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1941 New Zealand - 1941 censored air mail envelope to Philadelphia, USA, endorsed at the top Pacific Airmail via Clipper, franked with a 4/- cancelled with an AUCKLAND 21 MCH 1941 slogan canceller. New Zealand censor tape is on the left that has been tied by a violet Passed by Censor N.Z. handstamp. A scarce usage of the 4/- stamp.
1941 New Zealand
1941 censored air mail envelope to Philadelphia, USA, endorsed at the top 'Pacific Airmail via Clipper', franked with a 4/- cancelled with an AUCKLAND 21 MCH 1941 slogan canceller. New Zealand censor tape is on the left that has been tied by a violet 'Passed by Censor N.Z.' handstamp. A scarce usage of the 4/- stamp.
£55.00
Reference: K3191

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1944 Great Britain / Postal Incidents - 1944 envelope to Beckenham with a 2½d cancelled ENFIELD 19 MAY 1944. At the left of the cover is an outline of an aerial bomb with the words DELAYED BY ENEMY ACTION around the bomb. The only known use of this was at Beckenham. The Borough of Beckenham suffered very badly from V1 attacks and to a lesser extent V2s. In all 69 V1s and 5 V2s were recorded as striking the Borough, with 138 people being killed. There was extensive damage to the town, hence the mail delays. A very scarce cover.
1944 Great Britain / Postal Incidents
1944 envelope to Beckenham with a 2½d cancelled ENFIELD 19 MAY 1944. At the left of the cover is an outline of an aerial bomb with the words 'DELAYED BY ENEMY ACTION' around the bomb. The only known use of this was at Beckenham. The Borough of Beckenham suffered very badly from V1 attacks and to a lesser extent V2's. In all 69 V1's and 5 V2's were recorded as striking the Borough, with 138 people being killed. There was extensive damage to the town, hence the mail delays. A very scarce cover.
£550.00
Reference: K3126

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1942 Bermuda - 1942 twice censored picture post card to France, franked with a 2d cancelled HAMILTON 13 FEB 42. The card has a circular PASSED BY CENSOR 22 in green and a violet octagonal PASSED P.102 cachet in violet. An unusual double censored card, the octagonal censor cachet probably being applied in England.
1942 Bermuda
1942 twice censored picture post card to France, franked with a 2d cancelled HAMILTON 13 FEB 42. The card has a circular 'PASSED BY CENSOR 22' in green and a violet octagonal 'PASSED P.102' cachet in violet. An unusual double censored card, the octagonal censor cachet probably being applied in England.
£125.00
Reference: K2753

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1944 Bermuda - 1944 censored picture post card to England underpaid with a 1½d, cancelled HAMILTON 30 MAR 44. Two red circular T / BERMUDA tax marks are on the card as well as a crayon 1d charge mark. The card has been censored with a red PASSED BY CENSOR 39 handstamp, type CM21. This 30 March date is well after those recorded for this red handstamp by some three months.
1944 Bermuda
1944 censored picture post card to England underpaid with a 1½d, cancelled HAMILTON 30 MAR 44. Two red circular 'T / BERMUDA' tax marks are on the card as well as a crayon 1d charge mark. The card has been censored with a red 'PASSED BY CENSOR 39' handstamp, type CM21. This 30 March date is well after those recorded for this red handstamp by some three months.
£140.00
Reference: K2750

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1944 Bermuda - 1944 censored picture post card sent air mail to Portugal franked with a 7½d, 3d, 2x6d and a 1½d, paying the 2/- airmail rate, cancelled HAMILTON 26 JUN 44. A Lisbon 10 AGO 44 arrival cancel is on the card along with a green PASSED BY CENSOR 22 type CM21 handstamp. This 26 June date is 10 weeks later than that recorded. Unfortunately there is a vertical crease through the card but this does not affect the stamps. An uncommon destination.
1944 Bermuda
1944 censored picture post card sent air mail to Portugal franked with a 7½d, 3d, 2x6d and a 1½d, paying the 2/- airmail rate, cancelled HAMILTON 26 JUN 44. A Lisbon 10 AGO 44 arrival cancel is on the card along with a green 'PASSED BY CENSOR 22' type CM21 handstamp. This 26 June date is 10 weeks later than that recorded. Unfortunately there is a vertical crease through the card but this does not affect the stamps. An uncommon destination.
£150.00
Reference: K2749

