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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.
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
Hindenburg 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

Canada underpaid to USA, 1960
Canada underpaid to USA, 1960
Canada 4c QEII cancelled Winnipeg 1 December 1960 to York, Pennsylvania; underpaid with postage due cachet T/6 cents in circle, on airmail envelope; US POSTAGE DUE label green on buff 'York PA, 5 Dec 60' 06 cents to pay; green h/s USA; b/s Nov 27 1960 in green; nice airmail postage due item

Reference: S799
£18.00

USA to Malaya, 1918
USA to Malaya, 1918
2 x 1c Washington on PPC of Brockton, Mass, cancelled flag slogan d/s, 20 June 1918; to Seremban, FMS; transit d/s Singapore 5 August, Kuala Lumpur 7 August, Seremban 6 August and 8 August; an order for stamp exchange

Reference: S798
£20.00

US House of Representatives 1879
US House of Representatives 1879
3c green Washington portrait issue with blank 'cork' cancel, with Wash D.C. CONGRESS cds, on envelope imprinted 'House of Representatives US'; to Albermale Co, Va, 5 May 1879

Reference: S797
£15.00

US Senate Post Office 1879
US Senate Post Office 1879
3c green Washington portrait issue cancelled 'cork' star with s/r cds WASH D.C CONGRESS; oval cachet in blue "United States Senate – Post Office Feb 10 1879"; to San Francisco; no b/s; closed tear to envelope but VF postal markings

Reference: S796
£20.00

USA Special Delivery 1929
USA Special Delivery 1929
4 x 2c George Rogers Clarke (SG 654), 4 x 2c General Sullivan (SG 680), 2c Washington (damaged) for an 18c special delivery rate; from New Bedford, Mass. to Portsmouth, N.H.; h/s "special delivery/fee paid----cents" b/s Boston, Mass SD Postal Sta. G duplex d/s 16 August 1929; faults to envelope and one stamp

Reference: S795
£15.00

USA Special Delivery 1937USA Special Delivery 1937
US 5c West Point pictorial x 2 + 3c Washington cancelled s/r cds Chicago duplex 6 to Dayton, Ohio 22 December 1937; m/s 'Special Delivery' & large violet h/s 'Special Delivery' plus black h/s 'Fee claimed by Office of First Address'; b/s Dayton duplex 11 23 December 1937

Reference: S757
£18.00

USA Special Delivery 1943
USA Special Delivery 1943
2 x 5c occupied Poland commemorative + 2 x 3c Jefferson; m/s 'Air Mail special delivery' from Sacramento to La Jolla, 21 November 1943; cancelled large s/r cds duplex 1; violet h/s 'Fee claimed by office of first address'; b/s La Jolla received 22 November 1943

Reference: S789
£16.00

USA Philadelphia-New York Air Race 1926USA Philadelphia-New York Air Race 1926
8c Air stamp (SG A614) on special airmail envelope inscribed 'Special Flight/Air Races/Philadelphia to New York, cancelled with large violet cachet 'First Flight Philadelphia-New York (Sesquitennial Route), to Framingham 4 September 1926; b/s New York slogan d/s the same day

Reference: S784
£25.00

USA postcard to Austria, Postage Due, 1934
USA postcard to Austria, Postage Due, 1934
2 x 1c green Franklin portrait on PPC of Asbury Park, NJ; from Asbury Park to Vienna, Austria 13 July 1934; US charge mark 'T (NY) 10 centimes D' in 2 purple circles; 24 groschen Austrian postage due cancelled 31 July 1934

Reference: S783
£16.00

Thailand Express Delivery 1957
Thailand Express Delivery 1957
5 pictorial stamps and 1 portrait on Travel Co. Air Mail envelope, from Bangkok to Los Angeles 24 July 1957; cancelled with bridged s/r cds; h/s Express/Special Delivery in blue and Express in black; b/s violet s/r cds Los Angeles SPEC.DEl.RECD 29 July 1957

Reference: S780
£20.00

South Africa censored envelope to USA, 1944
South Africa censored envelope to USA, 1944
3d blue "bantam" issue cancelled with roller d/s 22 November 1944, from Port Elizabeth to Chicago, red bilingual (Afrikaans and English) censor tape with Springbok h/s on reverse; no b/s

Reference: S779
£18.00