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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 Censored, most recent first.
Spain to England double censorship 1941Spain to England double censorship 1941
4 definitive issues on envelope registered to Chorley GB; cancelled Seville 31 December 1941 with blurred d/r cds; censored twice by Spain and UK; sealed by censor's labels at both ends of the envelope; plus censor h/s front and reverse and violet h/s 410; part envelope flap missing

Reference: S1126
£22.00

Philippines registered airmail 1940Philippines registered airmail 1940Philippines registered airmail 1940
Registered airmail envelope with 5 Philippines stamps cancelled Baguio 2 November 1940; boxed registered cachet and h/s 'Via Trans-Pacific Clipper'; readdressed to Scotland; on reverse h/s Baguio, Honolulu, New York, Dartford Kent; a colourful cover

Reference: S1125
£25.00

Brazil to Wales double censorship 1943Brazil to Wales double censorship 1943Brazil to Wales double censorship 1943
Pan Air envelope franked with 3 Brazil stamps cancelled 'REGISTRO AERO-TARDE' Pernambuco 9 November 1943; registered airmail with added PAN AIR label; censored by US and GB and resealed with examiners' tapes; with several b/s incl P.A 907 boxed cachet; good example of double censorship

Reference: S1124
£24.00

GB Telegram 1942 censoredGB Telegram 1942 censored
Cable & Wireless illustrated cablegram "Via Imperial"; red h/s "EBM6909" and violet h/s CGA; from Birmingham to Bardford, Warwicks 22 July 1942; with crown "Passed by Censor" cachet; colourful and spectacular. (Sorry no picture. the system keep showing the wrong one - it keeps printing the wrong file and I cannot unscramble the error - this belongs to S1120. A scan can be sent separately)

Reference: S1119
£25.00

GB 2/6 value used 1941GB 2/6 value used 1941
GB KGVI 2/6 brown plus 3d deep violet on envelope to British Guiana, inscribed "Via North Atlantic Air Service"; cancelled Harrogate 20 December 1941 m/c d/s; censor tape 'Examined by C34"; b/s Air Mail GPO British Guiana

Reference: S1118
£30.00

GB from Base Army to London 1943GB from Base Army to London 1943
6 x KGVI 3d + 2 x 1d all cancelled BASE ARMY POST OFFICE 4 (then in Egypt) airmail; sealed with censor¢s tape "Opened by Censor PC22" in red; tied by small diamond cachet 8 (front and back); 1/8d rate

Reference: S1116
£25.00

GB Naval mail c 1915GB Naval mail c 1915
KGV 1d scarlet cancelled by VF black h/s cross naval censor cachet; m/s "Passed by Censor" and signature; very fine example

Reference: S1114
£24.00

GB Naval Censor c1915GB Naval Censor c1915
KGV ½d yellow-green with E14 marginal coding; both cancelled with VF black h/s cross naval censor cachet; no b/s; spectacular cancel
KGV 1/2 d yellow-green with E14 marginal coding; both cancelled with VF black h/s cross; naval censor cachet; no b/s; spectacular cancel
Reference: S1113
£25.00

Persia multi-franked cover to BeyrouthPersia multi-franked cover to BeyrouthPersia multi-franked cover to Beyrouth
8 pictorials and 3 portrait issues franked front and back cancelled Teheran; by airmail from Polish Red Cross; sealed with local language Censor's tape; tied by circular violet cachet 'Anglo-Soviet-Persian Censorship No 3 & similar cyrillic on reverse; arrival cds Beyrouth 6 December(?) 1944; a spectacular franking

Reference: S1110
£50.00

Slovakia 1942 censored to New YorkSlovakia 1942 censored to New YorkSlovakia 1942 censored to New York
50h portrait issue plus stamp on label possibly lost(?); cancelled d/r cds Zavod July 1942; British Censor's tape 'Opened by Examiner 980'; forwarded with instructional h/s; cancelled on arrival New York 25 July 1942; envelope fragile

Reference: S1109
£21.00

Jersey identity card 1941Jersey identity card 1941Jersey identity card 1941
Official identity card (occupation of Jersey) with photo of Basil Clarence Lebrun (born 23 July 1923); WW2 security card; has been folded but a rare wartime survivor; with oval control datestamp, 27 January 1941

Reference: S1104
£21.00

USA WW2 double censor to GB 1943USA WW2 double censor to GB 1943
3c Victory + 30c Airmail cancelled Boston Red Cross slogan d/s 22 March 1943; readdressed New York City, then Hexham, then Cambridge; censored twice with 'Opened by Examiner 5646' and 'Examined by 7676',tape of two different types

Reference: S1101
£22.00

Syria Free French censor to GB 1944Syria Free French censor to GB 1944Syria Free French censor to GB 1944
Syria 20pi portrait issue; opened and resealed with tape with the Free French Forces cachet and British "Opened by Censor" tape 'No 5726'; from Aleppo to Silsden, Yorkshire, 4 Jan 1944; small h/s 12, scarce censor combination

Reference: S1099
£45.00

France WW2 3 Covers with France WW2 3 Covers with France WW2 3 Covers with 'blue stripe' censor
3 WW2 covers from France to Holland franked with 4 francs or 8 francs, 2 are registered: each with German censor tape, sealed by black and red swastika cachet; each is also marked front and back by a blue ink 'swipe' special inspection mark

Reference: S1098
£40.00

1944 Occupied Poland to Switzerland1944 Occupied Poland to Switzerland
12gr PS card registered, uprated with 60 gr + 20 gr Hitler heads; cancelled d/r cds Tarnow Krakau 8 April 1944, with registration label; red boxed h/s Zuzustellen; red boxed 2185; red swastika censor's cachet; Swiss orange label ''Zivilpost' Celigny; b/s d/r bridged cds Céligny, Genève 18 April 1944

Reference: S1086
£25.00

1919 Alsace souvenir postal card1919 Alsace souvenir postal card
plain postal card franked by Mulhausen d/r cds 15 Jan 1919; Mulhausen s/r cds 1 Feb 1919 on 2½ and 5 pfg Germania heads; 10 pfg Germania already used cancelled Mulhausen s/r cds 21 Jan 1919; Mulhausen-Wittenheim oval railway d/s 15 January 1919, small Mulhausen cachet; large French red 'Déesse' controle postal cachet, for currency control inspection, an unusual combination

Reference: S1082
£30.00

1919 Alsace souvenir postal card1919 Alsace souvenir postal card
plain postal card franked by Germania 2½ ,3, 5,7½ pfg issues cancelled MULHOUSE s/r cds 1 February 1919; Mulhausen-(ELS)-Wittenheim Bahnpost Railway d/s 15 January 1919; small Mulhausen cachet; red French 'Déese' postal control censor cachet, with other 'souvenir' cachets of Mulhouse & Sennheim, attractive immediate post-war commemorative item celebrating the return of Alsace to France

Reference: S1081
£30.00

1923 German inflation registered envelope to Holland1923 German inflation registered envelope to Holland1923 German inflation registered envelope to Holland
Registered envelope, franked 5 x 125 (+1 lost) taufend on 1000 marks, with 6 x 1000 marks on reverse; censored with Geöffnet tape for currency control inspection; sealed with violet inspector's stamp 14 and violet circular cachet tying the label; from Oberhausen 24 September 1923; b/s Haarlem 26 September 1923

Reference: S1077
£21.00

1941 Austria to New York censored 19411941 Austria to New York censored 19411941 Austria to New York censored 1941
German Hindenburg 50pfg + 15pfg cancelled d/r bridged cds Vienna 6a, to New York 11 April 1941; on airmail envelope endorsed ms '4gr' weight mark; sealed on reverse with censor's "Geöffnet" tape with swastika cachets and code numeral 372

Reference: S1075
£24.00

South Africa (Natal) to USA 1919 censoredSouth Africa (Natal) to USA 1919 censored
S. Africa 2d & ½d cancelled d/r cds PORT SHEPSTONE, NATAL 20 February 1919; s/r censor cachet "Passed Censor 10/99" (by the British War Office?); to USA; no b/s, clear strikes

Reference: S1071
£20.00

Greece Currency Inspection 1936 to French MoroccoGreece Currency Inspection 1936 to French MoroccoGreece Currency Inspection 1936 to French Morocco
On front 7d pictorial and on reverse 8d pictorial + 2 x 50 lepta on 20 lepta; cancelled with d/r bridged cds Peireus (Athens) 7 November 1938, to French Morocco; red crayon "Surtaxe insufficante" (endorsed by signature); opened and resealed by currency control authorities; tied by large cachet; b/s m/c d/s CASABLANCA 10 Nov 1938

Reference: S1064
£20.00

Ecuador-Peru Border War to Canada, 1941Ecuador-Peru Border War to Canada, 1941
(SG 634, 635, 590 x 3) Guaryaquil to Canada, cancelled d/r bridged cds 17 October 1941; h/s 'Ecuador, Pais Amazonico' + 3 line propaganda h/s; m/s "Opened by mistake"; during the Ecuador-Peru Border War; faults to envelope

Reference: S1063
£25.00

Ecuador-Peru Border War 1941 Censored to GBEcuador-Peru Border War 1941 Censored to GB
10c, 20c, 50c (SG 579, 600, 558) pictorials cancelled with unclear d/r cds; sealed with British censor's label 'Opened by Examiner 4092' PC 90 label; from Guayaquil to London h/s "Ecuador Pais Amazonico": 22 October 1941 during the Ecuador/Peru Border War (6/7/41 to 15/1/42), no b/s:

Reference: S1062
£35.00

Belgian Congo to USA 1941 CensoredBelgian Congo to USA 1941 Censored
2 x 15c + 2 x 1 fr 25 pictorials from Lusala(?) to USA, 16 November 1941; opened by censor and resealed with tape 'Censure, Congo Belge'; also tied on reverse LEOPOLDVILLE 18 November 1941; small corner fault; sent when the US was not yet in the War

Reference: S1060
£15.00

Austrian Occupation of Serbia censored reply paid card 1918 Austrian Occupation of Serbia censored reply paid card 1918
Austrian occupation of Serbia, complete reply paid card, both parts franked and registered; from Sofia, 29 March 1918 (Julian Calendar, 10 April Gregorian Calendar) 1918 to Geneva; Austrian PS card with added 3 heller Austro-Hungarian Military Post issue with Austrian and Serbian censor handstamps; to exiled Serb in Switzerland

Reference: S1058
£35.00

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