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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.
GB Telegram 1942 censoredGB Telegram 1942 censored
Cable & Wireless illustrated cablegram "Via Imperial"; red h/s "EBM6909" and violet h/s CGA; from Birmingham to Bardford, Warwicks 22 July 1942; with crown "Passed by Censor" cachet; colourful and spectacular. (Sorry no picture. the system keep showing the wrong one - it keeps printing the wrong file and I cannot unscramble the error - this belongs to S1120. A scan can be sent separately)

Reference: S1119
£25.00

GB 2/6 value used 1941GB 2/6 value used 1941
GB KGVI 2/6 brown plus 3d deep violet on envelope to British Guiana, inscribed "Via North Atlantic Air Service"; cancelled Harrogate 20 December 1941 m/c d/s; censor tape 'Examined by C34"; b/s Air Mail GPO British Guiana

Reference: S1118
£30.00

GB to USA Not Found 1952GB to USA Not Found 1952
2 x KGVI 8d cancelled with VF s/r cds St John¢s Wood B.D. NW 8 code D 29 January 1952, registered air mail; violet h/s 'CANNOT BE FOUND' 'DIRECTORY SERVICE GIVEN SOUTH CENTRAL STN' with pointing finger cachet & boxed 'Return to Sender'; red ink m/s 'Letter only'; Chicago and New York b/s 2-5 Feb & St John¢s Wood day of sending; a nice combination

Reference: S1117
£25.00

GB from Base Army to London 1943GB from Base Army to London 1943
6 x KGVI 3d + 2 x 1d all cancelled BASE ARMY POST OFFICE 4 (then in Egypt) airmail; sealed with censor¢s tape "Opened by Censor PC22" in red; tied by small diamond cachet 8 (front and back); 1/8d rate

Reference: S1116
£25.00

GB to French Zone of Germany 1948GB to French Zone of Germany 1948
GB KGVI 6d on envelope to Landau, French Zone of Germany; cancelled Enfield m/c d/s 27 July 1948; destination partially blacked out and m/s "2/8 return" & violet h/s 'Zurüch' added; with typed note 'Wenn unbestellbar, bitte zurück an umsthende Adresse' ('if address unknown please contact the address overleaf'); on reverse small label 'décédé'

Reference: S1115
£25.00

German airmail to Colombia, underpaid, 1937
German airmail to Colombia, underpaid, 1937
airmail letter to Colombia; Hindenburg heads 2 x 10pfg + 25pfg cancelled cds Meerane 4 September 1937; m/s "mit Luftpost in Columbien"; red h/s "mit Luftpost zum D. Europa"; also Transit cds CORREO AEREO BARRANQUILLA; b/s Bogota 17 September 1937; originally underpaid with ms ¢1¢ and boxed ¢T'

Reference: S1100
£25.00

France stamp subscription form 1955France stamp subscription form 1955France stamp subscription form 1955
Carte d'Abonnement subscription for new French postage stamp issues for a Dr G. Veaux, Bordeaux, 26 December 1955; franked inside with 500fr airmail (SG 1196); numerous postal datestamps inside and on page 4; not often seen

Reference: S1103
£24.00

USA WW2 double censor to GB 1943USA WW2 double censor to GB 1943
3c Victory + 30c Airmail cancelled Boston Red Cross slogan d/s 22 March 1943; readdressed New York City, then Hexham, then Cambridge; censored twice with 'Opened by Examiner 5646' and 'Examined by 7676',tape of two different types

Reference: S1101
£22.00

Greece Currency Inspection 1936 to French MoroccoGreece Currency Inspection 1936 to French MoroccoGreece Currency Inspection 1936 to French Morocco
On front 7d pictorial and on reverse 8d pictorial + 2 x 50 lepta on 20 lepta; cancelled with d/r bridged cds Peireus (Athens) 7 November 1938, to French Morocco; red crayon "Surtaxe insufficante" (endorsed by signature); opened and resealed by currency control authorities; tied by large cachet; b/s m/c d/s CASABLANCA 10 Nov 1938

Reference: S1064
£20.00

Austrian Airmail 1925Austrian Airmail 1925
Austrian airmail issues 3 x 6gr, 2 x 5gr, 2 gr + 40g definitive (SG 583, 616, 617, 618); all cancelled Vienna I d/r bridged cds 29 September 1925 to Bern; with extra cds 30 September (with blue crayon tick); m/s and h/s Flugpost; no b/s; attractive airmail cover

Reference: S1059
£25.00

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

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