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1932 envelope used internally with a ¾ Piastre cancelled NICOSIA 20 DEC 32. At the lower right is a circular POSTAL CENSOR / G.R. / CYPRUS cachet. During the civil unrest between 1931 and 1936, a small portion of 'selected' mail was opened and censored. A good example of this censor strike.
1894 2p registered envelope used internally to Nicosia with a ½ piastre and 2 piastres each cancelled by barred '981' cancellers with a PAPHO MR 1 94 datestamp alongside. The cover has an A. R. handstamp on the front and Limassol MR 2, Larnaca MR 3 and Nicosia MR 4 94 transit and arrival datestamps on the back. The number '981' canceller was originally intended for Limassol but went to Papho instead and was used there from July 1878. An exceptionally fine cover and a very rare and early usage of the A.R. service.
1932 'Civil Censorship' envelope, used internally on the island bearing a ¾ Piastre cancelled NICOSIA DEC 32. The cover has an 'OPENED BY CENSOR' label at the top. On 21 October 1931 riots erupted in Cyprus and the ensuing events culminated in the burning down of the house of the British Governor in Nicosia. The reason for this action was the crowd’s conviction that their leaders were being held imprisoned by the British authorities. The Governor escaped to a private house where he proclaimed martial law. In the months that followed, about 2,000 people were convicted of crimes in connection with the struggle for union with Greece. Britain reacted by imposing harsh restrictions. Military reinforcements were dispatched to the island and the constitution suspended The agitation was an open expression of the desire by the Greek Cypriots of union with Greece. During the civil unrest between 1931 and 1936, a small portion of 'selected' mail was opened and censored. A scarce cover from this unrest period.
1930's envelope to Huddersfield, England, bearing a pair of ¾ Piastre tied by a good strike of the scarce KATO DRYS / G.R. / RURAL / SERVICE / CYPRUS handstamp. Fine.
1898 ½p reply paid card to Beyrout, Syria, the reply portion still attached, with a 30 paras stamp added cancelled NICOSIA AP 30 98. On the back are Larnaca AP 30 and Beyrout MY 2 98 transit and arrival cancels. A long message written in Greek is inside.
1954 Cable and Wireless Limited telegram receipt with a 1 piastre affixed and cancelled NICOSIA 17 AUG 54. Faults but unusual!
c1920 picture post card (Monastery at Kykkos) locally used, bearing a 10 Paras cancelled by a fine strike of the rare undated R.P.O. '5' CYPRUS canceller. Proud has tentatively allocated this to Dhenia, a Rail Post Office thirteen miles west of Nicosia. This canceller was in use between 1912 and 1923. A very rare item in fine condition.
1948 air mail envelope to England from a detainee at Detention Camp 55, bearing four 2pi and a 1pi cancelled KARAOLOS 12 MY 48. The writer, J Piekareryk, has written on the back of the envelope '55 Special Camp'. There were five detention camps at Karaolos, which was near Famagusta. These were camps 55, 60, 61, 62 and 63 and all were built near the beach area. A Famagusta 12 MAY 48 datestamp is on the back of the envelope.
1947 picture post card (The Boulevard, Limassol) from Detention Camp 62 to Budapest, Hungary, franked with a 2pi, cancelled KARAOLOS 20 OC 47. There were five detention camps at Karaolos, which was near Famagusta. These were camps 55, 60, 61, 62 and 63 and all were built near the beach area. This card is going to an uncommon destination from Karaolos.
1947 air mail envelope to Shanghai, China, bearing a 90 piastres cancelled NICOSIA MAR 47. On the back are Calcutta 16 MAR transit and Shanghai arrival cancels. A scarce commercial usage of this high value to a very uncommon destination.
|1943 Palestine / Cyprus|
1943 censored envelope to Cyprus franked with three 5 Mils machine cancels with a JERUSALEM datestamp at the upper left. The cover was opened and resealed by the censor with tape at the left. It arrived at Nicosia on 30 June and Famagusta 1 July. The envelope was then sent back to Palestine with a 2p stamp affixed to the front over the original address and cancelled FAMAGUSTA 9 JUL 43. It was resealed again with more tape added at the left, so presumably censored again. A very fine and unusual returned cover.
1911 folded invitation to the Nicosia Club, to meet His Excellency the High Commissioner, with a 10 Paras paying the unsealed letter rate cancelled NICOSIA MR 17 11. A Larnaca MR 17 11 arrival c.d.s. is on the reverse. Uncommon.
1922 post card, written locally, bearing a ½p cancelled by a barred oval numeral '5' with a FAMAGUSTA 17 JAN 22 datestamp alongside. These numeral cancellers, '1-6', were used at district offices to cancel loose letters brought in by rural messengers. They are rare on cover or card. This card has an exceptionally fine strike of this barred numeral. An exhibition item.
1948 ½ pi stationery card to London, uprated with a 1pi to pay the overseas rate, cancelled PLATRES 19 JY 48. A scarce commercial usage.
1889 2p registered envelope to Larnaca with a 1p stamp affixed and tied by a good strike of the very rare D49 barred numeral. This canceller was in use at the NICOSIA ARMY H. Q. from 1883 to 1892. A red Registered Cyprus AU 3 89 cancel is on the front, and on the reverse are Limassol AU 3 and Larnaca AU 4 89 transit and arrival cancels. A very fine and rare cover, very few D48 cancels being known used on envelope.
1923 mourning envelope used internally bearing a 30p tied by a good strike of the scarce KARAVA NO 21 23 datestamp. On the back is a Kryenia c.d.s. of the same date. Very fine.
1912 10 paras post card with a fine strike of the POLI -TIS KHRYSOKHOU JY 11 12 datestamp. An appealing item.