April 2011

Issue: 11

Volume: 41

Inside this month’s issue of GSM, Peter Martin looks at US stamps illustrating ‘the bloodiest conflict in American history’ and Colin Baker examines the background to stamped-to-order stationery envelopes.

Contents April 2011

Contents to Volume 41, Number 11.


The latest news from the stamp world.

Society News

Reports from philatelic societies.

Diary Dates

Forthcoming Fairs and Auctions.

Around the Houses

News of recent auction results.

New Collector

John Holman looks at the stamps of the Ryukyu Islands, Sinking Fund stamps and Universal Mail’s Bird issues.

GB News

Royal Shakespeare Company stamps and miniature sheet.

Machin Watch

John Deering looks at Service Specific stamps, the British Heart Foundation booklet and remembers Mike Holt.

Post & Go Goes 'Hytech'

John Deering reports on a new development.

British Private Posts

The latest news reported by John Holman.

George V Royal Cypher Stamps

The many interesting aspects of these stamps are revealed by David Baker.

Victorian STO Envelopes

Colin Baker examines the background to stamped-to-order stationery envelopes.

GB Specialised Supplement

A supplement to the Great Britain Specialised Catalogue.


Jeff Dugdale charts the successes of the Soviet space programme – and its failures.

Latin America Telegraphs

In Part 2 of this feature, the late Steve Hiscocks covers telegraph stamps of Costa Rica, Ecuador and El Salvador.

Sweden's 3 Skilling Yellow

The story behind the world’s most expensive stamp is told by Paul Brittain.

Dear Reader/Competition

Readers’ correspondence. Your chance to win a £50 SG voucher.

American Civil War

Peter Martin looks at US stamps illustrating ‘the bloodiest conflict in American history’.

Canada's Small Queens

The 6c. and 8c. values are examined by John Hillson FCPS, who attempts to answer some outstanding questions.

Malaysia Definitives 1979–1986

Mc McClaren concludes his article with a review of the booklets, postcards and aerogrammes.

England Australia Airmail

Three experimental flights that paved the way for a regular service between the two countries are recalled by Richard Breckon.

Sheffield PS

Donald Radley and Greg Spring outline members’ collecting interests.

Egyptian Airmails

Peter Jennings FRPSL, FRGS, illustrates a miscellany of pioneer airmail items from his collection.

Stamp Hunting

Nimrod suggests some stamps worth looking for from Malta.

Cook Islands Museum

A report from Philatelic Collector Inc on its latest venture and a look at recent issues from the islands.

2010 Foreign Booklets

Geir Sør-Reime concludes his annual survey of stamp booklets.

Stamp News in Brief

A summary of recent and forthcoming issues from around the world.

Shore to Shore

Island Hopper looks at wildlife: Jersey’s Squirts and Sponges, Manx Butterflies and Alderney’s Hawk-moths.


Dean Shepherd investigates some recent new issues.

Unissued QEII/Catalogue Column

David Horry reveals the story behind an unissued stamp. Hugh Jefferies reports on Qatar definitives, a GB surface-printed variety and a mystery Christmas stamp.

Catalogue Supplement

A 16-page update to the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue