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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

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
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
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
GB to USA Not Found 1952

2 x KGVI 8d cancelled with VF s/r cds St John¢s Wood B.D. NW 8 code D 29 January 1952, registered air mail; violet h/s 'CANNOT BE FOUND' 'DIRECTORY SERVICE GIVEN SOUTH CENTRAL STN' with pointing finger cachet & boxed 'Return to Sender'; red ink m/s 'Letter only'; Chicago and New York b/s 2-5 Feb & St John¢s Wood day of sending; a nice combination

Reference: 1117
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
Channel Islands Return to Sender 1952

2 x 1d Channel Isles issue (SG CI) cancelled by 7 bar m/c d/r; from London to Surrey 12 May 1952; boxed h/s "RETURN TO SENDER ADDRESSS INSUFFICIENT 1.S"; stamp recancelled with postman's triangle cachet S.E 1; large blue crayon 'PTO' (for return address); on reverse small s/r cds London 12 May 1952

Reference: 1074
USA Airmail to Yorkshire 1946

USA 3 x 5c Airmail, 3c, 1c and 11c definitives cancelled Portland Oregon, to Hornsea, 30 December 1946, with 'War Savings' slogan d/s; violet h/s "Foreign Air Mail must be fully prepaid for dispatch" and "Return for 15 cents additional postage"; small circular h/s "-7"; m/s "Clovelly, Clarks Camp"; no b/s

Reference: 856
USA

Strip 4 x 3c, 8c, 50c definitives cancelled New York Station K duplex 10 November 1944 & New York Grand Central Annexe 13 November 1944, on airmail envelope to RAF India; violet h/s 'Air'; censored with tape 'Opened by Examiner' tied with octagonal shield censor h/s 'Passed Dec/12'; on reverse violet h/s "Return for Additional Postage, Air Mail fee must be fully pre-paid"; weight, rate, etc crossed out, with purple h/s 'For additional postage' on front crossed out; no arrival b/s

Reference: 855
France

1.20 and 1.50 'Sabine' + 5 fr and 3 fr pictorials on registered envelope sent sealed with the tape of the AR service (Avis de reception); cancelled St Gobert, Aisne; large h/s AR: 2 strikes of the h/s 'Retour à l'envoyeur 2224': ms 'refuse'; b/s Marle sur Serre 17 May (to return) & (?) 19 May,
much travelled

Reference: 833
GB half penny PS card

half penny brown PS card from London to Manchester; much readdressed with forwarded, gone away, insufficiently addressed, returned to sender cachets & m/s endorsements; corner faults, unsurprising owing to the amount of travel; on reverse London Vere St Parcel Post part blue label; an extraordinary combination

Reference: 775
France Film Festival 1946 to Warsaw

Cannes Film Festival Air Day; Gandon 2fr and 15fr cancelled s/r cds 'Festival du Film, Cannes', with green festival labels and boxed cachet, to Warsaw Poland 22 September 1946; s/r cds Warszawa 10 October 1948; b/s Warsaw 2 28 September 1948; and a 2nd light Warsaw d/s; presumably returned

Reference: 716
Cannes Film Festival 1946 to Oslo

Cannes Film Festival Air Day; Gandon 2 fr & 15fr cancelled s/r cds 'Festival du Film, Cannes' + boxed cachet 'Cannes Journée de l'Air' with green festival labels, to Oslo, Sweden; h/s "RETUR"; b/s Oslo 29 September and returned to Cannes

Reference: 715
GB to Azores 1971

GB Machin 5p violet on plain envelope from Huddersfield to Ponta Delgada, Azores; h/s Ausente/Parti boxed h/s (also on reverse); h/s "RETOUR À L'ENVOYEUR/DEVOLVIGO AO REMETENTE"; h/s "UNDELIVERED FOR REASON STATED/RETURN TO SENDER"; red h/s "O NAVIO NÃO SE ENCONTRA NEM É ESPERADO NESTE PORTO"; b/s Correios Ponta Delgada 24 July 1971

Reference: 697
GB Registered to Brazil 1936

GB KGV photogravure issue ½d, 1d, 1½d, 2½d (SG 439-441,443) on manilla envelope, registered, to a hotel in Brazil; m/s "if not called for in 10 days please return"; "Huntingdon 7735" registration crossed out and re-entered; m/s "V. VERSO" and h/s "OUT OF COURSE 1.S.", and m/s "received"; b/s Huntindon registered 9 January 1936 & on return 2 March 1936, and at Copacabana 12 January; age faults but an attractive postal history item

Reference: 684
Vienna to New York

Envelope with d/r bridged cds 2/1 Wien 27; on reverse small costume definitive 2 x 24gr + 12 gr cancelled with the same cds; to New York 10 September 1936; on reverse "Not in Directory Morris Heights Station" and "INCONNU/UNKNOWN" in violet; on face h/s RETOUR in violet

Reference: 675
GB to New Zealand

GB 4d Parliamentary Conference (SG 560), cancelled with the special conference cds (stated to be the 1st day of issue 12 September); from London to Campbell Island via New Zealand; boxed "Not Found" & re-addressed twice; Wellington NZ slogan & cds 16 Jan 1958, small boxed 32, octagonal handstamp Wellington unclaimed 20 Feb 1958; on reverse s/r cds Kilbernie Postmen's Branch 17 Jan 1948 & Returned Letter Office Wellington, 6 March 1948: a fine detailed attempt to deliver

Reference: 650
Jersey to Copenhagen 1961 returned

GB 3d CEPT issue Jersey to Copenhagen, 19 September 1961 (2nd value lost in transit) cancelled Jersey slogan d/s, to a hotel; m/s "please forward"; cds Kobenhavn 23 Sept & 25 Sept 1961; purple h/s "OMKARTERINGS---/KOBENHAVN" (twice); large green h/s RETOUR and green boxed 'parti'; purple h/s "UNDELIVERED FOR REASON STATED/RETURN TO SENDER" m/s "RETOUR in green with further h/s on reverse

Reference: 623
London to Algiers by air 1936

GB KGV 5d and 1d cancelled with large double-ring cds Wilton Road, Hudson's Place SW1,from Harrow to Algiers, 2 March 1936; Airmail label with MS 'urgent': boxed handstamp 'Retour à l'Envoyeur' and rough h/s 'voir au dos' in violet; on reverse are cachets showing attempts to deliver via Paris to Algiers, and returned with violet handstamps 'Addresse Incomplète' & 'Inconnu à l'Appel Alger' a fine RTS example

Reference: 615
USA AIRMAIL TO MONTIVIDEO

US 10c violet Airmail stamp cancelled with duplex datestamp Downers Grove, to Montivideo, Uruguay 1 November 1946; handstamped in red bilingual 'Return to Sender' with Uruguay $0.23 on 50 Air stamp cancelled 5 November 1946; on reverse red h/s 'Received Panamerican Airways Montevideo 3 Nov 1946'

Reference: 424
AIR RACE HOLLAND TO CHRISTCHURCH NEW ZEALAND 1953

Decorative illustrated envelope from Holland for the Christchurch Air Race 8 October 1953, franked with 5 Red Cross issues, 25c special air stamp & 5c Juliana issue (SG 769-773, 790a, 684), cancelled Eindhoven 29 September 1953 and with special cachet for the event; on reverse Christchurch arrival d/s 11 October 1953; violet h/s on front 'Retour à l'Expéditeur'

Reference: 365
HOLLAND FIRST FLIGHT TO NEW YORK 1946

plain cover for the First Flight Amsterdam - New York, franked with Wilhelmina 7½c, 12½c, 15c + 5c Cruiser & 12½c small portrait issues (SG 599, 601-2, 598, 509), all cancelled Rotterdam 6 May 1946; with special First Flight cachet in violet; red h/s 'Retour à l'expéditeur; b/s New York 22 May 1946

Reference: 361
POSTCARD FROM TORQUAY TO SWITZERLAND RETURNED TO SENDER 1922

GB KGV 1d & ½d on PC of Torquay cancelled St Mary Church 14 August 1922, sent to a hotel in Switzerland, forwarded and then returned to sender as 'unclaimed': transit datestamps and Return/Retour handstamps and endorsements. an attractive 'busy' card

Reference: 267
GB/SWITZERLAND MUCH TRAVELLED COVER WITH SWISS POSTAGE DUE 1924

GB KGV 1½d on envelope to Acton, redirected to Italy & Switzerland, with British charge mark 1d FB (foreign branch); various forwarding handstamps, Swiss blue crayon 20 and 20c Swiss Postage Due. A 'busy' cover probably returned to sender

Reference: 219
FRANCE REGISTERED ENVELOPE FROM NICE TO VIENNA 1902

Envelope from the Terminus Hotel, Nice to Vienna, Austria franked with the rare 50c Type Sage pale carmine, n under b variety (YT 104) but with 1 short perf, cancelled 'Chargements Nice' 1 February 1902; caalogued 100+ euros used alone; on reverse Italian & Austrian transit datestamps; with faults but a scarce item

Reference: 210
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