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150p, 500p pictorials (SG 267, 274) 2nd anniversary of independence issue; cancelled s/r bilingual cds Beyrouth 15 May 1944; no arrival b/s; scarce stamps on cover

Reference: 1286

25p, 50p, 200p pictorials (SG 265, 266, 268) the 2nd anniversary of independence issue; cancelled s/r bi-lingual cds Beyrouth 15 May 1944; no arrival b/s; scarce stamps on cover

Reference: 1285

Envelope to the Red Cross Commission for Prisoners of War, Bordeaux; m/s 'Kriegsgefangenensendung' & 'Frankreich'; d/r cds Berlin-Grunewald 14 March 1915; eagle cachet.' ...ingsstelle des Gardekorps Berlin'; red cachet 'Agence des Prisonniers de Guerre - Croix-Rouge Française Paris'; no b/s; a nice Red Cross combination

Reference: 1284

10 August 1915| crowned POW censor cachet - CHEMNITZ, overprinted Geprüft Gefangenenlager Chemnitz, cancelled with blue cross; d/r bridged cds Ebersdorf bz Chemnitz 23 August 1915; h/s 'Kriegsgefangenen-Sendung ...frei', h/s 'Bureau de secours aux prisonniers de guerre BERNE, Comité de Bâle': message on reverse with questions to the POW, with answers in pencil; fascinating mini-piece of history

Reference: 1283

Paris XV slogan d/s on military envelope inscribed F.M. m/s to Secteur Postal 13957; censored by French with oval h/s 'Ouvert' ZA554; h/s 'Le Destinataire n’a pu être atteint à l’adresse indiquée'; boxed h/s "RETOUR À L’ENVOYEUR" on front and reverse; blue crayon cross (Paris) confirms return to sender?  a wonderful combination on such a 'plain' cover

Reference: 1282

Local mail in Nossi-Bé, Madagascar, 1891; pair of 0.10 on 5c (SG D33), 2 x 0.15 on 20c (SG D34); 'T' in a triangle"; small d/r cds with inner dotted circle; some age faults to envelope; these stamps scarce used on cover; stamps catalogued £126 in SG 2016

Reference: 1281

Multifranking of 18 stamps on 1 envelope from Tananarive-Antanimena to Windhoek, 1954: on the front: 2c (SG54), 20c (SG 59), 45c (SG 99), 45c (SG 100), 60c (SG103), 25c on 2f (SG 111), 15f (SG 173), 25f Eboué (SG 280); on the reverse 8 x 50c (SG 299), 20f (SG 267), 3f (SG 160); a very attractive and spectacular franking

Reference: 1280

France Peace type 50c, 55c, 65c, 75c, 90c; Iris type 25c, 45c, 70c; Sower type 30c; Céres type 2 x 2f 25; registered envelope Nice-Wilson; no b/s, a fine combination multi-franking

Reference: 1279

30c 'Lauré' cancelled Boulogne 549 lozenge 16 October 1870; red PD, red London Paid cds 17 October; on reverse red London EC & London W 17 October 1870; during the Siege of Paris

Reference: 1278

Mixed franking with France 3 x 50c 'Peace' cancelled with Ancy s/ Moselle Agence Postale hexagonal d/s 18 September 1936; forwarded from London to Lagos with added GB KGV 6d cancelled London FS 38  20(?) August; b/s Lagos 31 August 1936; a fine scarce combination

Reference: 1277

Cover from Noumea (New Caledonia) to Sydney, franked with 2 x 1fr (SG 281), 2 x 1f 50 (SG 282) & 5f (SG 283);by air mail & registered, censored by the French with sealing tape and cachet; attractive and colourful cover

Reference: 1267

Petain 2fr, 2fr 40 on card by airmail to Cranleigh, Surrey via Lisbon, cancelled Albi 16 July 1942; vf Lisbon d/r bridged transit cds 20 July 1942; British 'tombstone' type censor mark; card only; small text in front, some light faults

