April 2019

Issue: 11

Volume: 49

Included in another eclectic mix of articles, GSM reports back from the Spring Stampex and John Moody unearths the stamp issues left behind by more ‘dead’ countries.

Contents April 2019

Contents to Volume 49, Number 11


The latest news from around the philatelic world.

Spring Stampex 2019

GSM reports back from the Spring Stampex exhibition held at the Business Design Centre, London, in February.

Society News

More reports from the nation’s Philatelic Societies.

Diary Dates

Forthcoming fairs and auctions.

Around the Houses

The latest report from the auction rooms.

New Collector

Richard West continues his look at the different methods of stamp printing with a focus on the letterpress process and highlights the delights of stamp card collecting.

GB News

CRASH! BAMM! Royal Mail’s new ‘super’ stamp set featuring popular Marvel comic book heroes.

The Stamp Designs of David Gentleman: Part 5 - Concepts and Beyond

In his concluding article on the stamp designs of David Gentleman, Richard West examines the so-called David Gentleman Album – a collection of experimental designs for British stamps that includes ideas for replacing the portrait of The Queen.

Machin Watch

John Deering reports on a never-before-seen litho value found in the recent Leonardo da Vinci p.s.b., the first stamps to appear with the M19L date code and new tariff Machin and emblem stamps.

Queen Elizabeth II 1955-68 Castle High Values

GB specialist Edward Klempka shows us how to spot the differences between the various printings of the Wilding Castle high values.

GB Specialised Supplement

The latest supplement to the Stanley Gibbons Great Britain Specialised Catalogue.

MonacoPhil 2019: An Event Not to be missed

Vincent Schouberechts gives us a sneak peek of the philatelic and social events to be offered by the MonacoPhil exhibition in November.

British Military Administration (BMA) and the Restoration of Postal Services in Post-war Malaya

Chang Kok Kay outlines how the BMA instigated the restoration of a desperately needed postal service in Malaya after its liberation from Japan in 1945.

The Wonderful World of Beetles

Barry Floyd gives new meaning to the phrase ‘getting the collecting bug’.

Dear GSM

More readers have their say, courtesy of the GSM postbag.

Postal Stationery Matters

Peter Van Gelder returns with another varied selection of postal stationery items.

St Helena's 1934 Centenary Issue

Christer Brunstrom highlights one of the key sets in St Helena philately – the 1934 bi-coloured pictorial issue marking the centenary of British colonisation.

The First Issue of Crete

Alan Wishart FRSPL looks at the first issues of Crete following its hard-fought independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1899.

2018 Foreign Booklets

Geir Sor-Reime presents his latest annual survey of foreign stamp booklets.

Stamp Hunting

Nimrod highlights some key issues from Barbados for collectors to look out for.

Gone But Not Forgotten

John Moody unearths the stamp issues left behind by more ‘dead’ countries.

South Georgia Whaling Stations

The postal history of one of the world’s most remote workplace environments is discussed by Hugh Osborne.

Stamp News in Brief

A summary of recent and forthcoming issues.

Shore to Shore

The latest issues from Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey.


Your chance to win a £50 Stanley Gibbons voucher.


Alison Boyd investigates the stories behind some of the latest stamp issues from around the world.

The Unissued Stamps of Queen Elizabeth II

Another gem from the Hedley Adams Mobbs collection.

Catalogue Column

Hugh Jefferies tells us what to expect from the new Volume 3 of the Great Britain Specialised Catalogue.

Catalogue Supplement

Your 13-page update to the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue.