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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.
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

GB 2/6 brown used alone 1940, censored
GB 2/6 brown used alone 1940, censored
GB KGVI 2/6 brown (SG 476) used alone on air mail envelope from London to Illinois, USA 20 June 1940, cancelled London FS M machine d/s; USA censor's tape 'Opened by Examiner 301'; no arrival d/s

Reference: S777
£25.00

USA USA 'Sailor's Mail' from Pearl Harbor 1942, censored
US 6c Air stamp on airmail envelope from the Naval Hospital Pearl Harbor, to Vancouver, 9 March 1942; cancelled with US Naval cds and bars obliterating the stamp; small circular Censor's h/s in violet 'Passed by Naval Censor' signed; endorsed 'Sailor's Mail'; no b/s

Reference: S756
£20.00

USA censored cartoon envelope 1944
USA censored cartoon envelope 1944
US 3c Kentucky Statehood and Wyoming commemoratives cancelled s/r cds duplex on cartoon ("Stamp 'em Out!") illustrated envelope from Harrisonburg to Middlesbrough; m/s endorsement "Postage Stamps/Censorship Permit No C-469"; no b/s; portrait photo of a man in uniform within

Reference: S767
£25.00

Pony Express envelope with Irish censor, 1940
Pony Express envelope with Irish censor, 1940
Pony Express envelope with Irish censor, 1940
2 x 3c red-brown US Pony Express issue on illustrated envelope for the 80th anniversary of the Pony Express, from Saint Joseph to Ireland, 3 April 1940, FDC cancellation; pink bilingual Irish censor tape No 120; no b/s; attractive cover

Reference: S766
£25.00

USA precancel on advertising envelope
USA precancel on advertising envelope
US 1c green portrait issue pre-cancelled 'Racine Wis' correctly used alone on advertising envelope; b/s Salem Ohio 'flag' d/s 12 April 1905; a nice example of both a pre-cancel use and an advertising cover

Reference: S765
£25.00

Italy Transatlantic Clipper 1945 censored
Italy Transatlantic Clipper 1945 censored
Italy Transatlantic Clipper 1945 censored
2 lire 1930 air stamp (SG 275) + 2 lire definitive issued August 1945 (SG 638) on airmail envelope inscribed m/s "via Transatlantic Clipper", from Rome to New York, 4 September 1945; Italian censor tape "Censura Verificato"; British censor tape "Opened by Examiner 4331"; incomplete Italian cachet on reverse; airmail envelope illustrated inside; faults to envelope

Reference: S760
£18.00

USA Special Delivery 1937
USA Special Delivery 1937
10c special delivery issue + 2 x 6c portrait issue cancelled Santa Fe, N.Mex m/c d/s; red typescript 'Special Delivery' and violet h/s 'Fee claimed by office/of first address'; on reverse 'Special Delivery' & New York N.Y. Sta D cds 7 July 1937, with delivery details

Reference: S758
£15.00

US Army Post Airmail 1945 from Holland
US Army Post Airmail 1945 from Holland
US 6d airmail from Maastricht to Cleveland, Ohio cancelled with VF large s/r cds ARMY POSTAL SERVICE APO 175, from a female officer in the Medical Corps, 100th Evacuation Hospital APO 339, c/o Postmaster, New York, signed; no b/s

Reference: S755
£20.00

GB, US Army Mail censored 1943
GB, US Army Mail censored 1943
GB KGV d Silver Jubilee + 2 x KGVI 1d red on illustrated WWII patriotic envelope "We're in it - Let's Win it!", from USAPO to Chelmsford; cancelled US Army Postal Service APO 644; boxed US Army Censor h/s 1007d crossed out; no b/s; a colourful cover

Reference: S754
£25.00

USA Airmail 1st Flight 1933
USA Airmail 1st Flight 1933
US 10c and 20c oblong airmails on illustrated envelope from New York to Southampton, inscribed 'First Trans-Atlantic Airmail Services by Imperial Airways' cancelled New York Morgan Annexe duplex d/s; no b/s

Reference: S753
£24.00