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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.
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

Brazil registered airmail censored 1945
Brazil registered airmail censored 1945
Brazil registered airmail censored 1945
5c small definitives to total of 19,500 reis on registered airmail envelope from Rio de Janeiro to Birmingham, 5 January 1945; censored and resealed in Brazil with box cachet D.F. 278 (front & reverse) and by GB with label "Opened by Examiner 6698"

Reference: S971
£20.00

Austria, registered express airmail, censored, 1948
Austria, registered express airmail, censored, 1948
5s Costume design on registered airmail envelope from Vienna to Eccles, Manchester, 20 September 1948; censored with sealing tape and censor' s cachet 441 Z1; nice example of the currency & security control of post-war Austria

Reference: S968
£20.00

Portugal to Birmingham, registered airmail, censored, 1944
Portugal to Birmingham, registered airmail, censored, 1944
Portugal to Birmingham, registered airmail, censored, 1944
2 x 1 esc Caravel on envelope, m/s "Par Avion" from Agueda to Birmingham, 1 August 1944; cancelled with 'razor blade' type cds; blue crayon cross for registration; on reverse 3 x International Exhibition 80c (and another one lost); Lisboa transit d/s; English censor 'opened by Examiner 786'; despite faults an interesting wartime cover

Reference: S967
£20.00

German Occupation of Lorraine, 1940
German Occupation of Lorraine, 1940
12pfg Hindenburg issue overprinted LOTHRINGEN, cancelled with boxed provisional d/s GROSS HATTINGEN in volet; very faint German censor cachet and red crayon cross; no b/s

Reference: S966
£20.00

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

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