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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Large commercial envelope with label for 'The Harem Monthly" from Lahore to Nottingham; Pakistan pictorials 10p, 7p; m/s "not known at this address", Nottingham cds 13 June 1975; on reverse 'received in London June 1975'; from MV 'Nordwind', trapped in the Suez Canal after the Six Day War

Reference: 1246

VF RP postcard 'Italian War Demonstration, London May 27th 1915' also with placard 'Czechs Greet Italy and her Allies; Down with Austria'; on reverse a red patriotic label 'For the Independence of the Czech Nation'; cancelled by roller m/c d/s 16 June 1915; sent across London from Notting Hill to Holloway Road; a superb rare patriotic card of the period

Reference: 1245

Portsmouth Ship Letter boxed h/s on reverse of entire letter (m/s 'bill of lading') from Havana 5 May 1827; large m/s rate mark 4/9; b/s red s/r cds (London) 21 June 1827; m/s 'P. Ship Hindustan'

Reference: 1243

boxed h/s INDIA LETTER PORTSMOUTH boxed on front of long entire letter from Calcutta 11 February 1826; large m/s rate mark 1/1(?) crossed out and 1/6 added; boxed Scottish additional ½ penny h/s; b/s d/r Calcutta General Post Office m/s 12(?) February 1826; London transit 4 July 1826; Edinburgh 6 July 1826

Reference: 1242

boxed h/s INDIA LETTER SOUTHAMPTON on reverse of entire letter 2 pps; faint Scottish additional ½ penny h/s; m/s rates altered twice to 1/6; Calcutta General Post Office d/r cds on front with m/s date 11 February 1825; on reverse London transit 7 June 1825,  2 d/r cds 9 June 1825;  a fine scarce combination

Reference: 1241

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

Post-war provisional issues 2+4 zt x 3, & 3 x 5 zt (SG 528-9, 522a) all cancelled with m/s endorsement 'Kosow-Lacki’; m/s hand drawn registration box with m/s entry 'Kosow-Lacki'; pink Exprès label; b/s Warsaw 22 September 1945, New York January 1946; Chicago 15 Jan 1946

Reference: 1239

Allied (Soviet) zone issue 7 x 24 pfg, 20, 2 x12, 2 x 10, 8 pfg; the 'zehnfach frankatur' (10 x rate) introduced 21-23 June 1948 as part of the currency reform tariff; used for longer in the Russian Zone; Dresden cancellation to Cologne; 240 pfg = 24 pfg new rate; some stains and wear but a spectacular franking; (see Stich handbook p105)

Reference: 1238

Rhein-Main Flugpost card from Frankfurt to Marburg, 12 June 1912, with 5 pfg Germania and 20 pfg vignette cancelled with the special h/s; very clean example; highly priced in Michel flugpost catalogue.

Reference: 1237

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

Independent UDI Rhodesia 2 x 10c + 2 x 5c pictorials, Salisbury to Gloucester 15 April 1970; stamps not considered valid in GB; green 'To Pay'/'I.S.' (inland service) boxed h/s: red label added indicating unrecognised issues; GB postage due 2 x 1/- + 2 x 2/6 (2 applications): a fine example of this period

Reference: 1231

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

Selection of 9 commemoratives on registered airmail envelope: De Ruyter, Red Cross, Europa issues; all cancelled Amsterdam-Postjesweg 6 Nov 1957;  faint b/s Brunei 11 November ; m/s 'via Singapore'

Reference: 1229

Selection of 11 commemoratives on registered airmail envelope + 5 on reverse: Culture fund, Liberation, Anti-Cancer fund, Child Welfare (stamps cat £60+); all cancelled Amsterdam-Borgerstraat 1 December 1955; faint arrival b/s Brunei; a spectacular franking

Reference: 1228

Christchurch Air Race, 5 Red Cross issues (50c) SG769-773 plus 25c airmail and 10c definitive; illustrated cover for 8 Oct 1953 with VF race cachet in violet; cancelled Rotterdam 23 September 1953; b/s Christchurch 11 Oct 1953

Reference: 1227

Registered Airmail to the US consulate in Istanbul, Turkey; Jugoslavia airstamps of 1934, 50p, 2 x 1d, 2d, 2 x 3d (SG300-303), all cancelled d/r cds Novi-Sad/Filatel Izlozba 18 April 1937; unclear violet d/s; on reverse d/s Novi-Sad, Galata, Sofia, Belgrade

Reference: 1226

French 10c Sage PS card with Anglo-German political propaganda cartoon, with illustration (mounted on the PS card) depicting Queen Victoria & Bûlow (the German Chancellor), reflecting the Naval Race;  d/r cds St Nicolas du Port and Verneuil, 28 & 29 April 1901; a rare card

Reference: 1224

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

Russian parcel card, registered from Lodz in Poland, appears to be local use, franked with arms types 50k, 20k, 3 x 10k, 5k, 3k (108 kopek rate); striking franking, on front and back, and a spectacular Poland cover

Reference: 1221

60c sitting Helvetia (cat. £225 in 2013)  a rare stamp on envelope, but damaged before use: d/r cds Luzern, black PD; French cachet d’entrée SUISSE ST LOUIS 19 Sept 1865; b/s Basel 17 September, Abergavenny 20 Sept 1865; the envelope has some defects but a very uncommon usage with stamp used alone for the rate

Reference: 1220
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