Contents to Volume 42, Number 11.
In the April issue of GSM, Peter Martin reveals the story of the five brave Titanic post office workers who made the ultimate sacrifice for the mail and Rob Holley asks if a standardised numerical guide, against which we could measure rarity, might bring some much-needed precision to the hobby.
Contents April 2012
The latest news from the stamp world.
Reports from philatelic societies.
Forthcoming Fairs and Auctions.
Around the Houses
News of recent auction results.
John Holman reveals the new Irish definitives, Charles Dickens’ 200th anniversary, and stamps depicting Annigoni portraits of The Queen
Great British Comics, UK A–Z Part II, Charles Dickens – a sneak peek
News in the Post
John Scott sings the praises of newspapers as a rich but often neglected source of postal history.
British Postal History
Gavin Littaur, reveals a contender for the title of ‘most important item in British postal history’
John Deering brings another update on Britain’s definitive stamps
Win a Collector’s Edition GB Specialised Queen Victoria Catalogue
Stamping on with 1066
Inspired by the classic 1066 and All That, Alan Sacks continues his own potted philatelic history of Britain
GB Specialised Catalogue
A supplement to the Great Britain Specialised Catalogue
The Titanic and the Mails
Peter Martin reveals the story of the five brave Titanic post office workers who made the ultimate sacrifice for the mail
The Titanic Discovered
Steve Pendleton explains how a chance request to a ship’s captain resulted in a true piece of philatelic Titanic memorabilia
Provisional Definitives of Ghana
Nicholas Pertwee continues his stamp-by-stamp analysis of the Ghana 1988 C50 surcharges
Stamps worth looking out for from Cook Islands – plus the Stanley Gibbons competition
What is ‘Rare’?
Rob Holley asks if a standardised numerical guide, against which we could measure rarity, might bring some much-needed precision to the hobby
QEII Stamp Booklet Rarities
As stamp booklet collecting grows in popularity, Dr William Mayo highlights a number of very rare booklets of the Elizabethan era to keep a collector’s eye out for
The Diarie of Samuel Creeps
Michael Banister selects more extracts from the journal of an ordinarie collector of stamps
Norway’s Classic Byposts
Cinderella stamp expert, Christer Brunstrom takes a look at Norway’s Bypost labels, which offer an affordable and obtainable avenue for collecting
Peter Jennings FRPSL, FRGS, continues his report on the people and the post of Ethiopia
US Overrun Countries Series
Peter Martin reveals the collecting opportunities offered by an issue requested by war-time US President – and avid stamp collector – Franklin D Roosevelt
Chris Wheeler looks back on the stamps of an independent Azerbaijan.
More philatelic books reviewed
Stamps of The Olympic Games
Double Olympic Bronze Medalist, Tommy Godwin shares his thoughts on the Royal Mail Olympic Definitive Issue
2011 Foreign Booklets
Geir Sor-Reime continues his annual survey of stamp booklets with a run-down of recent foreign issues.
Shore to Shore
Island Hopper reports on stamps from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
Stamp News in Brief
A summary of recent and forthcoming issues from around the world.
Dean Shepherd investigates some recent new issues.
Unissued QEII/Catalogue Column
David Horry reveals the story behind another unissued stamp. Hugh Jefferies looks at plate flaws from Great Britain and Sudan and an inverted over print from Mauritius
A 14-page update to the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue.