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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 Return to Sender, most recent first.
Letter to POW in Suffolk 1947, RTS
Letter to POW in Suffolk 1947, RTS
d/r bridged cds Berlin N 65g (French Zone) on envelope with m/s date 16 November 1947 to POW Camp Debach, Woodbridge; m/s 'Kriegsgefangenenpost'; red h/s "Addressee repatriated/Return to Sender"; long legible letter in German; some faults to envelope but a scarce useage

Reference: S902
£40.00

USA Airmail to Yorkshire 1946
USA Airmail to Yorkshire 1946
USA 3 x 5c Airmail, 3c, 1c and 11c definitives cancelled Portland Oregon, to Hornsea, 30 December 1946, with 'War Savings' slogan d/s; violet h/s "Foreign Air Mail must be fully prepaid for dispatch" and "Return for 15 cents additional postage"; small circular h/s "-7"; m/s "Clovelly, Clarks Camp"; no b/s

Reference: S856
£27.00

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

France, registered, AR, refused, return to sender, 1979
France, registered, AR, refused, return to sender, 1979
France, registered, AR, refused, return to sender, 1979
1.20 and 1.50 'Sabine' + 5 fr and 3 fr pictorials on registered envelope sent sealed with the tape of the AR service (Avis de reception); cancelled St Gobert, Aisne; large h/s AR: 2 strikes of the h/s 'Retour à l'envoyeur 2224': ms 'refuse'; b/s Marle sur Serre 17 May (to return) & (?) 19 May, much travelled

Reference: S833
£20.00

GB half penny PS card, much travelled, 1885
GB half penny PS card, much travelled, 1885
half penny brown PS card from London to Manchester; much readdressed with forwarded, gone away, insufficiently addressed, returned to sender cachets & m/s endorsements; corner faults, unsurprising owing to the amount of travel; on reverse London Vere St Parcel Post part blue label; an extraordinary combination

Reference: S775
£21.00

France Film Festival 1946 to Warsaw, Returned
France Film Festival 1946 to Warsaw, Returned
Cannes Film Festival Air Day; Gandon 2fr and 15fr cancelled s/r cds 'Festival du Film, Cannes', with green festival labels and boxed cachet, to Warsaw Poland 22 September 1946; s/r cds Warszawa 10 October 1948; b/s Warsaw 2 28 September 1948; and a 2nd light Warsaw d/s; presumably returned

Reference: S716
£15.00

Cannes Film Festival 1946 to Oslo, returned
Cannes Film Festival 1946 to Oslo, returned
Cannes Film Festival Air Day; Gandon 2 fr & 15fr cancelled s/r cds 'Festival du Film, Cannes' + boxed cachet 'Cannes Journée de l'Air' with green festival labels, to Oslo, Sweden; h/s "RETUR"; b/s Oslo 29 September and returned to Cannes

Reference: S715
£15.00

GB to Azores 1971, returned GB to Azores 1971, returned GB to Azores 1971, returned
GB Machin 5p violet on plain envelope from Huddersfield to Ponta Delgada, Azores; h/s Ausente/Parti boxed h/s (also on reverse); h/s "RETOUR À L'ENVOYEUR/DEVOLVIGO AO REMETENTE"; h/s "UNDELIVERED FOR REASON STATED/RETURN TO SENDER"; red h/s "O NAVIO NÃO SE ENCONTRA NEM É ESPERADO NESTE PORTO"; b/s Correios Ponta Delgada 24 July 1971

Reference: S697
£24.00

GB Registered to Brazil 1936, misrouted & returnedGB Registered to Brazil 1936, misrouted & returnedGB Registered to Brazil 1936, misrouted & returned
GB KGV photogravure issue ½d, 1d, 1½d, 2½d (SG 439-441,443) on manilla envelope, registered, to a hotel in Brazil; m/s "if not called for in 10 days please return"; "Huntingdon 7735" registration crossed out and re-entered; m/s "V. VERSO" and h/s "OUT OF COURSE 1.S.", and m/s "received"; b/s Huntindon registered 9 January 1936 & on return 2 March 1936, and at Copacabana 12 January; age faults but an attractive postal history item

Reference: S684
£25.00

Vienna to New York, Returned 1936
Vienna to New York, Returned 1936
Vienna to New York, Returned 1936
Envelope with d/r bridged cds 2/1 Wien 27; on reverse small costume definitive 2 x 24gr + 12 gr cancelled with the same cds; to New York 10 September 1936; on reverse "Not in Directory Morris Heights Station" and "INCONNU/UNKNOWN" in violet; on face h/s RETOUR in violet

Reference: S675
£20.00

GB to New Zealand, unclaimed, 1957GB to New Zealand, unclaimed, 1957GB to New Zealand, unclaimed, 1957
GB 4d Parliamentary Conference (SG 560), cancelled with the special conference cds (stated to be the 1st day of issue 12 September); from London to Campbell Island via New Zealand; boxed "Not Found" & re-addressed twice; Wellington NZ slogan & cds 16 Jan 1958, small boxed 32, octagonal handstamp Wellington unclaimed 20 Feb 1958; on reverse s/r cds Kilbernie Postmen's Branch 17 Jan 1948 & Returned Letter Office Wellington, 6 March 1948: a fine detailed attempt to deliver

