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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 BE/BC other countries, most recent first.
Sierra Leone registered to Germany 1913Sierra Leone registered to Germany 1913
KGV 1d PS card with 2 added 1d definitives, registration h/s, m/s 'Printed Matter'; b/s London 'Hooded' Registration cds London EC 3 August 1913; Hannover bridged d/r cds 4 August 1913: scarce example of registered foreign printed matter rate, small plate flaw on one 1d stamp; ex Ken Sergeant

Reference: S934
£40.00

USA Forces in Trinidad 1942, censoredUSA Forces in Trinidad 1942, censored
5 x 3c President Jefferson definitive on airmail envelope cancelled American Base Forces APO 803 11 April 1942 to New Orleans; boxed red censor h/s 'Passed by US Army Examiner 715', no b/s, from the American Forces in Trinidad durng WW2, scarce source

Reference: S920
£25.00

Jamaica rural datestamp, Dundee 1958Jamaica rural datestamp, Dundee 1958
QE2 2d portrait issue cancelled with VF double rim rural cds 'DUNDEE/JAMAICA B.W.I' in violet 4 March 1958; no b/s

Reference: S730
£20.00

Ghana Independence High Values Used First Day 1957
Ghana Independence High Values Used First Day 1957
Gold Coast QEII issues 1/-, 2/-, 5/-, 10/- values overprinted Ghana Independence, FDC 6 March 1957, used on airmail envelope (philatelic) from Kumasi to London; no b/s

Reference: S680
£25.00

Transvaal Revenues 1987
Transvaal Revenues 1987
Large part document franked with 6d, 2 x 1/-, 2 x 2/6 revenue stamps cancelled with large oval d/r 'SPECIALE LANDDROST KANTOOR JOHANNESBURG" with similar large red cachet alongside; very scarce combination; spectacular

Reference: S676
£35.00

Portugal to Gibraltar 1939 Censored
Portugal to Gibraltar 1939 Censored
Lusiadas 1 esc 75 + 40c commemorative on illustrated Hotel envelope, Lisbon to Gibraltar 10 November 1939; cancelled bridged m/c d/s; m/s "Via Aereo"; British censor's tape "Examined by Gibraltar Postal Censor" (very scarce censor type); faint unclear b/s

Reference: S669
£30.00

Jamaica UPU 1949 multi-franked envelopeJamaica UPU 1949 multi-franked envelopeJamaica UPU 1949 multi-franked envelope
19 October 1949 large envelope from Liguanea to London, registered airmail, franked with UPU issue 6 x 1½d, 6 x 3d, 3 x 2d, 21 x 6d + 2/- pictorial = rate of 15/3, folded cover but a very spectacular franking

Reference: S571
£35.00

TONGA TIN CAN MAIL ENVELOPE FROM NIUAFOOU TO CALIFORNIA 1935TONGA TIN CAN MAIL ENVELOPE FROM NIUAFOOU TO CALIFORNIA 1935
bespoke Tin Can Mail envelope franked with Tonga 2½d Queen Salote cancelled Niuafoou 5 June 1935, with all the special cachets for the service, front & back; opened roughly at left hand side and tidied up with a plain card insert, otherwise a good clean example

Reference: S527
£20.00

GAMBIA BLOCK OF 4 KGVI 1/3 ON REGISTERED LETTER CARD 1947
GAMBIA BLOCK OF 4 KGVI 1/3 ON REGISTERED LETTER CARD 1947
Gambia KGVI 1/3 Elephant design (SG 156a) block of 4 cancelled with London oval registered d/s, with London registration label on a sealed letter card inscribed 'Registered Air Mail'; registered oval on reverse, to Newquay: the stamps are affixed over the blue crayon registration cross; unusual

Reference: S525
£20.00

AUSTRALIA - NEW GUINEA AIRMAIL 1934AUSTRALIA - NEW GUINEA AIRMAIL 1934
1st Official Airmail Service Australia to Papua New Guinea; Australia 6d Airmail & 2d Centenary of Victoria (River Yarra) + New Guinea 2d & 6d Airmail overprint; cancelled Ship Mail Room Melbourne 23 July 1934 & Lae New Guinea 30 July 1934; with special cachets front & reverse; b/s Lae New Guinea & Melbourne Victoria: fine scarce airmail cover

