August 2019

Issue: 3

Volume: 50

Inside this month’s packed GSM, we report back from the 2019 Philatelic Congress of Great Britain and John Moody examines the short philatelic legacy left behind by Ljubljana.

Contents August 2019

Contents to Volume 50, Number 3


Catch up with the latest philatelic news from around the world.

The Philatelic Congress at Stockholmia 2019

A report from the 2019 Congress of Great Britain.

Society News

More reports from the nation’s Philatelic Societies.

Diary Dates

Forthcoming fairs and auctions.

Around the Houses

The latest results from the auction rooms.

New Collector

This month, Richard West provides essential guidance for those looking to compile a ‘Traditional’ stamp collection.

GB News

We Brits do some curious things, as Royal Mail reveals in its new Curious Customs set.

Stamps in Coils: Part 2

Edward Klempka concludes his study of British stamp coils with a look at continuous printed rolls, and commemorative and privately produced examples.

Charles and Frederick Heath: The Original Whodunit

Adrian Keppel turns detective to try to unravel a mystery that has existed for generations – who actually engraved the Penny Black?

Forgeries of the Great Britain 2s. Brown: Part 2

Robert Galland FRPSL examines what happened when the most famous stamp forger turned his attention to this short-lived British stamp.

Machin Watch

There has been a huge amount of new M19L-dated security Machins appearing from the printing presses at Walsall. John Deering brings us up to speed.

GB Specialised Supplement

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

The First Issue of Monaco, 1885

Alan Wishart takes a look at Monaco’s eventful history and its first independent stamp issue.

Dear GSM

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

Selangor Mosque and Sultan Issue (1935-41)

In another of GSM’s articles to mark the 60th anniversary of the Malaya Study Group, Susan McEwen looks at Selangor’s first issue under the Malayan Postal Union.

MonacoPhil 2019: A Focus on Egypt

We take a sneak peek at a few of the rare Egyptian philately items that will be on show during the MonacoPhil exhibition this November.


The latest book and catalogue releases read and rated.

Australia and the Antarctic Part 1: Before World War I

Nicholas Oughton uses postal history and stamp issues to tell the story of Australia’s links to the frozen continent.

Indore, or is it Holkar?

Christer Brunstrom explains the reasons behind the dual-named stamps of this intriguing Indian State.

Gone But Not Forgotten

In another article looking at the stamp issues of ‘dead’ countries, John Moody examines the short philatelic legacy left behind by Ljubljana.

Stamp Hunting

Nimrod highlights some key issues from Pakistan and Bahawalpur that are worth looking out for.

2018 Foreign Postal Stationery

Geir Sor-Reime concludes his alphabetical listing of the foreign postal stationery issues of 2018.

1899-1902 Anglo-Boer War: Ceylon POW Censorship Revelation

More than 120 years after the start of the Boer War, Joh Groenewald walks us through a recent discovery that sheds new light on the censoring of letters to and from prisoners of war held in Ceylon.

Stamp News in Brief

A summary of recent and forthcoming issues.

Shore to Shore

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


Your chance to win a £50 Stanley Gibbons voucher.


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

The Unissued Stamps of King Edward VII

Another gem from the Hedley Adams Mobbs collection.

Catalogue Column

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

Catalogue Supplement

Your 14-page update to the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue.