(Air Transits) 1941 (9.4.) cover to New York franked S.Y.S. 5c., 50c., $2 (2) and $5 (3) tied by Shanghai cds, fine blue-green AIR-TRANSIT 6 double ring handstamp, ‘OPENED BY CENSOR/ HONG KONG’ tape applied at left tied on reverse with small framed ‘26’, a blue-green ‘70’ appears at right; a fine example.
(Azores) 1918 (22 Agos) 1c. Ceres postal stationery card to Berlin, the message datelined from Angra, endorsed at top “Correspondencia de prisioneiros d. guerra” with local red censor cachets and violet German cachet at top upside down.
(Azores) 1918 stampless envelope to “Bureau International Paix, Section civile” at Berne, Switzerland with faint Angra despatch cds bottom right, reddish violet two line dated CENSURADO, censor tape at left tied front and back by ‘203’ cachet, reverse with senders details and ornately framed oval DEPOSITO/ DE/ CONCENTADOS ALEMAES/ NA/ ILHA TERCEIRA; fine.
(Boer War) 1901 (19 Feb) cover from Barberton to Green Point Camp, franked with Transvaal 1900 1d. rose-red and green overprinted ‘V.R.I.’, addressed to the elusive “Mr A Gunning/ Tent No.14 (Transvaales)/ Greenpoint, Cape Town”, censored on departure with large double-lined violet oval ‘Burgher Camp/ Barberton’ with “censored” and initials at centre, sent via Pretoria (24.2.) to Green Point Camp (1.3.) where it was censored on arrival, redirected north to Ladysmith camp where it was again censored and rectangular ‘PASSED/ S.O.P NATAL/ CENSOR/ P. of W.’ and triangular ‘PASSED/CENSOR P. OF W.’ Applied, from there sent to Diyatalawa Camp CEYLON where three separate censors have applied their violet oval handstamp. One censor en route has improvised some tape handstamping it ‘On H Majesty’s Service’ (folded out for display). An extraordinary redirected cover, showing eight censor marks on face, having travelled through FOUR camps. Remarkable and probably unique.
(Corfu) 1942 pair of censored covers to Athens franked ‘ISOLE JONIE’ overprinted postage issues in combination with Greek Postal Staff Anti-tuberculosis 10 lepta, one cover with five such values and a 10c. Isole Jonie, the other with 50 on 10 lepta together with Isole Jonie 20c. and 30c.
(Danzig Intercepted Mail) 1914 ‘spider and web’ illustrated envelope from Russia to London, intercepted by authorities in Danzig with three-line violet handstamp dated 8.12.1914 and circular cachet applied, sealing tape at top, manuscript “march 23rd 1920” arrival date. Envelope opened-out for display.
(Eastern Anatolia) 1921 envelope to Istanbul franked Ministry of Finance 5 piastre rose overprinted Ottoman Posts 1337 and tied Malatya native date stamp, at centre good strike of blue negative Malatya censor, arrival backstamps; a couple of slight stains and torn backflap, good clear cancels.
(German Post Offices) 1917 (21.2.) ‘SERVICE DES PRISONNIERS DE GUERRE’ part printed stampless envelope registered to Germany bearing Tientsin Deutsche Post despatch, violet registration bottom left, British PASSED BY CENSOR/TIENTSIN handstamp, routed to go via America where violet return cachets added at New York, the envelope then with added handstamp of Danish P.O.W. Agency and sent again with San Francisco cds of Jul 26, handstamped in Copenhagen 21. Nov and final Groitzsch arrival (15.12.).Opened for display as usual.
(German Prisoner of War – Bando Camp) WW1 ‘SERVICE DES PRISONNIERS DE GUERRE’ printed stampless envelope to Germany with large red cachet at left and as redirected a violet Freigegeben/ Auslandstelle Coln-Deutz applied, reverse with British ‘OPENED BY CENSOR/ P.W. 1105’ censor tape; with content letters.
(Internee Mail) 1943 (15.2.) stampless free envelope addressed to Occupied France via the Red Cross bearing red framed ‘SERVICES/ des belligerant internes’, Beyoglu Istanbul despatch, double-ring crescent moon and star circular handstamp, violet Marine Francaise/ Service A La Mer ‘anchor’ illustrated handstamp, German Ab civil censorship. Senders details on reverse as from French Sailor from Minesweeper. Fine condition.
(Italian Post Offices) 1919 censored mourning envelope to Alexandrie, Egypt franked Italian 5c. (3), 10c. (2) and 20c. tied by fine POSTE ITALIANE/ HIMARA (ALBANIA) cds, censor tape at left tied on reverse three-line Verificato/ Per Censura/ Valona handstamp, Brindisi transit and arrival cds; some toning around some stamps and slight faults to periphery of envelope. A fine example of a very scarce cancel.
(Libia) 1916 cover addressed to Serbian Relief Fund, Hospital, Corfu, franked 5c. and two 10c. tied R.Nave Libia cds, red censorship at top, Italian at right and Serbian at base, reverse with further despatch and Italian censor plus unclear arrival; fine tripe censored cover.
(Libia) 1917 cover to Geneva, Switzerland bearing overprinted 5c. and 20 on 15c. tied by fine strike of Marsa Susa (Cyrenaica) cds, with censor tape at left tied front and back two-line Milano/ Posta Estera, regimental cachet at centre, arrival backstamp.
(Macedonia) 1942 cover sent from SKOLPJE to Trieste bearing unique Italian Military cachet "COMANDO MILITARE/ITALIANO STAZIONE/SKOPLJE" of small Italian military unit at Macedonia, manuscript "Zona sprouvista/francoboli" - NO STAMPS AVAILABLE, censored, transit and arrival cds. Unique, ex. Cihangir (lot 3901)