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1940 Bermuda - 1940 censored picture post card (Bridge at Norwood) to Douglas Isle of Man, franked with a 2d cancelled 23 DEC 40. A blue From H. M. Ship, Passed by Censor cachet has been overstruck by a blue PASSED BY CENSOR 11 cachet. (CM21) Blue is a colour not recorded by Miller for this number. A corner crease to the card at the lower right but a scarce item.
1940 Bermuda
1940 censored picture post card (Bridge at Norwood) to Douglas Isle of Man, franked with a 2d cancelled 23 DEC 40. A blue 'From H. M. Ship, Passed by Censor' cachet has been overstruck by a blue 'PASSED BY CENSOR 11' cachet. (CM21) Blue is a colour not recorded by Miller for this number. A corner crease to the card at the lower right but a scarce item.
£225.00
Reference: K2748

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1942 Bermuda - 1942 underpaid triple censored picture post card to Ireland, from an American soldier based at the American Base there. A US 1c stamp has been cancelled by an AMERICAN BASE FORCES A.P.O. 802, JAN 16 1942 canceller. A circular T / N.Y handstamp was applied for the underpayment, but it does not appear as though any tax was collected. The card has been censored by a boxed PASSED / U 313 S / ARMY EXAMINER cachet as well as a hexagonal Bermuda cachet with crown at the top (the PASSED and “P... is indecipherable) and an Irish boxed bilingual censor cachet. A very scarce triple censored card from Bermuda.
1942 Bermuda
1942 underpaid triple censored picture post card to Ireland, from an American soldier based at the American Base there. A US 1c stamp has been cancelled by an AMERICAN BASE FORCES A.P.O. 802, JAN 16 1942 canceller. A circular 'T / N.Y' handstamp was applied for the underpayment, but it does not appear as though any tax was collected. The card has been censored by a boxed 'PASSED / U 313 S / ARMY EXAMINER' cachet as well as a hexagonal Bermuda cachet with crown at the top (the PASSED and “P...' is indecipherable) and an Irish boxed bilingual censor cachet. A very scarce triple censored card from Bermuda.
£135.00
Reference: K2746

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1943 Bermuda - 1943 censored picture post card (painting of the Old Post Office, Mangrove Bay) to Florida franked with a 2d cancelled BAILEYS BAY 24 AP 43. A fine strike of the blue green circular PASSED BY CENSOR 27, BERMUDA handstamp is on the card. (Miller 7 points) Uncommon.
1943 Bermuda
1943 censored picture post card (painting of the Old Post Office, Mangrove Bay) to Florida franked with a 2d cancelled BAILEY'S BAY 24 AP 43. A fine strike of the blue green circular 'PASSED BY CENSOR 27, BERMUDA' handstamp is on the card. (Miller 7 points) Uncommon.
£135.00
Reference: K2742

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1940s Malta - 1940s unfranked On Active Service envelope sent air mail to England that has a fine strike of the red three line R.A.F / CENSOR / 293 cachet on the front. A pencil censors signature is at the lower left corner of the cover. Fine.
1940's Malta
1940's unfranked 'On Active Service' envelope sent air mail to England that has a fine strike of the red three line 'R.A.F / CENSOR / 293' cachet on the front. A pencil censors' signature is at the lower left corner of the cover. Fine.
£60.00
Reference: G2733

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1943 Malta - 1943 air mail cover to England, endorsed On Active Service and franked with a G.B. 10d, cancelled FIELD  POST OFFICE 188, 8 DE 43.  which was in Malta. The cover also has a violet circular Passed Censor No. 5282 cachet that has the censors signature in the middle.
1943 Malta
1943 air mail cover to England, endorsed 'On Active Service' and franked with a G.B. 10d, cancelled FIELD POST OFFICE 188, 8 DE 43. which was in Malta. The cover also has a violet circular 'Passed Censor No. 5282' cachet that has the censors' signature in the middle.
£38.00
Reference: G2732

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1944 Guernsey - 1944 2½d used on a local cover, the stamp cancelled GUERNSEY 12 AP 44
1944 Guernsey
1944 2½d used on a local cover, the stamp cancelled GUERNSEY 12 AP 44
£30.00
Reference: G2259

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1940 Bermuda - 1940 registered air mail cover to the U.S.A. franked with a 1½d, 6d and 3d cancelled HAMILTON 21 DE 40 . The cover was censored with red PC 102. tape with OPENED BY CENSOR 78 A Binghamton DEC 23 1940 arrival c.d.s. is on the back of the cover.
1940 Bermuda
1940 registered air mail cover to the U.S.A. franked with a 1½d, 6d and 3d cancelled HAMILTON 21 DE 40 . The cover was censored with red PC 102. tape with OPENED BY CENSOR '78' A Binghamton DEC 23 1940 arrival c.d.s. is on the back of the cover.
£95.00
Reference: K2615

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1942 Ceylon - 1942 Red Cross Postal Message Scheme envelope to Switzerland franked with a 2c and four 6c, cancelled COLOMBO 22 OC 42. A circular Red Cross cachet and boxed Passed L/7 censor strike are on the front of the cover along with a straight line Coupon Response handstamp.
1942 Ceylon
1942 Red Cross Postal Message Scheme envelope to Switzerland franked with a 2c and four 6c, cancelled COLOMBO 22 OC 42. A circular Red Cross cachet and boxed Passed L/7 censor strike are on the front of the cover along with a straight line 'Coupon Response' handstamp.
£30.00
Reference: G2721

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1943 City of Baroda shipwreck - “CITY OF BARODA” 1943. The 7,129 British steamship ‘City Of Baroda’ was built in 1918 and owned by the Ellerman Lines Ltd. London. On April 2nd, 1943, she was torpedoed by a German submarine, U509, and sunk near Luderitz, South West Africa whilst sailing from England to Cape Town, South Africa, via Trinidad and Walfish Bay. One of her crew and thirteen passengers were lost. The mail, it would appear, was first burnt in the fire on board, and then damaged by sea water. This cover to Bloemfontein has a part of the back missing, but has the senders name and address on the flap. It has a two line cachet RECEIVED DAMAGED / BY SEA WATER that was presumably applied in Cape Town. The normal cachet was a bilingual one, and this cachet in English only is scarce, being one of only three known.
1943 City of Baroda shipwreck
“CITY OF BARODA” 1943. The 7,129 British steamship ‘City Of Baroda’ was built in 1918 and owned by the Ellerman Lines Ltd. London. On April 2nd, 1943, she was torpedoed by a German submarine, U509, and sunk near Luderitz, South West Africa whilst sailing from England to Cape Town, South Africa, via Trinidad and Walfish Bay. One of her crew and thirteen passengers were lost. The mail, it would appear, was first burnt in the fire on board, and then damaged by sea water. This cover to Bloemfontein has a part of the back missing, but has the senders name and address on the flap. It has a two line cachet 'RECEIVED DAMAGED / BY SEA WATER' that was presumably applied in Cape Town. The normal cachet was a bilingual one, and this cachet in English only is scarce, being one of only three known.
£95.00
Reference: G2718

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1941 Sarawak - 1941 censored registered envelope to England franked with a 12c, 3c and 8c, cancelled BAU 14 OC 1941. The cover was opened and resealed by the censor and the tape tied by a violet three line PASSED BY / CENSOR 209 / A handstamp. There is also a boxed PASSED BY CENSOR handstamp on the front of the cover. On the back are Kuching 17 OCT and Singapore 22 OCT 41 transit cancels.
1941 Sarawak
1941 censored registered envelope to England franked with a 12c, 3c and 8c, cancelled BAU 14 OC 1941. The cover was opened and resealed by the censor and the tape tied by a violet three line 'PASSED BY / CENSOR 209 / A' handstamp. There is also a boxed 'PASSED BY CENSOR' handstamp on the front of the cover. On the back are Kuching 17 OCT and Singapore 22 OCT 41 transit cancels.
£250.00
Reference: K2214