Reference: S650
£40.00

Jersey to Copenhagen 1961 returned
Jersey to Copenhagen 1961 returned
Jersey to Copenhagen 1961 returned
GB 3d CEPT issue Jersey to Copenhagen, 19 September 1961 (2nd value lost in transit) cancelled Jersey slogan d/s, to a hotel; m/s "please forward"; cds Kobenhavn 23 Sept & 25 Sept 1961; purple h/s "OMKARTERINGS---/KOBENHAVN" (twice); large green h/s RETOUR and green boxed 'parti'; purple h/s "UNDELIVERED FOR REASON STATED/RETURN TO SENDER" m/s "RETOUR in green with further h/s on reverse

Reference: S623
£30.00

London to Algiers by air 1936, returned to sender
London to Algiers by air 1936, returned to sender
London to Algiers by air 1936, returned to sender
GB KGV 5d and 1d cancelled with large double-ring cds Wilton Road, Hudson's Place SW1,from Harrow to Algiers, 2 March 1936; Airmail label with MS 'urgent': boxed handstamp 'Retour à l'Envoyeur' and rough h/s 'voir au dos' in violet; on reverse are cachets showing attempts to deliver via Paris to Algiers, and returned with violet handstamps 'Addresse Incomplète' & 'Inconnu à l'Appel Alger' a fine RTS example

Reference: S615
£24.00

USA AIRMAIL TO MONTIVIDEO, RETURNED TO SENDER 1946USA AIRMAIL TO MONTIVIDEO, RETURNED TO SENDER 1946USA AIRMAIL TO MONTIVIDEO, RETURNED TO SENDER 1946
US 10c violet Airmail stamp cancelled with duplex datestamp Downers Grove, to Montivideo, Uruguay 1 November 1946; handstamped in red bilingual 'Return to Sender' with Uruguay $0.23 on 50 Air stamp cancelled 5 November 1946; on reverse red h/s 'Received Panamerican Airways Montevideo 3 Nov 1946'

Reference: S424
£15.00

AIR RACE HOLLAND TO CHRISTCHURCH NEW ZEALAND 1953AIR RACE HOLLAND TO CHRISTCHURCH NEW ZEALAND 1953
Decorative illustrated envelope from Holland for the Christchurch Air Race 8 October 1953, franked with 5 Red Cross issues, 25c special air stamp & 5c Juliana issue (SG 769-773, 790a, 684), cancelled Eindhoven 29 September 1953 and with special cachet for the event; on reverse Christchurch arrival d/s 11 October 1953; violet h/s on front 'Retour à l'Expéditeur'

Reference: S365
£25.00

HOLLAND FIRST FLIGHT TO NEW YORK 1946HOLLAND FIRST FLIGHT TO NEW YORK 1946
plain cover for the First Flight Amsterdam - New York, franked with Wilhelmina 7½c, 12½c, 15c + 5c Cruiser & 12½c small portrait issues (SG 599, 601-2, 598, 509), all cancelled Rotterdam 6 May 1946; with special First Flight cachet in violet; red h/s 'Retour à l'expéditeur; b/s New York 22 May 1946

Reference: S361
£15.00

POSTCARD FROM TORQUAY TO SWITZERLAND RETURNED TO SENDER 1922POSTCARD FROM TORQUAY TO SWITZERLAND RETURNED TO SENDER 1922
GB KGV 1d & ½d on PC of Torquay cancelled St Mary Church 14 August 1922, sent to a hotel in Switzerland, forwarded and then returned to sender as 'unclaimed': transit datestamps and Return/Retour handstamps and endorsements. an attractive 'busy' card

Reference: S267
£18.00

GB/SWITZERLAND MUCH TRAVELLED COVER WITH SWISS POSTAGE DUE 1924GB/SWITZERLAND MUCH TRAVELLED COVER WITH SWISS POSTAGE DUE 1924
GB KGV 1½d on envelope to Acton, redirected to Italy & Switzerland, with British charge mark 1d FB (foreign branch); various forwarding handstamps, Swiss blue crayon 20 and 20c Swiss Postage Due. A 'busy' cover probably returned to sender

Reference: S219
£22.00

PERU: 1946 REGISTERED COVER FROM BRITISH EMBASSY IN LIMA TO ENGLAND RETURNED TO SENDERPERU: 1946 REGISTERED COVER FROM BRITISH EMBASSY IN LIMA TO ENGLAND RETURNED TO SENDERPERU: 1946 REGISTERED COVER FROM BRITISH EMBASSY IN LIMA TO ENGLAND RETURNED TO SENDER
1946 registered cover to London, redirected and opened and resealed by the Post Office with an official label added and a RETOUR mark. On the reverse there are various LIMA postmarks along with partial NEW YORK and MIAMI postmarks

Reference: H257
£40.00

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