Reference: 1262

3 x 40c Mercury + 1fr 20 Iris cancelled with m/c d/s Paris 28 Sep 1941; British tombstone censor h/s + blue crayon stripe mark; h/s 'Undeliverable for Reason Stated / Return to Sender'; purple h/s 'RETOUR'; London arrival cds 25 October 1944; b/s 21 October 1944; some faults

Reference: 1261

Sower 2c & 3c, Mercury 5c and 3 pictorials (total 2fr 50 rate); cancelled St Etienne 2 May 1940 to Claygate, Surrey; opened by Censor, sealed with tape "Control Postal Militaire" tied with censor cachets front and back

Reference: 1260

Letter sent during the GB postal strike, 10 Feb 1971; franked with France 0.50 Bequet, cancelled Le Havre slogan d/s; large 'Rowland Hill' Export Letter Service yellow label cancelled with red h/s 'By Export Letter Service Southampton' and tied with d/r cds 'The Great Post Office Strike' Jan 20

Reference: 1251

Letter sent during the GB postal strike, 15 Feb 1971; franked with France 0.50 Bequet, cancelled Calais; 15p red and 20p green 'Export Letter Service' labels; tied with boxed h/s 'Flown by Hovercraft, Ramsgate'; partial m/c b/s

Reference: 1250

Letter from Mazamet (then in Vichy France) to Ilford Limited, London, via Lisbon; 4fr & 2fr Pétain issue; censored twice in UK, marked 'condemned' then 'released' h/s; cancelled 13 Jul 1942; b/s Lisbon Central 20 Jul 1942, London EC 23 Feb 1946;  held and delivered after the war, most unusual, ex CWE Coles collection

Reference: 1236

Letter from St Etienne, 17 Aug 1942, to the British Red Cross; 2 x 3fr Pétain cancelled St Etienne Préfecture; m/s "par Lisbonnne, Portugal"; British censor tape "Opened by Examiner 4327", a good cover of the period

Reference: 1235

Selection of values on pictorial PS card with a 14f 50 rate including pictorials and re-rated issues, cancelled s/r cds 24 Dec 1941 Tournay, to Droitwich; m/s 'Par Avion' crossed out (possibly no service?); red 'tombstone' censor h/s; b/s Marseille Gare 25(?) Dec 1941

Reference: 1234

Montpellier C  Hexagon d/s on 3fr Cérès + 50c & 25c Mercury, cancelled 28 Oct 1940; airmail "via Lisbonne"; British Censor's tape "Opened by Examiner 2260"; to a convent; early in World War II; ex CWE Coles cllection

Reference: 1233

5 x 50c/90c 'Peace' + 1f 'Iris' & 25c 'Mercury' for 3fr 75 airmail rate; from a Hotel in Cannes to London 23 June 1941, censored twice 'via Lisbon',  b/s C in small double circle h/s; a nice franking ex CWE Coles collection

Reference: 1232

French 10c Sage PS card with Anglo-German political propaganda cartoon, with illustration (mounted on the PS card) depicting Queen Victoria & Bûlow (the German Chancellor), reflecting the Naval Race;  d/r cds St Nicolas du Port and Verneuil, 28 & 29 April 1901; a rare card

Reference: 1224

5c and 25 on 15c Fisherman + 45c Gull on plain envelope, with added h/s boxed 'Government PP 030 St Pierre’;  h/s registration 'R' + ms blue crayon 16 charge mark; no b/s; scarce mail from St.P & M

Reference: 1219

Day of the Stamp 1943, special sheetlet by the Federation of French Philatelic Societies (in carte-letter format); franked with 1fr 50 Pétain cancelled with special cachet

Reference: 1218

5 pictorials all cancelled with hexagon d/s Paris 25 June 1937 'EXPon PHILque. INTale AVION' (SG 576–80, good values used); b/s Paris Avion 25 June 1937; a "Wilson" cover

Reference: 1217
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