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1940 Air Mail cover SENEGAL to France. Escort Boat 'Aviso "Gazelle", Dakar'

1940 (Oct) Air Mail cover from SENEGAL to France with d/r. DAKAR p/m. From Escort Boat 'Aviso "Gazelle", Dakar. with d/r. MARINE FRANCAISE h/s. [Gazelle took part in the 'Battle of Dakar' 23rd. to 25th. Sept.] Ref: 310-041.


Price: £20.00
1940 Air Mail cover USA to 'Julius SOFER, Germany'. tied Geoffnet label. PRAG receipt

1940 Air Mail 'Clipper' cover from USA to 'Julius SOFER, Germany' with tied Geoffnet label and d/r. PRAG receipt p/m. [Jewish History: His connections to the American branch of the Waldes Company helped him to obtain affidavits and visas for the Polks and other members of their family. In 1938, Julius Sofer transferred to the export department of Waldes in PRAGUE and then immigrated to Cuba in 1941] Ref: 305-021.


Price: £12.00
1940 Air Mail cover USA to Italy. 'via Lisbon, Portugal. Trans-Atlantic Route'

1940 Air Mail cover and letter from USA to Italy endorsed 'via Lisbon, Portugal. Trans-Atlantic Route' with tied BZ / Certificato per censura label. Ref: 301-115.


Price: £12.00
1940 Air Mail cover ZANZIBAR to GB. Opened by Censor label in red

1940 (Oct) Air Mail cover from ZANZIBAR to GB [1s. 25c. RATE] with d/r. ZANZIBAR p/m. and Opened by Censor label in red. [Type I] Receipt date '9 Nov. 1940'. Ref: 311-161.


Price: £45.00
1940 British Official Photograph No. P. 179. 'First picture of the new COVENATER'

1940 British Official Photograph No. P. 179. 'First picture of the new COVENATER cruiser tank, described as an "armoured greyhound". Full typed details to rear. 200 x 100 mm. Ref: 301-072.


Price: £10.00
1940 circa. Air Mail cover to 'FB Coombs AB, HMS Orchy, England'. 'Q' Ship

c.1940 Air Mail cover to 'FB Coombs AB, HMS Orchy, England' with s/r. RECEIVED FROM / HM SHIPS p/m. and tomb censor h/s. RFA Antoine was a cover name for the 'Q' Ship HMS Orchy - Special Service Freighter. Oct. 1939 requisitioned by the Admiralty for use as a Decoy ship. Into Service: March 1940. April 1940 sailed to Portland for her work-up. She operated around the British Isles under the name RFA Antoine. Out of service: June 1941. Faults. Ref: 302-002.

In 1939 Winston Churchill gave authority for a number of merchantmen to be requisitioned for service as Q-ships, although for security purposes they were referred to as Special service Freighters. A fleet of 9 small mainly coal-burning vessels were acquired , 6 for deep-sea work and 3 for coastal work. All were commissioned as HM ships under their original names but were given RFA cover names and on entering harbour and while in harbour they wore the Blue Ensign, behaved as RFAs and adopted the RFA commercial practices. None of them was really suitable for their intended roles and met with a complete lack of success. Their Q-ship service officially ended on 2 March 1941.


Price: £100.00
1940 circa. ps cover [1d. Green] AUSTRALIA. Australian Defence Canteens

c.1940 ps cover [1d. Green] AUSTRALIA with NSW m/c. Postal Stationery - Wartime printed 'AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE CANTEENS' over map. Ref: 301-021.


Price: £15.00
1940 cover + letter British GUIANA to GB. 'Officially opened and resealed' label

1940 cover and letter from British GUIANA to GB [4d. RATE] with 'Officially opened and resealed' label [BY CENSOR missing] tied by PASSED BY / CENSOR. h/s. Ref: 314-008.


Price: £35.00
1940 cover FRANCE to 'Mr Alexander, Oflag VIII D, Germany'. Tittmoning Castle

1940 POW cover from FRANCE to 'Mr Alexander, Oflag VIII D, Germany' [Tittmoning Castle] with d/r. Censor 8 h/s. Ref: 301-025.


