French Colonies. (Obock). 1902. Envelope addressed to Egypt bearing Obock Yvert 54, 25c black and blue tied by 'Cote Francaise des Somalis/ Djibout' double ring in blue with octagonal French paquebot 'Ligne N Paq. Fr. No 6' date stamp (Salles 1924) with Port-Tewfik and Suez arrival on revere. Nice item of destination mail.
French Levant. (Cilicie). 1919. Picture post card of 'Mizrahi, Adana' addressed to France bearing Cilicie Yvert 60, 5pa red/ orange and Yvert 70, 1pi blue tied by bilingual Adana date stamp with circular 'Controle/ Postal' censor hand-stamp. Nice item from the French Occupation of Cilicie.
French Colonies. (Guyane - Dutch West Indies). 1940. Registered Air Mail envelope (Air France via Natal, Brazil) addressed to North West France bearing French Guyane 'Air Mail' Yvert 15, 3f black and Yvert 18, 20f carmine tied by Cayenne/ Guyane Francaise date stamp '2nd Aug 40' with matching registration label, routed via the Netherlands West Indies with boxed 'Gezien Censuur' in violet with German censor tape tied by circular censor cachet with instructional hand-stamp 'Retour a l' Envoyeur/ Relations Postales/ Interrompaes' in carmine on face and returned to Guyane with receiver '26th June 41' on reverse.
The North West part of France was occupied by German Forces after the invasion in May/ June 1940, the Germans censored the letter but returned the mail from abroad that had been sent into occupied France.
Lovely item. Ex Johnson with his notes.
French Colonies. (Afrique Equatoriale Francaise - Egypt). 1943. Air Mail envelope headed 'On Active Service' addressed to Libreville, Gabon, Free French Equatorial Africa bearing Great Britain SG 474, 10d turquoise tied by Field Post Office double ring with adjacent 'Crown/ Passed by Censor/ No 811' hand-stamp in violet with circular '213' censor on reverse and Egyptian 'Examined by Censor' label (red on white) tied by 'Deputy Chief Field Censor' in violet with Free French 'Poste Aux Armees/ B.C.M. 4' date stamp '16th Dec 43', routed via Brazzaville/ Moyen Congo with censor tape tied by oval 'Ouvert/ Par L' Autorite Militaire' with 'Controle Postal/ Commission C/ Afrique Equatoriale Francaise' struck twice on face, 'C/4' censor cachet and Brazzaville and Libreville/ A.E.F. arrival '13th Jan 44' on reverse. Very nice item from the Free French Forces in Syria sent Air Mail across Africa to Gabon.
French Colonies. (Guadeloupe - British Post Office). 1861. Stamp-less envelope addressed to Saint Thomas, Danish West Indies written from Pointe-a-Pitre dated '25th Sept 1861' with Pointe-a-Pitre/ Guadeloupe date stamp, forwarded via the British Post Office with 'Crown/ Paid at Guadeloupe' in red on face and British Post Office 'Guadeloupe' date stamp on reverse in red 'Sept 26 61', endorsed 'via Anglaise' with British Post Office St. Thomas arrival on reverse 'Sept 29' and rated '4' in red m/s crayon. Superb item for the Exhibitor.
Gabon. (French Cols - Portuguese Colonies). 1916. Registered envelope addressed to Paris bearing French Gabon Yvert 44, 50c blue-green and grey tied by Loango/ Gabon double ring '20th Juil 16' with boxed hand-struck 'R', endorsed 'via Cabinda' with 'Correios de Angola/ Cabinda' on reverse '31st Juil', routed via Portugal with 'Aberto/ Pela/ Censura' censor taper tied by oval 'Censura/ 27 Agos 1916/ No 40' hand-stamp in blue on face and reverse with Paris/ Etranger receiver '1/9' on reverse. Very nice item of mail through Portuguese Africa.
French Colonies. (Djibouti). 1902. Envelope from the 'Franco-Ethiopian, Railway' addressed to Djibouti bearing Cote des Somalis Yvert 23, 0.05 on 75c violet and orange and Yvert 29, 10 on 50c blue/ rose tied by 'Cote Francaise des Somalis/ Djibouti' double ring. Very fine.
New Hebrides. (United States). 1900. Registered United States postal stationery envelope 2c rose upgraded with SG 271, 3c violet, SG 275, 8c violet/brown and SG 286, 5c blue tied by oval 'Reg Div./ Springfield, Mass/ Nov 6 1900', addressed to 'The Congregational Mission, Vila, New Hebrides', endorsed 'via Sydney', New South Wales', Australia', routed via San Francisco with registration label and 'Nov 12' transit, arrived in New Hebrides with m/s instructional 'Not Known at Vila, New Hebrides' with boxed 'Unclaimed' in pink on face, returned via Sydney with circular unframed 'Dead Letter Office/ Sydney, N.S.W.' in carmine on reverse dated 'Mr 128 1901' and circular 'Registered/ Sydney' 'March 25' and oval 'Registered Branch/ Dead Letter Office 'Jun 5th' on return in Mass with hand-struck 'Return Receipt Demanded' struck thrice. Rare item of early mail into New Hebrides.
French Colonies. (Wallis & Futuna). 1910. Envelope headed 'Protectorat de Iles/ Wallis et Futuna/ Resident de France' addressed to 'Monsieur Grossin, Colonel de Gendarmerie, Saigon Cochinchina' bearing New Caledonia Yvert 92, 10c rose tied by 'Pt Francais/ Wallis' double ring '9th Nov 10' with Saigon Central arrival '28th Jan 11' and forwarded to France with Loir receiver '1st Mars 11' on reverse. Very rare item of mail from Wallis to French Indo-China.
Wallis used the stamps of New Caledonia until 1920.
French Maroc. (Bermuda). 1941. Air Mail envelope addressed to New York bearing French Maroc Yvert 182, 1f brown (2 on reverse), Yvert 188, 2f green (6), Yvert 193, 3f brown (3) and Yvert 197, 10f scarlet (2) tied by Tangier slogan, routed via Lisbon and intercepted by the British in Bermuda with 'Opened by Examiner/ 4319' label with '1.C. /' hand-stamp and hand-struck wavy line 'Released' in violet on face and reverse.
A very nice item sent Air Mail over the Atlantic and held during the war, subsequently a little edge ware.
Censor hand-stamp not recorded so early by 'Burrows' and U.K. number not recorded.
French Morocco. (Maroc Local Post). 1896. Envelope addressed to the 'Receiver of the French Postes, Tangier' bearing French Maroc Yvert 3a, 10c black/ lilac tied by Mazagan/ Maroc double ring '5th Mai', routed via Marrakesh with 'Mazagan to Marrakesh' Local Post Yvert 48, 20c brown/ lilac tied by 'Brudo/ Marrakesh' date stamp with French Post Office Tanger arrival '12th Mai 96' on reverse. Lovely internal mixed combination.
French Morocco. (Sudan). 1932. Stamp-less military mail envelope headed 'F.M.' written from 'Lieut. Lecture, 2nd R.Z.S. Aqqa' addressed to Kati, French Soudan cancelled by Poste Aux Armess/ Aqqa' double ring dated '27 Dec 1932' in violet with adjacent Arabic cachet and military cachet 'Le Commandant D' Armees/ Place D' Aqqa', routed via Agadir/ Maroc '1st Jan 33' with Tresor et Postes transit and Kati/ Soudan Francaise arrival on reverse '23/1/33.' Very scarce item of internal mail within Africa.
Morocco. (French Morocco). 1902. Envelope addressed to 'Colonel d' Amada, Military Attache, Ambassador de France, London' bearing French Maroc Yvert 5, 25c on 25c black/rose tied by Tetouan/ Maroc date stamp '28th Aug' with Tangier transit on reverse. Very fine.
French Colonies. (New Caledonia - Great Britain). 1943. Air Mail envelope addressed to 'The Free French Forces, Noumea, New Caledonia' bearing Great Britain SG 471, 7d emerald and SG 472, 8d bright carmine tied by Hampstead slogan with 'Opened by Examiner/ PC 90' censor label, routed via Australia with 'Opened by Censor/ 2' label tied by 'Passed by Censor/ S. 82' hand-stamp in violet with circular 'Censure Aliee/ Nouvelle Caledonia/ 5' in violet on face. Very colourful and scarce item from Great Britain sent over two Oceans via Australia to the Free French Forces on New Caledonia.
French Colonies. (Tahiti - United States). 1895. Advertising envelope for 'Columbia Bicycles' addressed to Papeete, Tahiti bearing United States SG 257, 5c brown tied by Hartford, Conn. machine 'Ap 10 1895', routed via New York and San Francisco, underpaid with '25/ Ctms/ T' hand-stamp on face and bearing French General Colonies postage due Yvert 23, 50c maroon (imperf) tied by Papeete/ Taiti date stamp on face '25th Mai.' A lovely item in Exhibition quality. Pre 1900 Postage Due covers from Tahiti are very scarce.
Ex Tony Eastgate.
French Colonies. (New Caledonia). 1890. Military mail envelope addressed to Belgium bearing Yvert 37, 5c on 75c rose and Yvert 39, 10c on 1f olive tied by Nouvelle-Caledonie/ Noumea double ring with 'Correspondance Militaire' label tied by circular 'Reg D' Armees de la France et Colonies/ Noumea/ Nouvelle Caledonie/ 23rd Bat. Le Captaine Commandant' in blue on face. Scarce and attractive item paying the military concession rate of 15 cents.
French Colonies. (New Caledonia). 1910. Picture post card of 'Poro village, New Caledonia' written from Poro and addressed to France bearing New Caledonia Yvert 91, 5c green tied by Nelle Caledonie/ Sce Mme Cote Est' double ring (Salles 2271). A lovely item of mail carried on the Costal Maritime French mail service going East to West around the islands.
Poro was a small village on the north coast of the island known for its nickel mine.
Philippines. (United States Administration). 1901. Envelope addressed to London bearing US Philippines SG 257, 5c blue (pair) tied by Singapore double ring 'Jan 9 01' with arrival on reverse. Lovely item from the United States Administration taken by paquebot and cancelled in transit in Singapore
British West Indies. (British Guiana). 1929. Post card addressed to Georgetown, British Guiana bearing Great Britain SG 357, 1d scarlet tied by Putney roller '7th Feb 1929', underpaid with octagonal 'T/ 10/ L' and hand-stamp 'Postage Due ....02' applied in violet on face in Demerara.
China. (India). 1943. Air Mail envelope written from the 'Friends Mission, Chin Lung Kai, Chengtu' addressed to London bearing SG 636a, $1 olive-green, SG 638a, $2, blue-green (2), SG 641a, $5 carmine and SG 656, $10 red-brown (imperf) tied by Chengtu date stamp, endorsed 'Via B.O.A.C.' to Egypt/ then quickest way', routed via India with Calcutta 'Opened by Examiner' label. Very fine.
The mail was sent C.N.A.C. to Calcutta and B.O.A.C. horseshoe route to Cairo and by surface mail to England.
French Levant. (Rhodes). 1861. Stamp-less envelope addressed to Syros cancelled by French Post Office in Rhodes 'Rhodes/ Turquie' date stamp '2nd Juin 61' (Pothion Type B) and rated '80' (lepta) tax in red crayon on arrival. Very fine and scarce item from the French Post Office in Rhodes.
French Levant. (Rumania). 1858. Stamp-less envelope written from Galatz addressed to Constantinople cancelled by Galatz/ Moldavie date stamp '16th Oct 58' in blue with French Post Office Constantinople on reverse '20th Oct' and charged with hand-struck '10' tax on arrival. Scarce French Levant postmark. Very fine.
French Levant. (Greece). 1875. Envelope addressed to Marseille written from Rodosto dated '9th Jan 1875' with firms oval chop 'Isac Modiano & Figlio/ Rodosto' on face, bearing France 'Siege de Paris' Yvert 38, 40c orange (pair) tied by '5084' gross chiffres in lozange with adjacent Les Dardelles/ Turquie date stamp '13th Jan', boxed 'PD' and maritime 'Paquebots De La/ Mediterranee' in red on face and Marseille arrival. Very rare item from the French Post Office in Rodosto and forwarded through The Dardanelles.
French Levant. (Greece). 1863. Envelope addressed to Italy bearing France 'Napoleon' Yvert 17, 80c rose (imperf pair) tied by '5095' gross chiffres in lozenge with adjacent Salonique/ Turquie date stamp '18th Aout', routed via Les Dardanelles '19th Aout' with 'Piroscafi/ Postali/ Francesi' maritime hand-stamp in red, boxed 'PD' and Genova receiver '5th September' on reverse.
Denmark. (Faroe Islands). 1940. Air Mail envelope addressed to Great Britain bearing Denmark Facit 99, 1 ore grey (block of four), Facit 108, 8 ore grey (pair) and Air Mail Facit 264, 20 ore turquoise tied by Thorshavn date stamp '17th July 40' with 'Opened by Examiner/ 564' censor tape. Scarce Danish Air Mail used in the Faroe's, a very fine franking paying the 40ore Air Mail rate to UK.
Netherlands East Indies. (Trans-Pacific Mail). 1941. Air Mail envelope addressed to Washington bearing SG 406, 25c blue-green, SG 409, 40c green, SG 410, 50c indigo and SG 434, 30c yellow-brown tied by Bandoeng date stamp '26th Nov 41' with 'Door Censuur Geopend' label tied by 'Censuur/ 4' date sta,p in red, endorsed 'By K.N.I.L.M. to Manilla - by P.A.A./ to U.S.A. and onward airtransmission,' routed via Singapore with censor tape tied by 'Passed By Censor 71/ A' on front and reverse with circular 'F' and '25' censor hand-stamp with United States 'Examined By/ 1474' censor tape. Nice item to be routed via Singapore and the Pacific but re-routed after Pearl Harbour (Dec 7th 41) and sent horseshoe route via Africa and Europe.
Netherlands East Indies. (Palestine). 1940. Air Mail Netherlands Indies postal stationery card 3 1/2c grey upgraded with SG 397, 2c violet and SG 406, 25c blue-green tied by Pangkalan/ Brandan date stamp '10th June 40' with 'Miltaire Censur/ Medan' hand-stamp and 'Per Luchtpost/ Avion' label, addressed to Switzerland with framed 'Palestine/ Passed By/ Censor/ T. 5' and boxed 'Crown/ Passed P.6' on face. Very attractive item.
The British censor number P. 6 not recorded by Morenweiser. Numbers P.11 to P46 known in use May and June 1940.
Netherlands East Indies. (Singapore). 1940. Photographic post card of 'Durian seller' addressed to Morava bearing Netherlands Indies SG 403, 10c scarlet tied by Batavia date stamp '13th March 40', routed via Singapore with 'Passed For Transmission' hand-stamp and framed instructional 'Opened by British/ Naval Authorities' in violet on face and circular German censor cachet (+) applied on arrival in Munchen in red.
Scarce censor applied when Royal Navy ships boarded neutral (mostly Dutch) vessels and intercepted mail to Nazi Germany and Austria between Sept 39 and April 1940.
According to records just over 15 of these Navy censors are known
Netherlands East Indies. (Palestine). 1939. Air Mail envelope addressed to Germany bearing SG 404, 15c ultramarine and SG 407, 30c indigo tied by Batavia Central date stamp '16th Oct 39' with 'No 49/ Opened by Censor' label (red on white) applied in Haifa, with German censor 'Zur Devifenuberwachung/ Zollamtlich/ Geoffnet' (Officially Opened For Surveillance). Palestine Censor Number 49 is not listed by Little and Morenweiser.
Netherlands East Indies. (Hungary). 1940. Photographic card of 'Buda and Pest Bridge' addressed to Batavia bearing Hungary 20f claret tied by Budapest date stamp '20th March 40', routed via Singapore with framed 'Passed By Censor, 109/ Singapore' in violet on face and hand-struck 'Gecensureerd/ 6' in carmine applied in Medan. Nice item of incoming mail.
China. (Undelivered Mail - Great Britain). 1943. Air Mail envelope addressed to Hsien, Kiangsi Province, China' bearing Great Britain SG 470, 6d purple and SG 475, 1s brown (4) tied by Bath date stamp '18th Dec 1943' with 'Opened by Examiner/ 918' censor label, headed 'Surface Transport to Durban, then by British Overseas Airways to Calcutta and thence by Chinese Government Air Service to Chungking' with 'Returned To Sender/ By The Censor/ For Reasons Explained in Memorandum Enclosed in This Cover' and hand-stamped instructional 'Stamps Refunded'.
Interesting cover rejected by the censor and returned with postage being refunded.
Ex Alistair Kennedy.
Belgian Congo. (Trinidad). 1942. Air Mail envelope addressed to New York bearing Belgian Congo 7f grey, 20f violet and grey (2) and Air Mail Yvert 15, 50f violet (2) tied by Leopoldville date stamp with 'Congo Belge' censor tied by hand-stamp '42', endorsed 'P.A.A.' and routed via the West Indies with 'Opened by Examiner/ 8009,' censor label with hand-stamp '1 E/ -' in violet of Trinidad.
Ex Alistair Kennedy.
China. (Royal Air Force - US Censor in China). 1942. Air Mail envelope written from the Royal Air Force in Chengtu addressed to Scotland bearing United States SG 811, 10c brown and SG A906, 30c blue tied by 'U.S. Army Postal Service A.P.O.' date stamp '28th August 42,' with scarlet on blue bilingual 'Par Avion' label in Chinese and English, with blank censor tape tied by 'Censored U.S. Army' hand-stamp on reverse in red and framed 'U.S. Army/ Examined by Theater Censor' on face in carmine, endorsed 'Censored by / R.A.F. Censor' and signed , endorsed 'By B.O.A.C. to Lagos, Nigeria via Calcutta & Cairo thence/ By P.A.A. To Destination' with 'Opened by Examiner 9824 label applied in England.
Wonderful item from the Royal Air Force in China attached to the U.S. Army at Chengtu.
Ex Alistair Kennedy with his notes.
Bermuda. (Egypt). 1942. Air Mail envelope headed 'On Active Service' addressed to Bermuda bearing Yvert 188, 2m orange, Yvert 191, 5m brown, Yvert 192, 10m violet (6) and Air Mail Yvert 23, 100m violet and green tied by Egypt/ Postage/ Prepaid date stamp '13th Sept 42' with circular 'Passed by Unit Censor', routed via Cairo with 'Deputy Chief Field Censor' cachet, endorsed 'via Pan American Clipper' with Bermuda 'Opened by Examiner/ C./ 8113' censor label and Paget receiver. Nice routing via West Africa, Brazil to USA and Bermuda.
Ex Alistair Kennedy.
Brazil. (L.A.T.I. Mail(. 1940. Air Mail envelope addressed to Holland bearing Yvert 209a, 5000r blue and Yvert 360, 200 + 100r turquoise (pair) tied by Rio de Janeiro date stamp '19th June 40' with framed hand-stamped 'via L.A.T.I.' with 'Por Via Aerea/ Por Avion/ via L.A.T.I.' blue label on face and German censorship label tied by censor cachet on reverse of Berlin. Very attractive item of 'L.A.T.I. service from Brazil.
French Cols. (Afrique Equatoriale - Egypt). 1941. Air Mail envelope headed 'Forces Aeriennes/ Francais Libres' addressed to Egypt bearing Afrique Equatoriale Francaise 'Air Mai' Yvert 6, 6f50 tied by Brazzaville/ Moyen Congo double ring '10th Nov 41' with 'Premiere Liaison Aerienne/ 10 XI - 41/ Afrique Francaise - Libre' cachet in violet on face, routed via Beyrouth with 'Controle' censor label in pink and circular 'French French' censor on face with Beyrouth transit '29th Nov' and 'Opened by Censor' tape tied by boxed Egypt censor '38' on reverse and framed 'Postal Censor' on face. Lovely item of Trans-African Air-Mail.
Canada. (Trans-Pacific Mail). 1941. Air Mail envelope addressed to 'Lieut. George Mathewson, c/o P.M.S.O. 'H.M.S. "Nile", Alexandria, Egypt' bearing Canada SG 365, 20c brown (2) and SG 366, 50c green tied by Montreal date stamp '11th Sept 41', endorsed 'via Hong Kong' with censor tape tied by 'Passed By/ Censor 281/ A' in violet on face and reverse with instructional 'To Be Forwarded By/ Air From Singapore', circular 'Censorship Dept/ M' and Cairo arrival '17th Oct' and forwarded to Famagusta, Cyprus.'
H.M.S. "Nile" was the name given to the Royal Navy Base at Ras El Tin, Point, Alexandria.
Ex Alistair Kennedy.
