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Registered envelope (from the Burgermeister’s office); strip of 4 x 12 pfg Hindenberg heads overprinted LOTHRINGEN + 6 pfg all cancelled by large boxed provisional h/s MOMBRONN, June 1941; b/s Metz 6 June 1941; 54 pfg registered rate

Reference: 1265

Hindenburg heads 80 pfg and 12 pfg overprinted Elsass + 2 x 1 pfg un-overprinted cancelled Mulhausen 26 November 1940; 2 x 1pfg cancelled Munich 4 December 1940; registered and express marked in typescript + red crayon cross; no b/s

Reference: 1264

12 pfg Hindenburg overprinted 'LOTHRINGEN' on plain envelope; cancelled boxed provisional d/s 'KLEIN-REDERCHINGEN' (Petit-Rederching), small straight-line d/s 5 March 1941; no b/s

Reference: 1263

Petain 2fr, 2fr 40 on card by airmail to Cranleigh, Surrey via Lisbon, cancelled Albi 16 July 1942; vf Lisbon d/r bridged transit cds 20 July 1942; British 'tombstone' type censor mark; card only; small text in front, some light faults

Reference: 1262

3 x 40c Mercury + 1fr 20 Iris cancelled with m/c d/s Paris 28 Sep 1941; British tombstone censor h/s + blue crayon stripe mark; h/s 'Undeliverable for Reason Stated / Return to Sender'; purple h/s 'RETOUR'; London arrival cds 25 October 1944; b/s 21 October 1944; some faults

Reference: 1261

Sower 2c & 3c, Mercury 5c and 3 pictorials (total 2fr 50 rate); cancelled St Etienne 2 May 1940 to Claygate, Surrey; opened by Censor, sealed with tape "Control Postal Militaire" tied with censor cachets front and back

Reference: 1260

Portrait head definitives 30, 10, 0.25 din (SG 333, 330, 320) + 0.50 (SG 415) and 2 x 2 dinar fiscals; cancelled Zagreb, 8 August 1940; s/r Graz transit d/s 9 August (to Goppingen labour camp); fair boxed h/s 'Nachgebühr'; German 'Eagle' censor cachet; b/s Ulm (Donau) No. 6(?)

Reference: 1256

Letter sent during the GB postal strike, 10 Feb 1971; franked with France 0.50 Bequet, cancelled Le Havre slogan d/s; large 'Rowland Hill' Export Letter Service yellow label cancelled with red h/s 'By Export Letter Service Southampton' and tied with d/r cds 'The Great Post Office Strike' Jan 20

Reference: 1251

Letter sent during the GB postal strike, 15 Feb 1971; franked with France 0.50 Bequet, cancelled Calais; 15p red and 20p green 'Export Letter Service' labels; tied with boxed h/s 'Flown by Hovercraft, Ramsgate'; partial m/c b/s

Reference: 1250

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

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

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
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