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pigdoc

28 May 2018
09:52:07am
Here are a couple of curious covers that I recently acquired:

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This is just a cover front, but sent from Trieste in American-occupied Italy on May 17, 1947, and censored by the AMG.

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Sent from the Bielefeld in the British occupation zone to Copenhagen on October 1, 1947 and censored by British authorities in Germany. All the dark spots on the cover are paper inclusions, indicating the poor quality paper used for the envelope.

I have done no research yet on the senders/recipients...

I find censored covers between countries that are not at war with each other to be a curiosity. They seem to speak to a persistent suspicion. I wonder what conspiracies were actually uncovered by these censoring activities. What actions were taken? How was history altered by censoring?

Presumably, covers that did NOT pass censoring were retained in some official file for investigation, and perhaps thus, a collecting rarity.

-Paul
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malcolm197

05 Jun 2018
08:09:13am
re: Cold War censored

Both these cases are from areas under direct military government.

Bear in mind that during the periods here the authorities were still looking for "war criminals" and censorship just might be just one tool in locating fugitives ( or their accomplices ). The authorities were also looking for "loot".

"Careless talk costs lives"- a famous wartime slogan could perhaps be extended to cover "loose words in letters inform the searchers".

Malcolm

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05 Jun 2018
11:04:34pm
re: Cold War censored

"I find censored covers between countries that are not at war with each other to be a curiosity. They seem to speak to a persistent suspicion."



Suspicions? Neutral countries were always an actual hotbed for espionage, defections, secret contacts, etc.

One notorious example that comes to quickly to mind is Portugal (read: Lisbon) in WW2.

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey
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19 May 2020
05:12:51am
re: Cold War censored

AMG VG Means Allied Military Government VENEZIA GIULIA and the stamps are from the era 1945 - 1947

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The complete set of these stamps


Bertelsmann & Niemann is a former textile factory in Bielefeld Germany

About the firm Th. Nielsen I can not find anything.
On that address they build an apartment building years ago.

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pigdoc

28 May 2018
09:52:07am

Here are a couple of curious covers that I recently acquired:

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This is just a cover front, but sent from Trieste in American-occupied Italy on May 17, 1947, and censored by the AMG.

Image Not Found

Sent from the Bielefeld in the British occupation zone to Copenhagen on October 1, 1947 and censored by British authorities in Germany. All the dark spots on the cover are paper inclusions, indicating the poor quality paper used for the envelope.

I have done no research yet on the senders/recipients...

I find censored covers between countries that are not at war with each other to be a curiosity. They seem to speak to a persistent suspicion. I wonder what conspiracies were actually uncovered by these censoring activities. What actions were taken? How was history altered by censoring?

Presumably, covers that did NOT pass censoring were retained in some official file for investigation, and perhaps thus, a collecting rarity.

-Paul

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malcolm197

05 Jun 2018
08:09:13am

re: Cold War censored

Both these cases are from areas under direct military government.

Bear in mind that during the periods here the authorities were still looking for "war criminals" and censorship just might be just one tool in locating fugitives ( or their accomplices ). The authorities were also looking for "loot".

"Careless talk costs lives"- a famous wartime slogan could perhaps be extended to cover "loose words in letters inform the searchers".

Malcolm

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ikeyPikey

05 Jun 2018
11:04:34pm

re: Cold War censored

"I find censored covers between countries that are not at war with each other to be a curiosity. They seem to speak to a persistent suspicion."



Suspicions? Neutral countries were always an actual hotbed for espionage, defections, secret contacts, etc.

One notorious example that comes to quickly to mind is Portugal (read: Lisbon) in WW2.

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey
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HockeyNut

19 May 2020
05:12:51am

re: Cold War censored

AMG VG Means Allied Military Government VENEZIA GIULIA and the stamps are from the era 1945 - 1947

Image Not Found
The complete set of these stamps


Bertelsmann & Niemann is a former textile factory in Bielefeld Germany

About the firm Th. Nielsen I can not find anything.
On that address they build an apartment building years ago.

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