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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 Airmail Missent 1956
USA Airmail Missent 1956
USA Airmail Missent 1956
25c US Airmail stamp on airmail envelope from Detroit to New Zealand, 20 September 1956; violet h/s 'Missent to AMF Miami FLA.'; b/s International Airport, FLA duplex 3, 21 Sept 1956; closed tear to envelope at right, not affecting stamp or handstamp

Reference: S751
£20.00

mail from US Embassy Vietnam, 1955
mail from US Embassy Vietnam, 1955
Envelope from US Embassy, in Saigon, Vietnam, franked by pair of $1.50 pictorials cancelled (on arrival in USA) with large d/r cds WASHINGTON; violet h/s "This article originally mailed in country indicated by postage"; (transported by diplomatic courier to Washington); no b/s; very scarce

Reference: S739
£30.00

USA and Canada mixed franking 1914
USA and Canada mixed franking 1914
Mixed franking Canada KGV 2c + 2 x 1c USA pictorial, cancelled s/r cds Los Angeles; to Pasadena, CA, 5 February 1914; no b/s

Reference: S738
£15.00

USA Winchester Rifle Advertising 1903
USA Winchester Rifle Advertising 1903
Damaged and repaired but a lovely advertising envelope 'Winchester Repeating Rifles' franked with damaged 2c Washington, opened roughly but the advert undamaged; from Salisbury, North Carolina to Chapel Hill, NC, 1 December 1903 (would be £50+ if undamaged)

Reference: S737
£25.00

USA to London registered airmail 1932 
USA to London registered airmail 1932 
USA to London registered airmail 1932
2 x 2c Washington + 20c small pictorial cancelled with dumb twin oval; violet h/s Registered No 4655, blue crayon cross (showing registration) & h/s 'By Air Mail to Exchange Office'; b/s San José registered 17 March, New York Foreign 19 March 1932, envelope creased at the base Reference: S729

Reference: S729
£20.00

US to France Postage Due 1938
US to France Postage Due 1938
US to France Postage Due 1938
Saucy comic PPC franked at 1c only, underpaid with tax h/s T N.Y. / 10 centimes in red circles, from Wildwood to Monteaux les Meaux, 23 July 1938; French postage dues 2 x 30c + 10c cancelled TRILPORT, SEINE ET MARNE 5 August 1938

Reference: S728
£15.00

Germany to USA, postage due, 1905Germany to USA, postage due, 1905Germany to USA, postage due, 1905
2 x 5pfg Germania cancelled d/r cds MARBURG (Bz Cassel)2a; on a fine tinted art postcard 'GRUSS AUS HESSEN' from Marburg to New York, 18 April 1905; boxed T to indicate underfranked for USA; US postage due 1c + 2 x 2c over 'New York 5 cents' charge h/s

Reference: S721
£20.00

Vienna to New York, Returned 1936
Vienna to New York, Returned 1936
Vienna to New York, Returned 1936
Envelope with d/r bridged cds 2/1 Wien 27; on reverse small costume definitive 2 x 24gr + 12 gr cancelled with the same cds; to New York 10 September 1936; on reverse "Not in Directory Morris Heights Station" and "INCONNU/UNKNOWN" in violet; on face h/s RETOUR in violet

Reference: S675
£20.00

Australia to Hollywood, 1920Australia to Hollywood, 1920
KGV King's Head 3 x 1½d brown cancelled by slogan m/c d/s, from Australia to Lasky Studios, Hollywood; m/s "from USS Ventura 16/3/20", "Urgent and Confidential, Please forward"; no b/s; small faults

Reference: S662
£20.00

GB KGV 1½d 1st Voyage, to USA via Paquebot GB KGV 1½d 1st Voyage, to USA via Paquebot
GB KGV 1½d brown on envelope to Boston, Mass, cancelled by boxed cachet 'SS Washington' with cds 'US Ger Sea Post' s/r cds, & purple h/s Paquebot; with light decorative purple cachet "First Voyage SS Washington New York to Dublin, Plymouth, Havre & Hamburg." minor faults to envelope, no b/s

