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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.
Holland to New York 1940 censored
Holland to New York 1940 censored
Holland to New York 1940 censored
12½ on 3c (SG 526) German occupation surcharged issue cancelled d/r cds from Groenlo(?) To New York 5 October 1940; German censorʼs "Geöffnet" tape with black eagle & swastikas, tied with red eagle & swastikas h/s; with original letter; no b/s; some faults to reverse of envelope

Reference: S959
£18.00

Holland to Paris 1941 censoredHolland to Paris 1941 censored
5 on 3c; 7½ on 3c (SG 523-4) German occupation surcharge issues cancelled with decorative slogan d/s from The Hague(?) to Paris 21 August 1941; German censorʼs 'Geöffnet' tape tied with swastika h/s and red Wehrmacht m/c h/s

Reference: S958
£16.00

Paraguay censored 1943
Paraguay censored 1943
Paraguay censored 1943
7 pesos yellow, 2 x 5c, 10c, 50c and on reverse 2 x 30c flag issues; from Paraguay to Washington, 27 March 1943; cancelled 'Scio Aereo Postal(?) Paraguay'; US (?) Censor’s tape 'Opened by Examiner 8008' with h/s '1E/-', form 167; b/s US receipt h/s 3 April 43

Reference: S957
£18.00

Costa Rica doubly censored 1942
Costa Rica doubly censored 1942
5c and 10c triangular cancelled d/r cds in violet watery ink Puerto Jiminez, to Los Angeles 15 October 1942; local & US Censor’s tapes 'Abierta por la Censura Defensa Continentalʼ and 'Examined by 2405'; no b/s

Reference: S956
£20.00

Guatemala bisect 1944 censored
Guatemala bisect 1944 censored
2c portrait issue, bisect of 2c portrait + 1c pictorial, all cancelled slogan m/c d/s, from Guatemala to USA 4 January 1944; US Censor’s tape inscribed "Examined by 9811" + the original letter; no b/s

Reference: S955
£20.00

USA and Canada 1941
USA and Canada 1941
USA and Canada 1941
US 3c violet PS envelope with added 3c, 2 x 10c President’s issue + 1c portrait S.C. Foster, all cancelled with 'dumb' hand cancel, from Holabird, S. Dakota to Winnipeg, Canada, 5 June 1941; h/s 'Via Air Mail' 'Return Receipt Requested' & 'Registered' h/s with m/s '70'; opened and resealed with label "Opened to Verify Contents"; for the Foreign Exchange Control Board; b/s d/r cds in violet Holabird S Dak Registered 5 June 1941; fine scarce combination

Reference: S954
£25.00

USA postal bulk licence for covers to India 1944
USA postal bulk licence for covers to India 1944
USA postal bulk licence for covers to India 1944
2 x $1, 50c, 30c Presidents Series on long envelope to Calcutta, cancelled s/r cds Washington DC 31 May 1944; opened and resealed by US & British censors; violet h/s DHA/138; red financial control cachet 'Board of Economic Warfare/Office of Export Control', May 31 1944; 'License No 189466 (in m/s), COMMISSIONER OF PATENTS'; 'LICENSE COVERS MAILING OF 6 (in m/s) Packages'; red 'Approved for British Empire only' h/s; on reverse large red rosette seal, cancelled 'US Patent Office Licensing Division'; b/s Calcutta, 5 July 1944 + BHA/282; rare combination of markings

Reference: S945
£50.00

Egypt 1954 to Bradford, censored
Egypt 1954 to Bradford, censored
Egypt 20 mils soldier, 30 mils pictorial, 2 mils blocked Farouk's head, on lightweight airmail envelope from Cairo to Bradford, cancelled with bi-lingual cds 3 December 1954; Arabic censor tape sealed with Arabic cachet, under and over tape; no arrival b/s; era of the conflict with Israel

Reference: S938
£15.00

USA Airmail to England 1943, censored
USA Airmail to England 1943, censored
USA 5 x 6c Presidents issue cancelled s/r cds barred duplex Boston Back Bay Annex 13 May 1941, to Ipswich, opened & resealed by US Censor, no b/s

Reference: S937
£16.00

USA Airmail to GB 1941, censored
USA Airmail to GB 1941, censored
30c Presidents¢ series cancelled Newark Clinton Hill Sta duplex 1 on decorative air mail envelope from Newark, New Jersey to Ipswich, UK; inscribed 'via Trans-Atlantic Airmail'; opened by British censor examiner 940; no b/s; small faults to envelope

Reference: S936
£15.00

USA to Polish Forces censored 1941
USA to Polish Forces censored 1941
USA 5c MacDowell portrait cancelled s/r cds 13 May 1941 on envelope to Polish sergeant; forwarded, opened, and resealed roughly by British Censor's tape; h/s oval cachet BIURO POCZTOWE 1 KORPUSU 19 July 1941 & 23 July 1941; no b/s; some age wear

Reference: S927
£25.00

USA Forces in Trinidad 1942, censoredUSA Forces in Trinidad 1942, censored
5 x 3c President Jefferson definitive on airmail envelope cancelled American Base Forces APO 803 11 April 1942 to New Orleans; boxed red censor h/s 'Passed by US Army Examiner 715', no b/s, from the American Forces in Trinidad durng WW2, scarce source

Reference: S920
£25.00

Holland to New York 1940Holland to New York 1940Holland to New York 1940
12 ½ on 3c (SG 526) German occupation surcharged issue cancelled d/r css from Groenlo…. To New York (5 October 1940); German censor¢s "Geöffnet" tape with black swastikas, tied with red swastikas; with original letter; no b/s

Reference: S959
£16.00

Switzerland censored Postcard to GB 1945
Switzerland censored Postcard to GB 1945
2 x 10c Peace issue (SG 448) on PPC of Geneva cancelled with illustrated 'STATIONS THERMALES' slogan d/s; British red hexagon censor crowned cachet 'passed P27', scarce use on postcard

Reference: S916
£15.00

Switzerland to Polish Corps 1941
Switzerland to Polish Corps 1941
Swiss 60c William Tell (SG 406) on airmail envelope cancelled bridged d/r cds MORGES 22 August 1941; oval h/s "BIURO POLSKJ I KORPUS" 18 September 1941; forwarded from London GPO PO box, blue-green h/s '13 Sep 1941'; m/s 2/1 DAC (red) P/53 (blue); British censor's tape 'Opened by Examiner 787'

Reference: S908
£20.00

Austrian Red Cross to Danish POW Agency, 1917
Austrian Red Cross to Danish POW Agency, 1917
Austrian Red Cross to Danish POW Agency, 1917
Rough paper envelope marked 'Portofrei' in m/s, to the Danish Red Cross POW agency; cancelled with d/r bridged cds Kufstein, Tyrol, 1 April 1917; Red Cross h/s "Freuen-Zweig-Verein/Kufstein"; triangular censor h/s "Zensur Abteillung, Wien"; seal on reverse "Geschlossen von d. Zensur d. GZNB"

Reference: S904
£25.00

Curacao to USA 1945, censored
Curacao to USA 1945, censored
Curacao 35c pictorial (defective corner) cancelled d/r cds CURACAO WILLEMSTAD 6 May 1945; light strike of violet cachet 'Curacao - Censuur'; to New York, no b/s; faults to envelope but not common

Reference: S903
£20.00

GB to Cuba 1941 censored
GB to Cuba 1941 censored
GB to Cuba 1941 censored
GB KGVI 3d deep violet on envelope cancelled London WC m/c d/s 7 Jan 1941; opened by British censor & re-sealed with tape reading 'Opened by Examiner 2563'; b/s Havana, Cuba slogan d/s 31 January 1941; some faults to envelope

Reference: S901
£15.00

Moscow to London 1917 registered, censored
Moscow to London 1917 registered, censored
Moscow to London 1917 registered, censored
envelope bearing Russian Arms series 4k + 10k on 7k, registered, cancelled with d/r bridged cds Moscow ('antique' lettering); unclear small censor's cachet No 54, on hand made wrapper; on reverse Moscow d/r cds 13 April 1917 (in between the two revolutions); London 'hooded' registered d/s 26 May 1917; blue crayon 217 on front and 13 on reverse; fragile

Reference: S900
£40.00

Polish forces in GB 1945 censored
Polish forces in GB 1945 censored
Polish Warsaw Rising issue 1944 1+2 zlt on registered envelope to Polish Forces CMF 125, with special boxed cancellation POLSKA MARYNARKA WOJENNA AGENCJA POCZTCWA (also on registered label); opened by British Censor Examiner 1586; b/s Poczta Polowa(?) 132, 26 May 1945; scarce combination

Reference: S899
£40.00

USA to England 1943 censored
USA to England 1943 censored
US 5c occupied countries issue, Poland (marginal) + 2 x 2c Defence Definitives; from Brooklyn to South Shields, 31 July 1943; opened and resealed by British Censor 'Opened by Examiner 5231'; no b/s

Reference: S898
£20.00

Switzerland to Yorkshire 1943, censored
Switzerland to Yorkshire 1943, censored
Switzerland to Yorkshire 1943, censored
Swiss small pictorials 2 x 10c + 30c on airmail envelope from Le Sépey, Switzerland to Harrogate, 12 March 1943; m/s in blue crayon 389; opened and censored by the Germans with 'Geöffnet' label tied by swastikas; British censor's tape 'Opened by Examiner 7545'; no b/s

Reference: S892
£20.00

Persia part newspaper to New York 1943
Persia part newspaper to New York 1943
Block of 4 x 10d magenta bridge pictorials (SG 852) on part Persian newspaper; from Teheran to New York, 22 (?) 1943, closed with address band sealed with Anglo-Soviet Persian censorship cachet, and with British crown censor DHC/31 on reverse; rare use; fragile

Reference: S891
£50.00

Italy airmail to Peru, 1940
Italy airmail to Peru, 1940
Italy small definitives 10 lire, 1.25, 75c, and 2 x 50c for a total rate of 13 lire, on an airmail envelope with bilingual 'Par Avion' h/s & '3' in circle; cancelled 'MILANO C.CORRISP.E PACCHI/POSTA AEREA' to Lima, Peru 14 February 1940; with Peruvian censor on reverse 'El Censo Hara Conocer la Realidad Peruana'

Reference: S890
£20.00

French POW in Germany, 1942
French POW in Germany, 1942
Reply paid part of POW card from Bourges, 22 August 1942 to a French POW at Stalag VIF, Bocholt, Westphalia with censor h/s of the camp, (to Working Party No 83)

Reference: S888
£15.00

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