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, Registered Mail and Airmails.


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India KGV 4as & 3as cancelled d/r cds boxed h/s Lahore 24 August 1937 on airmail envelope franked with large T in circle & m/s 50c crossed out and 40c added; on reverse 8 x Kenya postage due cancelled ELMENTEITA 1 September 1937; faults to envelope where opened but a spectacular postage due franking

Reference: 1197

2k brown/cream PS card with added 5k charity tax for war victims; cancelled s/r cds SARAJEVO 1 Jan 1945; large T 'taxed' h/s; stamp used as postage due?

Reference: 1195

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

Italy 4 x 20c + 5c definitives cancelled bridged cds Milan 6 March 1942; opened by German Censors and resealed with "Geoffnet" label; sealed with German swastika cachet and confirmed by various small control h/s; b/s large cds UFFICIO CENSURA POSTA ESTERA II 7 March 1942;  a nice combination

Reference: 1193

Curacao 45c pictorial issue on 1st flight Curacao to Amsterdam; illustrated special KLM envelope; cancelled Curacao Willemstad 19 February 1946; no b/s

Reference: 1192

Curacao 20c and 25c (SG 203, 204) pictorials on 1st flight Curacao to Amsterdam; illustrated special KLM envelope; cancelled Curacao Willemstad 19 February 1946; no b/s

Reference: 1191

75th anniversary UPU set of 3 40g, 60g, 1s (SG 1175–1177) on special mini-sheet for the 100th year of the UPU, on 1st flight Vienna–Budapest "Aerofila 74"; plus UPU Centenary (SG 1719–20) & 1s definitive; registered; b/s 24 October 1974 Budapest; a curious mixture

Reference: 1190

40g, 60g, 1s UPU issue (SG1175–1177) on 1st flight Vienna–Brussels–New York via Boeing 707 jet, 1 April 1959; registered airmail, stamps cancelled with large special cachet; on reverse block of 4 SG 1538; arrival cds Jamaica, N.Y. A.M.F Kennedy, 1 April 1969

Reference: 1189

8 definitives inc. 2 'Tell' issues cancelled with red d/r bridged cds "WINTERALPENPOST, JULIERPASS" 4 November 1934, to Basel; black d/r cds Chur 4.11, St Moritz 5.11"; registered, black h/s "Julierpass-Autofahrten / wegen Unwetter um / einige Tage verschoben"; unclear faint b/s

Reference: 1188

Envelope to a German interned in Switzerland; GB KGVI 2½d cancelled d/r cds Rotherham, 8 April 1944; censored by British 'Opened by Examiner 3204' tape and German with "Geöffnet" sealing tape with Swastika cachet; Swiss 'Zuzustellen /Fieldpostdirektion' & No 315); arrival d/s after forwarding 19 July 1944, with the original letter

Reference: 1187

Mozambique Company pictorials 2c, 3c, 3 x 24c, 25c, 30c plus added E. Africa and Uganda, 2 x KUT, 2 Transvaal, 1 Cape of Good Hope, all cancelled large bridged cds BEIRA; to London 24 March 1931, no b/s; a colourful mixture

Reference: 1186

Mozambique Company pictorials 4c, 6c, 8c, 12c, 25c, 2 esc, plus added 2 Transvaal, 1 Orange Free State, 1 Kenya, 1 E. Africa & Uganda, 1 S. Africa (added values uncancelled); from Beira to London, 13 July 1931; no b/s; a colourful mixture

Reference: 1185

Sowers 5, 10, 10+5, 25, 30, 35c and Mersons 40, 45, 50c, and 1fr cancelled Nieppe d/r cds; + GB KGV 4d cancelled FPO D4 plus registered label with same cancel; on long OHMS envelope; from Nieppe to Isle of Wight, 21 April 1915; 2 different censor h/s: red and violet; b/s APO B3(?), London registered & Shanklin (IoW) 24.4.15; a rare combination

Reference: 1184

France 15c Type Pasteur with "Algerie" overprint, on plain envelope surcharged "½ centime en plus" with variety double surcharge; mint; rare Pasteur variety

Reference: 1183

Mixed franking France 10c Merson + Gibraltar KEVII 1d purple on red, both cancelled 2 September 1904; on twin view of Gibraltar PPC; with s/r cds on readdressing from Llangefuis to Llanberis

Reference: 1182

KGVI 2/- and 10/- on airmail envelope lightly cancelled GRENADA 26 September 1942, to Sussex; wartime airmail, uncensored; small faults to envelope and front only but a good franking

Reference: 1181

4 x 1 sen Japanese definitive cancelled with s/r cds PEKING IJPO, 25 August 1905, on picture postcard of Tokyo Park; fine example of Japanese Post Office in China

Reference: 1180

QV 1c yellow cancelled circle of bars and s/r cds, St Catherines, 15 August 1894; h/s 'Not called for' and 'Returned to'; arrival d/s St Catherines, 31 August 1894; no b/s; 1c used alone for the local rate; 2 different cds of the same town

Reference: 1178

US Confederate States 10c pale blue (SG 3a) with 4 good margins; cancelled s/r cds Tuliahoma, 24 March 1862; neat plain envelope, no b/s

Reference: 1177

Public Record Office receipt for an uncertified copy P/A 334, charged at £1/19/6 with KGVI fiscal stamps of the Public Record Office, £1, 3 x 5/-, 2/6, 1/-, 2 x 6d, making up the charge, all cancelled with oval d/s; a lovely example

Reference: 1176

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

Continental Savoy Cairo (Hotel) envelope franked with Farouk 5 mils & 10 mils cancelled with bilingual Hotel cds; Egyptian bilingual censor tape 'Opened by Censor Egyptian Censorship' and small double circle 'censorship Dept 16 (or 91)' h/s on front;  pink bilingual Irish censor label  'Opened by Censor 147' : an unusual double censorship combination

Reference: 1172

complete folded entire written in clear but perhaps faulty French, 6 February 1781, with a good strike of the small double ring cds 'cachet d' essai' Bordeaux PP; m/s rate mark 10 (sols), b/s London Bishop mark FE 22 and m/s 22 charge mark; a fine example of a very scarce cachet

Reference: 1171

GB KGVI 7d & 8d definitives on air mail envelope from Blackwood (Monmouthshire) to Bombay, 18 March 1942; unable to be delivered with various handstamps and cachets on the front and the reverse, 'Retour', 'DLO Bombay', 'Inconnu/ Not Known', 'Insufficiently addressed' ; censored and returned May 1942: a striking combination

Reference: 1170
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