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When: 01 January 1944

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Description: "Postal and Telegraph Censorship Department worker checks the content of a letter". During the Second World War personal correspondence was routinely censored.

Date: World War Two

Our Catalogue Reference: DEFE 1/332

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    D1v1d

    • 24/Mar/2010 17:07:59

    This is fantastic historical material. Thank you for sharing your collection!

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    eilyshaw

    • 14/Nov/2010 13:33:46

    Course this kinda thing doesn't happen nowadays.... perish the thought. Blimey my giro's a bit late. Mind you you'd have to have command of quite few languages.

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    ww2censor

    • 03/Aug/2012 00:56:58

    This style of censor label was used from the beginning of the war in September 1939 until the War Office responsibility for censorship passed to the Ministry of Information in April 1940. This censor label also has a reference number "PC66" at the top right, barely seen in the image, and at that time the text on the labels reads "OPENED BY CENSOR" but this was changed to "OPENED BY EXAMINER". The very latest use I have seen of this type of label is July 1940, so this photo must have been taken before then. Most of this info can be verified in the Torrance & Morenweiser UK censorship book published by the Civil Censorship Study Group, British Empire Civil Censorship Devices WWII: Section 2 (pub 1991): Civil Censorship in United Kingdom.