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.
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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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Postby LuzA » Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:25 pm

Good afternoon,


In the following link we can see one list with 22 articles and one book about it. 22 in Portuguese and 1 in English language.

It is also necessary, to understand the postal routes from/to those islands, to have a look at books with airmail timetables, mainly to understand where was the correspondence in those days, etc.

Here we have three titles with airmail routes and timetables for those WWII years. One of them also have data about censorship labels, control marks and censor numbers.


A - AITINK, Hans E.; HOVENKAMP, Egbert (2005). Bridging the Continents in Wartime Important Airmail Routes 1939-1945. Enschede: Stichting Luchtpost Geschiedenis Tweed Weredoorlog. 227 (plus 1 page - errata).
It contains the following timetables related to these matters:
1st - "Panam North Atlanti clipper service FAM 18" - pages 159-176, covering the period May 1939 - February 1942 and Azores islands.
2nd - "LATI service Italy-South America 1939-1942" - pages 195-202, covering the period 21/Dec/1939 - 23/Dec/1941 and Cape Vert islands.

B - PROUD, Edward B. (2008). Intercontinental Airmails Volume One Transatlantic and Pacific. Heathfield: Proud Publications. 632 pages.
It contains the following timetables related to these matters:
1st _ Panam (several routes/timetables) covering the Azores islands.
2nd - "Italian South Atlantic Service" covering Cape Vert islands. Pages 393-416 covering the period from21/Dec/1939 to 23/Dec/1941.
It also contains, pages 625-626, a brief cheklist with labels/control marks/censor numbers of the British, German and USA WWII censorship, lists of PAA clippers and postal rates for several countries.

C- BEITH, Richard (1993). The Italian South Atantic Airmail Service 1939-1941. Chester: Richard Beith Associates. 56 pages.
It contains timetables for the period 15/12/1939 - 19/Dec/1941 covering the Cape Vert islands.

1 - The three books also contain pictures of airplanes, covers, cachets, some postal rates, etc.
2 - There's more books and studies out there with this kind of informations (Flynn, Wilson, Crotty, etc).
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Re: First entry -- feel free to supplement

Postby LuzA » Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:55 pm

Good evening

MEIFFERT, Jürgen (2012). Zensurpost in Brasilien Katalog der Zensur - und Prüferstempel, Verschlusszettel und Zensur-Beanstandungszettel 1917-1972 [...]
Lohmar: Arbeitsgemeinschaft Brasilien e. V. im BDPh e. V. [2nd edition]
240 pages A4, hardbound with a full colour cover and with a large number of black and white covers, censor cancels and sealing strips.
Trilingual - Portuguese-German-English

Forewords; Introduction; Brazil participation in the 1st and 2nd ww [...] 1917-1964; List of the Brazilian Federal States [...] map of Brazil; Censor cancels; Inspector cancels; Sealing strips; Censor Memorandus; Literature list; Glossary; Valuation

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Re: First entry -- feel free to supplement

Postby LuzA » Mon Jul 11, 2022 6:44 pm

Good afternoon


We have already seen a reference about the Deloste study in french language. It is here, by dannmayo:

Let's see now the complete identification and contents of three books about this matter including the previously quoted Deloste - alphabetical order.

BAKER, Peter A. (2017). The Free French in London 1940-1945. London: The Stuart Rossiter Trust. 56 pages. English text. Contains text, pictures in full colour, handstamps, tapes, covers, etc.
Some contents - "The Free French in London / Army / Navy / Air Force / Courier Service / Liberation and National Commitees / Miscelaneous / Ephemera / The women's role in London / Appendices".

DELOSTE, C. (1980). Histoire Postale et Militaire de la Deuxième Guerre Mondiale 1939 - 1945. Paris: Éditions Image-Document. Réédition. 141+4 pages. French language. Contains text, pictures, tables, handstamps and tapes. Blake/white.
Some contents - "Les marques postales militaires de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale - Organization / Bureaux centraux militaires / Bureaux-frontières / ... ... / La Poste Militaire anglaise en France (La B.E.P.) / La Poste Militaire belge en France / ... ... / La Poste militaire américaine / ... ... // Marques de censure et de camps de prisioners et internés - La Censure Française au cours des hostilités / Commissions départementales / Commissions périphériques / ... ... / La Censure Allemand d'Occupation / La Censure pendant la Libération + F.F.L. + F.F.I. / ... ... Les Internés en Suisse // Annexe - Les Timbres de Guerre français des Troupes américaines de Libération en Afrique du Nord et en France // Additif".

SPECHT, Jean (2017). Le Contrôle postal français en Alsace-Moselle 1939-1945. Association des Specialistes en Marques Postales et Oblitérations d'Asace-Lorraine. 50+2 pages. French language. Contains text and pictures in full colour, handstamps and tapes.
Some contents - "Contrôle postale au cours des hostilités 1939-1845 / Les Commissions de Strasbourg / ... / Les Commissions de Colmar / ... / Les Commissions de Metz / ... // Censures de la Libération 1944-1945".

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