Lot Number: 685

(Ephemera) Middle East Forces Cristmas Card 1943, red/cream card "Greetings from His Majesty's Middle East Forces/ Christmas 1943", sent in window envelope postmarked Field  POst Office/S6 ***, ms 'On Active Service', vilet 'Passed by Censor/No 4170'. The British Middle East Command, which controlled Allied forces in both Southwest Asia and eastern North Africa. From 1943, most of the action and forces concerned were in the adjoining Mediterranean Theatre.

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Date: Other collateral items
Est. price: £20.00
Category: Ephemera

Description: Middle East Forces Cristmas Card 1943, red/cream card "Greetings from His Majesty's Middle East Forces/ Christmas 1943", sent in window envelope postmarked Field POst Office/S6 ***, ms 'On Active Service', vilet 'Passed by Censor/No 4170'. The British Middle East Command, which controlled Allied forces in both Southwest Asia and eastern North Africa. From 1943, most of the action and forces concerned were in the adjoining Mediterranean Theatre.
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Lot Number: 628

(United States) Service Suspended censored WWII transatlantic clipper airmail, addressed to Ploubazlanec, France, franked 30c, canc Staten Island cds, returned to sender using the French hs 'Retour A L'Envoyer/Relations Postales/Interopues', also magenta 'Return to Sender/Service Suspended' hs applied at New York, and blue two line 'Via Atlantic Clipper', and verso German Military OKW censor seal and censor marks. Nice example.

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Date: 1940, Jul 29
Est. price: £30.00
Category: United States

Description: Service Suspended censored WWII transatlantic clipper airmail, addressed to Ploubazlanec, France, franked 30c, canc Staten Island cds, returned to sender using the French hs 'Retour A L'Envoyer/Relations Postales/Interopues', also magenta 'Return to Sender/Service Suspended' hs applied at New York, and blue two line 'Via Atlantic Clipper', and verso German Military OKW censor seal and censor marks. Nice example.
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Lot Number: 602

(South Africa) WWII uncensored airmail, Johannesburg to Chicago, bs 23/5, plain cover franked 3/6d single rate,  uncommon red framed "Airmail-Lugpost/Via West Coast" directional hand stamp, sealed US EB Examiner 30886 (Miami) censor tape. Likely flown by Sabena from Johannesburg up West Coast to Leopoldville, then OAT to Miami by US FAM 22, then US internal airline to Chicago. Could be a nice example of the important role Sabena played in linking South Africa to the Western Hemisphere during WWII, see Boyle, p686. A nice one for further study.

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Date: 1945, Apr 21
Est. price: £50.00
Category: South Africa

Description: WWII uncensored airmail, Johannesburg to Chicago, bs 23/5, plain cover franked 3/6d single rate, uncommon red framed "Airmail-Lugpost/Via West Coast" directional hand stamp, sealed US EB Examiner 30886 (Miami) censor tape. Likely flown by Sabena from Johannesburg up West Coast to Leopoldville, then OAT to Miami by US FAM 22, then US internal airline to Chicago. Could be a nice example of the important role Sabena played in linking South Africa to the Western Hemisphere during WWII, see Boyle, p686. A nice one for further study.
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Lot Number: 568

(Singapore) WWII censored airmail Penang to England, registered (label) airmail etiquette cover correctly rated 50c + 15c registration for the post May 1941 postage rate revision for the BOAC Singapore-Cairo-Durban-Southampton Horseshoe service, fine strike mauve 'Passed For Transmission 16 (Singapore omitted) censor mark, franked 40c,12c,8c,5c perfinned Straits Settlements stamps canc 'Penang/Malaya cds, and large red/black Chartered Bank seal verso. Non invasive ironed vertical crease, otherwise in particularly fine condition. See scans.

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Date: Sep 30
Est. price: £85.00
Category: Singapore

Description: WWII censored airmail Penang to England, registered (label) airmail etiquette cover correctly rated 50c + 15c registration for the post May 1941 postage rate revision for the BOAC Singapore-Cairo-Durban-Southampton Horseshoe service, fine strike mauve 'Passed For Transmission 16 (Singapore omitted) censor mark, franked 40c,12c,8c,5c perfinned Straits Settlements stamps canc 'Penang/Malaya cds, and large red/black Chartered Bank seal verso. Non invasive ironed vertical crease, otherwise in particularly fine condition. See scans.
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Lot Number: 577

(Singapore) WWII censored cover, Singapore to UK, imprint airmail etiquette cover correctly rated 55c for postage on the BOAC Singapore-London service from Sep 39 to May 41, Singapore cds, black 'Passed For Transmission Singapore 14' triangular censor mark, small flap tear and minor top edge damage, see scan.

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Date: 1940, Sep 7
Est. price: £10.00
Category: Singapore

Description: WWII censored cover, Singapore to UK, imprint airmail etiquette cover correctly rated 55c for postage on the BOAC Singapore-London service from Sep 39 to May 41, Singapore cds, black 'Passed For Transmission Singapore 14' triangular censor mark, small flap tear and minor top edge damage, see scan.
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Lot Number: 579

(Singapore) Singapore to London, WWII censored airmail etiquette cover, correctly rated 55c for postage by the BOAC Singapore-London Sep 39 to May 41 service, canc double ring 'Singapore/13 Feb 1940', fine strike violet triangular 'Passed For Transmission.Singapore censor mark No.5'

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Date: 1940, Nov 26
Est. price: £35.00
Category: Singapore

Description: Singapore to London, WWII censored airmail etiquette cover, correctly rated 55c for postage by the BOAC Singapore-London Sep 39 to May 41 service, canc double ring 'Singapore/13 Feb 1940', fine strike violet triangular 'Passed For Transmission.Singapore censor mark No.5'
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Lot Number: 576

(Singapore) Last BOAC flight before transfer of  the direct Singapore-Cairo-Southampton route to the Singapore-Cairo-Durban-Southampton (Horseshoe) route, WWII censored cover, Singapore to England, airmail etiquette cover correctly rated 55c  canc double ring 'Singapore/A', red circular 'Passed by RAF Censor No 84'. Minor top edge damage verso - see scan.