Reference: S522
£45.00

EGYPT BAB el LUD TO PALESTINE CENSORED MAY 1945EGYPT BAB el LUD TO PALESTINE CENSORED MAY 1945EGYPT BAB el LUD TO PALESTINE CENSORED MAY 1945
2 x 2 mills orange, 2 x 10 mills violet + 30 mills grey green cancelled with bi-lingual bridged cds Bab el Lud to Haifa 5 May 1945, MS 'Recommendée' & registration label + MS 89 in blue crayon; large double ring cachet RM (censor?) & sealing tape 'opened by Censor' red on white, tied front and back with hexagon censor cachet 'Palestine Passed by Censor H4' & h/s code 007204; b/s Cairo 5 May 1945, registered Haifa 14 May 1945: opened roughly at top but a nice 'busy' cover

Reference: S515
£20.00

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO LETTERSHEET 1918TRINIDAD & TOBAGO LETTERSHEET 1918TRINIDAD & TOBAGO LETTERSHEET 1918
Curious part lettersheet franked with 1d + 2 x ½d Britannia issue (SG 149b, 150c), to the Command Paymaster Eastern Command, London, cancelled GPO Port of Spain Trinidad, error 18 inverted in 1918 date (reads 81): with extensive minutely written clear text which includes a note 'British troops from Mesopotamia have reached Baku on the Caspian...' and much other fascinating detail: a scarce and impressive item

Reference: S511
£45.00

BRUNEI LARGE ENVELOPE WITH DUTCH POSTAGE DUES 1955BRUNEI LARGE ENVELOPE WITH DUTCH POSTAGE DUES 1955
2 x 15c + 2 x 25c Sultan's portrait issues cancelled s/r cds Khalabelham(?) 23 March 1955 to The Hague; MS 'Airmail', '22 gms', '2.50' (shortage); Dutch postage dues 2 x 1g, 30c, 20c (=2.50)cancelled s'Gravenhage West 28 March 1955; envelope opened roughly at top but a striking franking

Reference: S507
£25.00

ENVELOPE FROM MALTA SUBJECT TO CUSTOMS CHARGE BY POSTAGE DUES 1950ENVELOPE FROM MALTA SUBJECT TO CUSTOMS CHARGE BY POSTAGE DUES 1950
envelope bearing Malta Self Government issue 2½d & 6d cancelled with d/r cds Valetta 29 April 1950, with airmail label; inspected by British Customs and 'Charge' label applied cancelled 'London Parcel Section' in red 4 May 1950; 3 x 1/- & 2 x 3d Postage Dues affixed to pay the Customs charge cancelled Woking 5 May 1950 ; for '1 pair Stocking Gift unsolicited 5/6' good example in clean condition

Reference: S474
£22.00

BERMUDA FIRST FLIGHT TO USA BY IMPERIAL AIRWAYS FLYING BOAT 1937BERMUDA FIRST FLIGHT TO USA BY IMPERIAL AIRWAYS FLYING BOAT 1937
Special airmail envelope inscribed 'First Flight Bermuda-New York via Imperial Airways Flying Boat "Cavalier" ' & handstamp 'Bermuda-U.S. Service R.M.A. "Cavalier" First Flight' in red; franked with KGV 2 x 3d & 6d (SG 103, 104), cancelled Hamilton 13 June 1937, registered, to London; The rate was by Air to New York, then by sea to UK 9d per ½ oz + 3d registration; fine attractive franking

Reference: S419
£25.00

BERMUDA FIRST FLIGHT (FLYING BOAT) 1937BERMUDA FIRST FLIGHT (FLYING BOAT) 1937
Decorative envelope inscribed 'First Flight Air Mail - Bermuda to New York' also handstamped 'Bermuda - U.S. Service R.M.A. "Cavalier" First Flight' with KGV 3d & 1/- pictorials (SG 103,105) cancelled Hamilton, to Washington DC 14 June 1937; on reverse New York June 16 1937 (+ mirror image on the front): note Airmail rate to NY City was 9d per ½ oz, to rest of USA 1/3 per ½ oz; "Cavalier" was a Flying Boat; scarce & attractive cover

Reference: S418
£24.00

CYPRUS REPUBLIC ISSUE 1962 TO OHIOCYPRUS REPUBLIC ISSUE 1962 TO OHIO
Cyprus QEII New Currency issue 2, 3, 5, 10, 15, 40 mils (SG 188-192 - possibly 192a, 197) overprinted 'Cyprus Republic' in Greek & Turkish, cancelled with d/r cds Nicosia 18 February 1962, on Airmail envelope to Ohio USA; no backstamps

Reference: S416
£15.00

SUDAN SMALL CAMELS ON THOS COOK ENVELOPE WITH TPO CANCELS 1922SUDAN SMALL CAMELS ON THOS COOK ENVELOPE WITH TPO CANCELS 1922
Thomas Cook & Co envelope, FRONT only, with Sudan small camel designs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 mills (15 mills rate) neatly cancelled Shellal - Haifa TPO No 1 22 January 1922, to Vienna; fine clean cancels but edges of envelope front slightly rough.

