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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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

complete envelope (has been opened out) with illustrated advertising for Hats and plastic tablecloths (front & back), franked with 6 x 3d pictorials, for 1/6 airmail rate to Bristol, cancelled Kingston 16 September 1955, slight faults to envelope but a very striking cover

Reference: 1169

Canada 2 x 3c Royal Visit issue (SG 374) cancelled Hamilton 26 August 1940, with censor's sealing strip 5636: Lundy 2 puffins orange cancelled by green Lundy slogan d/s and s/r cds 21 September 1940: a most unusual combination

Reference: 1168

Gold Coast KGV issues overprinted Togo Anglo-French Occupation 4 x  ½d & 3 x 1d, (2 stamps on reverse), cancelled 16 June 1916 with bridged d/r cds, registered; violet h/s ' Passed by Censor Lomé (Togo) ',  b/s Registered Plymouth 10 July, London 11 July, Buchs, Aarau 14 July 1916: note one ½d has the variety small 'F' in French.  A fine scarce item

Reference: 1167

10 heller Hradcany Czech parcel card with added 2 x 20 h Eagle design, cancelled Brnenec-Brunnlitz, registered & with red label Valeur Déclarée: Budapest transit cds & Vel Becekerek bridged arrival cds; with added Yugoslav 2 d  green fiscal stamp cancelled with purple cachet: a fine scarce combination

Reference: 1166

United States one cent portrait postal card with added 1c blue Columbus issue, cancelled Pond Creek 6 February 1894; charged postage due with T 5 cents h/s and stamp cancelled T 15 centimes(?) at New York 9 February : m/s British charge mark h/s 3d  and St Andrews 300  d/r bridged cds arrival 18 February 1894: an attractive combination

Reference: 1165
Bermuda threepence registered envelope 1922

KGV 3 pence embossed registration envelope 8" x 5"; c1922, unused, scarce (previous owner sold for £50)

Reference: 1164
Egypt hotel envelope to London

Unstamped official envelope SUMMER PALACE HOTEL (Alexandria, Egypt), franked with superb red crowned cachet "Egypt Postage Prepaid 17" (re-use from an earlier era (?), with cds MILITARY POST OFFICE ALEXANDRIA, 23 August 1923 to London; sealed on reverse with red "BRITISH FORCES IN EGYPT" 1 piastre Letter Stamp; cancelled with the RETTA diamond h/s

Reference: 1163
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
Finland meter mark

Envelope franked with meter mark SUOMI *950 FINLAND AIRMAIL"; from Helsinki to Hull, 12 March 1945; Finnish censor cachet; opened and resealed by British censor "Opened by Examiner 6214"; red cds "HELSINKI-HELSINGFORS"; some wear to envelope

Reference: 1159
South Africa Unclaimed on two ships 1947

3 x 3d (SG 113) ROYAL VISIT on envelope rather battered by forwarding, cancelled m/c d/s Port Elizabeth, 14 May 1947, to a Union Castle ship, forwarded more than once: 2 boxed violet h/s "UNCLAIMED ON BOARD ARUNDEL CASTLE" and "UNCLAIMED ON BOARD CARNARVON CASTLE 21 MAY 1947"; airmail label; b/s London 20 May 1947; faults to envelope but spectacular maritime item

Reference: 1158
Trinidad & Tobago OHMS to Bristol 1964

Official envelope inscribed "On Trinidad and Tobago Government" franked with 12c QE2 stamp, to Bristol 19 August 1964: h/s "On Postal Service" & "Postmaster General" and "Air mail" with an official letter from Trinidad Postmaster General, signed, enclosing a typed list of all the Post Offices then open (in August 1954) including in Tobago, with 27 added in ms; important historical document

Reference: 1157
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