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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.
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

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 Jos 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

GB KGV 1d 1st Voyage, to USA via Paquebot GB KGV 1d 1st Voyage, to USA via Paquebot
GB KGV 1d 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