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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 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

AMERICAN RED CROSS IN GERMANY 1919, CENSOREDAMERICAN RED CROSS IN GERMANY 1919, CENSOREDAMERICAN RED CROSS IN GERMANY 1919, CENSORED
American Red Cross Post Card cancelled US Army Post Office 729, with a large purple 'eagle' cachet 'AEF Passed & Censored' & in MS 'Soldiers Mail', Landsholm to Middlesbrough 19 March 1919, on a vignette postcard of American troops sat on a truck: not seen by me before and a fine Red Cross item

Reference: S339
£20.00

USA AIRMAIL TO ENGLAND WITH GB POSTAGE DUES 1974USA AIRMAIL TO ENGLAND WITH GB POSTAGE DUES 1974
Envelope franked with 3 x 8c Eisenhower portrait, cancelled Bronx NY 104 12 Feb 1974, underfranked, with US Tax handstamp T 36/15, and British 'Insufficiently Prepaid 13p to Pay' handstamp; British Postage Due stamps 2 x 5p + 3 x 1p cancelled Heanor Derbyshire 16 February 1974

Reference: S335
£15.00

REGISTERED CLOTH PACKET, BOMBAY TO NEW YORK VIA HONG KONG 1940REGISTERED CLOTH PACKET, BOMBAY TO NEW YORK VIA HONG KONG 1940
Large part of the cloth wrapping of a packet sent by registered airmail from Bombay 18 July 1940 (MS), large MS endorsement 'Via Hong Kong' with green triangle censor handstamp 'Passed Censor Hong Kong 13' & US Customs receipt handstamp: with wax seals, a remarkable survivor from the trans-Pacific route & certainly different postal history !

Reference: S323
£50.00

USA FORCES ENVELOPE FRANCE OCTOBER 1918 to GBUSA FORCES ENVELOPE FRANCE OCTOBER 1918 to GB
Unfranked envelope endorsed in MS 'Soldiers Mail'; VF strike of large cds 'US Military Postal Express Service 731A' 10 October 1918, boxed 'Base Censor' cachet & circular 'AEF Passed as Censored'; to Southampton & forwarded to Southsea: a fine strike of a scarce cachet, slight faults to top of envelope

Reference: S317
£25.00

ENVELOPE FROM SOUTH AFRICA(?) TO USA c1942, CENSORED, WITH UNDATED PAQUEBOT CACHETENVELOPE FROM SOUTH AFRICA(?) TO USA c1942, CENSORED, WITH UNDATED PAQUEBOT CACHET
Envelope with few markings probably from British Forces in S Africa (possibly Egypt) with triangle censor's Crown handstamp 'Passed Censor No 1228' plus large d/r void centre handstamp PAQUEBOT (Hosking 1282), to Wisconsin c1942(?)

Reference: S290
£15.00

ENVELOPE, DENMARK TO USA 1941, WITH GERMAN CENSOR & US POSTAGE DUESENVELOPE, DENMARK TO USA 1941, WITH GERMAN CENSOR & US POSTAGE DUESENVELOPE, DENMARK TO USA 1941, WITH GERMAN CENSOR & US POSTAGE DUES
Denmark 40ø Galleon design on envelope Copenhagen to California 12 May 1941, opened & sealed by the German censor with large swastika 'Geöffnet' cachet; US handstamp 'charge to collect 6 cents' with 5c + 1c US Postage due stamps; to a Coastguard cutter "Dapnne"; a nice combination

Reference: S277
£16.00

USA ENVELOPE TO PARIS WITH FRENCH POSTAGE DUE 1901USA ENVELOPE TO PARIS WITH FRENCH POSTAGE DUE 1901
US 2c PS envelope with added 1c & 2c, underfranked, with small US charge mark 'T2 25 Centimes NY'; French 50c (pre-cancelled) postage due stamp applied in Paris

Reference: S265
£15.00

MEXICO REGISTERED WINDOW ENVELOPE WITH METER MARK, CENSORED 1944 MEXICO REGISTERED WINDOW ENVELOPE WITH METER MARK, CENSORED 1944 MEXICO REGISTERED WINDOW ENVELOPE WITH METER MARK, CENSORED 1944
a commercial window envelope franked with a meter mark 042c Mexico DF, registered, with etiquette, marked in handstamp 'Spanish Correspondence' to USA; with US Censor's sealing strip, sealed front & back with a circular violet 'Examined' cachet: and on reverse 2 large red registration seals, cancelled with large circular cachets; US arrival d/s at Saint Louis Mo & Fort Wayne, Ind, having been forwarded; a spectacular combination

Reference: S262
£25.00

MIXED FRANKING GREAT BRITAIN & USA 1916MIXED FRANKING GREAT BRITAIN & USA 1916
2 x 1c Washington + GB KGV 1d red, cancelled San Diego Panama-California Exposition 23 December 1915. A note on the reverse explains the mixed franking "Found in Newspaper Received from England at San Diego, California USA", a nice genuine useage

Reference: S257
£20.00

USA MULTI-FRANKED ENVELOPE REGISTERED TO CANADA 1925USA MULTI-FRANKED ENVELOPE REGISTERED TO CANADA 1925
US 3 x 1/2c, 2c, 3c, 6c, 9c on 1c blue PS envelope, registered from Cape Charles VA to Vancouver, BC 13 November 1925 (22½c rate); backstamped Postal Station B Vancouver 19 November 1925, a colourful cover

Reference: S242
£18.00

FRANCE FIRST FLIGHT COVER TO HORTA 1939FRANCE FIRST FLIGHT COVER TO HORTA 1939
Airnail envelope with 5 francs Carcassonne & 1fr 25 Peace cancelled Marseille-Gare-Avion 24 May 1939, to New York; with large red cachet '1er Service postal Aérien France-Etats-Unis', and endorsed First Flight Marseille to Horta in the Azores; on reverse the arrival datestamp of Horta 26 May 1939

Reference: S215
£20.00

MONACO MULTI-FRANKED ENVELOPE CANCELLED IN FRANCE, PSEUDO-MIXED FRANKING TO USAMONACO MULTI-FRANKED ENVELOPE CANCELLED IN FRANCE, PSEUDO-MIXED FRANKING TO USAMONACO MULTI-FRANKED ENVELOPE CANCELLED IN FRANCE, PSEUDO-MIXED FRANKING TO USA
Decorative special envelope bearing 35 fr Monaco issue (SG 527) barred out as invalid, with added French stamps 2 x 35fr (cancelled Agence postale hexagon d/s) & 15fr pictorials, plus 5 x 20fr Müller cancelled Antibes slogan d/s, to a US Air Base Wing Omaha, Nebraska. A spectaciular franking, with large red Monte Carlo cachet on the reverse

Reference: S205
£20.00

USA BOOKLET OF AIRMAIL STAMPS 1949USA BOOKLET OF AIRMAIL STAMPS 1949
US 6c Airmail stamp 'Skymaster' 2 panes of 6 in complete 73c booklet (includes 1c charge). There is a light crease on the front cover which does not detract. (SG A944a & booklet SG SB76)

Reference: S197
£18.00

USA MASONIC NOTICE & ENVELOPE, USED 1857USA MASONIC NOTICE & ENVELOPE, USED 1857USA MASONIC NOTICE & ENVELOPE, USED 1857
A Masonic advice of a forthcoming meeting. July/August 1857 in Massachusetts, in envelope with embossed Sigma motif on the flap; has been posted with handstamp (partial) PAID. Rare thus

Reference: S196
£80.00

BERLIN AIRLIFT COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE FRANKED WITH RUSSIAN ZONE ISSUESBERLIN AIRLIFT COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE FRANKED WITH RUSSIAN ZONE ISSUES
Decorative envelope commemorating one year of the Air Bridge Berlin-Frankfurt, inscribed 'via US Airmail' & bearing 4 Russian Zone issues; all cancelled Berlin Neukölln 23 June 1949: to Hamburg; clean and attractive cover

Reference: S192
£24.00

GERMANY BERLIN AIRLIFT 1949 ONE YEAR COMMEMORATION WITH USE OF ZONAL ISSUESGERMANY BERLIN AIRLIFT 1949 ONE YEAR COMMEMORATION WITH USE OF ZONAL ISSUES
Decorative envelope commemorating one year of the Air Bridge Berlin-Frankfurt, inscribed 'via US Airmail' & bearing 4 Zonal stamps including Russian Zone issues; all cancelled Berlin Neukölln 23 June 1949: appears unaddressed but probably the label has dropped off as similar covers were addressed to Karl Hennig Hamburg; clean and attractive cover

Reference: S191
£20.00