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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 Advertising, most recent first.
France Advertising Envelope 1909
France Advertising Envelope 1909
Decorative advertising envelope with 45c Merson, registered; R in circle and 53 in circle; from Paris 11 May 1909 to Caen; b/s Caen 12 May 1909; small faults to envelope but attractive

Reference: S859
£20.00

W H Smith wrapper to India, 1901 W H Smith wrapper to India, 1901
2½d 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

German advertising envelope registered 1927
German advertising envelope registered 1927
40pfg portrait issue on registered envelope with commercial advertising; cancelled with d/r bridged cds Dortmund 22 Feb 1927; on reverse oval Munich 2a BZ 23 Feb (1927)

Reference: S850
£20.00

Germany decorative illustrated envelope 1924
Germany decorative illustrated envelope 1924
3pfg of the new gold currency (renten-pfennige) used alone on illustrated decorative advertising envelope, to Vilshafen; cancelled s/r cds Günzburg 2 May 1924; printed paper rate; no b/s

Reference: S846
£15.00

GB violet datestamp on advertising card, local use in Stroud
GB violet datestamp on advertising card, local use in Stroud
GB ½d Jubilee issue on PPC with an advert for a Swiss accident insurance company, cancelled with VF s/r cds CHERINGTON STROUD 20 April 01 in violet �21.00

Reference: S776
£21.00

Germany inflation August 1923, internal mailGermany inflation August 1923, internal mailGermany inflation August 1923, internal mail
3 x 100 mk, 7 x 400 mk, 9 x 500 mk, 4 x 3000 mk, + 1 x 400 mk (lost) to make up the 20,000 rate; from Schwenningen to St Georgen ; all cancelled with bridged d/r cds on advertising envelope

Reference: S771
£21.00

USA censored cartoon envelope 1944
USA censored cartoon envelope 1944
US 3c Kentucky Statehood and Wyoming commemoratives cancelled s/r cds duplex on cartoon ("Stamp 'em Out!") illustrated envelope from Harrisonburg to Middlesbrough; m/s endorsement "Postage Stamps/Censorship Permit No C-469"; no b/s; portrait photo of a man in uniform within

Reference: S767
£25.00

Pony Express envelope with Irish censor, 1940
Pony Express envelope with Irish censor, 1940
Pony Express envelope with Irish censor, 1940
2 x 3c red-brown US Pony Express issue on illustrated envelope for the 80th anniversary of the Pony Express, from Saint Joseph to Ireland, 3 April 1940, FDC cancellation; pink bilingual Irish censor tape No 120; no b/s; attractive cover

Reference: S766
£25.00

USA precancel on advertising envelope
USA precancel on advertising envelope
US 1c green portrait issue pre-cancelled 'Racine Wis' correctly used alone on advertising envelope; b/s Salem Ohio 'flag' d/s 12 April 1905; a nice example of both a pre-cancel use and an advertising cover

Reference: S765
£25.00

Italy Hotel Envelope 1915
Italy Hotel Envelope 1915
Patriotic illustrated hotel envelope with 5 x 25c Victor Emmanuel definitives (SG 77), registered; from Palermo to Lucerne 15 August 1915; h/s 'Bologna Posta Estera'; b/s Bologna Posta Estera 15.8.15 & arrival cds d/r bridged Luzern 18 Aug 15.rn

Reference: S745
£25.00

USA Winchester Rifle Advertising 1903
USA Winchester Rifle Advertising 1903
Damaged and repaired but a lovely advertising envelope 'Winchester Repeating Rifles' franked with damaged 2c Washington, opened roughly but the advert undamaged; from Salisbury, North Carolina to Chapel Hill, NC, 1 December 1903 (would be £50+ if undamaged)

Reference: S737
£25.00

Hungary Scout Jamboree 1933Hungary Scout Jamboree 1933
16f illustrated airmail PS card for the Scout Jamboree Gödöllö, franked with 10f, 20f, 40f Jamboree issue + 6f portrait (SG 544, 563, 565, 567), cancelled with special d/r GÖDÖLLÖ IV JAMBOREEE, also with illustrated Scout h/s Legipostajarai BUDAPEST, & transit bridged d/r cds MÁTYÁSFÖLD REPÜLÖTÉR 17 August; no b/s; folding crease down the card.

Reference: S722
£45.00

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

Germany Frankfurt Fair 1954
Germany Frankfurt Fair 1954
6 September 1954 Frankfurt to Krefeld, Frankfurt 'multi flag' International Fair card, franked with 3 Berlin issues (SG Berlin B94, B106, B36c) with special fair cancel: card used and posted with 10pfg President Heuss (SG 1109) & blue Berlin "Notopfer" label

Reference: S589
£35.00

VENEZUELA COLOURFUL COVER WITH ADVERTISING C1945 VENEZUELA COLOURFUL COVER WITH ADVERTISING C1945
A pictorial envelope with 10 separate colourful images advertising liquors (I think), franked with 1.80 blue air stamp, from Caracas to Louisville Kentucky cancelled with large bridged cds 22 November 1945(?): no/ b/s and with small faults to envelope but a fine colourful item