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Date: 1940, Apr 23
Est. price: £125.00
Category: Singapore

Description: Last BOAC flight before transfer of the direct Singapore-Cairo-Southampton route to the Singapore-Cairo-Durban-Southampton (Horseshoe) route, WWII censored cover, Singapore to England, airmail etiquette cover correctly rated 55c canc double ring 'Singapore/A', red circular 'Passed by RAF Censor No 84'. Minor top edge damage verso - see scan.
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Lot Number: 575

(Singapore) WWII censored cover, Singapore to London, scarcer double rate airmail etiquette cover, 22x10cm, correctly rated 2x 55c for postage on the BOAC Singapore-London Sep 39 to May 41 service, canc double ring 'Singapore/13 Feb 1940', black three line Singapore 'Passed/For/Transmission' censor mark,  red/brown/white 'Malaya Patriotic Fund' label.

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Date: 1940, Feb 13
Est. price: £150.00
Category: Singapore

Description: WWII censored cover, Singapore to London, scarcer double rate airmail etiquette cover, 22x10cm, correctly rated 2x 55c for postage on the BOAC Singapore-London Sep 39 to May 41 service, canc double ring 'Singapore/13 Feb 1940', black three line Singapore 'Passed/For/Transmission' censor mark, red/brown/white 'Malaya Patriotic Fund' label.
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Lot Number: 574

(Singapore) Early WWII censored cover, Singapore to London, imprint airmail etiquette cover correctly rated 55c for postage on the BOAC Penang-London service from Sep 39 to May 41, canc double ring Singapore G/ 16 De 1939 cds, black three line Singapore 'Passed/For/Transmission' censor mark,  Sender's name and address has been excised neatly from flap.

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Date: 1939, Dec 16
Est. price: £30.00
Category: Singapore

Description: Early WWII censored cover, Singapore to London, imprint airmail etiquette cover correctly rated 55c for postage on the BOAC Penang-London service from Sep 39 to May 41, canc double ring Singapore G/ 16 De 1939 cds, black three line Singapore 'Passed/For/Transmission' censor mark, Sender's name and address has been excised neatly from flap.
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Lot Number: 578

(Singapore) 'By Air All the Way', WWII censored cover, Singapore to Scotland by the Pacific-USA-Atlantic route, airmail etiquette cover franked $2 canc 'Field Post Office/Singapore/501 cds, red 'wings over RAF/Censor/3' censor mark., ms 'By Clipper/Throughout'.  Carried BOAC to Hong Kong via Bangkok, Pan Am across the Pacific, US domestic airline across US, Pan Am across the Atlantic, then KLM from Lisbon- London (Jul - Oct 1940 service). Likely 40c underpaid for carriage on this service (see Boyle p815). Minor top edge damage, see scan.

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Date: 1940, Oct 25
Est. price: £65.00
Category: Singapore

Description: 'By Air All the Way', WWII censored cover, Singapore to Scotland by the Pacific-USA-Atlantic route, airmail etiquette cover franked $2 canc 'Field Post Office/Singapore/501 cds, red 'wings over RAF/Censor/3' censor mark., ms 'By Clipper/Throughout'. Carried BOAC to Hong Kong via Bangkok, Pan Am across the Pacific, US domestic airline across US, Pan Am across the Atlantic, then KLM from Lisbon- London (Jul - Oct 1940 service). Likely 40c underpaid for carriage on this service (see Boyle p815). Minor top edge damage, see scan.
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Lot Number: 580

(Singapore) F/F FAM 14, Singapore to Honolulu, cachet, b/s, violet triangular Singapore censor mark, official long cover, 23x10cm.

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Date: 1941, May 10
Est. price: £12.00
Category: Singapore

Description: F/F FAM 14, Singapore to Honolulu, cachet, b/s, violet triangular Singapore censor mark, official long cover, 23x10cm.
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Lot Number: 581

(Singapore) F/F FAM 14, Singapore to San Francisco, cachet, b/s, violet triangular Singapore censor mark, official long cover, 23x10cm.

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Date: 1941, May 10
Est. price: £12.00
Category: Singapore

Description: F/F FAM 14, Singapore to San Francisco, cachet, b/s, violet triangular Singapore censor mark, official long cover, 23x10cm.
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Lot Number: 525

(New Zealand) 

Trans pacific air all the way from New Zealand to England, World War II censored commercial cover from Wellington to London, no arrival ds, franked 10/- and 8/- Fiscal and 3d (3x 6/3d), etiquette, typed 'Transpacific Airmail', black/white NZ censor tape tied by violet "Passed By Censor NZ/34" censor mark. Triple rated correctly for  3x 6/3d 'All Air' Pan Am FAM19 Auckland to San Francisco, US internal air service to New York, Pan Am FAM 18 to Lisbon, BOAC/KLM to London. A short lived rate from 20 Jul 1940 to 9 Sept 1940. See Boyle p 877. A truly scarce WWII item.

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Date: 1940, Aug 28
Est. price: £450.00
Category: New Zealand

Description: Trans pacific air all the way from New Zealand to England, World War II censored commercial cover from Wellington to London, no arrival ds, franked 10/- and 8/- Fiscal and 3d (3x 6/3d), etiquette, typed 'Transpacific Airmail', black/white NZ censor tape tied by violet "Passed By Censor NZ/34" censor mark. Triple rated correctly for 3x 6/3d 'All Air' Pan Am FAM19 Auckland to San Francisco, US internal air service to New York, Pan Am FAM 18 to Lisbon, BOAC/KLM to London. A short lived rate from 20 Jul 1940 to 9 Sept 1940. See Boyle p 877. A truly scarce WWII item.
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Lot Number: 522

(New Zealand) Auckland-London, carried on the inaugural flight flying boat "Aotearoa" from Auckland to Sydney, then Qantas/BOAC to London, no arrival ds, violet framed official month omitted flight cachet, plain cover franked 1/7 1/2d, sealed NZ censor tape, tied by NZ censor mark. Service suspended in June 1940 when Italy joined the war.

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Date: 1940, Apr 27
Est. price: £20.00
Category: New Zealand

Description: Auckland-London, carried on the inaugural flight flying boat "Aotearoa" from Auckland to Sydney, then Qantas/BOAC to London, no arrival ds, violet framed official month omitted flight cachet, plain cover franked 1/7 1/2d, sealed NZ censor tape, tied by NZ censor mark. Service suspended in June 1940 when Italy joined the war.
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Lot Number: 520

(New Zealand) New schedule of airmail charges, NZ to London, via Empire Air Service, bs 5/2, registered red/black/grey' Empire Air Mai lService/New Zealand', correctly rated 1/6d + 4d registration, canc W ellington cds, sealed NZ  censor tape tied by PBC NZ 26 censor mark. The new schedule reduced the srface rate, but the airmail rate remained the same. Small opening tear on flap.

