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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

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

3 Allied zonal issues (SG 904, 936, 949) on envelope cancelled d/r cds Hamburg, 6 December 1947 to Staffordshire; opened and resealed with British censor label "Opened by Examiner 9485" & tied by British censorship Germany cachet 0847; ms 'Private - German'

Reference: 1274

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

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

4 pictorials on airmail envelope cancelled d/r bridged cds SERVICO AEREO 30 December 1940; h/s 'VIA AEREO TRANSATLANTICA A EUROPA(?)'; sealed with censor’s tape 'Opened by Examiner 707'; b/s New York 1 Jan 1941

Reference: 1259

4 x 10c Palma portrait + 4 pictorials cancelled Havana (December?) 1941; on envelope sent by airmail; h/s 'Transatlantic Air-Mail'; sealed with Censor’s tape 'Opened by Examiner 1004'; no b/s, a colourful cover

Reference: 1258

Presidents issue 1c and 4c cancelled White Plains, NY, 28 Nov 1944 to Dublin; British censor tape 'Opened by Examiner 6815'; boxed Irish bilingual censor 'Released by Censor'; no b/s

Reference: 1257

Portrait head definitives 30, 10, 0.25 din (SG 333, 330, 320) + 0.50 (SG 415) and 2 x 2 dinar fiscals; cancelled Zagreb, 8 August 1940; s/r Graz transit d/s 9 August (to Goppingen labour camp); fair boxed h/s 'Nachgebühr'; German 'Eagle' censor cachet; b/s Ulm (Donau) No. 6(?)

Reference: 1256

1d ERI overprint on mourning envelope; cancelled 9 October 1901 Potchefstroom; resealed with censor label "Opened under Martial Law" tied by oval censor cachet; oval 'Press Censor' cachet; Johannesburg bridged razor blade type cds 11 Oct & 12 Oct 1901

Reference: 1252

Italy 10c PS card cancelled 'Posta Militare No 97' 10 March 1918, from Genoa (?) to Switzerland ; b/s black Censor's h/s '37 Verificato Per Censura' & red h/s 'Milano Posta Estera'; from a soldier in the 10th battalion (?); a nice combination

Reference: 1240

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

KUT 1/- and 30c on OHMS envelope with OHMS crossed out, cancelled Dar es Salaam l6 July 1944 to Dublin, opened by censor and sealed with label 'Opened by Examiner R/6' : boxed red Irish bilingual censor cachet  'released by censor'; no b/s; a nice cover

Reference: 1230

15c portrait issue on plain envelope to New York, 24 June 1941, opened and resealed by Dutch Censor, sealed with the Censor's  d/s;  with added violet h/s "supposed to contain matter subject to the provisions…" crossed out and a red circular h/s Ec.C;  on reverse red circular h/s DEV.25  and a large red seal HK &. SBC:  interesting item of the period

Reference: 1223

2 Turkish stamps and Red Crescent charity tax label on plain envelope, airmail; d/r bridged cds Galata, Istanbul, 14 April 1945; large red h/s OAT (onward air transmission) in red oval; opened by French censor with Free French cachet endorsed in m/s; on reverse Galata 13.(? appears to be 12 or 21 reversed) 4.1945 & bilingual cds Damas 19.4.45; a striking censored cover of the period

Reference: 1222
Brazil-Canada 1945

Diamond shape commemoratives 3 x 40 ctvos on registered envelope to Nova Scotia, inspected twice by censors and sealed with Brazilian & British censor tape; various b/s including 3 T.P.O.s; forwarded and mis-routed (?) in the post; cancellation on stamps unclear but presumed to be Brazil

Reference: 1209
Rethymno 1951

Airmail envelope franked on reverse with Greece 2600 drachma cancelled Rethmyne, 10 January 1951 & on front; opened by Postal Inspector for Currency Control & sealed with tape 'Control du Change' in French and Greek; tied with Greek h/s Heraklian

Reference: 1207
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