August 2013

Issue: 3

Volume: 44

In the August issue of the world-leading Gibbons Stamp Monthly, Rick Martin examines the rise and eventual demise of Britain’s TPO service and Gwyn Williams investigates the USSR’s stamp-funded dirigible programme.

Contents August 2013

Contents to Volume 44, Number 3


The latest philatelic news from around the world including: $2million cover sells at Siegel, Michael Sefi awarded LVO, and the Royal elects a new President.

Society News

More reports from the nation’s Philatelic Societies.

Diary Dates

Forthcoming fairs and auctions.

Around the Houses

A collection of the latest auction results.

New Collector

John Holman presents another inspiring article for new (and seasoned) collectors.

GB News

Royal Mail goes ‘wild’ with its latest new issues.

Britain's Travelling Post Offices

Rick Martin examines the rise and eventual demise of Britain’s TPO service

Railway Station Postmarks

Bill Pipe presents the history and key examples of Britain’s station postmarks.

GB Postal Stationery, Postal Labels and Postmarks

John Holman presents his latest report on new developments from the British stationery, labels and postmarks scene

Machin Watch

John Deering presents his regular column for Machin collectors. This month’s round-up includes a close look at Walsall’s temporary printings of the new tariff stamps.

GB Specialised Catalogue

The latest supplement to the Great Britain Specialised Catalogue.

The Great Train Robbery at the BPMA

Douglas Muir, Senior Curator, Philately of the British Postal Museum & Archive, marks the 50th anniversary of the Great Train Robbery with a look at the official Post Office records.

Creating a Jewel of the Jubilee: Part 5—The European Connection

John Davis continues Queen Victoria’s ‘European connection’ as told through stamps. This month, the focus is on the royal families of Germany, Prussia, Hanover and Wurttemberg.

2011–12 Foreign Postal Stationery

Geir Sor-Reime continues his annual survey of postal stationery from around the world.

The Tuvan 'Zeps': Fact or Fantasy?

Gwyn Williams investigates the USSR’s ambitious dirigible programme, which was partly funded by commemorative stamps and postcards.

The Creation of a Classic: The Sydney Views

Bill Cochrane presents an in-depth look at the famous Sydney Views, New South Wales’ inaugural stamp issue.

The 1988 Provisional Definitives of Ghana:The C60 Surcharges

Nicholas Pertwee investigates more modern surcharges of Ghana.

Spitsbergen's Tourist Stamps

Christer Brunstrom, presents another collection of highly-prized Cinderella stamps.

Sir Harry Luke, Colonial Administrator and Philatelist, 1937–1969:Part 2

David Horry continues his investigation into the apparent links between the colonial administrator and some of the more dubious characters of the philatelic underworld.

The 1967 Independent Anguilla Overprints:a Modern Classic?

Wilson Wong examines the rarest and most expensive Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth set.

Basil in Ascension Island: Part 1

Continuing north from St Helena on a philatelic journey, Basil Herwald visits Ascension Island, which, he discovers has a longer than expected postal history.

For your Convenience: A Guide to Canadian Booklets

John Hillson returns with another collector’s guide to Canadian stamps. This month he discusses the challenges of collecting Canada’s early stamp booklets.

Stamp Hunting

Nimrod highlights some important stamps to look out for from Montserrat.

Shore to Shore

New issues from the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey.


Your chance to win a £50 Stanley Gibbons voucher.


More of the latest new issues get put under the spotlight.

Stamp News in Brief

Your monthly summary of recent and forthcoming issues.

The Unissued Stamps of Queen Elizabeth II/Catalogue Column

The unissued stamps of Seychelles. Hugh Jefferies presents his latest comments as SG catalogue editor.

Catalogue Supplement

A 14-page update to the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue.