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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 Holland & Colonies, most recent first.
Holland to New York 1940 censored
Holland to New York 1940 censored
Holland to New York 1940 censored
12½ on 3c (SG 526) German occupation surcharged issue cancelled d/r cds from Groenlo(?) To New York 5 October 1940; German censorʼs "Geöffnet" tape with black eagle & swastikas, tied with red eagle & swastikas h/s; with original letter; no b/s; some faults to reverse of envelope

Reference: S959
£18.00

Holland to Paris 1941 censoredHolland to Paris 1941 censored
5 on 3c; 7½ on 3c (SG 523-4) German occupation surcharge issues cancelled with decorative slogan d/s from The Hague(?) to Paris 21 August 1941; German censorʼs 'Geöffnet' tape tied with swastika h/s and red Wehrmacht m/c h/s

Reference: S958
£16.00

Holland to New York 1940Holland to New York 1940Holland to New York 1940
12 ½ on 3c (SG 526) German occupation surcharged issue cancelled d/r css from Groenlo…. To New York (5 October 1940); German censor¢s "Geöffnet" tape with black swastikas, tied with red swastikas; with original letter; no b/s

Reference: S959
£16.00

Curacao to USA 1945, censored
Curacao to USA 1945, censored
Curacao 35c pictorial (defective corner) cancelled d/r cds CURACAO WILLEMSTAD 6 May 1945; light strike of violet cachet 'Curacao - Censuur'; to New York, no b/s; faults to envelope but not common

Reference: S903
£20.00

Dutch East Indies to Scotland 1940
Dutch East Indies to Scotland 1940
Airmail envelope bearing 60c and 30c Queen's Head issue and 5c pictorial, cancelled with d/r bridged cds, from Batavia to Edinburgh, 13 August 1940; m/s in red ink '7 gr'; endorsed 'By IA' (Imperial Airways), red circular inspector's mark 'Dev 9'; no b/s

Reference: S836
£20.00

Dutch East Indies Registered 1929
Dutch East Indies Registered 1929
5c numeral and 40c Queen's Head issue on envelope with registered label, cancelled dotted circle cds Pengalengan (Java) 13 April 1929, m/s 'Aangeteekend'; blue crayon cross (to indicate registered); b/s London hooded registered cds 12 May 1929

Reference: S835
£16.00

Dutch East Indies Dutch East Indies Dutch East Indies 'Chinese' Cover 1887
10c PS envelope cancelled No 2 in lozenge of dots; from Sederang to Sadem, 18 May 1887; Chinese text address in black and transit cachets in red; b/s RENBANG 19 May 1887 and h/s 'Lasem'(?), a colourful card

Reference: S834
£20.00

Dutch East Indies to Ireland 1905
Dutch East Indies to Ireland 1905
Dutch East Indies to Ireland 1905
DEI numeral issues 2½c and 5c cancelled with squared circle d/s, on picture postcard from Benkoelen to Ireland 10 May 1905; squared circle transit d/s PADANG 12 May, to Dublin, readdressed to Dungannon 6 June 1905; arrival d/r d/s CASTLEKNOCK 7 June 1905; on native picture postcard; a nice combination of postal markings

Reference: S768
£25.00

Dutch East Indies to Luxembourg 1895 
Dutch East Indies to Luxembourg 1895
4c grey on blue green PS card with VF s/r cancel, with 1 extra stamp lost, from Paramaribo to Luxemburg, 14 January 1895; boxed h/s 'Suriname via Havre' & French cachet d'entrée par ambulant Le Havre à Paris 2e C 8 February 1895; Luxembourg-Ville arrival d/s 9 February 1895

Reference: S744
£15.00

Dutch East Indies PS card to Bombay, 1894
Dutch East Indies PS card to Bombay, 1894
DEI 7½c red on buff PS card cancelled with squared circle d/s, from Soerabaja to Bombay via Burma, 20 February 1894; with Singapore s/r cds 5 March 1894, Rangoon d/r bridged cds 13 March 1894, Bombay s/r cds 20 March 1894; card creased with a small tear

Reference: S743
£15.00

Dutch East Indies 1937, with Belgian postage due 
Dutch East Indies 1937, with Belgian postage due
DEI pictorials 7½c and 12½c (SG 342, 345) cancelled with VF d/r bridged cds; T in circle; h/s Belgian Postage Due 3fr50, 2fr, 3 x 20c; from Poerwakarta, Dutch East Indies; cancelled Brussels 3 August 1937; repairs to the top corner of the envelope

Reference: S741
£18.00

Dutch East Indies Change of Address card 1925
Dutch East Indies Change of Address card 1925
Dutch East Indies Change of Address card 1925
1c grey PS card + 2½c, 4c (SG 213, SG 265) numeral design cancelled lightly with dotted circle d/r bridsged cds; from Westevereden to Amsterdam; on official change of address card

Reference: S742
£20.00

Dutch East Indies Wilhelmina Jubilee 1948
Dutch East Indies Wilhelmina Jubilee 1948
Illlustrated Jubilee envelope 1898-1948 with Wilhelmina portrait issues, 2 x 15c, 20c (SG 528-29), 25c (SG 519), 30c (SG 479); cancelled MEDAN bridged d/r cds 31 August 1948 + special Jubilee cachet "1898-1948"; to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, no b/s: Queen Wilhelmina died several days later, two days before her official Golden Jubilee; an interesting souvenir of the period

Reference: S713
£25.00

Dutch East Indies First Flight to Australia, 1938
Dutch East Indies First Flight to Australia, 1938
First flight Java to Australia; DEI 30c triangle air stamp + 5c pictorial on official illustrated envelope inscribed '3 Juli 1938 Opening van den K.N.I.L.M. Dienst Op Australië' + h/s 'OPENINGS-KNILM-VLUCHT/JAVA-AUSTRALIË 3 JULI 1938'; b/s Sydney 5 July 1938; a striking first flight cover

Reference: S712
£25.00

Dutch East Indies Registered Airmail, 1937
Dutch East Indies Registered Airmail, 1937
illustrated envelope inscribed "Grand Makassar" of a steamship, with typed note 'via Batavia to London'; Registered airmail with 13 pictoral & portrait values: 1c, 2c, 2½c, 3c, 4c, 5c, 7½c, 2 x 10c, 12½c, 15c, 20c, 25c (SG 335-8, 340-2, 343 x 2, 345-8); b/s New York, 19 and 20 February 1937; a spectacular and very colourful cover

Reference: S711
£25.00

Hamburg Hamburg 'Seagull' 1856
entire Hamburg to Arnhem, Holland, 25 November 1856; VF strike of 'Seagull' d/s; ms rate 30; b/s Arnhem in red 27 November; a fine example of this attractive datestamp

Reference: S681
£15.00

Internee in Holland 1918, to GuernseyInternee in Holland 1918, to GuernseyInternee in Holland 1918, to Guernsey
Internee in Holland, Postcard to Guernsey 27 August 1918; d/r bridged cds SCHEVENINGEN 5, h/s PORTOFREI FRANC DE PORT (?) MILITAIRES ETRANGERS INTERNÉS DANS LES PAYS BAS; faint h/s London FS Paid in red; m/s "Des Services Des Prisonnier de Guerre"; on a postcard of 'The Little Fisherman'; unusual and interesting

Reference: S660
£25.00

Dutch East Indies air letter, 1931
Dutch East Indies air letter, 1931
Air letter form with 15(+5)c 1930 Child Welfare (SG 318) and 30c on 40c air stamp (SG 313); Moearaenim(?) to s'Gravenhage cancelled with light bridged d/r cds; no b/s; attractive franking

Reference: S644
£22.00

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

Australia to Holland censored, early 1940
Australia to Holland censored, early 1940
Australia 3d KGVI blue on envelope, cancelled WARRNAMBOOL 15 February 1940 to Katwijk aan Zee, Holland; with boxed h/s "Passed by Censor V91"; opened and resealed with censor tape; during WW2 "phoney war" phase; with letter seeking a stamp(?) pen friend in Holland

Reference: S626
£15.00

Holland to Liverpool multi-franking 1913
Holland to Liverpool multi-franking 1913
Holland to Liverpool multi-franking 1913
part cover to Liverpool franked on front with 19 x ½c violet cancelled d/r cds Terschelling 21 April 1913,; on reverse m/s notations "originally 25 back & front sent by HKM(?) when on S.S Lyons at Terschelling salvage.(?) P.O. afterwards stopped excessive stamp quantities, prescribing stamps of large value" and 'Salvage "Lutine"': from a wreck cover?

Reference: S622
£20.00

GB advertising card for seed merchant with perfin 1916
GB advertising card for seed merchant with perfin 1916
GB KGV 1d red cancelled 9 February 1916 with m/c d/s and perfin, on advertising card from the Royal Seed Establishment, Southampton, with a selection of small illustrations; Dutch postman's cachet C7, perfin T & S 'Toogood and Sons',

Reference: S607
£22.00

Netherlands Indies World Scout Jamboree 1937 Airmail envelopeNetherlands Indies World Scout Jamboree 1937 Airmail envelope
Ned Indies World Jamboree issue 7½c & 12½c (SG 380-81) on fine illustrated airmail envelope with First Flight imprint for the Douglas DC3 Indies to Holland flight, neatly cancelled Bandoeng 15 June 1937 & special oval cachet 16 June + d/r Amsterdam Central Station arrival cds 21 June, fine clean combination of cachets, attractive Scouting cover

Reference: S561
£25.00

Netherlands Red Cross issue 1953 FDCNetherlands Red Cross issue 1953 FDC
Red Cross issue of 5 values 1953 (SG 769-773) on illustrated First Day envelope 24 August, with pictorial red cross cancellations, s'Gravenhage to Sheffield, neat clean Red Cross item

Reference: S560
£20.00

PORTUGAL TO HOLLAND 1942 CENSOREDPORTUGAL TO HOLLAND 1942 CENSOREDPORTUGAL TO HOLLAND 1942 CENSORED
2 pairs & block 4 commemoratives cancelled with 'razor blade' d/r cds Rato-Lisboa 5 March 1942; opened by censor & re-sealed with tape tied by Nazi Eagle & Swastika cachet, with small red cachet 2197 & blue crayon 3658: b/s Lisbon Correio Aereo 6 March 1942, s'Hertogenbosch-Station ?(13 III 14); on front purple Dutch inspector's h/s '..."Station"'; a colourful franking

Reference: S514
£20.00