franked with 3 x 8c Eisenhower portrait, cancelled Bronx NY 104 12 Feb 1974, underfranked, with US Tax handstamp T 36/15, and British 'Insufficiently Prepaid 13p to Pay' handstamp; British Postage Due stamps 2 x 5p + 3 x 1p cancelled Heanor Derbyshire 16 February 1974

Reference: S335
£15.00

GREAT BRITAIN WILDING L.S.D.ISSUE USED ONE YEAR AFTER THE CHANGE TO DECIMAL CURRENCYGREAT BRITAIN WILDING L.S.D.ISSUE USED ONE YEAR AFTER THE CHANGE TO DECIMAL CURRENCY
GB2 x 1d, 3d & 1/- Wilding issues used on envelope Farnworth and Bold, Lancs to Bolton, 29 February 1972, L.s.d.stamps used a year after decimalistion, 1/5 rate to equal the current decimal postal rate. Probably philatelic use

Reference: S280
£12.00

GB 50th ANNIVERSARY OF AIRCRAFT LANDING ON A MOVING SHIP 1967GB 50th ANNIVERSARY OF AIRCRAFT LANDING ON A MOVING SHIP 1967GB 50th ANNIVERSARY OF AIRCRAFT LANDING ON A MOVING SHIP 1967
GB 3d Wilding + 2 commemorative labels of the event, cancelled with slogan d/s 'Ship through the Port of London' 2 August 1967 & special cachet, on PPC of the landing on HMS Furious 2 August 1917

Reference: S279
£18.00

GB 2½d WILDING ISSUE USED ON CHRISTMAS ISLAND 1956GB 2½d WILDING ISSUE USED ON CHRISTMAS ISLAND 1956
GB 2½d 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 2½d WILDING USED IN CHRISTMAS ISLAND 1956GB 2½d WILDING USED IN CHRISTMAS ISLAND 1956
GB 2½d 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

GB LONDON 1960 INTERNATIONAL STAMP EXHIBITION COVER PLUS CERTIFICATE OF POSTINGGB LONDON 1960 INTERNATIONAL STAMP EXHIBITION COVER PLUS CERTIFICATE OF POSTINGGB LONDON 1960 INTERNATIONAL STAMP EXHIBITION COVER PLUS CERTIFICATE OF POSTING
1960 Tercentenary of the General Letter Office 1/3 stamp (SG 620) on registered envelope from the London International Stamp Exhibition 1960 with illustration and special cachets (front and back), to Redhill: plus the certificate of posting for this cover, a rare combination and a fine exhibition item.

Reference: S165
£20.00

GB - DEVON: 1961 PHILATELIC COVER WITH LUNDY MILLENARY ISSUE.GB - DEVON: 1961 PHILATELIC COVER WITH LUNDY MILLENARY ISSUE.
1961 cover with an ILFRACOMBE DEVON 3d paid meter mark dated 28.VIII.61 and the Lundy Millenary Issue cancelled by LUNDY MILLENARY 30.AUG.61

Reference: H220
£20.00