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BERMUDA postal history:
1943 stampless cover to P. Huckle A/B, Ward 4, R.N.H. (Royal Naval Hospital), Bermuda marked "Depot" and (H.M.S. (Malabar) with framed "From H.M. SHIP/PASSED BY CENSOR" signed and dated 23.9. (43) with undated red POST OFFICE MARITIME MAIL d/ring with P.C.90 OPENED BY EXAMINER 2715 label, reverse marked "Answered 24/10/43".
£28

BERMUDA postal history:
1943 stampless cover to P. Huckle A/B, Mess 4, H.M.S. Malabar, Bermuda with framed "From H.M. SHIP/PASSED BY CENSOR" signed and dated 8/10.43 and overstamped undated red POST OFFICE MARITIME MAIL d/ring with P.C.90 OPENED BY EXAMINER 2766 label.
£24





Boer War Irreconcilable F.C. LAUNSPACH (carved wooden serviette ring fame), Bermuda postal history
1902 cover to F.C. Launspach, Burts Island, Bermuda with 2 x Transvaal 1d ovp'd "E.R.I." tied BRAAMFONTEIN, B.O. JOHANNESBURG 4 FEB 1902 9.30am and b/stamped JOHANNESBURG 4 FEB 1902 10.30am where PASSED PRESS CENSOR worn handstamp applied to face, on arrival b/stamped HAMILTON MR 15 1902/C with "Not Darrells" and directed "Hawkins" in red manuscript, the cover opened left edge and at top leaving tears through flap. Very few Bermuda Boer War POW covers can be matched to actual events.
F.C. Launspach is listed as one of the prominent personalities amongst the Boer War prisoners detained at Bermuda, and as an irreconcilable was one of the last to leave on 20 August 1904 bound for the United States. Many of the prisoners occupied themselves by making handcraft which were sold in many of the stores in Bermuda. The POWs on Burts Island eventually formed the Industrial Association for Carvings and Curios, and some of these items are preserved in the South African National Museum of Military History including a wooden serviette ring with carved name F C Launspach (see photo of similar type serviette rings).
£240

ANTIGUA, LEEWARDS ISLANDS combination to Imperial Censorship, Hamilton, Bermuda
1940 mixed franking cover from Lady (Jessie) Jardine, enclosing warm personal letter, to W.G. Fitzgerald, c/o Imperial Censorship, Princes Hotel, Hamilton, Bermuda with Antigua KG6 d, Leewards KG6 1d, 3d, 6d, 1/- tied St. John's, Antigua d/rings, both envelope flap and letterhead on printed embossed blue (Crown)/GOVERNMENT HOUSE, LEEWARD ISLANDS stationery, some stains.
£48


Nebik, SYRIA to ST. CROIX postal history
1945 cover to Fru Lawaetz, Lille La Grange, Fredericksted, St. Croix , The Virgin Islands, USA with Syria 25c Aircraft and 25c Army Fund stamp pmk'd NEBIK 16.3.45, printed CONTROLE label and F. Sivertsen sender name on reverse.
The Lawaetz family migrated from Denmark in 1890. The Little La Grange Farm was established in 2015 to operate as a working organic farm and St. Croix's Lawaetz Museum.
£275

CENSORED BOTH COUNTRIES JAMAICA to SURINAME postal history
1941 from Miss Marilyn Gregory, Halfway-Tree to Paramaribo City, Suriname with corner fault KG6 3d pmk'd HALF-WAY-TREE MY 30 41 with censor label and handstamp and 30.6.41 (one month later) arrival backstamp, two vertical creases.
£25


SOUTH AFRICA to BERMUDA postal history
1942 censored cover to Hampstead, London with 1d mining issue pmk'd JOHANNESBURG 16.1.42, forged violet CM21 PASSED BY CENSOR/47/BERMUDA added to reverse supported with deceiving address changing to The Princess Hotel, Hamilton, Bermuda as the cover never went to Bermuda, small corner fault.
£80

SOUTHERN RHODESIA to BERMUDA postal history
1942 cover to T.A. Stokes, Princess Hotel, Hamilton, Bermuda with 6 x KG6 d pmk'd SALISBURY 29 JAN 42 d/rings, outgoing triangular censor and forged CM21 PASSED BY CENSOR/47/BERMUDA also in red, no backstamps.
£80

RHODESIA postal history
1944 stampless cover to Sqdn Ldr E.G. Brant, R.A.F. Station, Warboys, Huntingdonshire pmk'd CRANBORNE 22 AUG 44 with red crowned RHODESIAN/OFFICIAL FREE/AIR TRAINING GROUP cachet and censor label tied censor handstamp.
£36

U.S. Patriotic cover BRITISH GUIANA to CANADA postal history
1944 U.S. patriotic cover to Signals Dept., R.A.F.T.C., Dorval Air Port, Quebec, Canada with KG6 4c x 2, 36c pmk'd Air Mail 25 FE 44, reverse back portion of I.I./8 censor label, boxed MAR 2 1944 arrival and sender address of R.M. Kelly, Chief Steward on a Motor Vessel (name indistinct), some faults.
£30


PAID AT BAHAMAS, Bahamas postal history
1942 Nassau Daily Tribune envelope coupled with THE DEVELOPMENT BOARD departmental cachet dated MAR 18 1942 mailed stampless by EXPRESS DELIVERY with PAID AT BAHAMAS crowned Circle and Nassau 18 MAR 42 segmented circle to the Associated Press Correspondent in Miami, Florida, at left EXAMINED BY 3922 label.
£40



INTERNAL AIRMAIL and 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
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

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
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