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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

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

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

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
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

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
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
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