Reference: S396
£20.00

UGANDA, BRITISH EAST AFRICA PROTECTORATE PS CARDUGANDA, BRITISH EAST AFRICA PROTECTORATE PS CARD
British East Africa Protectorate 1 anna red reply paid PS card, overprinted UGANDA, cancelled with light cds 3 May 1902, Entebbe to Entebbe; the reply half pre-cancelled 4 May 1902; in clean condition

Reference: S387
£20.00

FIRST FLIGHT AUSTRALIA TO SOUTH AFRICA, COCOS ISLANDS TO MAURITIUS 1962FIRST FLIGHT AUSTRALIA TO SOUTH AFRICA, COCOS ISLANDS TO MAURITIUS 1962
Illustrated envelope for the First Regular Air Service by Qantas Empire Airways from Australia to South Africa via Cocos Islands & Mauritius, with large special cachet; franked with Australia KGVI 3d, 9d & 1/- definitives, cancelled RAAF PO Cocos Isles 1 September 1952, b/s Port Louis Mauritius 3 September 1952; a nice combination

Reference: S381
£20.00

TRINIDAD 1st CARIBBEAN INTERCOLONIAL STAMP EXHIBITION 1948TRINIDAD 1st CARIBBEAN INTERCOLONIAL STAMP EXHIBITION 1948
Trinidad 1c, 2c, 3c KGVI pictorials (SG 246, 247, 248a) on illustrated envelope for the 1st Caribbean Intercolonial Stamp Exhibition, Port of Spain, May 1948, cancelled Whitehall Trinidad skeleton type cds; b/s Cross, Trinidad & San Fernando 7 May 1948, attractive and less common stamp exhibition cover

Reference: S369
£15.00

BRITISH GUIANA TO NEW YORK CENSORED 1943BRITISH GUIANA TO NEW YORK CENSORED 1943
British Guiana KGVI 4c, 6c, 36c pictorials cancelled Air Mail GPO British Guiana, on envelope sent by air to New York, 8 Otober 1943; with handstamp 'Air Mail Miami' in red & black; opened & re-sealed in USA with label imprinted 'Examined by 4141'

Reference: S341
£15.00

REGISTERED CLOTH PACKET, BOMBAY TO NEW YORK VIA HONG KONG 1940REGISTERED CLOTH PACKET, BOMBAY TO NEW YORK VIA HONG KONG 1940
Large part of the cloth wrapping of a packet sent by registered airmail from Bombay 18 July 1940 (MS), large MS endorsement 'Via Hong Kong' with green triangle censor handstamp 'Passed Censor Hong Kong 13' & US Customs receipt handstamp: with wax seals, a remarkable survivor from the trans-Pacific route & certainly different postal history !

Reference: S323
£50.00

MALTA POSTCARD, VALLETTA TO ROTTERDAM 1910 WITH 4 x 1/4d PICTORIALMALTA POSTCARD, VALLETTA TO ROTTERDAM 1910 WITH 4 x 1/4d PICTORIALMALTA POSTCARD, VALLETTA TO ROTTERDAM 1910 WITH 4 x 1/4d PICTORIAL
4 x 1/4d brown Harbour pictorial on postcard of Strada Levante, Valletta, cancelled with d/r cds Valletta 6 April 1910; h/s Rotterdam postman's mark C79 on arrival: a nice franking

Reference: S292
£20.00

MALTA POSTCARD SENT MALTA POSTCARD SENT MALTA POSTCARD SENT 'PRINTED MATTER' 1903 WITH 2 x 1/4d TO HOLLAND
Postcard of Fort Ricasoli franked with 2 x one farthing stamps cancelled with oval d/s Valletta Malta 20 August 1903, inscribed 'Printed Matter' to Holland with d/r arrival cds Meerkerk 24 August; a nice franking with a few tiny marks

Reference: S291
£16.00