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Date: 1940, Jan 12
Est. price: £25.00
Category: New Zealand

Description: New schedule of airmail charges, NZ to London, via Empire Air Service, bs 5/2, registered red/black/grey' Empire Air Mai lService/New Zealand', correctly rated 1/6d + 4d registration, canc W ellington cds, sealed NZ censor tape tied by PBC NZ 26 censor mark. The new schedule reduced the srface rate, but the airmail rate remained the same. Small opening tear on flap.
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Lot Number: 523

(New Zealand) First Flight of theTrans-Pacific air all the way service from New Zealand to England, World War II censored commercial cover from Wellington to Surrey, franked 6/- Fiscal and 3d, violet framed "New Zealand-USA/Air Mail Service/New Caledonia, Canton Is and Hawaii", typed 'Per Trans Pacific Air Mail via USA', sealed black/white NZ censor tape and tied by circular violet "Passed By Censor NZ/35" censor mark. Correctly rated for 'All Air' Pan Am FAM19 Auckland to San Francisco, US internal air service to New York, Pan Am FAM 18 to Lisbon, BOAC/KLM to London,  A short lived rate from 20 Jul 1940 to 9 Sept 1940. See Boyle p 877. Scarce WWII item.

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Date: 1940, Jul 18
Est. price: £250.00
Category: New Zealand

Description: First Flight of theTrans-Pacific air all the way service from New Zealand to England, World War II censored commercial cover from Wellington to Surrey, franked 6/- Fiscal and 3d, violet framed "New Zealand-USA/Air Mail Service/New Caledonia, Canton Is and Hawaii", typed 'Per Trans Pacific Air Mail via USA', sealed black/white NZ censor tape and tied by circular violet "Passed By Censor NZ/35" censor mark. Correctly rated for 'All Air' Pan Am FAM19 Auckland to San Francisco, US internal air service to New York, Pan Am FAM 18 to Lisbon, BOAC/KLM to London, A short lived rate from 20 Jul 1940 to 9 Sept 1940. See Boyle p 877. Scarce WWII item.
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Lot Number: 489

(Netherlands Antilles) KLM, F/F Curacao to New York, no arrival ds, souvenir company cover franked 35c, large green flight cachet, tied by violet Curacao censor mark.

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Date: 1943, Aug 16
Est. price: £12.00
Category: Netherlands Antilles

Description: KLM, F/F Curacao to New York, no arrival ds, souvenir company cover franked 35c, large green flight cachet, tied by violet Curacao censor mark.
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Lot Number: 481

(Mexico) Pan Am F/F FAM 5, Merida to New Orleans, bs 14/6 'Buy War Savings Stamps and Bonds machine cancel,  Compania Mexicana de Aviacion, SA corner cover, franked 20c, canc Merida cds, sealed US (New York, Philatelic) censor tape tying red/white/blue PAA airmail etiquette. An uncommon cover with an uncommon censor seal

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Date: 1943, Jun 14
Est. price: £25.00
Category: Mexico

Description: Pan Am F/F FAM 5, Merida to New Orleans, bs 14/6 'Buy War Savings Stamps and Bonds machine cancel, Compania Mexicana de Aviacion, SA corner cover, franked 20c, canc Merida cds, sealed US (New York, Philatelic) censor tape tying red/white/blue PAA airmail etiquette. An uncommon cover with an uncommon censor seal
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Lot Number: 442

(Italy) Rare Italy to New York, double rate cover carried by LATI to Recife, then by ship to New York, censored airmail etiquette cover franked 8L on front, canc Salerno cds, with additional 9.5L verso, canc small remnants of rare three black "Par Avion Jusqu'a Recife" hs's, ms "Via Lati/Via Rio de Janeiro", ms '6g', sealed black/white Italian censor tape tied by violet circular Salerno censor marks. The "Par Avion Jusqu'a Recife" hs was used on Italian mail to indicate airmail to Recife, then ship to USA. An extremely scarce LATI item, and definitely one for the exhibit.

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Date: 1941, Feb 24
Est. price: £85.00
Category: Italy

Description: Rare Italy to New York, double rate cover carried by LATI to Recife, then by ship to New York, censored airmail etiquette cover franked 8L on front, canc Salerno cds, with additional 9.5L verso, canc small remnants of rare three black "Par Avion Jusqu'a Recife" hs's, ms "Via Lati/Via Rio de Janeiro", ms '6g', sealed black/white Italian censor tape tied by violet circular Salerno censor marks. The "Par Avion Jusqu'a Recife" hs was used on Italian mail to indicate airmail to Recife, then ship to USA. An extremely scarce LATI item, and definitely one for the exhibit.
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Lot Number: 413

(India) Rare WWII high franked censored airmail from Bombay to Johannesburg, carried from Bombay to Karachi by Indian National Airways and from Karachi to Johannesburg by BOAC over the emergency Horseshoe Flying Boat Route established after Italy entered the War in June 1940. Airmail etiquette commercial corner cover, 27x12cm, franked 10R 8annas (KGVI 2R x5 + 8a), sealed red/white India OBC sensor tape tied by India black triangular censor marks. Correctly franked 168 annas for inclusive x12 weight franking. .

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Date: 1941, Aug 5
Est. price: £120.00
Category: India

Description: Rare WWII high franked censored airmail from Bombay to Johannesburg, carried from Bombay to Karachi by Indian National Airways and from Karachi to Johannesburg by BOAC over the emergency Horseshoe Flying Boat Route established after Italy entered the War in June 1940. Airmail etiquette commercial corner cover, 27x12cm, franked 10R 8annas (KGVI 2R x5 + 8a), sealed red/white India OBC sensor tape tied by India black triangular censor marks. Correctly franked 168 annas for inclusive x12 weight franking. .
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Lot Number: 414

(India) Scarce WWII high franked censored airmail from Bombay to Johannesburg, carried from Bombay to Karachi by Indian National Airways and from Karachi to Johannesburg by BOAC over the emergency Horseshoe Flying Boat Route established after Italy entered the War in June 1940. Airmail etiquette commercial corner cover, 24x11cm, franked  4R 6annas (KGVI 1R x4 + 6a), sealed red/white India OBC censor tape tied by India black triangular censor marks, red 'Written in English' hs. Correctly franked 70 annas for inclusive x5 weight franking.

