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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

2 ½ d KGVI pale blue on (reused) envelope; 'Czech Army in England 1940' propaganda label; cancelled with Czech field post bilingual h/s; opened and resealed with label 'Czech independent brigade group chief welfare officer' h/s, to philatelic author Norman Hill, nice unusual usage

Reference: 1205

5 x 25c airmail stamp on envelope cancelled Willemstad, 25 October 1942; circular 'Per Luchtpost/Par Avion'; m/s Air Mail Transatlantic; violet triangular censor h/s 2820; no clear b/s

Reference: 1203

KGVI 2as 6p, 6as, 2 Rs on airmail envelope cancelled Coonoor 25 October 1940; endorsed in m/s 'via Hong Kong - U.S.A. - England'; boxed h/s "Not Opened by Censor"; b/s Gloucester slogan ds 9 December 1940 and Victoria (Hong Kong?) 6 November ’40, forwarded to London; also on reverse blue boxed h/s 15

Reference: 1200

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

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

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

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

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

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
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
Portugal to GB 1941 censored

$1, 50c, 25c (SG 914, 918, 924) on plain envelope cancelled bridged d/r cds PORTO 3e SECTOR 15 March 1941, to Ware, Herts; sealed with censor's tape 'OPENED BY EXAMINER 3472"; sealed on reverse by anti-TB label

Reference: 1156
Portugal to GB 1941 censored

3 x $1 pictorial and 50c definitive cancelled with octagonal d/r CORREIO DE PORTO, Airmail 6 May 1941, to Ware, Herts; opened and resealed by censor with tape "Opened by Examiner 2355"

Reference: 1155
Spain to London 1955 resealed by Post Office

4 portrait stamps + 1 pictorial on registered cover, cancelled boxed d/r CERTIFICADO MURCIA 27 March 1944; label "Found opened or damaged and officially sealed"; endorsed with s/r cds LONDON EC 2 August 1955

Reference: 1154
Persia registered airmail censored 1945

Registered air mail with violet h/s TEHERAN R No. 13702; d/r circular cachet 'Anglo-Soviet-Persian Censorship' plus a faint similar mark in Cyrillic; small violet circular registration (?) cachet 16; with 3 definitive stamps on reverse; faults to envelope

Reference: 1145
Netherland Indies to Switzerland 1940

3½c Ned Indies PS card with added 2 x 40c Queen's Head, cancelled d/r bridged cds BANDOENG 24 November 1940, airmail; red h/s "Gecensureerd 2"; m/s annotation 'By Trans pacific air-route via Hong Kong to USA and by (?) to Europe' plus various other m/s marks, attractive & unusual combination

Reference: 1144
Egypt to UK 1940 censored

Block of nine 5 mils King's Head cancelled by bilingual bridged s/r cds Cairo, 15 June 1940, to London; sealed by Egyptian censor's tape 'Opened by Censor' & violet small box bilingual censor h/s '4'; b/s Cairo m/c d/s

Reference: 1143
Egypt to UK 1940 censored

King's Head 5 mils, 10 mils, 4 x 15 mils, 13 mils + 30 mils airmail pictorial, all cancelled bilingual s/r bridged cds Alexandria 16 January 1940 to London; m/s "Imperial Airways" and h/s "English language"; red circular censor's h/s 'M'; no b/s; attractive franking

Reference: 1142
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 to Newfoundland 1943 censored

GB KGVI 2 x 7d + 1d to St Johns, Newfoundland, 27 November 1943(?) cancelled with US Army APO 610(?) cds & bars and with censor's h/s; by airmail from a US soldier in hospital (APO 514-B); a good franking

Reference: 1132
GB Polish censor cachet & seal 1920

GB KGV 4d and ½d cancelled 'Strangeways Manchester' 29 January 1920 to Warsaw; registration label Manchester 22; opened by Polish censor and sealed with tape and large octagonal Polish censor cachet; at a time of Polish frontier conflicts(?); m/s and h/s on reverse

Reference: 1130
Spain to England double censorship 1941

4 definitive issues on envelope registered to Chorley GB; cancelled Seville 31 December 1941 with blurred d/r cds; censored twice by Spain and UK; sealed by censor's labels at both ends of the envelope; plus censor h/s front and reverse and violet h/s 410; part envelope flap missing

Reference: 1126
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