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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 India & States, most recent first.
USA postal bulk licence for covers to India 1944
USA postal bulk licence for covers to India 1944
USA postal bulk licence for covers to India 1944
2 x $1, 50c, 30c Presidents Series on long envelope to Calcutta, cancelled s/r cds Washington DC 31 May 1944; opened and resealed by US & British censors; violet h/s DHA/138; red financial control cachet 'Board of Economic Warfare/Office of Export Control', May 31 1944; 'License No 189466 (in m/s), COMMISSIONER OF PATENTS'; 'LICENSE COVERS MAILING OF 6 (in m/s) Packages'; red 'Approved for British Empire only' h/s; on reverse large red rosette seal, cancelled 'US Patent Office Licensing Division'; b/s Calcutta, 5 July 1944 + BHA/282; rare combination of markings

Reference: S945
£50.00

USA, mail to RAF India 1944, censored
USA, mail to RAF India 1944, censored
USA, mail to RAF India 1944, censored
Strip 4 x 3c, 8c, 50c definitives cancelled New York Station K duplex 10 November 1944 & New York Grand Central Annexe 13 November 1944, on airmail envelope to RAF India; violet h/s 'Air'; censored with tape 'Opened by Examiner' tied with octagonal shield censor h/s 'Passed Dec/12'; on reverse violet h/s "Return for Additional Postage, Air Mail fee must be fully pre-paid"; weight, rate, etc crossed out, with purple h/s 'For additional postage' on front crossed out; no arrival b/s

Reference: S855
£30.00

W H Smith wrapper to India, 1901 W H Smith wrapper to India, 1901
2d violet embossed newspaper wrapper (stamped to order) imprinted 'W.H.Smith and Son, 186 Strand, London WC' to Officers' Mess, 1st Batallion Wiltshire Regiment in Peshawar, India; cancelled FB in oval 'killer' (Foreign Branch); folded through the middle & with closed tear

Reference: S852
£20.00

India Registered Airmail 1962, to Jersey
India Registered Airmail 1962, to Jersey
India Registered Airmail 1962, to Jersey
2 rupees on registered airmail cancelled with unclear cds and then crossed out with 2 x 4 bars; plus added small definitives, 2 x 0.20 & 0.10, cancelled with unclear d/r cds; endorsed with small h/s 'Enclosing Documents'; on reverse fine cachet of the Chartered Bank

Reference: S814
£20.00

India Registered Airmail with Meter Mark, to Jersey
India Registered Airmail with Meter Mark, to Jersey
India Registered Airmail with Meter Mark, to Jersey
Registered Airmail franked with 02.45 rupees meter mark plus 5p and 10p definitives to make a 2.60 rate; cancelled with unclear s/r cds; from Calcutta to St Helier, Jersey on 28 April 1972; endorsed 'Enclosing Documents'; on reverse fine Calcutta Bank seal

Reference: S813
£16.00

Indian Forces in North Africa 1942, censored
Indian Forces in North Africa 1942, censored
Indian 4 annas Air Mail Post Card cancelled Field Post Office 259; crowned circular censor h/s 'Passed by Censor No. 4230'; from a driver with the Indian Forces in N. Africa to Merthyr Tydfil; with a thank-you note for a gift from the Comforts Committee at home

Reference: S812
£18.00

Malaya Postage Due 1929
Malaya Postage Due 1929
Malaya Postage Due 1929
India 1 anna PS envelope lightly cancelled and with circular T in circle charge h/s, from Tirumayam to Penang 7 December 1929; on reverse d/r cds TIRUMAYAM 7 December; Federated Malay States Postage Due 4c and 2c; cancelled SEREMBAN 17 December 1929 on arrival, a nice cimbination

Reference: S748
£55.00

India Azad Hind Nationalist Army India Azad Hind Nationalist Army 'stamps' forgeries
Azad Hind unofficial stamps of the Indian Nationalist Army 3 annas and 2 x 2 annas value (two shades), in marginal blocks of 4, mint, no gum, forgeries

Reference: S564
£12.00

India Azad Hind Nationalist Army India Azad Hind Nationalist Army 'stamps' forgeries
Azad Hind unofficial stamps of the Indian Nationalist Army 2 annas value in marginal blocks of 4, two shades, mint, no gum, forgeries

Reference: S563
£7.50

INDIA MIXED FRANKING WITH TRAVANCORE REVENUE STAMP 1935INDIA MIXED FRANKING WITH TRAVANCORE REVENUE STAMP 1935
India KGV 9 pies deep green on buff PS card (with faults) with added 1 anna red Government of Travancore revenue stamp, cancelled with oval cachet `'Darragh, Smail & Co', from Allerppey to Coonoor; used as a receipt for a cheque payment from The Peninsular Rubber & Tea Estates;despite faults an unusual and attractive card

Reference: S528
£15.00

INDIA CENSORED AIRMAIL TO BEYROUTH 1945 INDIA CENSORED AIRMAIL TO BEYROUTH 1945
India KGVI 1R + 3as on Airmail envelope from Bombay to Beyrouth, cancelled with m/c d/s June 1945, opened and resealed with tape 'Opened by Examiner' type PC90 tied by h/s DHC/36 on front & crowned tombstone type Passed DHC/37 on reverse; on front purple Free French Cross of Lorraine SC cachet with red '505 U' on front, 'L 505' on reverse; Beyrouth bilingual roller arrival d/s 22 June 1945 on reverse, a nice combination

Reference: S529
£20.00

DENMARK MULTI-FRANKED AIRMAIL TO INDIA 1951DENMARK MULTI-FRANKED AIRMAIL TO INDIA 1951
11 stamps to a total of 260øre airmail from Hotel Cosmopolite, Copenhagen to New Delhi 2 October 1951, with arrival date 6 October; the reverse lacks most of the envelope flap, but a colourful franking and good destination

Reference: S495
£15.00

INDIA, AZAD HIND PROPAGANDA STAMPS BLOCKS OF 4 FORGERIES
INDIA, AZAD HIND PROPAGANDA STAMPS BLOCKS OF 4 FORGERIES
Azad Hind WW2 Indian Nationalist Army propaganda stamps, 2 annas red cattle ploughing design in 2 marginal blocks of 4, red & red-orange, one with large plate flaw, mint no gum, forgeries

Reference: S479
£10.00

AZAD HIND PROPAGANDA STAMPS BLOCKS OF 4 FORGERIESAZAD HIND PROPAGANDA STAMPS BLOCKS OF 4 FORGERIES
Azad Hind WW2 Indian Nationalist Army propaganda stamps, 2 annas red cattle ploughing design in 2 marginal blocks of 4, different shades, one with large plate flaw, mint no gum, forgeries

Reference: S478
£10.00

INDIA HYDERABAD REGISTERED LETTER RECEIPT 1867INDIA HYDERABAD REGISTERED LETTER RECEIPT 1867
d/r cds Hyderabad in red 5 April 1867 on Registered Letter Receipt, with the letter which it presumably covers (this being of fragile Indian paper somewhat eaten into by the ink), faults but must be scarce intact

Reference: S393
£20.00

INDIA WW2 TO PALESTINE CENSOREDINDIA WW2 TO PALESTINE CENSORED
India KGVI stamps on envelope from Kirkee to Haifa, Palestine, 7 December 1940; opened by Censors in India & Palestine & resealed twice at the top & the left, with fine array of different censor's seals & cachets including Palestine hexagon type 'Palestine Passed by Censor 75'; Haifa arrival on reverse 14 January 1941

Reference: S390
£15.00

AIRLETTER TO BOMBAY CENSORED 1944AIRLETTER TO BOMBAY CENSORED 1944AIRLETTER TO BOMBAY CENSORED 1944
GB 6d Airletter (new format August 1944) cancelled Aldershot 30 August 1944, to Bombay: 'Opened by Examiner' sealing label tied with censor's handstamp DHC/92 in purple & on reverse with 'tombstone' censor's handstamp 'Passed DHC/37'; Bombay GPO Window arrival cds 12 September 1944

Reference: S264
£15.00

REGISTERED LETTER RECEIPT HYDERABAD 1867REGISTERED LETTER RECEIPT HYDERABAD 1867
Indian postal document headed 'Registered Letter Receipt'; the paper aged with frayed edges, with fine cancellation of double ring cds Hyderabad in red April 24 1867, to Bombay: scarce as these ephemeral documents do not survive easily

Reference: S234
£20.00

INDIA: 1928 ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF RECEIPT CARD.INDIA: 1928 ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF RECEIPT CARD.INDIA: 1928 ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF RECEIPT CARD.
1928 card with an UFZULGANJ postmark dated 17.DEC.1928, a WELTEVREDEN postmark dated 9.1.29 and various HYDERABAD - DECCAN postmarks with different dates.

Reference: H208
£20.00

INDIA: WW2 CENSORED POW POSTCARD TO ITALY.INDIA: WW2 CENSORED POW POSTCARD TO ITALY.INDIA: WW2 CENSORED POW POSTCARD TO ITALY.
WW2 postcard from a prisoner of war camp in Bombay to Venezia with British and Italian censor marks.

Reference: H206
£20.00

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