August 2018

Issue: 3

Volume: 49

Included in another eclectic mix of articles, discover how slogan postmarks were used to great effect to help promote British trade after World War I and John Deering presents more new finds for modern GB collectors.

Contents August 2018

Contents to Volume 49, Number 3


The latest news from around the philatelic world.

Society News

More reports from the nation’s Philatelic Societies.

Diary Dates

Forthcoming fairs and auctions.

Around the Houses

The latest reports from the auction rooms.

New Collector

Richard West looks back at how British Smilers sheets have been used as a promotional tool for organisations and businesses.

GB News

Royal Mail salutes classic British comedy and a grand royal residence with two new stamp sets.

Postmarks in an Era of Poverty and Progress

Discover how slogan postmarks were used to great effect to help promote British trade after World War I.

Machin Watch

John Deering presents more new finds for modern GB collectors.

Prepaid (Stamped) Official Postal Stationery of Great Britain

Edward Klempka offers hints and tips on collecting an often overlooked aspect of British postal stationery.

GB Specialised Supplement

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

Bulgaria: 1879 Arms Type

Bulgaria’s first stamp issue, from its release in 1879 to its final appearance in 1916.

Guernsey's Endangered Species Series

GSM takes a look back at the 12 designs preserved in Guernsey Post’s Endangered Species series.

Piotr Naszarkowski: In Slania's Wake: Part 2

Adrian Keppel concludes his look at the 32-year career of Polish stamp engraver Piotr Naszarkowski.


More reviews of the latest philatelic publications.

James Cook 250

Alison Boyd retells the story of Captain Cook’s first voyage of discovery 250 years after he first set sail.

Farthing Stamps: A Study of a Denomination

Richard Capon explains why you don’t need deep pockets to build a medal-winning display at national level.

Free Franks and Franchise Stamps

Christer Brunstrom highlights examples of stamps, postmarks and labels produced to allow free frank privileges for organisations and noteworthy individuals.

Stamp Hunting

In this month look at the philatelic market, Nimrod highlights the key issues of Malta to keep a collector’s eye out for.

2017 Foreign Postal Stationery

Geir Sor-Reime concludes his foreign issues from 2017.

The 'SO 1920' Overprint: The Plebiscite That Never Voted!

Peter Chadwick explains how two rival Post Offices faced off over a disputed region of Europe following World War I.

Long Lost Canadian Revenue Stamp Discovered

Peter Martin updates us on his ongoing research into Canada’s embossed revenue stamps.

Kiwi Classic Cars

Christopher Moor looks back at three ‘classic’ thematic issues from the New Zealand Post Office.

Gone But Not Forgotten

John Moody digs up stamp issues from more of the world’s ‘dead’ countries.

Stamp News in Brief

A summary of recent and forthcoming issues.

Shore to Shore

Catch up with the latest issues from Alderney, Jersey and the Isle of Man.


Another 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 King George VI

Get ready for more faux fun from the Hedley Adams Mobbs collection.

Catalogue Column

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

Catalogue Supplement

Your 17-page update to the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue.