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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 Express, most recent first.
Nigeria multifranking to Yorkshire, 1972
Nigeria multifranking to Yorkshire, 1972
Nigeria multifranking to Yorkshire, 1972
Long envelope Port Harcourt to Halifax, Yorkshire 28 April 1972, franked with 20 x 2d (SG 231, no printer’s imprint) + 10 x 3d pictorials (SG 233, with imprint), for Express Airmail rate 70d=5/10; NB 15 x 2d on reverse uncancelled; (30 stamps cat £2 each)

Reference: S946
£25.00

Italy Express Mail 1948
Italy Express Mail 1948
4 x 10 lire small definitive + 50 lire pictorial; cancelled d/r bridged bilingual cds (railway d/s) BOZENI BAHNPOST AMT; from Bolzano to Lucerne, 19 January 1948; boxed red trilingual express h/s; b/s AMB BRENERO VERONA 210, 19.1.1948, MEGGEN (LUZERN) 20.1.48

Reference: S827
£20.00

Italy registered express 1921
Italy registered express 1921
50c portrait issue + 30c express stamp cancelled d/r cds Napoli 3 ACCETT. RACCOM. 23 February 1921 to Lyon; violet h/s RACCOMANDATA; b/s Lyon 25 Feb 1921 (faint strike)

Reference: S826
£15.00

USA Special Delivery 1929
USA Special Delivery 1929
4 x 2c George Rogers Clarke (SG 654), 4 x 2c General Sullivan (SG 680), 2c Washington (damaged) for an 18c special delivery rate; from New Bedford, Mass. to Portsmouth, N.H.; h/s "special delivery/fee paid----cents" b/s Boston, Mass SD Postal Sta. G duplex d/s 16 August 1929; faults to envelope and one stamp

Reference: S795
£15.00

USA Special Delivery 1937USA Special Delivery 1937
US 5c West Point pictorial x 2 + 3c Washington cancelled s/r cds Chicago duplex 6 to Dayton, Ohio 22 December 1937; m/s 'Special Delivery' & large violet h/s 'Special Delivery' plus black h/s 'Fee claimed by Office of First Address'; b/s Dayton duplex 11 23 December 1937

Reference: S757
£18.00

USA Special Delivery 1943
USA Special Delivery 1943
2 x 5c occupied Poland commemorative + 2 x 3c Jefferson; m/s 'Air Mail special delivery' from Sacramento to La Jolla, 21 November 1943; cancelled large s/r cds duplex 1; violet h/s 'Fee claimed by office of first address'; b/s La Jolla received 22 November 1943

Reference: S789
£16.00

Thailand Express Delivery 1957
Thailand Express Delivery 1957
5 pictorial stamps and 1 portrait on Travel Co. Air Mail envelope, from Bangkok to Los Angeles 24 July 1957; cancelled with bridged s/r cds; h/s Express/Special Delivery in blue and Express in black; b/s violet s/r cds Los Angeles SPEC.DEl.RECD 29 July 1957

Reference: S780
£20.00

Austrian official envelope 1866
Austrian official envelope 1866
VF s/r cds FELDKIRCHEN (Kärnten) on stampless official envelope; m/s 'Esaffa' (= express or estaffette); b/s Klagenfurt; a neat clean cover

Reference: S770
£15.00

Italy Express Stamps on envelope to France 1921
Italy Express Stamps on envelope to France 1921
4 x 30c EXPRESS stamp + 4 x 15c portrait issue, 1 lire 80c rate, cancelled d/r cds to Lyon 8 June 1921; b/s Lyon 10 June 1921, colourful franking

Reference: S733
£20.00

Italy registered express envelope to Berne, 1947
Italy registered express envelope to Berne, 1947
Definitve issue 3 x 5 lire + 5 x 10 lire for a 65 lire registered express rate, to Berne, cancelled GENOVA No. 14 d/r bridged cds 14 July 1947; black on pale plue ESPRESSO label + red Swiss tri-lingual Express h/s; b/s Milan 15 July & Bern-Hindelbank 16 July 1947; small faults to envelope

Reference: S732
£22.00

Italy Express letter to Switzerland multifranking 1946
Italy Express letter to Switzerland multifranking 1946
Italy Express letter to Switzerland multifranking 1946
Small definitives 1 lira, 2 lire (fault) & on reverse block 21 x 2 lire, for a 45 lire rate, all cancelled with bridged d/r cds MONTEREGGIO/MASSA CARRARA; to Olten Switzerland, 30 October 1946; m/s 'EXPRES', pink Express label, h/s 'ESPRESSO'; transit d/r PARMA 31 October (2 different); a spectacular franking.

Reference: S731
£40.00

France Express to Germany, underfranked 1926
France Express to Germany, underfranked 1926
50c Sower + 3 x 1fr Pasteur on pre-printed commercial envelope m/s "Exprès" in red crayon; black h/s "Exprès" and German pink label "Gilbote Exprès"; from Paris to Nuremburg 14 October 1926; m/s blue crayon "affranchissement insuffisant - Allemagne"; b/s Nuernberg 2B2 s/r cds 19 October 1926

Reference: S714
£20.00

Hong Kong Registered Express Airmail 1990
Hong Kong Registered Express Airmail 1990
Hong Kong $10, $2, $1.80 (SG 547, 548, 550) on airmail envelope with express & registered labels; Hong Kong Tai Po to Walsall, 5 May 1990; b/s Tai Po HK the same day

Reference: S672
£24.00

Berlin to Holland express 1941 censored
Berlin to Holland express 1941 censored
Berlin to Holland express 1941 censored
Express envlope from Germany to Utrecht, Holland, 5 February 1941, franked with 3 pictorials + 20pfg and 6pfg Hindenburg (SG 751 x 2, 255, 497B, 502B) all cancelled Berlin W15; with red express label, plus censor tape and cachets; b/s Utrecht 9 February 1941; inspector's mark 5.

Reference: S629
£25.00

Germany Express letter to Holland 1935Germany Express letter to Holland 1935
Hindenburg issue 2 x 25pfg deep blue + 25pfg with black border (SG 503B x2, 550) on Hotel Adler envelope Wiesbaden to Holland 2 January 1935, with 2 red Eilbote Exprès labels, b/s Nijmegen the same day, a nice combination

Reference: S580
£25.00

Switzerland registered insured cover to London 1930
Switzerland registered insured cover to London 1930
Swiss Pro Juventute issue 1929 (SG J48-51) on registered envelope + 5c Tell Boy & 50c Helvetia (SG 240,266), from Berne with Insured label, Valeur Déclaré & registration labels; b/s Finsbury Park 28 February 1930. A lovely colourful cover

Reference: S572
£35.00

CANADA SPECIAL DELIVERY 1935CANADA SPECIAL DELIVERY 1935CANADA SPECIAL DELIVERY 1935
2 x 3c KGV definitive + 20c Special Delivery (SG 321, Spec Del S8)on envelope Regina to Quebec, cancelled with duplex cds 20 August 1935; MS 'Special' above Airmail sticker & purple h/s 'Special Delivery'; b/s Airmail Field Chicago Ill 22 Aug 1935, Montreal S 22 Aug, Quebec 23 Aug 1935; closed tear to top of envelope

Reference: S512
£20.00

ITALY LETTER BY EXPRESS TO THE CHANNEL ISLES 1971ITALY LETTER BY EXPRESS TO THE CHANNEL ISLES 1971
envelope franked with 2 x 50 lire Cellini commemoratives, 25 & 5 lire Coin of Syracuse & 150 lire Express stamp, cancelled San Lorenzo 27 July 1971 to Guernsey; with red 'Expresso (Exprès)' label; to a café in St Peter Port: nice useage

Reference: S494
£15.00

USA SPECIAL DELIVERY ENVELOPE 1942USA SPECIAL DELIVERY ENVELOPE 1942
5 x 3c Jefferson + 1c Statue of Liberty, 16c rate within US; handstamped 'Special Delivery' & 'Special Delivery-Air Mail' with MS the same; plus 'Fee Claimed by Office of First Address'; from North Hollywood 12 October 1942 to Winona; on reverse Los Angeles-Calif Terminal Annex Air Mail duplex & Winona, Minn 14 October 1942

Reference: S448
£20.00

USA SPECIAL DELIVERY ENVELOPE 1941USA SPECIAL DELIVERY ENVELOPE 1941
4 x 3c Jefferson + 1c Washington, 13c rate within US, MS 'Special Delivery' & handstamped the same; also handstamped 'Fee Claimed by Office of First Address'; New York 12 January 1941 to Philadelphia, with on reverse an arrival cds the same day

Reference: S447
£20.00

CANADA SPECIAL DELIVERY TO JAMAICA NEW YORK 1932CANADA SPECIAL DELIVERY TO JAMAICA NEW YORK 1932
2 x KGVI 3c (SG 359) + 10c/20c Special Delivery issue (SG S11) cancelled Toronto Postal Terminal 4 15 April 1939, on Airmail envelope to Jamaica New York; b/s large s/r cds Jamaica NY (Reg'd) in purple 16 April 1939; to & from stamp dealers Marks & Kessler; slight faults to envelope

Reference: S417
£25.00

BRAZIL EXPRESS AIRMAIL TO LONDON 1937, REDIRECTEDBRAZIL EXPRESS AIRMAIL TO LONDON 1937, REDIRECTED
Decorative airmail envelope franked with Brazil 5,000r & 600r small definitives, cancelled with large format squared circle 'Correo Aereo Bellm-Park (?); MS 'Expresso pelo "London" Lufthansa via Natal' & boxed h/s 'Expressa'; MS in blue crayon '10644'; readdressed to Watford with London 163 d/r cds 26 October 1937; some faults to envelope but a striking 'busy' cover

Reference: S380
£20.00

USA FORCES ENVELOPE FRANCE OCTOBER 1918 to GBUSA FORCES ENVELOPE FRANCE OCTOBER 1918 to GB
Unfranked envelope endorsed in MS 'Soldiers Mail'; VF strike of large cds 'US Military Postal Express Service 731A' 10 October 1918, boxed 'Base Censor' cachet & circular 'AEF Passed as Censored'; to Southampton & forwarded to Southsea: a fine strike of a scarce cachet, slight faults to top of envelope

Reference: S317
£25.00

AUSTRIA 1915 EXP0RESS COVER TO SWITZERLAND WITH RAILWAY CANCEL & CENSOR HANDSTAMPAUSTRIA 1915 EXP0RESS COVER TO SWITZERLAND WITH RAILWAY CANCEL & CENSOR HANDSTAMP
Large envelope from Radbor to Berne, franked with 5 x 10 heller & 5 heller Franz Josef issues cancelled Cercan-Kolin No 574 6 April 1915, Express in MS & etiquette, purple 'Oberpruft' censor handstamp; on revers Bern Transit cds 10 May 1915; a striking cover

Reference: S216
£35.00

BULGARIA, ENVELOPE FROM SOFIA TO BERLIN 1940, EXPRESS, CENSORED, BULGARIA, ENVELOPE FROM SOFIA TO BERLIN 1940, EXPRESS, CENSORED,
Envelope from Sofia to Berlin-Charlottenburg, franked with 5 lev blue Express Letter stamp + 2 lev carmine Recovery of the Dobrudja from Roumania issue of 1940, cancelled 20 September 1940 (day of issue), with German censor sealing strip & cachets on front and reverse; without arrival datestamp on reverse. A scarce cover of the period.

Reference: S139
£25.00