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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 Balloons, most recent first.
FRENCH BALLOON BICENTENARY STRIP ON WRAPPER TO GUILDFORD 1983FRENCH BALLOON BICENTENARY STRIP ON WRAPPER TO GUILDFORD 1983
Wrapper from 'L'Echo de la Timbrologie' franked with the strip of 3 commemorating the bicentenary of the first balloon flight, + 1fr 80 pictorial for the 56th Philatelic Congress, Marseille, & 0.005 Liberté by Delacroix & Gandon; from Amiens to Guildford 4 October 1983; a colourful franking

Reference: S378
£15.00

LUXEMBOURG BALLOON CARD FOR INTERNATIONAL STAMP EXHIBITION 1927
LUXEMBOURG BALLOON CARD FOR INTERNATIONAL STAMP EXHIBITION 1927
Luxembourg Grande Duchess Charlotte issue 2 x 20c orange on special balloon card for the International Stamp Exhibition, cancelled 'Par Ballon Exp.Phil. Luxembourg 8 Sept 1927', also with departure d/s of Roodt the same day, to Brussels. On the reverse of the card are notes about the first Luxembourg stamps

Reference: S331
£20.00

AUSTRIA PRO JUVENTUTE ENVELOPE BY BALLOON POST 1951AUSTRIA PRO JUVENTUTE ENVELOPE BY BALLOON POST 1951
Austrian Costume issue 70g & 30g on illustrated envelope for Pro Juventute charities, handstamped 'Drucksache' (printed paper rate) & inscribed 'MIT BALLOONPOST', Lech/Voralberg to Dresden 8 December 1951

Reference: S311
£15.00

THE SIEGE OF PARIS, HISTORICAL BOOK THE SIEGE OF PARIS, HISTORICAL BOOK
'The Siege of Paris' by Robert Baldick, Batsford 1964, a fine general historical study of the background to the philatelic history, arranged by the nineteen weeks of the siege, with good illustrations, 248pps; slight faults to dust jacket and spotting on boards, but still a very good reading or reference copy (postage GB 1st £3.50, 2nd £3.00, abroad £9.00)

Reference: S305
£8.00

THE FALL OF PARIS, HISTORICAL BOOK THE FALL OF PARIS, HISTORICAL BOOK
'The Fall of Paris, The Siege and the Commune 1870-71', by Alistair Horne, The Reprint Society 1965; an excellent general history of the Siege & the Commune, illustrated, 454pps, a clean copy with dust jacket (postage GB 1st £3.50, 2nd £3.00, abroad £6.00)

Reference: S304
£10.00

AIRLIFT 1870, BOOK ON THE SIEGE OF PARIS BALLOONSAIRLIFT 1870, BOOK ON THE SIEGE OF PARIS BALLOONS
'Airlift 1870, The balloon and pigeon post in the Siege of Paris', by John Fisher, Max Parrish 1965: an excellent general handbook on the Siege of Paris balloons and their history, illustrated 166pps; a clean ex library copy with covered dust jacket (postage GB 1st £3.50, 2nd £3.00, abroad £6.00)

Reference: S303
£10.00

LUXEMBOURG BALLOON CARD FOR INTERNATIONAL STAMP EXHIBITION 1927LUXEMBOURG BALLOON CARD FOR INTERNATIONAL STAMP EXHIBITION 1927
Luxembourg Grande Duchess Charlotte issue 2 x 20c orange on special balloon card for the International Stamp Exhibition, cancelled 'Par Ballon Exp.Phil. Luxembourg 8 Sept 1927', also with departure d/s of Roodt the same day, to Antwerp. On the reverse of the card are notes about the first Luxembourg stamps

Reference: S231
£20.00

AUSTRIA BALLOON POST FLIGHT 1949AUSTRIA BALLOON POST FLIGHT 1949
Postal Stationery envelope with imprinted 30g landscape issue plus 10g Costume issue, with heading 2 OEST.BALLON-POST-FLUG & "Helft unseren Kriegswaisen" (help our war orphans): special balloon datestamp 1 May 1949 & Salzburg 2 arrival datestamp 4 May 1949. The handstamp on reverse shows the flight details. An attractive thematic Balloon item, in good condition and quite scarce.

Reference: S116
£25.00

SWITZERLAND PHILATELIC EXHIBITION MINI-SHEET 1938 ON SPECIAL ENVELOPESWITZERLAND PHILATELIC EXHIBITION MINI-SHEET 1938 ON SPECIAL ENVELOPE
National Philatelic Exhibition Aarau 1938, miniature sheet on special envelope with special cachets, including balloon one, with additional 1 franc Air Stamp (SG 327/327a), to Glasgow. Some minor marks to envelope but stamps & cachets fine. Scarce combination.

Reference: S110
£70.00

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