Cyprus

Ref: G4677
  • £295.00

1932 censored cover sent internally with a ¾p tied by a fine strike of the scarce STROUMBI AP 27 32 datestamp. The cover was opened and resealed by the censor with OPENED BY CENSOR tape. 1931 marked a radical turn in relations between Cypriots, particularly Greek Cypriots, and British colonial authorities. A little after midnight on 22 October 1931 a crowd of over 5000 Greek Cypriots, mainly students and priests set fire to Government House. Law and order was proclaimed and selective letters, mainly all sent locally, were censored. Few censored envelopes exist today. This is a fine example of censorship in that period particularly from this small village of Stroumbi – which was destroyed by and earthquake in 1953