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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

German Prisoner of War envelope, inscribed in m/s "Kriegsgefangenenpost"; franked with 5 allied zone issues (8 pfg, 10 pfg, 3 x 20 pfg); cancelled Weilen (?), 29 August 1947; no arrival b/s

Reference: 1276

Pair of 25pfg AMPOST yellow cancelled Flensburg-Mürwik (in British Zone), 26 September 1947; opened and resealed with censor label  "Opened by Examiner 7555"; tied by VF 'British Censorship Germany' cachet No 5937; ms "written in German"; from a woman in a displaced persons camp

Reference: 1273

West Germany centenary issue (SG 1035-7) cat £170 (2014) used, cancelled on special cover Munich 2 October 1949; with Berlin 'notopfer' label; unaddressed

Reference: 1272

Registered envelope (from the Burgermeister’s office); strip of 4 x 12 pfg Hindenberg heads overprinted LOTHRINGEN + 6 pfg all cancelled by large boxed provisional h/s MOMBRONN, June 1941; b/s Metz 6 June 1941; 54 pfg registered rate

Reference: 1265

Hindenburg heads 80 pfg and 12 pfg overprinted Elsass + 2 x 1 pfg un-overprinted cancelled Mulhausen 26 November 1940; 2 x 1pfg cancelled Munich 4 December 1940; registered and express marked in typescript + red crayon cross; no b/s

Reference: 1264

12 pfg Hindenburg overprinted 'LOTHRINGEN' on plain envelope; cancelled boxed provisional d/s 'KLEIN-REDERCHINGEN' (Petit-Rederching), small straight-line d/s 5 March 1941; no b/s

Reference: 1263

Allied (Soviet) zone issue 7 x 24 pfg, 20, 2 x12, 2 x 10, 8 pfg; the 'zehnfach frankatur' (10 x rate) introduced 21-23 June 1948 as part of the currency reform tariff; used for longer in the Russian Zone; Dresden cancellation to Cologne; 240 pfg = 24 pfg new rate; some stains and wear but a spectacular franking; (see Stich handbook p105)

Reference: 1238

Rhein-Main Flugpost card from Frankfurt to Marburg, 12 June 1912, with 5 pfg Germania and 20 pfg vignette cancelled with the special h/s; very clean example; highly priced in Michel flugpost catalogue.

Reference: 1237

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

Plain card from German POW on the French Ile de Ré; d/r Camp Interpreter's cachet & 2 line "Geprüft cachet"; Newport and Whitney type C12; with original text intact

Reference: 1194

5fr Petain Salon du Prisonnier POW card to a French Captain in Camp Oflag XB Nienburg (?), with New Year letter,  cancelled Paris m/c datestamp with 7 bars:  superb German censor cachet 'Geprüft Oflag XB Nr.7' ; a fine clean example of these cards

Reference: 1174

"Bulletin d' expédition" French parcel card in the former German Alsace style, from Huningue to Nevers,  cancelled with s/r cds on front & forwarding label 'Mulhouse 2'; on reverse Merson 5fr & 2fr + Sower 1fr & 45c, with 1 franc fiscal, all cancelled Huningue cds and with added Railway cachet 'Petit Croix Ch de F. de l'Est' 14 October 1927: a striking combination

Reference: 1173
Germany multi-franked with Hindenburg head issues to GB 1938

Hindenberg heads 25 x 1pfg, 5pfg, 6pfg, 10pfg, 12pfg all cancelled by large d/r cds Bad Schwalbach to Surrey 22 August 1938
for a 58pfg rate; some faults to envelope but a spectacular franking

Reference: 1162
Germany Russian Zone

Soviet zone (of Berlin) issues, 2 x 2pfg, 16pfg, 40pfg, 2 x 25pfg, registered, cancelled "BERLIN LICHTENBERG¢ 23 July 1948"; on reverse large red label, Russian Zone cachet, undated, No 5298; s/r b/s EPSOM SURREY 10 August 1948; faults to envelope

Reference: 1161
Germany return to sender 1909

10pfg Germania on PPC of Saxony cancelled s/r cds Porschdorf 21 July 1909; h/s boxed NON RECLAMÉ' and 2 strikes 'RETOUR À L'ENVOYEUR'; d/r cds 'Lyon/Rhone' 23 July 1909 after return

Reference: 1150
German POW in Australia to GB 1941

German Prisoner of War in Australian POW camp (full details on reverse); 1/6 airmail cancelled GPO Sydney NSW 25(?) Feb 1941 to Wolverhampton; m/s 'By Airmail via South Africa', plus violet h/s 'Prisoner of War Service' and 'Passed by censor S.59'; a very unusual combination

Reference: 1135
GB to Germany 1947 censored civil mail

Civil mail from London to Berlin (American sector), 11 August 1947; censored; 2x KGVI 2½d cancelled London slogan d/s; sealed with Censor tape "Opened by Mil.Cen-Civil Mails"; tied by circular cachet 'US Civil Censorship Germany. Passed 30301'; no b/s, uncommon useage

Reference: 1133
GB KE7 envelope to Saxony 1914

KE7 three halfpenny envelope upgraded with 3 pence imprint, uprated further with KG5 ½d; all cancelled with London L1d FS (1d late fee foreign service) to Leipzig, 13 May 1914; no b/s; envelope has folds (age crease) an unusual combination

Reference: 1129
GB from Base Army to London 1943

6 x KGVI 3d + 2 x 1d all cancelled BASE ARMY POST OFFICE 4 (then in Egypt) airmail; sealed with censor¢s tape "Opened by Censor PC22" in red; tied by small diamond cachet 8 (front and back); 1/8d rate

Reference: 1116
GB to French Zone of Germany 1948

GB KGVI 6d on envelope to Landau, French Zone of Germany; cancelled Enfield m/c d/s 27 July 1948; destination partially blacked out and m/s "2/8 return" & violet h/s 'Zurüch' added; with typed note 'Wenn unbestellbar, bitte zurück an umsthende Adresse' ('if address unknown please contact the address overleaf'); on reverse small label 'décédé'

Reference: 1115
East Germany Egypt Relief fund 1957

'Help Egypt' surcharge; Egypt relief fund block of 4 (E293) on stamp fair commemorative card, illustrated; cancelled with special Berlin-Lieffenberg cachet 3 March 1957; no message, unposted

Reference: 1107
Belgium to Germany mixed franking

20pfg Germania + Belgium 25c with Sunday label on Antwerp illustrated letter card; cancelled s/r cds Deutsches Seepost 10 e; With original text and 4 photo illustrations; small corner fault but unusual

Reference: 1085
1919 Alsace souvenir postal card

plain postal card franked by Mulhausen d/r cds 15 Jan 1919; Mulhausen s/r cds 1 Feb 1919 on 2½ and 5 pfg Germania heads; 10 pfg Germania already used cancelled Mulhausen s/r cds 21 Jan 1919; Mulhausen-Wittenheim oval railway d/s 15 January 1919, small Mulhausen cachet; large French red 'Déesse' controle postal cachet, for currency control inspection, an unusual combination

Reference: 1082
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