August 2015

Issue: 3

Volume: 46

In the August issue of GSM, Don Davies reveals some curious covers that offer a new ‘angle’ on British postal history and John Deering dissects Royal Mail’s Great War 1915 Prestige Booklet and highlights some new Machin printing ‘mishaps’.

Contents August 2015

Contents to Volume 46, Number 3


The latest philatelic news from around the world including: Singapore’s ‘living’ stamps, Picasso postcard sale and Plymouth’s tribute to Edward Stanley Gibbons.

Society News

More reports from the nation’s Philatelic Societies.

Diary Dates

Forthcoming fairs and auctions.

Around the Houses

News of recent auction results.

New Collector

As ‘The Lion City’ marks 50 years of independence, John Holman looks at the stamp issues of Singapore.

GB News

See the buzz around Royal Mail’s new Bees issue.

Philatelic Origami

Don Davies reveals some curious covers that offer a new ‘angle’ on British postal history.

GB Specialised Supplement

The latest supplement to the GB Specialised Catalogue.

Machin Watch

John Deering dissects Royal Mail’s Great War 1915 Prestige Booklet and highlights some new Machin printing ‘mishaps’.

British Private Posts

A round-up of news and new issues from Britain’s private posts, courtesy of John Holman.

Uses of the Mulready Stationery

In the follow-up to his June article, Edward Klempka discusses postally-used Mulready Stationery.

Inland Postcards: Victorian Britain

The development of inland postcards heralded the arrival of cheap, fast communication. Michael Peach traces their introduction and development.

Registration in Singapore

Len Stanway reveals how the Singapore Post Office has handled registered mail—from 1854 to the present day.

Singapore: Then and Now

Find out about some of the rare attractions that will be on display at Singapore 2015, courtesy of the Singapore Philatelic Museum.

Singapore World Stamp Exhibition 2015

Discover who’s who, and who’s where, at Singapore 2015.

Postal Cards of the Federated Malay States

Henry Ong talks about the UPU colour scheme and its effect on the postal stationery of the Federated Malay States.

Kingston, Ontario Postmarks from 1851–80

As John Hillson explains, the mutilated, homemade and fancy cancels of Kingston, Ontario offer a great opportunity for collecting and study.

Swans on Stamps

P J Lanspeary presents another flock of his favourite ornithology-themed stamp issues.

The 1988 Provisional Definitives of Ghana: The C20 Overprints (Part 2)

Nicholas Pertwee continues his study of Ghana’s C20 Overprints with a focus on the different typefaces used.

Bamra State

Christer Brunstrom explains Bamra’s contribution to India’s rich stamp heritage.

Magna Carta Competition

Win one of only ten specially made prestige albums.

Philatelic legend to make an appearance at Monaco

MonacoPhil 2015 offers visitors the chance to see the legendary 1856 British Guiana 1c. black on magenta.

Stamp Hunting

Stamps to look out for from Indian Convention States.


Win a £50 Stanley Gibbons voucher.

2013–14 Foreign Postal Stationery

Geir Sor-Reime concludes his annual listing of foreign stationery issues.

Crowns, Tiaras and a Diadem

Cyril Parsons uses stamps to explain the subtle differences between royal crowns, tiaras and diadems.


Reviews of the latest philatelic publications.

Stamp News in Brief

A summary of recent and forthcoming issues.


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

Shore to Shore

More new issues from Jersey, the Isle of Man and Guernsey

The Unissued Stamps of King George VI

More tongue-in-cheek fun from the Hedley Adams Mobbs collection.

Catalogue Column

Hugh Jefferies offers more collecting advice from the Catalogue Editor’s chair.

Catalogue Supplement

A 12-page update to the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue.