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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.
British Levant 40 paras registered envelope unused
British Levant 40 paras registered envelope unused
GB KEVII 2d + 1d registered envelope, larger format, overprinted REGn.FEE.40 paras.; fine unused, slight 'patterning' on the flap

Reference: S1001
£20.00

British Levant Smyrna to London 1910
British Levant Smyrna to London 1910
GB KEVII 1d PS card overprinted LEVANT cancelled by VF s/r cds BRITISH POST OFFICE SMYRNA 16 JUNE 1910, to London; sent as a birthday card: a neat example of the card and cancellation

Reference: S1000
£20.00

French Post Office in Levant with BOITE MOBILE h/s
French Post Office in Levant with BOITE MOBILE h/s
French Post Office in Levant with BOITE MOBILE h/s
10c black Type Sage cancelled with d/r cds Smyrne Turquie d'Asie 13 August 1900, to Marseille; on Pompeii Casa dei Vettii Postcard (blue background series), oval maritime cachet BM (boîte mobile)

Reference: S992
£22.00

French Post Office in Smyrna to Belgium registered 1921
French Post Office in Smyrna to Belgium registered 1921
France 2 x 5c Sower + 2 x 50c Merson on envelope registered with label (T&P 528) from French Post Offices in Levant, h/s 'Recommendéé'; cancelled with military s/r cds Tresor et Postes 928, 8 February 1921, from Bank of Athens Smyrna (label on reverse; b/s s/r cds Charleroi 11 Feb 1921

Reference: S991
£25.00

Turkey PS card Smyrna to Germany 1897
Turkey PS card Smyrna to Germany 1897
Turkish 20p PS card cancelled with VF barred oval h/s SMYRNE, with bi-lingual d/r cds 20 September 1897; German d/r bridged arrival cds BARMEN 26 September 1897

Reference: S990
£21.00

Austrian Levant Smyrna to Brussels 1898
Austrian Levant Smyrna to Brussels 1898
Austrian Levant 1 piaster on 10c portrait issue cancelled s/r cds SMYRNA OESTERREICHISCHE POST 8 November 1898; b/s Brussels 13 Nov 1898

Reference: S989
£15.00

Austrian PO in Smyrna to GB 1892
Austrian PO in Smyrna to GB 1892
20 para on 5kr red on buff Austrian Post Offices in Levant PS card, VF cancel SMYRNA OSTERREICHISCHE POST 11 August 1892; b/s d/r cds SMYRNA (date unclear); m/s from Ephesos 8 August

Reference: S988
£16.00

Austrian Levant Smyrna to London 1913
Austrian Levant Smyrna to London 1913
Austrian Post Offices in Levant 1 piaster blue on pale blue, cancelled d/r cds SMYRNA OSTERREICHISCHE POST 25 July 1913, on mourning envelope; b/s London s/r cds London SW 1 August 1913 code 62

Reference: S987
£15.00

Denmark to Palestine 1940 censored
Denmark to Palestine 1940 censored
Airmail envelope franked with 50ore and 1kr King Christian portrait issue (SG 283-4); from Copenhagen to Haifa, Palestine, April 1940; vf hexagon cachet 'Palestine Passed by Censor No 1143'; faint arrival d/s (of addressee) 12 April 1940; m/s note 'last letter received before Nazi occupation'; fine scarce cover

Reference: S976
£30.00

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