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BRITISH HONDURAS postal history
1940 reg. and censored cover from THE FRENCH PHILATELIC AGENCY, Belize to Philadelphia with mixed reign (genuine stamps) franking KGV 2c x 3, KG6 1c, 3c pmk'd Belize 19 JA 40, backstamped New York (JA 25) and Philadelphia (JA 27). Raoul de Thuin, a prolific stamp forger, dedicated half a century managing his skills to relentlessly fleecing the gullible, the knowledgeable, and mostly unsuspecting philatelists, and The French Philatelic Agency, P.O. Box 206, Belize was just one of numerous aliases used to circumvent the spotting by the U.S. Post Office of his fraudulent activities to particular persons or firms. De Thuin (born Belgium 1890 died Guayaguil, Ecuador 1875) started his philatelic work as early as 1916 having a shop in Brussels in 1927. He entered Mexico in 1931 on the run from French and Belgian police who wanted him forgery. He was expelled from Mexico for setting up a forgery ring and moved to Tegucigalpa, Honduras where he was jailed and expelled in 1936 and then lived in Belize until moving back to Mexicio in the early 1940s where he settled until 1968 when he moved to his wifes home in Guayaguil. He specialised in forging overprints of Central and South American countries, especially Mexico, turning common stamps into rarities. He is quoted as saying that I have no conscience at all at having deceived all those foolish people. They are just fanatics who neglect their families for their passion. His method of sale was to use aliases to send sheets of approvals to collectors, mainly in the USA, which mixed a few genuine common stamps with forgeries of rarer items. Many collectors were duped and in 1962 a London sale of 498 lots of classic Mexico belonging to Prof. Hormer Lizama was cancelled when the sale was revealed to consist mainly of de Thuin fakes.
£250



INTERNAL CENSORSHIP, British Guiana postal history
1941 cover marked "By 1st Air Mail" from R. De FIGUEIREDO, "Bon Success", RUPUNUNI DISTRICT to Georgetown with pair KG6 6c lightly pmk'd RUPUNUNI */OC 5 41 cds censored due Spanish language with OPENED BY EXAMINER II/ label.
£120



ANTIGUA postal history
1941 patriotic cover with U.S. 2c, 3c tied Saint Louis, Missouri NOV 14 1941 machine to St. John's, Antigua with "WHILE THIS RULES/(Nazi serpent)/DONT BUY GERMAN GOODS" propaganda label, reverse EXAMINED BY CENSOR/ANTIGUA handstamp. Soiling.
£60

AGAR'S ISLAND, Bermuda internal postal history
1916 cover with 1d Ship pmk'd Hamilton 6 DEC 16 wavy lines machine locally to W.J. Crozier, Agars Island showing light P.C./BERMUDA (CM15) censor, re-directed New York with DEC 19 DUE 3 CENTS duplex then forwarded Zoological Laboratory, Cambridge, Massachusetts arriving DEC 21 1916.
Agar's Island, bought 1611 by Sir Anthony Agar, is also known as Gunpowder Island due a top secret underground powder magazine built there in 1870, which was reputedly the largest in the world at that time. It was also home to Bermuda's first aquarium (destroyed in the 1922 hurricane). More recently it was the home of billionaire James Martin, a respected leader and contributer in computer science and futuristic technology, who prophesied that by 2050 mankind will experience a 'gigafamine' in which a billion people will die. Martin restored the underground chambers and Rudi Guliani hosted a 40 person private banquet there.
£150


TURKS AND CAICOS postal history
1940 cover to Clifton, Bristol with 4 x KG6 d pmk'd Grand Turk A/NO 14 40 d/ring, reverse Cable and Wireless 30 NO 40 handstamp tied by Examiner 4029 label and 5 x uncancelled Jamaica WAR FUND labels, some defective.
£48


TURKS & CAICOS postal history
1945 cover "airmail via Haiti" to New York with KG6 2d, block of 4 KG6 3d Coronation lightly pmk'd MY 3 45, at left EXAMINER D/43 label.
£40


MONTSERRAT postal history
1943 reg. cover to Romford, Essex with KG6 6d lightly pmk'd Plymouth */FE 20 43 with censor label A.A./2 (numeral in pencil) under brown tape, Antigua A/FE 24 43 transit, stamp with small blemish.
£80


MONTSERRAT postal history
1945 combination cover with Leewards KG6 1d (perf. fault) and Montserrat KG 6 1/- pmk'd Plymouth */MR 26 45 to New York, at left IB/673 censor label.
£85

BERMUDA postal history
1943 underpaid cover to Silver Springs, Maryland with KG6 1d pmk'd St. Georges 28 APR 43 cds, Bermuda 120 centimes tax duplex with OPENED BY EXAMINER/ C/8018 label at left.
£15

BERMUDA postal history
1942 (FE 3) cover from a guest at Hotel Bermudiana (flap) with KG6 1d, 2 x 2d, 2 x 7d franking marked "above oz" with boxed TO PAY appended 3/6, Bermuda tax duplex 420 centimes and blue OPENED BY/EXAMINER 733 label.
£18

ARGENTINA to BERMUDA postal history
1942 (JY 16) cover with block of four 5c to North Shore, Pembroke, largely intact EXAMINED BY/1953 label,
£14

BERMUDA postal history
1938 cover from H.A.& E. Smith Ltd, Hamilton (printed flap) with 2d, pair 3d to The Conestoga National Bank, Lancaster, Pennsylvania opened despite "SEALED ARTICLES/SECURE OWNER'S/PERMISSION TO/OPEN." handstamp with circled "PASSED/FREE OF DUTY", sealed with "Foreign Letter Package/COLLECT 10 CENTS" 5-line handstamp with U.S. 10c due affixed and tied.
£36

EGYPT to BERMUDA postal history
1942 censored Ionian Bank, Alexandria (printed flap) cover with 1 mil pair, 20 mil pmk'd 1 MR 42 to Hamilton, peripheral faults.
£15



HAMILTON BERMUDA M.O.O. (Money Order Office), Bermuda postal history
1918 OHMS stampless cover with colourless embossed oval d/ring BERMUDA/(crown)/POST OFFICE printed flap pmk'd light purple HAMILTON BERMUDA M.O.O. d/ring dated SEP 11 1918 with Hamilton 13 SEP 18 wavy lines machine cancel to Halifax, Nova Scotia, black circled "P.C./BERMUDA" censor handstamp.
£120

EGYPT to BERMUDA postal history
1944 National Bank censored cover with 2mils, 20mils pmk'd Cairo 19 OC 44 to Hamilton.
£18


PORTUGAL to Bermuda postal history
1944 (JA 11) reg. cover to Hamilton with C/8120 censor label and partial military label, stamps both front and back.
£16

BERMUDA postal history
1943 Lightbourn & Co cover to Bishop Auckland, England with KG6 7d (defective) pmk'd Hamilton 25 FEB 43 with red handstruck boxed "Returned for (1/1d) Postage" deleted when KG6 1d, 1/- affixed the next day for postage due and pmk'd Hamilton 26 FEB 43, censor label C/8148 at left.
£60

ITW (Initial Training Wing) BULAWAYO, Rhodesia postal history
1944 stampless On Active Service cover to London with sender address on flap pmk'd ITW BULAWAYO FE 23 44 with purple OPENED BY CENSOR and crowned RHODESIA/OFFICIAL PAID/AIR TRAINING GROUP cachet.
£40

ITW (Initial Training Wing) BULAWAYO, Rhodesia postal history
1944 stampless On Active Service cover to London with sender address on flap pmk'd ITW BULAWAYO MR 15 44 with purple PASSED/CENSOR/A B/No.6 and crowned RHODESIA/OFFICIAL PAID/AIR TRAINING GROUP cachet.
£32


BERMUDA postal history
Purple "43" (CM21) on cover from Mrs Olive Gibbons (flap) with KG6 3d pmk'd Hamilton 7 DEC 1942 to Forest Grove, Maryland with handstruck "RETOUR/REBUT" on face, black oval "278" on reverse.
£125
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