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Date: 1941, Aug 15
Est. price: £50.00
Category: India

Description: Scarce WWII high franked censored airmail from Bombay to Johannesburg, carried from Bombay to Karachi by Indian National Airways and from Karachi to Johannesburg by BOAC over the emergency Horseshoe Flying Boat Route established after Italy entered the War in June 1940. Airmail etiquette commercial corner cover, 24x11cm, franked 4R 6annas (KGVI 1R x4 + 6a), sealed red/white India OBC censor tape tied by India black triangular censor marks, red 'Written in English' hs. Correctly franked 70 annas for inclusive x5 weight franking.
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Lot Number: 415

(India) Rare WWII high franked censored airmail from Bombay to Johannesburg, carried from Bombay to Karachi by Indian National Airways and from Karachi to Johannesburg by BOAC over the emergency Horseshoe Flying Boat Route established after Italy entered the War in June 1940. Airmail etiquette commercial corner cover, 24x11cm, franked  7R (KGVI  2Rx3 and 1R), black India triangular censor mark,large boxed violet 'Free/VRY 2' and red 'Written in English' hs's.  Correctly franked 112 annas for inclusive x7 weight franking.

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Date: 1941, Nov 8
Est. price: £70.00
Category: India

Description: Rare WWII high franked censored airmail from Bombay to Johannesburg, carried from Bombay to Karachi by Indian National Airways and from Karachi to Johannesburg by BOAC over the emergency Horseshoe Flying Boat Route established after Italy entered the War in June 1940. Airmail etiquette commercial corner cover, 24x11cm, franked 7R (KGVI 2Rx3 and 1R), black India triangular censor mark,large boxed violet 'Free/VRY 2' and red 'Written in English' hs's. Correctly franked 112 annas for inclusive x7 weight franking.
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Lot Number: 412

(India) World War II censored airmail flown all the way from India to London, commercial airmail etiquette cover with company's name printed on flap, franked 4R 5 1/2a3R 5 annas, canc Calcutta cds, typed 'India-Chungking-England', sealed India OBC brown/red crown censor tape, India black crown in triangle censor mark. Correctly rated for carriage all the way by BOAC from Calcutta  to Rangoon , by the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC) to Chungking and Hong Kong, by Pan Am FAM14 to San Francisco, by US internal airline to New York, by Pan Am FAM19 to Lisbon, then by BOAC/KLM to London (see Boyle p795). A super WWI item carried on a route which only existed for five months from Dec 1940 to April 1941.

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Date: 1941, Jun 18
Est. price: £250.00
Category: India

Description: World War II censored airmail flown all the way from India to London, commercial airmail etiquette cover with company's name printed on flap, franked 4R 5 1/2a3R 5 annas, canc Calcutta cds, typed 'India-Chungking-England', sealed India OBC brown/red crown censor tape, India black crown in triangle censor mark. Correctly rated for carriage all the way by BOAC from Calcutta to Rangoon , by the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC) to Chungking and Hong Kong, by Pan Am FAM14 to San Francisco, by US internal airline to New York, by Pan Am FAM19 to Lisbon, then by BOAC/KLM to London (see Boyle p795). A super WWI item carried on a route which only existed for five months from Dec 1940 to April 1941.
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Lot Number: 380

(Hong Kong) High franking WWII censored Hong Kong to United States, bs Decateur 16/6, via Honolulu 11/6 and San Francisco 13/6, registered (label) cover (10x20cm)  franked KGVI $5, $2 and 25c, red/white/blue Pan Am airmail etiquette, purple 'Registered' hs, sealed OBC/Hong Kong Crown GR censor tape tied by HK censor mark, flown by 'Philippine Clipper' on FAM14. Rough opening bottom edge versd, see scan.

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Date: 1941, Jun 3
Est. price: £75.00
Category: Hong Kong

Description: High franking WWII censored Hong Kong to United States, bs Decateur 16/6, via Honolulu 11/6 and San Francisco 13/6, registered (label) cover (10x20cm) franked KGVI $5, $2 and 25c, red/white/blue Pan Am airmail etiquette, purple 'Registered' hs, sealed OBC/Hong Kong Crown GR censor tape tied by HK censor mark, flown by 'Philippine Clipper' on FAM14. Rough opening bottom edge versd, see scan.
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Lot Number: 364

(Greece) Greece to Yugoslavia, censored and registered (label) airmail etiquette cover, Athens to , bs Belgrade Airport, and Jevrejska 25/11, sealed Greek B&W currency control strip tied by black circular censor mark, dark blue/white airmail etiquettes front and verso. Ironed vertical crease.

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Date: 1936, Nov 20
Est. price: £20.00
Category: Greece

Description: Greece to Yugoslavia, censored and registered (label) airmail etiquette cover, Athens to , bs Belgrade Airport, and Jevrejska 25/11, sealed Greek B&W currency control strip tied by black circular censor mark, dark blue/white airmail etiquettes front and verso. Ironed vertical crease.
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Lot Number: 359

(Germany) Germany to USA, flown by LATI, rare double rate censored WWII imprint etiquette airmail cover, Berlin to New York, uncommon red Berlin 8 1 41 455rpf machine cancel, typed "Mit Luftpost uber Sudamerika", ms "8g", sealed black/white German OKW censor tape, code e Frankfurt, also small German framed number censor marks. Correctly rated 450rpf for double rate Germany to USA via LATI (2x 215rpf air fee + 25rpf basic, see Beith p38). Flown Rome to Brazil by LATI, FAM 6 to Buenos Aires, then Panagra Pacific coast route to USA (see ?Pacific route endorsement below etiquette) and on to Cristobal for exchange of airlines, FAM 8 to Brownsville, then CAM 22 and internal airline to final destination. An expensive, but effective, method of sending Axis airmail to USA to avoid British censorship in Bermuda (FAM 18) and Jamaica (FAM 5).  A superb exhibit item in particularly fine condition.

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Date: 1941, Jan 8
Est. price: £175.00
Category: Germany

Description: Germany to USA, flown by LATI, rare double rate censored WWII imprint etiquette airmail cover, Berlin to New York, uncommon red Berlin 8 1 41 455rpf machine cancel, typed "Mit Luftpost uber Sudamerika", ms "8g", sealed black/white German OKW censor tape, code e Frankfurt, also small German framed number censor marks. Correctly rated 450rpf for double rate Germany to USA via LATI (2x 215rpf air fee + 25rpf basic, see Beith p38). Flown Rome to Brazil by LATI, FAM 6 to Buenos Aires, then Panagra Pacific coast route to USA (see ?Pacific route endorsement below etiquette) and on to Cristobal for exchange of airlines, FAM 8 to Brownsville, then CAM 22 and internal airline to final destination. An expensive, but effective, method of sending Axis airmail to USA to avoid British censorship in Bermuda (FAM 18) and Jamaica (FAM 5). A superb exhibit item in particularly fine condition.
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Lot Number: 318

(GB Internal) Railway Air Service, Wolverhampton to Dunmurry, Northern Ireland, WWII censored cover franked 3d air mail and 2 1/2d inland postage  cancelled Wolverhampton cds, good strike  of the Wolverhampton emergency air mail cachet which was used  by the Wolverhampton head post office when all their air mail labels had been sold out.

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Date: 1942, Dec 12
Est. price: £40.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: Railway Air Service, Wolverhampton to Dunmurry, Northern Ireland, WWII censored cover franked 3d air mail and 2 1/2d inland postage cancelled Wolverhampton cds, good strike of the Wolverhampton emergency air mail cachet which was used by the Wolverhampton head post office when all their air mail labels had been sold out.
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Lot Number: 316

(GB Internal) Railway Air Services, F/F Belfast to Liverpool, plain cover franked 5 1/2d, RAF censor hand stamps applied applied and verso shows the RAF Headquarters 41 Group Registry receipt  stamp with a signature acknowledging receipt.

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Date: 1941, Sep 1
Est. price: £25.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: Railway Air Services, F/F Belfast to Liverpool, plain cover franked 5 1/2d, RAF censor hand stamps applied applied and verso shows the RAF Headquarters 41 Group Registry receipt stamp with a signature acknowledging receipt.
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Lot Number: 317

(GB Internal) Railway Air Services, inauguration of a new service from Liverpool to Belfast, plain cover franked 5 1/2d to include air fee of  3d and inland postage of 2 1/2d, censored under wartime restrictions.  Airmail from Northern Ireland gave no advantage over surface mail.

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Date: 1941, Sep 1
Est. price: £30.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: Railway Air Services, inauguration of a new service from Liverpool to Belfast, plain cover franked 5 1/2d to include air fee of 3d and inland postage of 2 1/2d, censored under wartime restrictions. Airmail from Northern Ireland gave no advantage over surface mail.
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Lot Number: 246

(GB External) British Prisoner of War Post/Kriegsgefangenenpost/Service des Prisonniers de Guerre, sent from Nottingham to an army private at Stalag 101 in Germany, blue tablet "Air Mail/Par Avion", with important warning about the POW number, blue/white, franked imprint 2 1/2d KGVI airmail letter sheet, bottom flap,black framed 'Stalag/146 Gefruft and violet cicular 'Gefruft/Stalag XVIIIA/82' censor marks.

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Date: 1944, Feb 8
Est. price: £25.00
Category: GB External

Description: British Prisoner of War Post/Kriegsgefangenenpost/Service des Prisonniers de Guerre, sent from Nottingham to an army private at Stalag 101 in Germany, blue tablet "Air Mail/Par Avion", with important warning about the POW number, blue/white, franked imprint 2 1/2d KGVI airmail letter sheet, bottom flap,black framed 'Stalag/146 Gefruft and violet cicular 'Gefruft/Stalag XVIIIA/82' censor marks.
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Lot Number: 245

(GB External) Emergency Air Mail cachet, England to Jamaica, Birmingham to Liguania, bs 1612 via New York 1312 and Kingston 1612, World War II uncensored registered (label) cover franked 2/- tied by Birmingham oval registered cancellation, date unclear, bears fine strike off the Birmingham emergency violet framed 'Air Mail' cachet which was used  by the B'ham head post office when all their air mail labels had been sold out.

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Date: 1943, Dec 1
Est. price: £40.00
Category: GB External

Description: Emergency Air Mail cachet, England to Jamaica, Birmingham to Liguania, bs 1612 via New York 1312 and Kingston 1612, World War II uncensored registered (label) cover franked 2/- tied by Birmingham oval registered cancellation, date unclear, bears fine strike off the Birmingham emergency violet framed 'Air Mail' cachet which was used by the B'ham head post office when all their air mail labels had been sold out.
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Lot Number: 241

(GB External) England to India via the United States, Transatlantic and Transpacific "All the Way By Air", Birmingham to Risalpur, bs 22/10, via Calcutta 21/10, plain censored airmail etiquette cover, correctly rated KGVI 5/-, sealed by India censor tape tied by double triangle censor mark, also fine strike violet framed Birmingham Emergency 'Air Mail' cacheths. Following further interruption of the Empire service because of trouble in Iraq the Post Office announced on the 22nd of May 1941 that mail for India could be sent throughout by air via the United States for 5/- shillings for half ounce. Also, during the wartime paper shortage, at certain head post offices, the stock of air mail labels were used up. Until fresh supplies became available rubber hand stamps were introduced. The first such emergency hs was used in Sep 1941 in Birmingham, the same month and place this cover was posted. A superb item in fine condition.

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Date: 1941, Sep 15
Est. price: £185.00
Category: GB External

Description: England to India via the United States, Transatlantic and Transpacific "All the Way By Air", Birmingham to Risalpur, bs 22/10, via Calcutta 21/10, plain censored airmail etiquette cover, correctly rated KGVI 5/-, sealed by India censor tape tied by double triangle censor mark, also fine strike violet framed Birmingham Emergency 'Air Mail' cacheths. Following further interruption of the Empire service because of trouble in Iraq the Post Office announced on the 22nd of May 1941 that mail for India could be sent throughout by air via the United States for 5/- shillings for half ounce. Also, during the wartime paper shortage, at certain head post offices, the stock of air mail labels were used up. Until fresh supplies became available rubber hand stamps were introduced. The first such emergency hs was used in Sep 1941 in Birmingham, the same month and place this cover was posted. A superb item in fine condition.
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Lot Number: 244

(GB External) The Red Cross Postal Message Scheme. Cover send to Geneva from London, franked 5d, ms ' Red Cross Postal Message Scheme' and 'Air Mail', opened by censor and dealt with in accordance with the March 1941 Post Office Notice. Under arrangements made by the British Red Cross Society and The Order of St John brief messages could be sent by relatives to persons residing in Enemy Territory. The messages we're limited to 20 words and had to relate to only to family matters.

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Date: 1942, Sep 17
Est. price: £40.00
Category: GB External

Description: The Red Cross Postal Message Scheme. Cover send to Geneva from London, franked 5d, ms ' Red Cross Postal Message Scheme' and 'Air Mail', opened by censor and dealt with in accordance with the March 1941 Post Office Notice. Under arrangements made by the British Red Cross Society and The Order of St John brief messages could be sent by relatives to persons residing in Enemy Territory. The messages we're limited to 20 words and had to relate to only to family matters.
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Lot Number: 243

(GB External) The Red Cross Postal Message Scheme. Cover send to Geneva from London, franked 5d, ms ' Red Cross Postal Message Scheme' and 'Air Mail', opened by censor and dealt with in accordance with the March 1941 Post Office Notice. Under arrangements made by the British Red Cross Society and The Order of St John brief messages could be sent by relatives to persons residing in Enemy Territory. The messages we're limited to 20 words and had to relate to only to family matters.

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Date: 1942, Sep 12
Est. price: £50.00
Category: GB External

Description: The Red Cross Postal Message Scheme. Cover send to Geneva from London, franked 5d, ms ' Red Cross Postal Message Scheme' and 'Air Mail', opened by censor and dealt with in accordance with the March 1941 Post Office Notice. Under arrangements made by the British Red Cross Society and The Order of St John brief messages could be sent by relatives to persons residing in Enemy Territory. The messages we're limited to 20 words and had to relate to only to family matters.
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Lot Number: 242

(GB External) A most interesting dual franked, dual censored WWII cover, GB to the Anglo-Iranian Oil Co, Bombay, an airmail etiquette cover franked KGVI 1/3d canc Birkenhead cds, sealed B&W India PC 90 OBE 571 censor label tied by  octagonal crown over 'Passed/DHC/37' Bombay censor mark. The cover then appears to have been forwarded to the Paradise Hotel ?Gateway, Kashmir when, at some point, a 1R Iranian stamp was applied to the front and 7R to the back, all tied by mostly illegible date stamps with the exception of a 'Basra/16 Jly 42/SDR' verso. The 1R on the front is tied by a violet Iraq censor mark - being a box subdivided into three parts, English and Arabic text, and 'NOT EXAMINED/IRAQ CENSORSHIP'. One for the specialist.

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Date: 1942, Apr 8
Est. price: £65.00
Category: GB External

Description: A most interesting dual franked, dual censored WWII cover, GB to the Anglo-Iranian Oil Co, Bombay, an airmail etiquette cover franked KGVI 1/3d canc Birkenhead cds, sealed B&W India PC 90 OBE 571 censor label tied by octagonal crown over 'Passed/DHC/37' Bombay censor mark. The cover then appears to have been forwarded to the Paradise Hotel ?Gateway, Kashmir when, at some point, a 1R Iranian stamp was applied to the front and 7R to the back, all tied by mostly illegible date stamps with the exception of a 'Basra/16 Jly 42/SDR' verso. The 1R on the front is tied by a violet Iraq censor mark - being a box subdivided into three parts, English and Arabic text, and 'NOT EXAMINED/IRAQ CENSORSHIP'. One for the specialist.
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Lot Number: 160

(French Ivory Coast) WWII censored airmail from Grand Bassam to New York, bs 21/5, via Abidan transit cds, registered (label) blue/grey Air France cover with logo on flap, franked complete set of 1940 airs, "Affranchi Par Exped" cachet, ms 'Jusqu'a Paris, black' D/0' in small circle Ivory Coast and large black circular 'Controle Postal/Afrique Occidental Francaise/Commissiion *' Airmail to Paris, then sea to New York.

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Date: 1940, Apr 4
Est. price: £40.00
Category: French Ivory Coast

Description: WWII censored airmail from Grand Bassam to New York, bs 21/5, via Abidan transit cds, registered (label) blue/grey Air France cover with logo on flap, franked complete set of 1940 airs, "Affranchi Par Exped" cachet, ms 'Jusqu'a Paris, black' D/0' in small circle Ivory Coast and large black circular 'Controle Postal/Afrique Occidental Francaise/Commissiion *' Airmail to Paris, then sea to New York.
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Lot Number: 159

(French Guinea) WWII censored cover, Siguiri to Bikfaya, Lebanon, bs 11/1/40, via Marseille 7/1 and Beyrouth 10/1, blue frame/white imprint etiquette cover franked 5.50F, C/2 in small black circle (Gabon) censor mark. Interestng routing.

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Date: 1939, Dec 28
Est. price: £40.00
Category: French Guinea

Description: WWII censored cover, Siguiri to Bikfaya, Lebanon, bs 11/1/40, via Marseille 7/1 and Beyrouth 10/1, blue frame/white imprint etiquette cover franked 5.50F, C/2 in small black circle (Gabon) censor mark. Interestng routing.
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Lot Number: 155

(France) Scarce WWII uncensored airmail, France to Costa Rica, Paris to San Jose, bs 5/5, airmail etiquette cover franked 15F40, canc Paris/15.4.40 cds, typed 'Par Avion France-Lisbon-New York'. Posted shortly before Germany invaded France in May 1940. WWII uncensored airmail to North and South America is uncommon - to Costa Rica even more so.

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Date: 1940, Apr 15
Est. price: £45.00
Category: France

Description: Scarce WWII uncensored airmail, France to Costa Rica, Paris to San Jose, bs 5/5, airmail etiquette cover franked 15F40, canc Paris/15.4.40 cds, typed 'Par Avion France-Lisbon-New York'. Posted shortly before Germany invaded France in May 1940. WWII uncensored airmail to North and South America is uncommon - to Costa Rica even more so.
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Lot Number: 138

(Egypt) Postage prepaid On Active Service WWII censored cover to South Africa, mixed franking with two 3d GB stamps & 4d South Africa stamp, cancelled ‘Egypt postage prepaid’ to East London, South Africa, ms 'On Active Service', 'Middle East Forces Censor 341' hs.

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Date: 1942, Apr 7
Est. price: £25.00
Category: Egypt

Description: Postage prepaid On Active Service WWII censored cover to South Africa, mixed franking with two 3d GB stamps & 4d South Africa stamp, cancelled ‘Egypt postage prepaid’ to East London, South Africa, ms 'On Active Service', 'Middle East Forces Censor 341' hs.
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Lot Number: 137

(Egypt) Forces honour envelope, Egypt to Southern Rhodesia, franked 10d with GB stamps, cancelled ‘Egypt postage prepaid’ to Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia. Censor cachet.

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Date: 1942, Feb 13
Est. price: £30.00
Category: Egypt

Description: Forces honour envelope, Egypt to Southern Rhodesia, franked 10d with GB stamps, cancelled ‘Egypt postage prepaid’ to Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia. Censor cachet.
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Lot Number: 139

(Egypt) On Active Service airmail, Middle Easter Forces to England, combination cover franked GB 1/2d x4,
South Africa 1d x2, Australia 3d and New Zealand 3d, all tied by FPO/531, violet military censor mark 'Passed By Censor/No 4717. Some rough opening along lh edge visible verso only, see scan.

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Date: 1943, Jan 1
Est. price: £20.00
Category: Egypt

Description: On Active Service airmail, Middle Easter Forces to England, combination cover franked GB 1/2d x4, South Africa 1d x2, Australia 3d and New Zealand 3d, all tied by FPO/531, violet military censor mark 'Passed By Censor/No 4717. Some rough opening along lh edge visible verso only, see scan.
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Lot Number: 126

(China) WWII uncensored airmail 'by air all the way', Shanghai to England, 'Registered London oval 6 Dec 40' arrival ds, via Honolulu 16/11 and New York 20/11, red/grey Air Orient envelope correctly rated $6 40c ($6.15 airmail + 25c registration), violet 'Registered' hs. Carried by the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC) to Hong Kong, Pan Am Fam 14 to San Francisco, US Domestic airline to New York, Pan Am Fam 18 to Lisbon, then by European airline to England. Departure of clipper delayed at Hong Kong until 11/11. Small non invasive top edge tear, closed at the front. A nice wartime cover with great routing.

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Date: 1940, Oct 31
Est. price: £85.00
Category: China

Description: WWII uncensored airmail 'by air all the way', Shanghai to England, 'Registered London oval 6 Dec 40' arrival ds, via Honolulu 16/11 and New York 20/11, red/grey Air Orient envelope correctly rated $6 40c ($6.15 airmail + 25c registration), violet 'Registered' hs. Carried by the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC) to Hong Kong, Pan Am Fam 14 to San Francisco, US Domestic airline to New York, Pan Am Fam 18 to Lisbon, then by European airline to England. Departure of clipper delayed at Hong Kong until 11/11. Small non invasive top edge tear, closed at the front. A nice wartime cover with great routing.
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Lot Number: 97

(Brazil) LATI  Brazil to Germnay, censored blue/grey propanganda envelope with white gull wing imprint, franked 6600R, sealed German cencor tape verso, also German censor marks on front. Attractive item.

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Date: 1941, Aug 12
Est. price: £40.00
Category: Brazil

Description: LATI Brazil to Germnay, censored blue/grey propanganda envelope with white gull wing imprint, franked 6600R, sealed German cencor tape verso, also German censor marks on front. Attractive item.
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Lot Number: 96

(Brazil) Brazil to Germany, no arrival ds, flown by LATI, uncensored WWII cover franked 5400R, canc Sao Paulo cds, fine strike violet underlined "via L.A.T.I." directional handstamp, typed 'via Aerea L.A.T.I./via Roma'.

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Date: 1940, Sep 11
Est. price: £25.00
Category: Brazil

Description: Brazil to Germany, no arrival ds, flown by LATI, uncensored WWII cover franked 5400R, canc Sao Paulo cds, fine strike violet underlined "via L.A.T.I." directional handstamp, typed 'via Aerea L.A.T.I./via Roma'.
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Lot Number: 98

(Brazil)  Rare censored LATI WWII airmail cover, Sao Paul to Naples, bs 15/11/41, franked 5400R, canc Correo Aereo/Sao Paul, 30/10/41 cds, attractive three line blue/white "Por Via Aerea/Por Avion/Via LATI" gull wing etiquette, sealed scarce Naples censor tape "Verificato per Censura/NP", also numerals in circle Italian censor mark verso. Correctly rated for Brazil to Europe by LATI (5000R air fee + 400R basic, see Beith p41). Carried all the way from Rio de Janero to Rome by LATI, thus avoiding the British censorship on the Pan Am North Atlantic service. Inward Italian censorship markings are quite rare (Beith p48).

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Date: 1941, Oct 30
Est. price: £40.00
Category: Brazil

Description: Rare censored LATI WWII airmail cover, Sao Paul to Naples, bs 15/11/41, franked 5400R, canc Correo Aereo/Sao Paul, 30/10/41 cds, attractive three line blue/white "Por Via Aerea/Por Avion/Via LATI" gull wing etiquette, sealed scarce Naples censor tape "Verificato per Censura/NP", also numerals in circle Italian censor mark verso. Correctly rated for Brazil to Europe by LATI (5000R air fee + 400R basic, see Beith p41). Carried all the way from Rio de Janero to Rome by LATI, thus avoiding the British censorship on the Pan Am North Atlantic service. Inward Italian censorship markings are quite rare (Beith p48).
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Lot Number: 58

(Australia) WWII airmail cover, Sydney to Johannesburg, carried over the horseshoe route (air to Durban) following the entry of Italy into the war, in June 1940, thus closing the Mediterranean Sea to BOAC aircraft flying the Empire Route. Imprint etiquette cover correctly rated 1/6d canc Sydney 5 Dec 1940, red/white Australian censor tape tied by violet 'Passed By Censor/S.750' censor mark.

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Date: 1940, Dec 5
Est. price: £30.00
Category: Australia

Description: WWII airmail cover, Sydney to Johannesburg, carried over the horseshoe route (air to Durban) following the entry of Italy into the war, in June 1940, thus closing the Mediterranean Sea to BOAC aircraft flying the Empire Route. Imprint etiquette cover correctly rated 1/6d canc Sydney 5 Dec 1940, red/white Australian censor tape tied by violet 'Passed By Censor/S.750' censor mark.
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Lot Number: 59

(Australia) Highly franked wartime censored airmail  'air all the way' trans Pacific and trans Atlantic clipper Australia to England service, Townsville to London, rated for carriage via Bangkok and Hong Kong, imprint etiquette airmail cover, 22x10cm, franked 2/- x6 and 5d x2 (12/10d), typed 'Air All The Way' and ms 'Aus-NZ-UK', sealed red/white Australian OBC censor tape, violet diamond '2/Passed By/Censor' hs. Correctly franked 12/10d for a double rate two ocean clipper service to the UK,  by Qantas to Bangkok, BOAC to Hong Kong, Pan Am to San Francisco, US domestic airline to New York, Pan Am to Lisbon, BOAC/KLM  to England. The Pacific Clipper service ceased after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour on 11/12/41. An uncommon item.

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Date: 1941, Feb 18
Est. price: £125.00
Category: Australia

Description: Highly franked wartime censored airmail 'air all the way' trans Pacific and trans Atlantic clipper Australia to England service, Townsville to London, rated for carriage via Bangkok and Hong Kong, imprint etiquette airmail cover, 22x10cm, franked 2/- x6 and 5d x2 (12/10d), typed 'Air All The Way' and ms 'Aus-NZ-UK', sealed red/white Australian OBC censor tape, violet diamond '2/Passed By/Censor' hs. Correctly franked 12/10d for a double rate two ocean clipper service to the UK, by Qantas to Bangkok, BOAC to Hong Kong, Pan Am to San Francisco, US domestic airline to New York, Pan Am to Lisbon, BOAC/KLM to England. The Pacific Clipper service ceased after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour on 11/12/41. An uncommon item.
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Lot Number: 57

(Australia) Wartime airmail, Pacific Clipper services up to the attack on Pearl Harbour, 'air all the way' from Australia to Canada, Double Bay to Ottawa, censored imprint etiquette air cover franked 2/-, 1/6d and 5d, canc double Bay cds, ms NZ-USA-Canada, violet two line 'California Clipper' hs, sealed red/white Australian OBC censor tape, violet two line 'Passed By/Censor/S.103 (Sydney) hs. Correctly rated 3/11d for the Pacific 'all air' service to Canada, carried by TEAL to New Zealand, Pan Am FAM19 to San Francisco, then US internal air service to Ottawa. This service opened on 3/7/40 when Italy entered the war on June 10th 1940 and closed Mediterranean section of the long established Empire (Kangaroo) route through Europe and across the Indian Ocean. The Pacific Clipper service ceased after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour on 11/12/41.

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Date: 1940, Oct 23
Est. price: £65.00
Category: Australia

Description: Wartime airmail, Pacific Clipper services up to the attack on Pearl Harbour, 'air all the way' from Australia to Canada, Double Bay to Ottawa, censored imprint etiquette air cover franked 2/-, 1/6d and 5d, canc double Bay cds, ms NZ-USA-Canada, violet two line 'California Clipper' hs, sealed red/white Australian OBC censor tape, violet two line 'Passed By/Censor/S.103 (Sydney) hs. Correctly rated 3/11d for the Pacific 'all air' service to Canada, carried by TEAL to New Zealand, Pan Am FAM19 to San Francisco, then US internal air service to Ottawa. This service opened on 3/7/40 when Italy entered the war on June 10th 1940 and closed Mediterranean section of the long established Empire (Kangaroo) route through Europe and across the Indian Ocean. The Pacific Clipper service ceased after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour on 11/12/41.
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Lot Number: 582

(Singapore) Argentia to the Middle East Theatre of War, WWII censored airmail addressed to the 8th Battalion Kings Africa Rifles, Base Army Post Office, ED (East Africa) then forwarded to 'Middle East Forces", franked 1P and 30c (a further smaller low denomination stamp appears to be missing) canc Buenos Aires cds, ms 'Panagra via New York', sealed plain brown Singapore censor tape tied by violet three line Singapore "Passed By/Censor 240/A" censor mark, violet two line "To Be Forwarded By/Air From Singapore" hand stamp. On the original bill of sale from Francis Field dated 2/2/1943, which accompanies this item, FJF has written "Argentina May 1941, a cover by secret route across the Pacific-Indian Ocean-Africa to MEF, probably unique". A rare item that would benefit from reassessment by a WWII expert.

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Date: 1941, May 27
Est. price: £225.00
Category: Singapore

Description: Argentia to the Middle East Theatre of War, WWII censored airmail addressed to the 8th Battalion Kings Africa Rifles, Base Army Post Office, ED (East Africa) then forwarded to 'Middle East Forces", franked 1P and 30c (a further smaller low denomination stamp appears to be missing) canc Buenos Aires cds, ms 'Panagra via New York', sealed plain brown Singapore censor tape tied by violet three line Singapore "Passed By/Censor 240/A" censor mark, violet two line "To Be Forwarded By/Air From Singapore" hand stamp. On the original bill of sale from Francis Field dated 2/2/1943, which accompanies this item, FJF has written "Argentina May 1941, a cover by secret route across the Pacific-Indian Ocean-Africa to MEF, probably unique". A rare item that would benefit from reassessment by a WWII expert.
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Lot Number: 95

(Brazil) POW censored 'LATI' air cover, Brazil to Switzerland, no arrival ds, grey airmail envelope franked 5400R, canc Sao Paulo cds, sealed B&W 'Opened By Censor 1234' tape (Prisoner of War Censorship, New York), typed "Via LATI/Aerea Italia". It is likely that the sender's intention was for carriage by LATI (5400R is the correct  LATI rate to Germany), but it would seem that (suspected) POW status caused a reroute via the special US POW censor in New York. Interesting.

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Date: 1940, Mar 6
Est. price: £35.00
Category: Brazil

Description: POW censored 'LATI' air cover, Brazil to Switzerland, no arrival ds, grey airmail envelope franked 5400R, canc Sao Paulo cds, sealed B&W 'Opened By Censor 1234' tape (Prisoner of War Censorship, New York), typed "Via LATI/Aerea Italia". It is likely that the sender's intention was for carriage by LATI (5400R is the correct LATI rate to Germany), but it would seem that (suspected) POW status caused a reroute via the special US POW censor in New York. Interesting.
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