Reference: S550
£16.00

SPAIN, DECORATIVE ENVELOPE FROM SEVILLE TO BARNET 1947SPAIN, DECORATIVE ENVELOPE FROM SEVILLE TO BARNET 1947SPAIN, DECORATIVE ENVELOPE FROM SEVILLE TO BARNET 1947
envelope fully illustrated on reverse with b/w design inscribed 'Visitad Sevilla'; franked on the front with 2 x 1ptas Juan de la Cierva & Autogiro airmail stamps + 50c Franco, cancelled with hexagon airmail d/s of Seville; small faults & marks which look worse on the scan than in reality

Reference: S505
£15.00

PALESTINE PUBLICITY LEAFLET WITH EEF STAMP USED AS A REVENUE STAMPPALESTINE PUBLICITY LEAFLET WITH EEF STAMP USED AS A REVENUE STAMPPALESTINE PUBLICITY LEAFLET WITH EEF STAMP USED AS A REVENUE STAMP
Decorative advertising flyer for Zion Hall Jerusalem, August c1934, including 'Tolstoi, a Drama in 5 parts' & publicity for a shop selling perfumes, hats, shoes etc., in English, Hebrew, Arabic, French; franked with Palestine 4 mills red (SG 8) overprinted 'O.P.D.A.½ mill.' (Ottoman Public Debt Administration); crease where folded but a rare & spectacular use

Reference: S480
£50.00

GERMANY, KAISERGERMANY, KAISER'S JUBILEE COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE 1913
10pfg red Germania issue on decorative illustrated envelope, red on cream, to commemorate the Jubilee of Kaiser Wilhelm, 25 years of his reign, 1888-1913; unused

Reference: S466
£16.00

AUSTRIA 1935 FRANZ-JOSEPH EXHIBITION CARD WITH POSTER STAMPAUSTRIA 1935 FRANZ-JOSEPH EXHIBITION CARD WITH POSTER STAMP
Austria 3 small costume definitives, 1, 4 & 6 groschen, +24 groschen pictorial, cancelled with oval cachet 'Kaiser-Franz-Joseph-Ausstellung, Schönbrunn, Wien 19 Juli 1935; on official exhibition card of Kaiserin Elisabeth; with black & grey Exhibition poster stamp inscribed 'FJ1 Ausstellung'; to Margate 19 July 1935; some small faults to envelope

Reference: S439
£20.00

PORTUGAL ADVERTISING COVER 1953PORTUGAL ADVERTISING COVER 1953
5e, 1.50e, 10c Knight definitives cancelled CTT Restauradores 18 June 1953 on advertising envelope 'Por Aviao' to London; no back stamps; some faults to envelope

Reference: S437
£12.00

SPAIN, ENVELOPE TO CAIRO WITH STAMP EXHIBITION PUBLICITYSPAIN, ENVELOPE TO CAIRO WITH STAMP EXHIBITION PUBLICITYSPAIN, ENVELOPE TO CAIRO WITH STAMP EXHIBITION PUBLICITY
Spanish 10c, 15c, 50c definitives cancelled with Barcelona roller datestamp; Egyptian Arabic Inspector's mark (censor?)' on reverse a large publicity label for the Internatiional Stamp Exhibition San Sebastian 1948

Reference: S425
£12.50

GUATEMALA ADVERTISING ENVELOPE TO CHICAGO WITH USE OF BISECT 1941GUATEMALA ADVERTISING ENVELOPE TO CHICAGO WITH USE OF BISECT 1941
Envelope from Sierra Sucesores franked with 2c + 1c on 2c + peforated bisected 2c (officially issued for use as 1c) (SG 229, 412, 413) cancelled Correos de Guatemala 4 language slogan d/s 19 December 1941, to make 4c rate to Chicago; no b/s, attractive commercial use of a bisect

Reference: S421
£20.00

BULGARIA COMMERCIAL ENVELOPE WITH BULGARIA COMMERCIAL ENVELOPE WITH BULGARIA COMMERCIAL ENVELOPE WITH 'SILVER' LION ISSUE 1938
Commercial registered envelope from Sophia to Basel franked with a pair of the albino style 'silver' Lion stamps, cancelled with bi-lingual s/r cds Sophia 10 August 1028; on reverse 3 large advertising seals of the sender 'Transbalkania' and Basel arrival cds 13 August 1928; attractive cover

Reference: S413
£15.00

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

LUXEMBOURG BALLOON CARD FOR INTERNATIONAL STAMP EXHIBITION 1927
LUXEMBOURG BALLOON CARD FOR INTERNATIONAL STAMP EXHIBITION 1927
Luxembourg Grande Duchess Charlotte issue 2 x 20c orange on special balloon card for the International Stamp Exhibition, cancelled 'Par Ballon Exp.Phil. Luxembourg 8 Sept 1927', also with departure d/s of Roodt the same day, to Brussels. On the reverse of the card are notes about the first Luxembourg stamps

Reference: S331
£20.00