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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 Africa, most recent first.
Nigeria multifranking to Yorkshire, 1972
Nigeria multifranking to Yorkshire, 1972
Nigeria multifranking to Yorkshire, 1972
Long envelope Port Harcourt to Halifax, Yorkshire 28 April 1972, franked with 20 x 2d (SG 231, no printer’s imprint) + 10 x 3d pictorials (SG 233, with imprint), for Express Airmail rate 70d=5/10; NB 15 x 2d on reverse uncancelled; (30 stamps cat £2 each)

Reference: S946
£25.00

South Africa Natal settlers FDC 1949
South Africa Natal settlers FDC 1949
Block of 4 1½d Natal Settlers stamps (SG 127) on illustrated FDC 2 May 1949 for the 100th anniversary, from Durban to Salisbury; registered label Marine Parade, Durban; b/s Salisbury, S. Rhodesia 3 May 49

Reference: S943
£15.00

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

Rhodesia UDI era cover to Zambia with Postage Due
Rhodesia UDI era cover to Zambia with Postage Due
Southern Rhodesia 4d QEII overprinted INDEPENDENCE cancelled 'check address' slogan d/s from Bulawayo to Luanshya, Zambia 11 February 1966; m/s 'Tax 8d; Zambia Postage Dues 6d and 2d cancelled LUANSHYA (ZAMBIA) 15 Feb 1966; Rhodesian stamps were not recognised by British authorities during UDI 11 Nov 1965 – Feb 1980; b/s Luanshya Zambia 14 Feb 1966

Reference: S931
£30.00

French Morocco 1916
French Morocco 1916
TRESOR ET POSTES MEKNES s/r cds on economy envelope inscribed in m/s 'Troupe Occidental du Maroc, envoi du soldat...Meknes' ; no b/s, minor faults to envelope

Reference: S926
£20.00

French Morocco 1914French Morocco 1914
military s/r cds Tresor et Postes aux Armées Marrrakech 22 April 1914, on economy envelope, m/s S.M. (Service Militaire) sent 'en franchise' (post free); VF blue cachet Artillerie Coloniale 42 Batterie de 65 du Maroc, to Casablanca, no b/s, small fault to envelope

Reference: S925
£25.00

Egypt to Hull with Egypt to Hull with 'Retta' cancel censored 1946
Farouk 1 mil and 6 mils on defective envelope, cancelled by bilingual bridged cds, plus 10 mils Aeroplane over Pyramids airmail stamp cancelled by diamond 'Retta' h/s, from Alexandra to Hull 7 November 1946, with Egyptian censor's sealing tape & red bi-lingual diamond censor h/s No 72; age faults but a scarce combination

Reference: S882
£20.00

South African POW in Italian camp, 1942
South African POW in Italian camp, 1942
South African POW in Italian camp, envelope with 6d and 3d S. African 'bantams' cancelled d/r cds Illovo Beach, Natal, South Africa 8 December 1942; to POW Camp 60 Italy; faint boxed violet bi-lingual Air Mail h/s, m/s charge marks in red & blue crayon; with bi-lingual South African censor's sealing tape; b/s d/r void Italian censor's b/s: a nice combination of marks

Reference: S875
£25.00

Gold Coast registered airmail 1953
Gold Coast registered airmail 1953
Gold Coast KGVI 6d (SG 142), 2/- (SG 144), 5/- (SG145), QEII 4d (SG 159) on registered packet-envelope, by airmail from Takemadi to Beckenham, 7 June 1953 (?)(before independence), very lightly cancelled; registration label completed in red ink 'Tci(?); no clear b/s

Reference: S874
£20.00

GB to Transvaal Postage Due 1910
GB to Transvaal Postage Due 1910
GB KEVII ½d on PPC of Old Mill, Leatherhead, with d/r cds of Leatherhead 13 August 1910; underpaid to Transvaal; charge marks T/1A in circle, T in hexagon & m/s '10' in blue crayon; 1d Transvaal postage due label cancelled Potchefstroom 8 September (on card) and 9 September 1910 (on label): corner fault to card but a nice combination of marks

Reference: S872
£20.00

Egypt railways envelope with official stamp 1937
Egypt railways envelope with official stamp 1937
Large wrapper inscribed "Publicity Department Egyptian State Railways, Telegraphs and Telephones, Cairo Station"; franked with corner marginal 15 mills brown official stamp, cancelled Cairo c1937-8, to London

Reference: S871
£20.00

French Morocco Tafrant 1933
French Morocco Tafrant 1933
Stampless envelope with fine Déesse military cachet 'Bureau des Affaires Indiennes Trafrant'; s/r bridge provisional cds 'Vaguamestre de.... Tafrant' 24 Fev 1933; b/s Fez, Maroc 24 Feb 1933; rare cachets

Reference: S869
£35.00

French Morocco Fez 1914
French Morocco Fez 1914
Stampless envelope with m/s "Sce Mre" (Service Militaire); s/r military cds 'Tresor et Postes aux Armées Fez' 16 April 1914 to Casablanca; with blue military 'Déesse' cachet; no b/s

