First entry -- feel free to supplement

First entry -- feel free to supplement

Postby dannmayo » Wed Jun 29, 2016 5:50 pm

Gary Loew came to his interest in censorship due to its intersection with his collection of wartime airmails. He has suggested that it would be useful for non-specialists in our field to have a basic library list. Someone suggested "the CCSG library," but I think that is hardly basic. My suggestions below are designed to deal with the bulk of censored mail that the average postal history collector will be most likely to encounter. Thus, while I am aware that there are excellent chapters and even books on the censorships of the Dutch East and West Indies, Romania, the Chaco War and Interwar and post-WWII Germany, etc., I am leaving them off of this first entry. I expect that the listing below will not be seen as exhaustive, so feel free to post additions. When the dust has settled I will turn this into an article for the CCSG Bulletin and will offer it to the Philatelic Literature Review.


There is only one general book, K.K. Wolter's Die Postzensur (2 vols), published 50 (yes 50) years ago. If your interest is solely WWII, you probably don't need it, but it does cover non-WWII material likely hard to find elsewhere.


Riemer, K.H., Die Postüberwachung im Deutschen Reich durch Postüberwachungsstellen 1914-1918 (now 40 years old)

Thielk, H. Zivilpost-Zensur in Oesterreich-Ungarn 1914-1918. (1989)

Deloste, C., Histoire Postale et Militaire de la Guerre de 1914-1918 & Histoire Postale et Militaire de la Guerre de l'Armée d'Orient 1915-1920

What there is for US censorship is a chapter in Van Dam, T., ed.: The Postal History of the AEF, 1917/ 1923, 2d ed (1990; a third edition has been in the works for the last couple of decades)

To the best of my knowledge, there is no single source for British and Italian censorship during WWI.


Heller, Ernst, Town Censor Marks of Spain, 1936 – 1945


For the UK and the British Colonies, the CCSG catalogs (see book list on this site for titles).

Broderick and Mayo: Civil Censorship In the United States During WWII (1980)

Deloste, C.: Histoire Postale et Militaire de la Deuxième Guerre Mondiale 1939-1945 (covers France and Colonies)

Landsmann, H.: Die Zensur von Zivilpost in Deutschland im 2. Weltkrieg (2008) (a welcome update to the Original work on this area by K. H. Riemer)
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Re: First entry -- feel free to supplement

Postby jmgarcar » Thu Jun 30, 2016 11:34 pm


Bourguignat, Jerome, Le Controle Postal et Telegraphique Francais pendant la Premiere Guerre Mondiale 1914-1921 (2010). 490 pages.

Becker, Alan, The Censorship of the Civil Mails in Italy and Its Colonies during WWI (2010). 158 pages


Heller, Ernst, Marcas utilizadas por la Censura Republicana durante la Guerra Civil Española (1995). 206 pages.

Heller, Ernst, Marcas utilizadas por la Censura Postal Nacional de 1936 a 1945 (2000). 547 pages.
(These two books are an update to the work Town Censor Marks of Spain, from the same author)
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Re: First entry -- feel free to supplement

Postby legrell » Fri Sep 09, 2016 9:28 pm


García Sánchez, Jesús, La censura postal en la Europa del siglo XX, (2009). 994 pages.

PhD dissertation (Department of geography and history, University of Salamanca), which can be downloaded here (bottom of the page) : ... ?show=full

(In Spanish).
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Re: First entry -- feel free to supplement

Postby gmark » Fri Feb 24, 2017 5:51 pm

may I humbly suggest a book by G Mark: British Censorship of Civil Mails during WWI, 1914-1919
It is in our book list and is still available.
Graham Mark
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Postby robertgray » Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:40 pm

Report on Postal Censorship During the Great War (1914-1919. War Office, General Staff. 1920. This is a Rare book: APRL has a photocopy. Original at Kew KEW: WO 33/3310. and the World Catalog lists the Australian War Memorial Research Centre.
The book runs about 400 pages and contains a lot of detail on how the British managed its censorship program; there is a few pages to a paragraph on most key colonies.

There is a companion report dealing with telegraph censorship. I have not seen this volume but it is likely at Kew archives or the British Library.
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