Russia. (Onward Air Transmission). 1944. Stamp-less envelope addressed to Stockholm cancelled by Moscow slogan routed north via Murmansk with censor tape and circular '29/ M' censor cachet applied on reverse in Murmansk, routed south via Great Britain with 'Opened by Examiner/ 5323' label and oval 'O.A.T.' (Onward Air Transmission) applied in carmine. Interesting routing, as no communication between Russia and Sweden the service was B.O.A.C. from Leuchars (Fife) to Bromma (Stockholm).
Ex Alistair Kennedy with his notes.
Italian Colonies. (Libya - Great Britain). 1943. Registered Air Mail envelope addressed to the United States bearing Great Britain SG 470, 6d purple and SG 475, 1s brown (strip of three) tied by 'Field Post Office/ 515' double ring '31st Jan 43' with Crown/ Passed Censor/ 857' in violet and signed, endorsed 'Air Mail/ Clipper'. routed via Egypt with 'Examined By Base Censor' label tied by circular 'Deputy Chief Field Censor' and hand-stamp '74' on reverse with Connecticut arrival on reverse 'Mar 11'. Nice item, censored from Army Post Office Derna, Libya paying the 3/6d Clipper rate over the Atlantic.
Ex Alistair Kennedy.
Palestine. (Great Britain). 1942. Registered Air Mail envelope addressed to London bearing Great Britain SG 476a, (2) and 490, 3d pale violet tied by Field Post Office/ 601 double ring with Provisional label and circular 'Passed by Censor/ No 211' violet cachet on face. Nice franking paying 5sh 3d over the Pacific.
Portuguese Cols, (Madeira - British Guiana). 1944. Registered Air Mail envelope from Madeira addressed to British Guiana bearing Portugal SG 950, 1$75 indigo and SG 955, $10 blue tied by Funchal date stamp '3rd Nov 44' with matching registration label, circular 'M.G./ C.M.P.T.P./ 10' in violet and oval 'C.M.P.T./ C. 6'/ Censurado' in violet on face and reverse, routed via Lisboa '25/11' and New York '2/12' with Air Mail/ British Guiana arrival '10 De' on reverse. Lovely item of War Time Air Mail, censor and destination.
Ex Alistair Kennedy.
Papua. (Gold Coast - Sudan). 1942. Air Mail envelope addressed to, Prestea, Gold Coast bearing Papua SG 130, 1/2d orange and black, SG 134, 3d blue and black, SG 166, 8d brown and SG 167, 1s mauve tied by Samarai E.D. date stamp '6th Jan 42' with framed 'Passed By Censor/ Asst. Censor' in violet on reverse and signed by the Postmaster, endorsed 'Australia, Sudan, Gold Coast' in red ink on face, with large 'By Air Mail' label, routed via Townsville with boxed diamond '1/2 Passed By Censor/ 1' on face, sent on the Trans- African route with Khartoum transit on reverse. Great routing and exotic destination.
Ex Alistair Kennedy.
Gold Coast. 1941. Air Mail envelope addressed to Wales bearing Gold Coast SG 126, 6d purple and SG 131, 5s red and olive tied by Obuasi/ Gold Coast date stamp '23rd Dec 41' with framed 'Passed by Censor/ Gold Coast/ 9' in carmine with 'First Flight/ Regular Air Mail Service/ Gold Coast - U.S.A.' on face in violet. This hand-stamp was only in use for two days.
India. (Hong Kong). 1941. Air Mail envelope addressed to Exeter bearing SG 250, 1a carmine, SG 259, 1r grey and brown and SG 260, 2r brown and purple tied by framed 'Buy Post Office/ Cash Certificates/ Jubbulpore' dated '7th Jan 41' with 'Opened by Censor' label (brown paper) and triangular 'Passed by Censor/ A 5' censor cachet applied in Calcutta, endorsed 'By Air Mail via U.S.A. & Lisbon' with Hong Kong transit '28th Jan 41,' and 'Passed Censor/ 4' in violet and circular 'A.V. 2' on face and endorsed 'T/ 50c' in pencil. Lovely A.V.2 cover via the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean paying the 3 rupees one anna rate.
Malaya. (Straits Settlements). 1941. Air Mail envelope addressed to London bearing Singapore SG 291, $2 red and green tied by Singapore double ring '8th August 41' with framed 'Passed For Transmission/ Singapore/ 107' censor cachet on face, endorsed 'Clipper Air Mail'. Very fine single two dollar franking over the Pacific and Atlantic, the rate from May to December 1941.
United States. (Prisoner of War Mail). 1919. Envelope headed 'American Y.M.C.A./ Paris Branch' addressed to 'Comite International de la Croix Rouge, Agence Internationale des Prisonniers de Guerre, Geneve' bearing United States SG 436, 5c Prussian blue (not tied) with boxed 'Passed By Base Censor/ A.E.F.' in carmine with 'Examined by Base Censor' label, circular '171' and 'Controle Postal/ Militaire' label tied by oval 'Ouvert/ Par l' Autorite Militaire/ 126' in violet on face and reverse. Very attractive item.
Belgium. (Germany - Prisoner of War). 1918. Envelope addressed to 'Internationale Kommite von Roten Kreuz, Section Civil A.M. Geneve' bearing Germany Yvert 100, 15pf grey tied by Aachen date stamp with 'Censure Militaire Belge/ 55' censor label tied by circular 'Censor Militaire Belge' censor cachet in violet on face, endorsed 'AM. and 'Civil Armee' in blue crayon on reverse. Very nice item.
United States. (Prisoner of War Mail). 1917. Envelope written to the 'Regiment of Royal Engineers, U.S. Expeditionary Force' and forwarded c/o 'International Red Cross, Geneve' bearing United States SG 434, 3c violet tied by New York roller 'Dec 1st 17', with boxed 'Vendu par L' Agence Internationale/ Des Prisonniers du Guerre' and hand-stamped 'Comite International de la Croix Rouge/ Geneve/ Agence Internationale Des Prisonniers de Guerre/ Service des Envelopes et Timbres de Guerre' with 'Passed by/ Base Censor/ A.E.F./ 5' in violet and small framed 'Examined By/ No 18' with 'Examined By Base Censor' label with Geneve receiver '27th March 1918' on reverse. Very nice item.
Netherlands East Indies. (Japanese Occupation). 1944. Registered envelope addressed to Soerabaja (Djawa) bearing Netherlands Indies Japanese Occupation of Sumatra SG 54a, 20c magenta, SG 57a, 35c purple, SG 52b, 15 blue, SG 53b, 17 1/2c orange, SG 54b, 20c magenta, SG 55b, 25c blue-green, SG 56b, 30c yellow-brown and SG 58b, 40c yellow-green surcharge 'Dai Nippon/ Tei Koku Yubin' tied by vernacular Japanese Occupation Medan date stamp '19th June 44' with matching registration label, boxed Japanese censor cachet with hand-stamp 'C' in carmine and 'Telahh Diperiksa' censor label tied by circular vernacular censor cachet with Soerabaja arrival '4/7' on reverse.
Superb mixed franking cover from the Japanese Occupation bearing scarce stamps.
Ex Paul Bulterman.
Its a real pleasure to add a magnificent selection of French Colonies from Africa, Asia, The Caribbean and Oceania. Very fine pre-stamp, British Post Office, Charged Mail, Advice of Receipt, Printed Matter and postage due mail. A lovely selection of censor mail, some with five or six censor cachets and labels, routed Trans-Africa, two Ocean or over the Atlantic with some unusual destinations.
A few items from the Dr. Edward Grabowski collection, this amazing sale sold in three parts by Spink. Also interesting Tahiti and New Caledonia from Tony Eastgate's life time work.
Over the next few months we hope to add many items to grace the finest collections.
A strong area of stock is our China from Imperial to WW2 with many fine censor covers and Air Transits. A good selection of the overseas Post Offices, Austrian, British, French, Japanese and Russian with offices in Manchuria. Many mixed combinations, I.P.O's .
Coming soon the John Marc Sitarek accumulation of China, French Post Office and Indo-China with magnificent French Detachment in the Boxer Campaign covers.
John Marc also had a fine selection of the Chinese Labour Force which are not often seen, he built this selection over thirty years. One of the darker aspects of World War One was the plight of 12,000 Chinese workers who were recruited by the British Army from the North of China in 1916 to serve on the battle front in France as labourers, trench diggers, munitions carriers, mine disarmers and corpse bearers under often inhumane conditions. A large number were also struck down by the devastating Spanish flue of 1918.