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1940 Cayman Islands - 1940 censored envelope to the U.S.A. bearing a 1d and a late usage of a War Tax 1½d to correctly pay the 2½d rate, cancelled GEORGETOWN JY 15 1940. A blue crayon OK (Miller CM2) manuscript censor mark is at the lower left of the cover. A scarce commercial censored cover.
1940 Cayman Islands
1940 censored envelope to the U.S.A. bearing a 1d and a late usage of a War Tax 1½d to correctly pay the 2½d rate, cancelled GEORGETOWN JY 15 1940. A blue crayon 'OK' (Miller CM2) manuscript censor mark is at the lower left of the cover. A scarce commercial censored cover.
£95.00
Reference: K1955

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1941 India - 1941 registered and censored parcel label bearing a 2 Rs, a pair of 2 As and a ½ Anna. Tied KARACHI CITY 13 NO 41. On the reverse is a Karachi City registration label and an OPENED BY CENSOR tape, that has been tied by a triangular censor strike. A most unusual item !
1941 India - 1941 registered and censored parcel label bearing a 2 Rs, a pair of 2 As and a ½ Anna. Tied KARACHI CITY 13 NO 41. On the reverse is a Karachi City registration label and an OPENED BY CENSOR tape, that has been tied by a triangular censor strike. A most unusual item !
1941 India
1941 registered and censored parcel label bearing a 2 Rs, a pair of 2 As and a ½ Anna. Tied KARACHI CITY 13 NO 41. On the reverse is a Karachi City registration label and an 'OPENED BY CENSOR' tape, that has been tied by a triangular censor strike. A most unusual item !
£95.00
Reference: K1784

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1941 British Solomon Islands - 1941 censored envelope to New Zealand bearing a 2d tied GIZO 27 DE 41. The envelope has No. 2 OPENED BY CENSOR tape which has been tied by a 2 PASSED BY CENSOR 976 violet handstamp. On the back of the cover is a British Solomon Islands 1d Red Cross Appeal label. The cover has been opened out for display. A very scarce item, this Red Cross appeal stamp is rarely seen.
1941 British Solomon Islands - 1941 censored envelope to New Zealand bearing a 2d tied GIZO 27 DE 41. The envelope has No. 2 OPENED BY CENSOR tape which has been tied by a 2 PASSED BY CENSOR 976 violet handstamp. On the back of the cover is a British Solomon Islands 1d Red Cross Appeal label. The cover has been opened out for display. A very scarce item, this Red Cross appeal stamp is rarely seen.
1941 British Solomon Islands
1941 censored envelope to New Zealand bearing a 2d tied GIZO 27 DE 41. The envelope has No. 2 OPENED BY CENSOR tape which has been tied by a '2 PASSED BY CENSOR 976' violet handstamp. On the back of the cover is a British Solomon Islands 1d Red Cross Appeal label. The cover has been opened out for display. A very scarce item, this Red Cross appeal stamp is rarely seen.
£320.00
Reference: K1771

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1942 Dominica - 1942 censored envelope to the USA bearing a 2½d and 1d cancelled ROSEAU 6 JY 42. A straight line PASSED BY CENSOR handstamp is at the left.
1942 Dominica
1942 censored envelope to the USA bearing a 2½d and 1d cancelled ROSEAU 6 JY 42. A straight line 'PASSED BY CENSOR' handstamp is at the left.
£50.00
Reference: A1586

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1941 Australia - 1941 censored airmail envelope to the UK, endorsed via N.Z. - U.S.A.  and Trans-Atlantic Clipper Service  bearing a 2d, 9d and 5/- cancelled MELBOURNE 22 AU 41. On the front is a three line Approved for Transmission / by Camp Commandant / 2 No: 18 and a boxed censor 199 strike. On the reverse is a censor label sealing the envelope. The letter was sent by Klaus Friedeberger, Internment Camp No: 2, Victoria. Fine.
1941 Australia
1941 censored airmail envelope to the UK, endorsed 'via N.Z. - U.S.A. ' and 'Trans-Atlantic Clipper Service' bearing a 2d, 9d and 5/- cancelled MELBOURNE 22 AU 41. On the front is a three line 'Approved for Transmission / by Camp Commandant / 2 No: 18' and a boxed censor 199 strike. On the reverse is a censor label sealing the envelope. The letter was sent by Klaus Friedeberger, Internment Camp No: 2, Victoria. Fine.
£70.00
Reference: G2410

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