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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 United States, most recent first.
Costa Rica doubly censored 1942
Costa Rica doubly censored 1942
5c and 10c triangular cancelled d/r cds in violet watery ink Puerto Jiminez, to Los Angeles 15 October 1942; local & US Censor’s tapes 'Abierta por la Censura Defensa Continentalʼ and 'Examined by 2405'; no b/s

Reference: S956
£20.00

USA and Canada 1941
USA and Canada 1941
USA and Canada 1941
US 3c violet PS envelope with added 3c, 2 x 10c President’s issue + 1c portrait S.C. Foster, all cancelled with 'dumb' hand cancel, from Holabird, S. Dakota to Winnipeg, Canada, 5 June 1941; h/s 'Via Air Mail' 'Return Receipt Requested' & 'Registered' h/s with m/s '70'; opened and resealed with label "Opened to Verify Contents"; for the Foreign Exchange Control Board; b/s d/r cds in violet Holabird S Dak Registered 5 June 1941; fine scarce combination

Reference: S954
£25.00

USA postal bulk licence for covers to India 1944
USA postal bulk licence for covers to India 1944
USA postal bulk licence for covers to India 1944
2 x $1, 50c, 30c Presidents Series on long envelope to Calcutta, cancelled s/r cds Washington DC 31 May 1944; opened and resealed by US & British censors; violet h/s DHA/138; red financial control cachet 'Board of Economic Warfare/Office of Export Control', May 31 1944; 'License No 189466 (in m/s), COMMISSIONER OF PATENTS'; 'LICENSE COVERS MAILING OF 6 (in m/s) Packages'; red 'Approved for British Empire only' h/s; on reverse large red rosette seal, cancelled 'US Patent Office Licensing Division'; b/s Calcutta, 5 July 1944 + BHA/282; rare combination of markings

Reference: S945
£50.00

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

USA to Polish Forces censored 1941
USA to Polish Forces censored 1941
USA 5c MacDowell portrait cancelled s/r cds 13 May 1941 on envelope to Polish sergeant; forwarded, opened, and resealed roughly by British Censor's tape; h/s oval cachet BIURO POCZTOWE 1 KORPUSU 19 July 1941 & 23 July 1941; no b/s; some age wear

Reference: S927
£25.00

USA Forces in Trinidad 1942, censoredUSA Forces in Trinidad 1942, censored
5 x 3c President Jefferson definitive on airmail envelope cancelled American Base Forces APO 803 11 April 1942 to New Orleans; boxed red censor h/s 'Passed by US Army Examiner 715', no b/s, from the American Forces in Trinidad durng WW2, scarce source

Reference: S920
£25.00

USA Special Delivery 1938
USA Special Delivery 1938
USA Special Delivery 1938
10c 'Arms' Special Delivery issue on envelope inscribed 'Via Air Mail Special Delivery' cancelled Rensselaer Ind 24 March 1938; red h/s 'Fee claimed Cincinnati, Ohio'; b/s oval d/s 'CHGO. TERM. R.P.O. Tr 3 (railway d/s) 24 March 1938, CRI MON & CIN 24 March, CINCINNATI 25 March 1936 `

Reference: S919
£18.00

USA missent mail, external, 1987
USA missent mail, external, 1987
US 22c airmail stamp on plain envelope addressed to US Peace Corps (Central Pacific) in Kiribati (formerly Gilbert Islands), cancelled Washington m/c d/s 10 August 1987; h/s 'MISSENT TO MANILA' (sometimes considered a code to excuse delay) b/s TAIPEI 15 August 1987

Reference: S918
£15.00

US missent mail, internal, 1934
US missent mail, internal, 1934
3c Washington on plain envelope cancelled Bloomfield m/c d/s 9 July 1934 to Des Moins; violet h/s 'Missent to Winterset, Iowa', large violet s/r cds WINTERSET, Iowa 10 July 1934, no b/s

Reference: S917
£15.00

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

USA to England 1943 censored
USA to England 1943 censored
US 5c occupied countries issue, Poland (marginal) + 2 x 2c Defence Definitives; from Brooklyn to South Shields, 31 July 1943; opened and resealed by British Censor 'Opened by Examiner 5231'; no b/s

Reference: S898
£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

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

Switzerland registered packet to Chicago, 1938
Switzerland registered packet to Chicago, 1938
Swiss International Bodies issue (SG 352-3) cancelled Luzern d/r bridged cds; to Chicago, 29 Sept 1938; registered green label 'Duty Free Postage Stamps for Collections', 'May be opened for US Customs Inspection'; violet h/s 'Passed by US Customs Bureau Chicago'; h/s 'Letter Package' with 'Collect Ten Cents' crossed out; b/s Chicago registered cds 10 October 1938, unusual combination of marks

Reference: S877
£20.00

US Army PO in Fiji 1944
US Army PO in Fiji 1944
US 6c Air Mail envelope cancelled 'US Army Postal Service APO 913' 16 March 1944 to New York; boxed red censor h/s 'Passed by Army Examiner J S 14279'; no b/s; neat Fiji cover

Reference: S857
£21.00

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

USA, mail to RAF India 1944, censored
USA, mail to RAF India 1944, censored
USA, mail to RAF India 1944, censored
Strip 4 x 3c, 8c, 50c definitives cancelled New York Station K duplex 10 November 1944 & New York Grand Central Annexe 13 November 1944, on airmail envelope to RAF India; violet h/s 'Air'; censored with tape 'Opened by Examiner' tied with octagonal shield censor h/s 'Passed Dec/12'; on reverse violet h/s "Return for Additional Postage, Air Mail fee must be fully pre-paid"; weight, rate, etc crossed out, with purple h/s 'For additional postage' on front crossed out; no arrival b/s

Reference: S855
£30.00

Germany Berlin Zonal issue to USA 1948
Germany Berlin Zonal issue to USA 1948
50 pfg Zonal 'workers' issue overprinted Berlin in black (SG B13) cancelled Berlin-Frohnau 25 September 1948, to New Orleans; no arrival b/s

Reference: S843
£30.00

German Airmail to USA 1940 censored
German Airmail to USA 1940 censored
German Airmail to USA 1940 censored
Hindenberg portrait issue 5pfg + 4 x 15pfg on envelope for a rate of 65pfg by Airmail; cancelled Frankfurt (Main) Stadt des Deutschen Landwerks, 2 May 1940; to New Orleans, USA; opened and sealed with censor's tape 'Geöffnet' with swastika cachets; no arrival d/s

Reference: S841
£30.00

USA Parcel Post docket underpaid 1952
USA Parcel Post docket underpaid 1952
USA Parcel Post docket underpaid 1952
US P.O. Dept Form 291B in respect of a parcel underpaid from Milford, Conn. to Calcutta; dated 8 August 1952 at N. York Morgan station; 2 x 10c + 5c Postage Due cancelled Milford, Conn. s/r cds duplex 6 Jan 1953

Reference: S840
£25.00

US Military Pouch Mail 1944US Military Pouch Mail 1944US Military Pouch Mail 1944
Receipt card (from a diplomatic or military pouch) from French Guiana to Miami, 16 March 1944, with instructions to cancel and return; cancelled US Army Postal Service APO 418, 17 March 1944; to the US Army Embarcation APO Box 589, Miami; scarce survival of this card

Reference: S825
£20.00

Spain to New York 1944 censored twice
Spain to New York 1944 censored twice
Spain to New York 1944 censored twice
4 x 1pts, 2 x 40c Franco portraits + 2 pts pictorial cancelled with hexagonal Correo Aereo d/s 25 June 1944, Madrid; Spanish censor tape 'Censura Gubernativa Madrid' and British censor 'Examined by 6793' transparent sealing tape; red h/s 'Escrito en Espanol'

Reference: S820
£25.00

Switzerland to New York, censored 1918
Switzerland to New York, censored 1918
10c & 15c William Tell issues cancelled d/r bridged cds; from Bulle to New York, 11 July 1918; French censor's tape 'Controle Postal Militaire' tied with oval 'Ouvert' h/s No 202 and cachet '140'; no b/s; faults to envelope but nice strikes

Reference: S811
£15.00

Switzerland to New York, 1916 censored
Switzerland to New York, 1916 censored
25c 'Helvetia' definitive cancelled d/r bridged cds 'GENEVE 10 SUCC. FUSTERIE'; to New York, 11 December 1916; French censor's sealing tape tied by censor's 'Ouvert' cachet No 202; no b/s

Reference: S810
£15.00

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