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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 Aviation, most recent first.
Panama, 1st flight, 1929, via PanAm to New York
Panama, 1st flight, 1929, via PanAm to New York
Panama 2c airmail envelope to New York, 8 February 1929, uprated with 25c on 10c airmail surcharged stamp, cancelled Panama duplex 3; VF circular 'Agencia Postal Panama, Primer Correo Aereo Intenacional' and h/s 'Pan American Airways inc, Primer Vuelo', both in violet; no b/s

Reference: S1021
£40.00

Panama Lindbergh Commemoration
Panama Lindbergh Commemoration
Panama Homage to Lindbergh issue 2c and 5c overprints (SG 222-3) first day of issue with special 'Honor a Lindbergh' cancellation; no b/s; from Colon to Cristobal, 9 January 1928

Reference: S1019
£15.00

French Colonies, Mauritania internal airmail 1935
French Colonies, Mauritania internal airmail 1935
2 x 50c Desert Riders issue cancelled d/r cds Saint-Louis Senegal on official Government imprinted envelope, to Port Etienne, 15 December 1935; m/s 'Par Avion'; St Louis was the administrative capital of Mauritania at the time, making this an internal airmail

Reference: S1016
£20.00

Portugal to Cuba 1942 censored
Portugal to Cuba 1942 censored
Portugal to Cuba 1942 censored
Portugal 10c, 30c, 15c, 1$, 5$ on airmail envelope cancelled C.T.T. LESARADORES(?), LISBOA 'razor blade' style d/r cds 16 May 1942; British censor's tape 'Opened by Examiner 1712; b/s ocatogal d/s LISBON 17 MAY 42; violet cachet "Ministerio de Communicaciones Cuba 2"

Reference: S986
£20.00

NZ to GB 1940 censored
NZ to GB 1940 censored
NZ pictorials 3d, 7d, 1/- (SG 618, 622, 625) on envelope by airmail from Palmerston, North to Waltham Abbey, 22 February 1940; censor's tape "Opened and Passed by Censor in New Zealand", tied with "Passed by Censor NZ 26" circular h/s; b/s oval d/s 'Registered Waltham Cross' 19 March 1940; opened slightly roughly; scarcer values on envelope and a good combination

Reference: S979
£20.00

Uruguay registered airmail censored 1944
Uruguay registered airmail censored 1944
Uruguay registered airmail censored 1944
1p pictorial + 12c and 20c small definitives on registered airmail envelope from Montevideo to Birmingham, 7 July 1944; on reverse Miami, Fla. registered 12 July and New York 12 July; sealed with British censor tape 'Opened by Examiner 6498'

Reference: S972
£15.00

Brazil registered airmail censored 1945
Brazil registered airmail censored 1945
Brazil registered airmail censored 1945
5c small definitives to total of 19,500 reis on registered airmail envelope from Rio de Janeiro to Birmingham, 5 January 1945; censored and resealed in Brazil with box cachet D.F. 278 (front & reverse) and by GB with label "Opened by Examiner 6698"

Reference: S971
£20.00

USA to Yorkshire Missent 1983
USA to Yorkshire Missent 1983
3 x 40c Philip Mazzei commemorative on airmail envelope from Fort Lauderdale to Harrogate, 21 November 1983; h/s 'missent to Jakarta', a mark considered to be used improperly to cover up delay in the mail; on reverse m/s 'From P&O Canberra"; minor faults to envelope

Reference: S970
£15.00

Nigeria multifranking to Yorkshire, 1972
Nigeria multifranking to Yorkshire, 1972
Nigeria multifranking to Yorkshire, 1972
Long envelope Port Harcourt to Halifax, Yorkshire 28 April 1972, franked with 20 x 2d (SG 231, no printer’s imprint) + 10 x 3d pictorials (SG 233, with imprint), for Express Airmail rate 70d=5/10; NB 15 x 2d on reverse uncancelled; (30 stamps cat £2 each)

Reference: S946
£25.00

Belgium Queen Astrid Mourning Set 
Belgium Queen Astrid Mourning Set
Mourning issue for Queen Astrid set (SG 713-720) on large registered envelope from Brussels to Colwyn Bay, 2 February 1936; by Airmail; b/s faint oval d/s Registered Colwyn Bay

Reference: S942
£18.00

USA Airmail to England 1943, censored
USA Airmail to England 1943, censored
USA 5 x 6c Presidents issue cancelled s/r cds barred duplex Boston Back Bay Annex 13 May 1941, to Ipswich, opened & resealed by US Censor, no b/s

