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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 Russia, most recent first.
GB Crimean War 1854
GB Crimean War 1854
Stampless envelope with unclear m/s charge mark 6(?), m/s "Army in the Crimea", 28th November (1854); to Dublin "via Marseilles"; on front faint blue arrival cds Kingstown 28 December; on reverse faint transit mark (London) 18 December; ex Reg Hindley Russia collection

Reference: S952
£30.00

Berlin Airlift 1949
Berlin Airlift 1949
Berlin Airlift commemorative issue, Russian Zone General issue on official envelope FDC; from Berlin-Neu Koeln to Hamburg, 23 June 1949; 24pfg overprinted 3rd German People's Congress 29-30 May 1949 (SG R54); no b/s

Reference: S907
£30.00

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

Latvia official mail 1877
Latvia official mail 1877
Latvia official mail 1877
Official folded letter from Riga to the Pastor of the German Lutheran Church Symposium, Wolmar, b/s Riga 11 June 1877, with cachet of the Symposium

Reference: S823
£20.00

Latvia official mail 1865
Latvia official mail 1865
Printed document in German concerning the German Lutherian Church in Riga dated 16 December 1865; official stampless folded letter to Marienburg cancelled Riga 8(?)December 1865 (note diffeence in Russian and other calendars)

Reference: S822
£20.00

Russian Poland 1913
Russian Poland 1913
Russian Poland 1913
Russian 7 kopek and 3 kopek Arms type issues cancelled d/r cds Lodz 3; to Zwickau, 14 February 1913; registered; b/s Zwickau 1 March 1913 �20.00

Reference: S807
£20.00

Russian Finland, censored 1915
Russian Finland, censored 1915
Russian stamps used in Finland: 15 x 2 kopek gtreen, from Helsinki to Copenhagen 7 August 1915; censor band in Russian, Finnish, and Danish; red censor text h/s; spectacular and rare

Reference: S790
£25.00

Austrian POW in Russian Camp, 1917
Austrian POW in Russian Camp, 1917
POW card from Austrian soldier in a Russian Camp (stated to be Camp 26) to Pilsen, Austria 3 May 1917; triangular Austrian censor cachet "Zensur Abteiling Wien"; 2 v faint strikes of boxed Russian censor h/s

Reference: S786
£15.00

Austria Feldpost card from Samarkand 1914
Austria Feldpost card from Samarkand 1914
Austrian feldpost card from Samarkand, Uzbekistan to Vienna 17/30 (double date Russian calendar) December 1914; with Russian censor h/s & red circular German language censor h/s; MS crayon rate notation; unusual point of origin

Reference: S747
£30.00

Russian Latvia postcard to Brazil 1909
Russian Latvia postcard to Brazil 1909
2 x 2 kopek green Rusian small arms type cancelled large letter d/r cds 8 November 1909 Meetava (Mitau) then in Russia (now Jelgava, Latvia); to Parama, Brasil; on postcard of a rural scene (faults)

Reference: S627
£20.00

WWI German Occupation of Poland Czenstochau
WWI German Occupation of Poland Czenstochau
Germania issue oveprinted Russissche Polen 3,5,10,20,50 pfgs, and similar issues overprinted Gen-Gouv Warschaw 2½,7½,15 pfgs (SG 1-5,6, 9, 11) on large brown envelope used within Czenstochau; with Czenstochau violet censor cachet;, no backstamp: philatelic franking but a fine scarce assembly

Reference: S613
£25.00

Russia Express Registered Airmail to England 1930
Russia Express Registered Airmail to England 1930
10 February 1930 Leningrad to London, Portrait issue 2 x 20kop, 10kop, 5kop, 3kop cancelled d/r cds Leningrad; red express label, white Leningrad registered label, British violet h/s express fee paid 6d, b/s Leningrad 10/2/30; fine scarce combination

Reference: S591
£30.00

Russia Registered airmail via Germany to England 1923
Russia Registered airmail via Germany to England 1923
Russia Registered airmail via Germany to England 1923
22 May 1923 Leningrad to London, Russian portrait issue 2 x 50 kop, 30 kop, 8 kop on large envelope h/s Russian '8AKA3HOE' registered, with Leningrad R label, Russian red airport label and red control, German Luftpotamt Berlin C2 & MS 'Luftpost': on reverse h/s Leningrad, Moscow, Berlin, London registered hooded d/s 22-26 May 1923, fine combination

Reference: S590
£25.00

BERLIN AIRLIFT COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE FRANKED WITH RUSSIAN ZONE ISSUESBERLIN AIRLIFT COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE FRANKED WITH RUSSIAN ZONE ISSUES
Decorative envelope commemorating one year of the Air Bridge Berlin-Frankfurt, inscribed 'via US Airmail' & bearing 4 Russian Zone issues; all cancelled Berlin Neukölln 23 June 1949: to Hamburg; clean and attractive cover

Reference: S192
£24.00

GERMANY BERLIN AIRLIFT 1949 ONE YEAR COMMEMORATION WITH USE OF ZONAL ISSUESGERMANY BERLIN AIRLIFT 1949 ONE YEAR COMMEMORATION WITH USE OF ZONAL ISSUES
Decorative envelope commemorating one year of the Air Bridge Berlin-Frankfurt, inscribed 'via US Airmail' & bearing 4 Zonal stamps including Russian Zone issues; all cancelled Berlin Neukölln 23 June 1949: appears unaddressed but probably the label has dropped off as similar covers were addressed to Karl Hennig Hamburg; clean and attractive cover

Reference: S191
£20.00

FINLAND PAIR RUSSIAN ARMS DESIGN ON ENVELOPE TO HELSINGFORS 1909 FINLAND PAIR RUSSIAN ARMS DESIGN ON ENVELOPE TO HELSINGFORS 1909
a pair of Russian Arms type definitive 10 penni Finnish currency, neatly cancelled with tri-lingual bridged d/r cds Gamlakarleby * Kokkula 25 May 1909 (Russian calendar); backstamped tri-lingual d/r cds Helsinki 26 May 1909

Reference: S164
£15.00

RUSSIA: 1900 POSTAL STATIONERY TO HMS DUKE OF EDINBURGH ON ROUTE TO SPAIN.RUSSIA: 1900 POSTAL STATIONERY TO HMS DUKE OF EDINBURGH ON ROUTE TO SPAIN.
1900 - 4 kopek postcard cancelled by a numeral postmark and a S.PETERBURG postmark dated 29.IX.1900. It is addressed to the Russian Consul in Vigo to await the arrival of HMS Duke of Edinburgh

Reference: H269
£15.00

USSR: 1950 RADIO HAM POSTCARD FROM SOVIET POLAR ZONEUSSR: 1950 RADIO HAM POSTCARD FROM SOVIET POLAR ZONE
1950 Radio Ham postcard.

Reference: H267
£10.00

USSR: 1951 RADIO HAM CARD FROM THE SOVIET POLAR REGION.USSR: 1951 RADIO HAM CARD FROM THE SOVIET POLAR REGION.
1951 radio ham postcard from Archangel

Reference: H266
£10.00

RUSSIA: 1906 POSTAL STATIONERY.RUSSIA: 1906 POSTAL STATIONERY.
1906 - 7 kopek envelope cancelled by partial SMOLENSK postmarks dated 13.4.06 and backstamped by a KRAKINOVO KOVEN postmark.

Reference: H265
£12.50

AUSTRO-HUNGARY: 1916 REPLY-HALF RED CROSS POW POSTCARD.AUSTRO-HUNGARY: 1916 REPLY-HALF RED CROSS POW POSTCARD.
1916 reply-half postcard from an Austrian prisoner of war in a camp in Russia. There are Austrian and Russian Red Cross cachets, a Russian censor mark and a blue pencil mark from a postmaster to all it to go freepost!

Reference: H264
£10.00

RUSSIA: 1904 UP-RATED POSTAL STATIONERY TO ENGLAND.RUSSIA: 1904 UP-RATED POSTAL STATIONERY TO ENGLAND.RUSSIA: 1904 UP-RATED POSTAL STATIONERY TO ENGLAND.
1904 - 3 kopek postcard with additional stamp sent to Sheffield. It is cancelled with partial NOVOKIEVSK postmarks dated 16.OCT.1904 and there is an official cachet.

Reference: H263
£10.00

RUSSIA: 1925 REPLY-HALF POSTAL STATIONERY TO SWITZERLAND RUSSIA: 1925 REPLY-HALF POSTAL STATIONERY TO SWITZERLAND
Swiss 20 on 25c answer card to Neuchatel with a LENINGRAD postmark dated 12.1.25 and two unclear marks. Creased!

Reference: H231
£15.00

RUSSIA: 1969 RADIO "HAM" CARD TO LONDON.RUSSIA: 1969 RADIO "HAM" CARD TO LONDON.RUSSIA: 1969 RADIO "HAM" CARD TO LONDON.
1969 Radio "Ham" card with portrait of Lenin sent to London.

Reference: H113
£15.00

USSR: 1938 POSTAL STATIONERY TO SOUTH AFRICA.USSR: 1938 POSTAL STATIONERY TO SOUTH AFRICA.
1938 - 50 kopek envelope from Nikita, Yalta, Crimea to Grahamstown, Cape Colony.roughly opened, faults on reverse.

Reference: H039
£12.00