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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.
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

France Red Cross 1945 censoredFrance Red Cross 1945 censored
4fr Dulac issue + 4 x 50c 1944 'broken chains' issue; cancelled with Chaumont s/r cds, 24 August 1945, to Geneva; fine Red Cross cachet of Chaumont; opened by censor and re-sealed with oval 'Ouvert' h/s code LYY; on reverse code number 590 but no b/s

Reference: S1057
£20.00

Argentine advertising cover to USA censored 1942Argentine advertising cover to USA censored 1942Argentine advertising cover to USA censored 1942
10c & 5c portrait issue on lovely advertising envelope, cancelled Buenos Aires, 14 February 1942; to New York; censored and resealed with tape 'Examined by 6608' (by British in the West Indies?); no b/s; attractive item

Reference: S1055
£40.00

Parcel card from Heligoland, 1943
Parcel card from Heligoland, 1943
Parcel card from Heligoland, 1943
Hitler heads 80 pfg + 5 pfg on parcel card with green label inscribed 1 mk 40; red crayon charge mark 460; from Heligoland 13(?) July 1943 to Altachlame i Pom; black circular swastika censor cachet; on reverse d/r cds Stolp (Pom) 1 25 July 1948 + photo probably from c1945 after bomb damage

Reference: S1054
£40.00

Parcel card from Heligoland, 1942
Parcel card from Heligoland, 1942
Parcel card from Heligoland, 1942
German Hindenburg 15 pfg + Hitler head 60 pfg on parcel card, cancelled Helgoland d/r cds 14 September 1942, to Innsbruck, Austria; blue crayon rate marks 2’60, 2’75; h/s 'Nachgebuhr' (excess charge); on reverse h/s Verzollt 24 Sep 1942; circular Eagle censor cachet Innsbruck-Bahnhof

Reference: S1053
£50.00

Parcel card from Heligoland May 1941
Parcel card from Heligoland May 1941
German Hindenburg 5 pfg, 40 pfg, 100 pfg on Parcelkarte (parcel card) cancelled d/r bridged cds Helgoland; to Neustadt (Main), 15 May 1941; h/s 'Zollfrei' (no customs charge) & swastika cachet + green label 40 rpf and crayon m/s 40; b/s Wurzburg 22 May, Neustadt 26 May; fine example; v scarce

Reference: S1051
£50.00

German WW2 censor’s German WW2 censor’s German WW2 censor’s 'swipe' mark
8 pfgs + 4pfg Hitler heads on plain envelope from Ankum Bz Osnabruck to Maarn, Holland, 23 March 1943; opened and resealed with censor’s tape, tied with Swastika cachet; also marked front and black with blue ink 'swipe' special inspection mark (Dutch mail?)

Reference: S1049
£15.00

German WW2 censor’s German WW2 censor’s German WW2 censor’s 'swipe' mark
2 x 6 pfgs Hitler heads on plain envelope from Ankum Bz Osnabruck to Maarn, Holland, 17 September 1943; opened and resealed with censor’s tape, tied with Swastika cachet (black and red); also marked front and black with blue ink 'swipe' special inspection mark (Dutch mail?)

Reference: S1048
£15.00

Ireland to Canada, 1944, doubly censored
Ireland to Canada, 1944, doubly censored
Ireland SG 79,80; on plain envelope from Baile Atha Cliath 8 March 1844 to Vancouver, Canada; inspected by Irish and British censors, with pink sealing tape 'AN SCRUDOIR D’OSCAIL 160' and 'Opened by Examiner 3962'; bilingual Air Mail label; no b/s, scarce & attractive combination

Reference: S1047
£20.00

Dutch East Indies to Chicago 1941 censoredDutch East Indies to Chicago 1941 censored
DEI 5c blue Queen Wilhelmina issue (SG 341) cancelled d/r bridged cds Batavia, to Chicago 24 April 1941; opened and resealed with Dutch censor’s tape; tied with CENSUUR cds 24 April 1941 & s/r cachets in red DEV.6 & EC.C; no b/s

Reference: S1043
£15.00

Denmark to England 1945 censored
Denmark to England 1945 censored
Denmark King’s Head 40 + 30 definitives cancelled with d/r cds + slogan, airmail, from Copenhagen to London, 29 June 1945; opened and resealed with Danish censor’s tape; tied with s/r crown cachet 249 DANMARK in violet; readdressed to the Nautical College, Pangbourne; no b/s

Reference: S1042
£16.00

Czechoslovakia to British Zone of Occupied Germany, 1947
Czechoslovakia to British Zone of Occupied Germany, 1947
Czechoslovakia to British Zone of Occupied Germany, 1947
Czech 2.40 pictorial and 1.60 Lidice (SG 488, 494) on plain envelope to the British Zone of occupied Germany; from Trutnova to Düsseldorf, 2 September 1947; with blue official cachet of Trutnova; opened by British censor & sealed with tape 'Opened by Examiner 2345'; tied with circular cachet 'British Censorship Germany 0140' front & back; attractive combination

Reference: S1041
£25.00

France to US forces in Japan, 1942
France to US forces in Japan, 1942
France pictorials 25fr and 50fr cancelled Marseille machine d/s, to US Forces in Yokohoma, Japan, 28 February 1948; US civil censor sealing strip and h/s used by the Occupation Forces in Japan; no postal b/s

Reference: S1035
£25.00

Denmark to Ireland, 1945, doubly censored
Denmark to Ireland, 1945, doubly censored
Denmark to Ireland, 1945, doubly censored
Denmark 3 x 15o portrait issue + 2 x 20o pictorial, cancelled Copenhagen 20 July 1945, to Dublin; opened by Censors and resealed with censor’s sealing tape by Denmark and Britain; tied with circular cachet crown 377 of Denmark; British 'Opened by Examiner 6936'; no b/s

Reference: S1026
£25.00

Haiti, WW2 double censorship to USA 1945
Haiti, WW2 double censorship to USA 1945
Haiti, WW2 double censorship to USA 1945
4 Haiti pictorials cancelled d/r French style cds Port de Paix 26 February 1945, to Philadelphia; similar cancellation on reverse; with censor sealing tapes from Haiti & USA; with Haiti cachet on reverse & large boxed cachet in light blue, a scarce combination

Reference: S1025
£24.00

Nicaragua double censorship to USA 1943Nicaragua double censorship to USA 1943
0.40c on 1c pictorial, cancelled with boxed d/s Managua 4 August 1943 to New York; overstruck with circular 'V for Victory' censor cachet in violet (Nicaragua) plus US plain censor’s sealing tape; inscribed bi-lingually 'written in English'; no b/s

Reference: S1024
£15.00

South Africa Wynberg to Switzerland 1917, censored
South Africa Wynberg to Switzerland 1917, censored
South Africa Wynberg to Switzerland 1917, censored
1/2d green + 2 x 1d (SG 3 and 4) on envelope from Wynberg, Cape to Bern, Switzerland; opened and resealed with bilingual 'Opened by Censor' label in red and a s/r 'Passed by Censor C.14' cachet; b/s Berne 5 August 1917

Reference: S1006
£20.00

Italian internee in Switzerland 1942
Italian internee in Switzerland 1942
Italian internee in Switzerland 1942
Military internment envelope with cachet CAMP MILITAIRE d'INTERNEMENT BUSSWIL; undated but c1942; to Zurich; from an Italian citizen; h/s 365; no b/s; on reverse trilingual Swiss censor label

Reference: S1005
£20.00

Portugal to Cuba 1942 censored
Portugal to Cuba 1942 censored
Portugal to Cuba 1942 censored
Portugal 10c, 30c, 15c, 1$, 5$ on airmail envelope cancelled C.T.T. LESARADORES(?), LISBOA 'razor blade' style d/r cds 16 May 1942; British censor's tape 'Opened by Examiner 1712; b/s ocatogal d/s LISBON 17 MAY 42; violet cachet "Ministerio de Communicaciones Cuba 2"

Reference: S986
£20.00

GB to Bombay 1944 censored
GB to Bombay 1944 censored
GB KGVI 1d x 3, 2d, 2½d x 4 (for 1/3 rate) from Millom, Cumberland to Bombay, with d/r cds 18 January 1944 & MS 'By Air Mail'; censor tape 'Opened by Examiner P.C.90'; tied with shield type crown h/s 'Passed DHC/50' & h/s on front DHC/126; forwarded to 10/12th F.F.R. Sialkot; b/s Bombay 15 Mar 1944 + unclear cds 17 March

Reference: S981
£16.00

NZ to GB 1940 censored
NZ to GB 1940 censored
NZ pictorials 3d, 7d, 1/- (SG 618, 622, 625) on envelope by airmail from Palmerston, North to Waltham Abbey, 22 February 1940; censor's tape "Opened and Passed by Censor in New Zealand", tied with "Passed by Censor NZ 26" circular h/s; b/s oval d/s 'Registered Waltham Cross' 19 March 1940; opened slightly roughly; scarcer values on envelope and a good combination

Reference: S979
£20.00

Holland to Germany 1940
Holland to Germany 1940
12½c portrait issue on business envelope from Haaksbergen to Krefeld, 12 March 1940; opened and resealed by German censor with swastika cachets; no b/s

Reference: S975
£15.00

Holland to USA 1940
Holland to USA 1940
7½+2½ on 5c portrait PS card cancelled with ornamental slogan d/s 'SGRAVENHAGE; to New York, 10 December 1940; red German swastika censor's cachet; black C in circle inspector's mark (USA); scarce use on postal card

Reference: S974
£18.00

Uruguay registered airmail censored 1944
Uruguay registered airmail censored 1944
Uruguay registered airmail censored 1944
1p pictorial + 12c and 20c small definitives on registered airmail envelope from Montevideo to Birmingham, 7 July 1944; on reverse Miami, Fla. registered 12 July and New York 12 July; sealed with British censor tape 'Opened by Examiner 6498'

Reference: S972
£15.00

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