Reference: S937
£16.00

USA Airmail to GB 1941, censored
USA Airmail to GB 1941, censored
30c Presidents¢ series cancelled Newark Clinton Hill Sta duplex 1 on decorative air mail envelope from Newark, New Jersey to Ipswich, UK; inscribed 'via Trans-Atlantic Airmail'; opened by British censor examiner 940; no b/s; small faults to envelope

Reference: S936
£15.00

Australia Flying Doctor 1957
Australia Flying Doctor 1957
2 x 7d Flying Doctor issue (SG 297) + 10d definitive (SG 282c) on official FDC envelope for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, from Sydney to Germany, 17 September 1957 (Not FD of issue); cancelled s/r 'skeleton' cds GPO Sydney NSW; no b/s `

Reference: S911
£15.00

Australia registered airmail 1949
Australia registered airmail 1949
8 x 1949 UPU 3½d (SG 232) + 6 x 2½d John Forrest (SG 233) on registered envelope by airmail to Kirkcaldy; b/s Tirrikiba NSW 17 Dec 1949, Sydney 18 Dec 1949, minor faults to envelope but a spectacular franking

Reference: S910
£25.00

Egypt Hotel Post 1956
Egypt Hotel Post 1956
Aeroplane over Pyramids 8 mils, 20 mils Airmails, cancelled bi-lingual bridged s/r cds, on Heliopolis House Hotel envelope, from the hotel in Cairo to London, 22 August 1935; no b/s; minor faults to envelope

Reference: S909
£15.00

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

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 2½d 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

Samoa / USA first flight to NZ, 1965
Samoa / USA first flight to NZ, 1965
US pictorials 5c, 5c, 15c cancelled d/r cds Pago Pago, Samoa 28 November 1965 on illustrated Air New Zealand envelope for DC8 1st flight between Samoa and New Zealand

Reference: S894
£15.00

Italy airmail to Peru, 1940
Italy airmail to Peru, 1940
Italy small definitives 10 lire, 1.25, 75c, and 2 x 50c for a total rate of 13 lire, on an airmail envelope with bilingual 'Par Avion' h/s & '3' in circle; cancelled 'MILANO C.CORRISP.E PACCHI/POSTA AEREA' to Lima, Peru 14 February 1940; with Peruvian censor on reverse 'El Censo Hara Conocer la Realidad Peruana'

Reference: S890
£20.00

Australia First Flight 1931
Australia First Flight 1931
Australia KGV 2d red & Kangaroo 1/- green cancelled Waverley NSW 19 November 1931, with First Flight cachet 'Special Air Mail Flight Australia – England Nov 1931', to RAMC Cookham Camp, Aldershot; b/s Sydney boxed 'Air Mail Section GPO'

Reference: S879
£15.00

South African POW in Italian camp, 1942
South African POW in Italian camp, 1942
South African POW in Italian camp, envelope with 6d and 3d S. African 'bantams' cancelled d/r cds Illovo Beach, Natal, South Africa 8 December 1942; to POW Camp 60 Italy; faint boxed violet bi-lingual Air Mail h/s, m/s charge marks in red & blue crayon; with bi-lingual South African censor's sealing tape; b/s d/r void Italian censor's b/s: a nice combination of marks

Reference: S875
£25.00

Gold Coast registered airmail 1953
Gold Coast registered airmail 1953
Gold Coast KGVI 6d (SG 142), 2/- (SG 144), 5/- (SG145), QEII 4d (SG 159) on registered packet-envelope, by airmail from Takemadi to Beckenham, 7 June 1953 (?)(before independence), very lightly cancelled; registration label completed in red ink 'Tci(?); no clear b/s

Reference: S874
£20.00

USA Airmail to Yorkshire 1946
USA Airmail to Yorkshire 1946
USA 3 x 5c Airmail, 3c, 1c and 11c definitives cancelled Portland Oregon, to Hornsea, 30 December 1946, with 'War Savings' slogan d/s; violet h/s "Foreign Air Mail must be fully prepaid for dispatch" and "Return for 15 cents additional postage"; small circular h/s "-7"; m/s "Clovelly, Clarks Camp"; no b/s

Reference: S856
£27.00

Dutch East Indies to Scotland 1940
Dutch East Indies to Scotland 1940
Airmail envelope bearing 60c and 30c Queen's Head issue and 5c pictorial, cancelled with d/r bridged cds, from Batavia to Edinburgh, 13 August 1940; m/s in red ink '7 gr'; endorsed 'By IA' (Imperial Airways), red circular inspector's mark 'Dev 9'; no b/s

Reference: S836
£20.00

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