Reference: S556
£20.00

USA RED CROSS & OPERATION DEEP FREEZE 1957USA RED CROSS & OPERATION DEEP FREEZE 1957
plain envelope marked 'Via Air Mail' with 1c Washington, 1931 2c Red Cross stamp & 3c Fort Ticondaroga pictorial, all cancelled 'Pole Station Antarctica U.S.N.' 1 March 1957, with slogan 'US Navy Operation Deep Freeze' to Beverly Hills: an unusual combination

Reference: S541
£20.00

BRAZIL PANAIR LETTER TO GB VIA USA 1940BRAZIL PANAIR LETTER TO GB VIA USA 1940
Illustrated Panair envelope franked with 3 values, 5,000, 600 & 200 reis, with h/s 'By Airmail until USA', cancelled with d/r cds 'S.Aereo-Noite(?) PE; crested flap tied with boxed cachet 4 July 1940; small faults

Reference: S493
£15.00

USA SPECIAL DELIVERY ENVELOPE 1942USA SPECIAL DELIVERY ENVELOPE 1942
5 x 3c Jefferson + 1c Statue of Liberty, 16c rate within US; handstamped 'Special Delivery' & 'Special Delivery-Air Mail' with MS the same; plus 'Fee Claimed by Office of First Address'; from North Hollywood 12 October 1942 to Winona; on reverse Los Angeles-Calif Terminal Annex Air Mail duplex & Winona, Minn 14 October 1942

Reference: S448
£20.00

USA SPECIAL DELIVERY ENVELOPE 1941USA SPECIAL DELIVERY ENVELOPE 1941
4 x 3c Jefferson + 1c Washington, 13c rate within US, MS 'Special Delivery' & handstamped the same; also handstamped 'Fee Claimed by Office of First Address'; New York 12 January 1941 to Philadelphia, with on reverse an arrival cds the same day

Reference: S447
£20.00

US AIRMAIL TO CHELTENHAM CENSORED & FORWARDED VIA THREE HOSPITALS 1942 US AIRMAIL TO CHELTENHAM CENSORED & FORWARDED VIA THREE HOSPITALS 1942
30c blue winged globe airmail stamp on envelope, cancelled Fullerton Calif 13 January 1943, to a Military hospital in Watford and forwarded to two more hospitals; typed 'Written in English' in red & MS 'Via Transatlantic Clipper'; opened & resealed with British PC 90 label 'opened by Examiner 1250'; forwarded from Watford hosptal to Military hospitals at Cheltenham & Chichester; on reverse Watford d/r cds 5 February 1942; evocative combination

Reference: S446
£20.00

USA AIRMAIL TO DUBLIN 1941, CENSORED TWICEUSA AIRMAIL TO DUBLIN 1941, CENSORED TWICEUSA AIRMAIL TO DUBLIN 1941, CENSORED TWICE
30c blue winged globe airmail stamp cancelled NY Grand Central Annex 4 March 1941; large violet cachet 'Via Air Mail' & typed green 'Via "Clipper"'; British censor tape PC90 'Opened by Examiner 4249', overstruck by pink bi-lingual Irish censor's tape SP1 'Opened by Censor 94'; nice combination

Reference: S444
£20.00

USA COLUMBUS PICTORIALS ON PS ENVELOPE 1893USA COLUMBUS PICTORIALS ON PS ENVELOPE 1893
1c & 2c Columbus 1492-1892 commemoratives on 2c Columbus PS envelope, cancelled San Francisco duplex 20 August 1893; b/s Exeter 2 September 1893; vertical crease & small faults to envelope

Reference: S443
£20.00

USA AIRMAIL TO MONTIVIDEO, RETURNED TO SENDER 1946USA AIRMAIL TO MONTIVIDEO, RETURNED TO SENDER 1946USA AIRMAIL TO MONTIVIDEO, RETURNED TO SENDER 1946
US 10c violet Airmail stamp cancelled with duplex datestamp Downers Grove, to Montivideo, Uruguay 1 November 1946; handstamped in red bilingual 'Return to Sender' with Uruguay $0.23 on 50 Air stamp cancelled 5 November 1946; on reverse red h/s 'Received Panamerican Airways Montevideo 3 Nov 1946'

Reference: S424
£15.00

BERMUDA FIRST FLIGHT (FLYING BOAT) 1937BERMUDA FIRST FLIGHT (FLYING BOAT) 1937
Decorative envelope inscribed 'First Flight Air Mail - Bermuda to New York' also handstamped 'Bermuda - U.S. Service R.M.A. "Cavalier" First Flight' with KGV 3d & 1/- pictorials (SG 103,105) cancelled Hamilton, to Washington DC 14 June 1937; on reverse New York June 16 1937 (+ mirror image on the front): note Airmail rate to NY City was 9d per ½ oz, to rest of USA 1/3 per ½ oz; "Cavalier" was a Flying Boat; scarce & attractive cover

Reference: S418
£24.00

USA AIRMAIL FAM ROUTE 10 FROM MIAMI TO RIO DE JANEIROUSA AIRMAIL FAM ROUTE 10 FROM MIAMI TO RIO DE JANEIRO
Airmail envelope franked with 3 x 15c Map of USA Airmail stamps + 3 x 2c Washington, cancelled with small 3-ring dumb cancel & Miami s/r cds 18 November 1930; with the large purple cachet 'FAM Route 10 Air Mail to French Guiana & Brazil'

Reference: S409
£20.00

CANAL ZONE CRISTOBAL TO LONDON 1941, CENSORED, PSNC, CANAL ZONE CRISTOBAL TO LONDON 1941, CENSORED, PSNC, CANAL ZONE CRISTOBAL TO LONDON 1941, CENSORED, PSNC,
Flimsy wartime airmail envelope franked with Canal Zone 5c & 30c pictorials, cancelled with duplex d/s Cristobal CZ October(?)1941, to London: British censor's sealing strip 'Opened by Examiner 5443'; on reverse is the PSNC logo of the Pacific Steam Navigation Company

Reference: S384
£15.00

ENVELOPE FRONT FROM QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA TO USA WITH POSTAGE DUEENVELOPE FRONT FROM QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA TO USA WITH POSTAGE DUE
Front only of an envelope franked with Australia 1d & 2d (SG 26a & 47) cancelled Gladstone, Queensland 17 February 1921; handstamped 'US Charge to Collect 12 Cents' & 'Ctms T'; with block of 6 US Postage Due stamps cancelled with oval undated cachet Watertown, Wisc

Reference: S383
£15.00

HOLLAND FIRST FLIGHT TO NEW YORK 1946HOLLAND FIRST FLIGHT TO NEW YORK 1946
plain cover for the First Flight Amsterdam - New York, franked with Wilhelmina 7½c, 12½c, 15c + 5c Cruiser & 12½c small portrait issues (SG 599, 601-2, 598, 509), all cancelled Rotterdam 6 May 1946; with special First Flight cachet in violet; red h/s 'Retour à l'expéditeur; b/s New York 22 May 1946

Reference: S361
£15.00

NIGERIA RGISTERED LETTER TO CHICAGO 1919NIGERIA RGISTERED LETTER TO CHICAGO 1919
Printed envlope to Montgomery Ward & Co, franked with Nigeria KGV 2 x 2d + ½d, cancelled 'Registered Lagos Southern Nigeria' 5 July 1919, and with Lagos No 2 registered label; addressees receipt on front; on reverse registered d/s of Lagos & arrival Chicago Registered 11 August 1919; a small segment has been cut from the reverse of the envelope

Reference: S356
£15.00

NIGERIA KGV1 1d RATE TO CHICAGO 1919 POSTAGE DUENIGERIA KGV1 1d RATE TO CHICAGO 1919 POSTAGE DUE
Nigeria 1d KGV scarlet (SG 2a) cancelled Lagos d/r cds 12 September 1919, underpaid & with T in circle charge mark; s/r cds 'New York City NY City Hall Station' 17 November 1919 & 'Due 6 cents' in circle; addressee's arrival cachet 20 November 1919

Reference: S355
£15.00