Price: £6.00
1940 cover FRANCE to Switzerland. 'Camp militaire d'internment Rothenhausen'

1940 cover from FRANCE to Switzerland with s/r. TARN p/m. and d/r. 'Camp militaire d'internment Rothenhausen' h/s. Redirected to 'Hopital de Fraennfeld' with boxed censor h/s. [Allied soldiers were interned in Switzerland who fled combat, the Swiss government had to keep these soldiers interned until the end of the hostilities] Ref: 301-148.


Price: £20.00
1940 cover JAMAICA to Canal Zone. OPENED BY / CENSOR label taxed

1940 cover from JAMAICA to Canal Zone with circ. RICHMOND p/m. and OPENED BY / CENSOR label. Also s/r. '14' censor h/s. and tri. tax h/s. Trimmed. Ref: 306-123.


Price: £15.00
1940 cover PALESTINE to GB 'Jacir House, Detention Bks, Bethlehem'

1940 Air Mail cover from PALESTINE to GB with s/r. JERUSALEM p/m. From 'A Wilson (B'C 1510) Jacir House, Detention Bks, Bethlehem'. - Jacir Palace was taken over by the British, who used it as a prison in the 1940's. Not censored. From Guard? Faults. Ref: 312-129.


Price: £35.00
1940 cover PALESTINE to GB. FPO 164 p/m. tied AFW 3312 label

1940 cover from PALESTINE to GB with d/r. FPO 164 p/m. and boxed PASSED BY CENSOR No. 1645 h/s. Also AFW 3312 EXAMINED BY BASE CENSOR label tied by tri. 4 EXAMINER h/s. Folded. Ref: 307-128.


Price: £10.00
1940 cover PERAK to India. SELMA / FMS p/m. 6 line CENSORSHIP REGULATIONS h/s.

1940 cover from PERAK [Malaya] to India with d/r. SELMA / FMS p/m. and 6 line 'CENSORSHIP REGULATIONS' h/s. Also PASSED / FOR /TRANMISSION h/s. to front. Trimmed. Ref: 306-031.


Price: £50.00
1940 cover Scotland. EVANTON / ROSS-SHIRE p/m. RAF censor R1/192 h/s

1940 cover from Scotland with d/r. EVANTON / ROSS-SHIRE p/m. and RAF censor R1/192 h/s. Located to the south east of Invergordon on the Cromarty Firth. [Dates recorded: 04/03/1940 & 17/4/40] NB: Flap missing. Ref: 303-087.


Price: £20.00
1940 cover South AFRICA to Germany. INTERNERINGSKAMP / BAVIAANSPOORT h/s

1940 cover from South AFRICA to Germany with bi-lingual PASSED BY CENSOR h/s. and oval INTERNERINGSKAMP / BAVIAANSPOORT h/s. South Africa UC8 label and German Geoffnet censor label over British PC 90 OBE 4979 label. Ref: 306-088.


Price: £35.00
1940 cover TRINADAD to USA. OPENED BY CENSOR h/s.

1940 cover from TRINADAD to USA with PORT OF SPAIN slogan m/c. and plain resealing label tied by s/l. OPENED BY CENSOR h/s. Also weak d/r. PASSED BY POSTAL CENSOR 11 h/s. to rear. Ref: 309-113.


Price: £9.00
1940 cover TUNISIA to 'Cote D'Ivoire'. censored. Depot D'Infanterie

1940 Air Mail cover from TUNISIA to 'Cote D'Ivoire' with s/r. LA GOULETE p/m. and censored. From '4th Campagnie, 10th RTS, Depot D'Infanterie, Colonial Tunis'. Soiled. Ref: 309-135.


Price: £15.00
1940 covers FRANCE to Military Internee, Fraubrunnen Camp, One redirected

1940 covers from FRANCE to Military Internees, Fraubrunnen Camp, SWITZERLAND and one redirected to 'Jeyenstorf'. Internment Camp. [Allied soldiers were interned in Switzerland who fled combat, the Swiss government had to keep these soldiers interned until the end of the hostilities] Ref: 313-031.


Price: £20.00
1940 covers FRANCE to Switzerland with HYERES p/m. canc. 2f50 Exposition adhesive

1940 covers from FRANCE to Switzerland with HYERES slogan p/m. canc. 2f50 Exposition International New York 1939 adhesives. Folded. Ref: 314-043.


Price: £6.00