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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 Middle East, most recent first.
Egypt 1954 to Bradford, censored
Egypt 1954 to Bradford, censored
Egypt 20 mils soldier, 30 mils pictorial, 2 mils blocked Farouk's head, on lightweight airmail envelope from Cairo to Bradford, cancelled with bi-lingual cds 3 December 1954; Arabic censor tape sealed with Arabic cachet, under and over tape; no arrival b/s; era of the conflict with Israel

Reference: S938
£15.00

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

Persia part newspaper to New York 1943
Persia part newspaper to New York 1943
Block of 4 x 10d magenta bridge pictorials (SG 852) on part Persian newspaper; from Teheran to New York, 22 (?) 1943, closed with address band sealed with Anglo-Soviet Persian censorship cachet, and with British crown censor DHC/31 on reverse; rare use; fragile

Reference: S891
£50.00

Egypt to Hull with Egypt to Hull with 'Retta' cancel censored 1946
Farouk 1 mil and 6 mils on defective envelope, cancelled by bilingual bridged cds, plus 10 mils Aeroplane over Pyramids airmail stamp cancelled by diamond 'Retta' h/s, from Alexandra to Hull 7 November 1946, with Egyptian censor's sealing tape & red bi-lingual diamond censor h/s No 72; age faults but a scarce combination

Reference: S882
£20.00

Egypt railways envelope with official stamp 1937
Egypt railways envelope with official stamp 1937
Large wrapper inscribed "Publicity Department Egyptian State Railways, Telegraphs and Telephones, Cairo Station"; franked with corner marginal 15 mills brown official stamp, cancelled Cairo c1937-8, to London

Reference: S871
£20.00

Egypt to UK British FPO datestamp 1941Egypt to UK British FPO datestamp 1941
Egypt 3 x 1 mil, 2 mils, 15 mils, 30 mils all cancelled Field Post Office 188 from Zamaley to Whitchurch, Hants, 21 January 1941; boxed violet 'Passed Unit Censor 32' cachet; no b/s

Reference: S861
£25.00

Persia Newspaper wrapper to USA 1943
Persia Newspaper wrapper to USA 1943
block of 4 10d magenta bridge pictorial (SG852) on part Persian newspaper sealed with address band; tied with Anglo-Soviet Persian censorship cachet and British crown censor DHC/484; also on reverse British crown censor DHC/31; from Teheran to New York 1943; flimsy but a very scarce combination

Reference: S858
£45.00

Egypt leave certificate 1901
Egypt leave certificate 1901
Leave of absence certificate for a military civilian helper ('Sirdar's typewriter') from 6 August to 6 October 1901; signed by Mudir of the Province, Cairo; some faults but rarely seen

Reference: S849
£15.00

RAF in Egypt FPO 190 to Argentine 1951
RAF in Egypt FPO 190 to Argentine 1951
2 mils, 10 mils, 50 mils definitive issue on airmail envelope, cancelled Field Post Office 190 (Egypt) 20 November 1951; Egyptian censor cachet and sorter's diamond h/s; on reverse ROSARIO ARGENTINA roller d/s; m/s 'from RAF Shallufa MEAF 16

Reference: S781
£24.00

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

Sudan Railways Parcels Invoice 1944
Sudan Railways Parcels Invoice 1944
Sudan Railways Parcels Invoice 1944
SUDAN RAILWAYS Form No 178 'Invoice for Parcels Traffic No 46064' bilingual form, completed in English, from and to the military, from Khartoum to RES Company ERKOWIT; very scarce in good condition

Reference: S726
£50.00

Egypt to London 1916 censoredEgypt to London 1916 censored
PPC "On Active Service" cancelled FPO 1.Y, BAPO T (Port Said) 30 March 1916; large oval cachet "B" Battery HAC (Hon Artillery Co); red boxed censor No 218; on PPC of Native Street in Cairo; scarce FPO at this date, nice combination

Reference: S686
£20.00

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

Military Mail from Egypt, 1943
Military Mail from Egypt, 1943
3mms green Egypt Military frank stamp (SG A12) cancelled Field Post Office 188 on envelope Egypt to Harrogate, neat boxed censor h/s 'Passed by Unit Censor 18' no b/s

Reference: S616
£16.00

France to Aden, 1904, forwarded to Yemen
France to Aden, 1904, forwarded to Yemen
France to Aden, 1904, forwarded to Yemen
France 5c Type Blanc cancelled Lyon St Jean 28 July 1904 on PPC of Lyon St Paul railway station, to Aden Camp: s/r Aden 8 August, Aden Camp crossed out and 'gone to Hodeida' (Yemen) added in red ink; Aden cds 9 August, bi-lingual bridged d/r cds Hudeida 12 August 1904; very scarce useage

Reference: S612
£25.00

Israel first flight to Tokyo 1951 tête-beche
Israel first flight to Tokyo 1951 tête-beche
26 April 1951 Lydda Aerodrome to Tokyo. SG 27-8a 75th anniversary UPU tête-bêche pair (from uncut booklet sheets) on first flight envelope with special cachet and aerodrome cancel; scarcer stamps Reference: S588

Reference: S588
£35.00

IRAQ, BAGHDAD TO TEL AVIV 1943 CENSOREDIRAQ, BAGHDAD TO TEL AVIV 1943 CENSORED
Iraq 50 fils blue on Airmail envelope cancelled with bi-lingual d/r bridged cds Baghdad 11 March 1943; MS 'Written in English'; boxed bi-lingual Iraq censor h/s tying Arabic text Censor tape; no b/s but a scarce attractive cover

Reference: S518
£20.00

EGYPT TO TEL AVIV 1942 CENSOREDEGYPT TO TEL AVIV 1942 CENSOREDEGYPT TO TEL AVIV 1942 CENSORED
New Zealand YMCA envelope inscribed 'On Active Service' datestamped Egypt Prepaid No 87, 22 October 1942; opened & re-sealed with label 'Examined by Base Censor' & Crown circular censor h/s, overstruck with small Egyptian censor h/s; on reverse a circular cachet '87' & h/s '3176' plus Cairo 4 m/c d/s; an unusual combination

Reference: S517
£20.00

INDIA CENSORED AIRMAIL TO BEYROUTH 1945 INDIA CENSORED AIRMAIL TO BEYROUTH 1945
India KGVI 1R + 3½as on Airmail envelope from Bombay to Beyrouth, cancelled with m/c d/s June 1945, opened and resealed with tape 'Opened by Examiner' type PC90 tied by h/s DHC/36 on front & crowned tombstone type Passed DHC/37 on reverse; on front purple Free French Cross of Lorraine SC cachet with red '505 U' on front, 'L 505' on reverse; Beyrouth bilingual roller arrival d/s 22 June 1945 on reverse, a nice combination

Reference: S529
£20.00

EGYPT BAB el LUD TO PALESTINE CENSORED MAY 1945EGYPT BAB el LUD TO PALESTINE CENSORED MAY 1945EGYPT BAB el LUD TO PALESTINE CENSORED MAY 1945
2 x 2 mills orange, 2 x 10 mills violet + 30 mills grey green cancelled with bi-lingual bridged cds Bab el Lud to Haifa 5 May 1945, MS 'Recommendée' & registration label + MS 89 in blue crayon; large double ring cachet RM (censor?) & sealing tape 'opened by Censor' red on white, tied front and back with hexagon censor cachet 'Palestine Passed by Censor H4' & h/s code 007204; b/s Cairo 5 May 1945, registered Haifa 14 May 1945: opened roughly at top but a nice 'busy' cover

Reference: S515
£20.00

PALESTINE PUBLICITY LEAFLET WITH EEF STAMP USED AS A REVENUE STAMPPALESTINE PUBLICITY LEAFLET WITH EEF STAMP USED AS A REVENUE STAMPPALESTINE PUBLICITY LEAFLET WITH EEF STAMP USED AS A REVENUE STAMP
Decorative advertising flyer for Zion Hall Jerusalem, August c1934, including 'Tolstoi, a Drama in 5 parts' & publicity for a shop selling perfumes, hats, shoes etc., in English, Hebrew, Arabic, French; franked with Palestine 4 mills red (SG 8) overprinted 'O.P.D.A.½ mill.' (Ottoman Public Debt Administration); crease where folded but a rare & spectacular use

Reference: S480
£50.00

EGYPT PREPAID ENVELOPE TO BRIDGWATER WITH BRITISH FORCES FRANK 1935EGYPT PREPAID ENVELOPE TO BRIDGWATER WITH BRITISH FORCES FRANK 1935EGYPT PREPAID ENVELOPE TO BRIDGWATER WITH BRITISH FORCES FRANK 1935
Envelope from Cairo to Bridgwater with large red cachet 'Egypt Postage Prepaid 23'; Cairo bridged cds M.P.O.Cairo 23 May 1935; on reverse British Forces in Egypt green Letter Stamp 1 piastre seal (corner fault) cancelled by blurred 'retta' obliterator; nice combination with some faults

Reference: S442
£20.00

GB UPU COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE WITH METER MARK 1950GB UPU COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE WITH METER MARK 1950
Illustrated 75th Anniversary of UPU 1874-1949 Envelope, franked with a London WC2 2½d Meter Mark 23 May 1950, to Cairo, with Egyptian inspector's mark (Censor?; unusual combination

Reference: S432
£15.00

EGYPT MULTI-FRANKED ENVELOPE TO IRAQ 1942, CENSOREDEGYPT MULTI-FRANKED ENVELOPE TO IRAQ 1942, CENSOREDEGYPT MULTI-FRANKED ENVELOPE TO IRAQ 1942, CENSORED
Farouk issue 6 x 1 mil & 2 x 6 mils + on reverse 4 x 1 mil, cancelled with bilingual cds (Sha Gaber?) 10 October 1942; opened for inspection & resealed with tape inscribed bilingual 'Egyptian Censorship Opened by Censor'; bilingual hexagon 'Passed Censor' & large boxed violet bilingual h/s 'Not Examined Iraq Censorship'; b/s Cairo 16 October 1942, Baghdad 27 October 1943; some faults to envelope but a good combination

Reference: S431
£25.00

EGYPT, CENSORED ENVELOPE TO AUSTRALIA DECEMBER 1939EGYPT, CENSORED ENVELOPE TO AUSTRALIA DECEMBER 1939
Farouk 5 mils + 10 mils definitives cancelled bilingual Port Said cds; 'Opened by Censor' red on white label over red Egyptian bilingual cachet 'Censorship Dept M'; boxed 'Passed by Censor V61' in blue (Australian?), MS 'English'; no b/s; from Lloyds Triestino, Port Said; some envelope faults (which look worse in the scan than in reality!);

Reference: S426
£18.00