December 2012

Issue: 7

Volume: 43

Highlights of the December issue of GSM include  ‘Palestine: The London Overprints, 1921-22’ by Ashley Lawrence FRPSL and ‘Natal: The Provisional 2½d.’ by John Dickson

Contents December 2012

Contents to Volume 43, Number 7


Ofcom hints towards the end of first class postage, Perth 2012 report and a £2million stamp discovered-possibly

Society News

Reports from philatelic societies

Diary Dates

Forthcoming Fairs and Auctions

Around the Houses

Hugh Jefferies presents a round-up of the latest auction news from the UK and abroad.

New Collector

John Holman presents another inspiring article for new and seasoned collectors

GB News

The 150th anniversary of The London Underground; plus Royal Mail’s 2013 Stamp programme

Jeffery Matthews: 50 Years of Design for Royal Mail

This is the first of a new series of articles by Paul Brittain that looks back at the life and work of one of this country’s leading stamp designers

The Triangular Marks of Great Britain Revisited

Harry Layne BSc concludes his review of these cancellations as well as looking at other postal markings in which they were used

Stamping Along the Great West Road

Alan Sacks continues his light-hearted philatelic tour along one of Britain’s grandest thoroughfares

GB Specialised Catalogue

The latest supplement to the Great Britain Specialised Catalogue


More philatelic publications are read and rated

Colonial Omnibus Sets Revisited

Noel Davenhill takes a closer look at some of the worthy, and not so worthy subjects available to collectors

Postal Stationery Matters

Peter van Gelder begins his latest article with a look at the novel new reply stationery from Canada Post

The ½d. Falkland Islands Thrush, 1960-68

Hugh Osborne looks at the lowest value in the birds issue and investigates examples from the various printings and points out some known flaws

Creating a Jewel of the Jubilee: Part 1

John Davis FRPSL explains how he compiled his epic 400-page philatelic exhibition to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

The Diarie of Samuel Creeps

More wise words from an ordinarie collector of stamps

Dear GSM

More readers have their say, courtesy of the GSM postbag

Australia’s Centenary of Victoria Stamps, 1934

Richard Breckon outlines the background to the story of these 1934 commemorative stamps

Making Stampex the best show in Europe!

Peter Jennings FRPSL, FRGS gets up close and personal with Graham Childs in his wide-ranging exclusive interview

Stamp Hunting

Nimrod highlights some important stamps to look out for from the Gold Coast

Afghanistan: the Independence Day Issues

Robert Jack talks us through the various stamps, overprints and postal stationery available for the specialist collector

The Smith Family: Old Time Dealers

Michael Peach takes a look at the founding fathers of philatelic literature, their careers and the legacy they left behind

Natal: The Provisional 2½d.

John Dickson describes and illustrates the various varieties to be discovered

Palestine: The London Overprints, 1921-22

Continuing his study of stamps of Palestine, Ashley Lawrence FRPSL turns his attention to two overprints on the EEF stamps that were prepared in London

Shore to Shore

Island Hopper reports on stamps from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man


Your chance to win a copy of the 2013 Stamps of the World catalogue

Stamp News in Brief

A summary of recent and forthcoming issues from around the world


Dean Shepherd investigates the history behind some recent new issues

Unissued QEII/Catalogue Column

The story behind an unissued stamp of New Zealand. Plus, Hugh Jefferies’ latest comments as SG catalogue editor.

Catalogue Supplement

An 18-page update to the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue