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BERMUDA postal history
1942 envelope used elsewhere (New York printed changed Bermuda typewritten) to Rutherford, New Jersey with airmail rate KG6 7˝d pmk'd HAMILTON 5 JUN 42, most unusually handstruck red "THIS LETTER CAME IN BY AIRMAIL", no backstamps, commercial as opened 3 sides.
£36



DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, BERMUDA postal history
1966 (JU 9) lengthy typewritten letter from a 19 year old Colonel's daughter to Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk on an overprinted for Government use Air Letter (overprinting deleted as used personally) mailed with GB QE2 4d pmk'd Post Office Maritime Mail.
£65

BRITISH GUIANA postal history
1906 with printed sender "FRED J. BANKART, SUCCESSOR TO A. PEROT & Co. DEMERARA" marked "p. French Mail" to Beaune, France with 5c pmk'd Georgetown 4 JUL 1906, alongside octagonal d/ring CAYENNE A FORT-DE-FRANCE LC dated 6 JUL 06.
There are strong links between the Perot's of British Guiana and Bermuda. Covers from Demerara (1859) and Berbice (1872) are known to William H. Perot, Baltimore, son of the famous William Bennett Perot of Bermuda. Two 1833 entires from Demerara to Philadelphia have manuscript endorsement “Hamilton, Bermuda. Forwarded by Your Most Ob Servant Wm. B. Perot” whilst working as a forwarding agent during the period before he was appointed Postmaster of Bermuda by warrant dated SP 6 1836.
£120


BERMUDA postal history
1908 1d red Dock design with simulated perforations printed on paper to resemble a newswrapper with purposeful indecipherable cancellation addressed St. Etienne, French postage dues from another cover added pmk’d St. Etienne 6-3 07.
£135


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

BERMUDA postal history
1881 local cover to Warwick with QV 1d Crown CC wmk tied St. Georges K3 "2" duplex dated A/DE 19 81.
£75

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

The rare PRIVATE SHIP LETTER RATE to England, Bermuda postal history
1883 private ship letter rate cover (opened at top, reduced at left) with QV 4d orange-red (SG.20) tied black K3 "2" ST. GEORGES A/DE 1 83 duplex to St. John Wood, London, landed with red LIVERPOOL/A/DE 24 83/SHIP cds clear of address.
Only three Bermuda QV adhesive covers are currently known landed by LIVERPOOL SHIP cds. All from St. Georges, the other two arriving Liverpool A/JA 29 84 (carried by "Nubian"). Ludington (lot 752) mentions that on NO 30 1883 H.M.S. Northampton was driven onto Stagg Rock in violet weather.
£350

BERMUDA postal history
1947 underpaid cover to Bath, Somerset with KG6 1/3d franking tied AIRMAIL G.P.O. 2 MAR 47 cds, Bermuda tax 300 centimes duplex and black boxed TO PAY appended 2/6d, some perf. faults.
£24

BERMUDA postal history
1943 underpaid cover to Silver Springs, Maryland with KG6 1˝d 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 2˝d, 2 x 7˝d franking marked "above ˝oz" with boxed TO PAY appended 3/6, Bermuda tax duplex 420 centimes and blue OPENED BY/EXAMINER 733 label.
£18

COMMAND PAYMASTER BERMUDA, Bermuda postal history
1946 printed ACTIVE SERVICE cover changed with black overprinting to WAR ECONOMY handstamped purplish-black "COMMAND PAYMASTER/BERMUDA" with KG6 1˝d Peace tied Hamilton 3 DEC 1946 addressed The Arts & Crafts Shop, St. Georges with same day machine arrival.
£90

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

GERMANY to BERMUDA postal history
1947 5-colour franking pmk'd Dusseldorf 12.6.47 to Darrell & Meyer Ltd, St. George's backstamped fine strikes Ireland Island 12 JUL 47 cds and Hamilton Bermuda Aquarium machine 14 JLY 1947.
£18


GREAT BRITAIN to BAMENDA, CAMEROON missent BARBADOS and BERMUDA postal history
1931 cover with GB KGV 1˝d tied Glasgow machine dated 3 SEP 1931 to "BAMENDA, B.W.I." with handstruck "NOT KNOWN" and "ADVERTISED" applied Barbados 19 SEP 1931 (backstamp) with manuscript "Try Bermuda" amended "Not" with "Try" deleted with Hamilton 23 NOV 31 backstamp, originally poorly opened 3 sides but frontal tear at right sealed with tear at left open.
£120

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

BERMUDA postal history
1958 cover with QE2 8d tied Hamilton 28 MAY 58 cds to London, England, red 2-line "INSUFFICIENTLY PREPAID/FOR TRANSMISSION BY AIRMAIL".
£14


CANADA to BERMUDA postal history
1952 cover with Canada 7c pmk'd Montreal to Harrington House, Baileys Bay with numerous instructional and tax handstamps showing handstruck Bermuda "POSTAGE/3d/DUE", eventually marked "Return to Sender", soiling etc but full of character.
£40

BERMUDA postal history
1957 unusual combination GB KG6 2/6d, GB QE2 6d ovp'd "TANGIER" on reg. cover to Belmont Manor Hotel, Warwick pmk'd Streatham B.O. S.W.16 cds dated */26 MR 57.
£32

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
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