Reference: S868
£25.00

French Morocco, Casablanca 1912
French Morocco, Casablanca 1912
French Morocco, Casablanca 1912
Stampless envelope endorsed in m/s 'Troupes débarqués au Maroc'; s/r military cds 'Tresor et Postes aux Armées Casablanca'; to Paris, 19 June 1912; on reverse oval cachet 'Poste aux Armées 17 Juin 1912 Fedalah (Maroc)'; signed by the Médecin Major; a rare combination of marks

Reference: S867
£40.00

Belgian Congo First Flight 1939
Belgian Congo First Flight 1939
Plain card from 'Société Muphilia' Brussels with 15c pictorial and 50c airmail, cancelled COSTERMANSVILLE s/r cds to Usumbura 27 November 1939; on the inauguration of the new air service from Stanleyville to Usumbura, with first flight h/s 18 Nov 1939; b/s Usumbura 29 Nov 1939

Reference: S782
£25.00

South Africa censored envelope to USA, 1944
South Africa censored envelope to USA, 1944
3d blue "bantam" issue cancelled with roller d/s 22 November 1944, from Port Elizabeth to Chicago, red bilingual (Afrikaans and English) censor tape with Springbok h/s on reverse; no b/s

Reference: S779
£18.00

Gold Coast/Ghana with Postage Due 1958
Gold Coast/Ghana with Postage Due 1958
1½d Gold Coast QE2 pictoral overprinted Ghana Independence; on envelope from Sekondi to Takoradi 20 August 1958, cancelled d/r cds Sakondi; h/s "T over ... oz" and m/s 2d (to pay); 2d Gold Coast postage due stamp overprinted Ghana in red; b/s Takoradi 21 August 1958; to the Ice Cream Factory; a lovely early Ghana postage due

Reference: S749
£35.00

Sudan Railways Parcels Invoice 1944
Sudan Railways Parcels Invoice 1944
Sudan Railways Parcels Invoice 1944
SUDAN RAILWAYS Form No 178 'Invoice for Parcels Traffic No 46064' bilingual form, completed in English, from and to the military, from Khartoum to RES Company ERKOWIT; very scarce in good condition

Reference: S726
£50.00

Kenya multi-franking 1991Kenya multi-franking 1991
12 x 50c starling on airmail envelope from Ahero, Kenya to Derby 25 April 1991 m/s charge mark 'T 2000/2600'; boxed h/s "insuffieciently prepaid for airmail/diverted to surface"; no b/s

Reference: S720
£16.00

Ethiopia Anniversary Issue 1957Ethiopia Anniversary Issue 1957
1st Anniversary of Ethiopia's Return to the Sea, 5 values on official envelope (10c, 15c, 25c, 30c, 50c, SG444-448); cancelled with bi-lingual s/r cds Asmara 4 October 1957; has not passed through the post but produced as a souvenir?

Reference: S656
£24.00

Italy to Zambia, Postage Due, 1971Italy to Zambia, Postage Due, 1971
50 lire pictorial (SG 1264) & 100 lire Coin of Syracuse (SG 1216) on airmail envelope, Jesolo to Lusaka, Zambia 17 August 1971, cancelled 30017 Lido di Jesolo, underfranked; handstamp T & manuscript calculations of postage; Zambia pictorial used as postage due; b/s Lusaka, 24 August 1971; an unusual postage due useage

Reference: S652
£20.00

Abyssinia Italian Occupation January 1939 with use of Eritrea stampsAbyssinia Italian Occupation January 1939 with use of Eritrea stampsAbyssinia Italian Occupation January 1939 with use of Eritrea stamps
Airmail envelope from Addis Ababa to Bergamo, Italy, with Italian Colonial issue for Eritrea 50c & 1 lire pictorials cancelled Addis Abeba Partenze; on reverse air logo for Ala Littoria, from the Radio Controller Aero Command, minor faults but rare useage

Reference: S559
£50.00

BRITISH AIR MOUNTAINS EXPEDITION 1970BRITISH AIR MOUNTAINS EXPEDITION 1970
Souvenir illustrated cover inscribed British Air Mountains Expedition, franked with Gibraltar 6d Royal Anglian Regiment Soldier & Republique du Niger 1fr pictorial cancelled Niger 29 March 1970: with expedition cachet, signature of Leader, and with cachet on reverse BFPS 1112

Reference: S548
£15.00

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

CORSICA MIXED USE OF FRENCH & ALGERIAN STAMPS 1961CORSICA MIXED USE OF FRENCH & ALGERIAN STAMPS 1961
French 1945 Day of the Stamp, 70c Pétain, 15fr Arms of Algiers,10c Arms of Corsica, 50fr Pétain (SG 746), 50c Gallic Cock + Algeria 2 x 10c, 50c Marianne (SG 215,217): on reverse in MS 'Referendum de De Gaulle pour l'Algérie'

Reference: S533
£35.00