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HARRINGTON SOUND to DENMARK, Bermuda postal history
1935 reg. cover from Castle Harbour Hotel, Tucker's Town (printed flap which opens to display) to Denmark with 4-colour combination Ship issues d x two pairs, d, 1d, 2d indistinctly pmk'd HARRINGTON SOUND 14 FEB 35 with Plymouth, Devon reg. oval transit and LEMVIG arrival backstamps.
£60

BAHAMAS postal history
1935 cover to Willemstad, Curacao with KGV 2d tied mauve circular "S.S. EVANGELINE/MAR 26 1935/MAILED AT SEA" cachet, no backstamps.
£25

GREAT BRITAIN and BERMUDA postal history combination
1932 cover from confused tourists staying at The New St. George Hotel, St. George's, Bermuda addressed Oakland, California with Bermuda 2d Caravel placed over pair Great Britain KGV 1d tied ST. GEORGES 23 FEB 32 cds.
£48


BRITISH GUIANA postal history
1937 (AP 9) KGV 2c pair underpaid franking from Georgetown most unusually addressed by the sender to three locations arriving Paris (AP 28) with 1fr due added and re-directed MY 10 to London (MY 13) with GB 1d due tied MY 15 37, various tax marks, return to sender, unknown additions as expected for a cover attracting postage dues in two differing countries.
£120

BARBADOS postal history
1936 reg. cover to Woodford, Cheshire with pristine corner marginal 1932 KGV 2/6 carmine/blue Seahorse (SG.238a, Cat.200) pmk'd GPO REGISTRATION MY 21 36 d/ring, full flap and backstamps.
£225


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


BARBADOS postal history
1931 U.S. 2c PSE pmk'd West Chester, Pennsylvania (AP 14) to Kingston, Jamaica and returned (AP 30), marked "Try Bridgetown, Barbados" arriving JU 2 31 with eventual "UNCLAIMED" handstamp, marked with "RETURN TO SENDER" (OC 9) arriving back New York (OC 18).
£60

LEEWARD ISLANDS postal history
TOO LATE FOR THE FIRST FLIGHT combination of Leeward Islands KGV 1d PSE with added KGV 6d plus added Antigua KGV 3d pair, single pmk'd St. John's SP 26 29 to Limpsfield, Surrey, England, the BY AIR MAIL sticker obliterated by purple jusqu'a bars, some flap damage, no backstamps.
£150

VIRGINS ISLANDS to BELGIUM postal history
1933 cover with "114, Place La Fayette, Paris" printed on flaps diagonal edge stampless to Tortola with partial ROAD-TOWN OC 19 (33) backstamp, manuscript "unknown - return to sender" with matching ink asterisk alongside printed "LIGUE CONTRE LE POURBOIRE" (League Against Tipping), handstruck RETURN/VOIRauDO5, boxed RETOUR/A L'ENVOYEUR", and handstruck "T" with Bruxelles 28 XI 1933 arrival and 1fr Postage Due (closed tear) added and cancelled.
£65


EIGHT MILE ROCK, Bahamas postal history
1931 reg. A.C. Sheldrake cover to Lanarkshire with 3d Staircase pmk'd purplish-black EIGHT MILE ROCK (T.5) cds dated */30 MR 31, overall tone-spotting.
£30


BERMUDA postal history
1927 cover with advertising on reverse for PALMER'S LOTION SOAP to Hyman Cohen and Cutting Room Employees of the Bankcroft & Walker Shoe Company in Boston, Massachusetts with 1d Caravel strip of three tied Hamilton 28 FEB 27 machine cancel.
£35

ALL SAINTS, ANTIGUA postal history
1933 cover to Mayaguez, Puerto Rico with KGV d, pair 1d pmk'd ALL SAINTS */JY 27 33 cds with partial St. Johns JY 30 (33) d/ring backstamp.
£80


BRITISH HONDURAS postal history
1918 reg. OHMS cover with Royal Coat-of-Arms embossed flap to the Italian Translator, Post and Railway Department, Berne, Switzerland with vertical strip of five KGV 1c WAR (some middle perfs split) and pair KGV 3c WAR pmk'd Belize A/JU 17 18.
£35


PARCEL POST, TRINIDAD postal history
NOTIFICATION OF PARCEL LYING AT A POST OFFICE form with boxed purple "2nd NOTICE/Issued 30/12/30" (manuscript date) posted O.H.M.S. "Sub-Office Parcel Post Advice." to M.W. Hardy, Box 884, P.O.S. with PARCEL POST C/JA 3 31 cds, address deleted in red crayon with "via Guiaco" added with purple straight line "CREOLE PETROLEUM CORPORATION" and "Maturin-Venezuela" applied as arrival acknowledgements.
The Creole Petroleum Corporation was an American oil company formed in 1920 to produce fields on Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela. The company was acquired by Standard Oil of New Jersey in 1928. Until 1951 Creole Petroleum was the world's number one oil producer.
£225


GRENADA postal history
1926 printed return Montgomery Ward, Chicago with KGV 4d paying registered post pmk'd CARRIACOU C/JU 7 26, some smaller faults.
Unusual use of Spanish language envelope for this English speaking island
£60

ST. VINCENT to BELGIUM postal history
1920 underpaid cover with KGV 1d pmk'd Kingstown C/23 NO 20 to Belgium with 30c Postage Due tied Antwerpen cds, small repaired opening tear.
£48

BARBADOS railway
B/w ppc of "Bathsheba station" showing down train approaching (J.H. Burton Nr. 195) used with 2 x KGV d pmk'd 9 DEC 14 to Palace Plain, Norwich, some perf. toning and crease at right.
£24

BARBADOS postal history
1917 use of KGV d green/cream Post Card uprated with d Victory to South Norwalk, Connecticut from sender at Christchurch requesting "by quickest mail your Ventrils also Kaisers Cream", seldom seen.
£45

URUGUAY envelope used BRITISH HONDURAS
1931 cover to Manchester, England with KGV 4c, 5c, 10c pmk'd Belize 21 SP 31 with 3-line purplish "AIR FEE/prepaid to/New York only" and Air Mail sticker deleted by mauve jusqu'a bars, part recipients name blacked out.
Stated to have been posted by one of H.M. Cruisers from Belize when the ship was sent to assist the inhabitants after the disastrous hurricane which struck on the afternoon of 10 September 1931.
£75


BRITISH HONDURAS postal history
1935 advertising from "THE ANGELUS" Printing Office and Book Store on reverse KGV 4c, 5c, 10c rate cover pmk'd Belize 16 DE 35 to Southampton, England.
£28
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