December 2018

Issue: 7

Volume: 49

Inside this month’s issue of GSM, Richard West continues his study of King George VI definitives and Michael Peach gives an insight into the infamous Stock Exchange Forgery of 1872-3.

Contents December 2018

Contents to Volume 49, Number 7


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 report from the auction rooms.

New Collector

Richard West continues his study of King George VI definitives with issues from Aden, the Somaliland Protectorate, British Honduras, British Guiana and Newfoundland.

GB News

Discover how Royal Mail is marking the 70th birthday of HRH The Prince of Wales.

The Stamp Designs of David Gentleman: Part 1

In the first in a new series, Richard West examines the early philatelic designs of David Gentleman.

The Stock Exchange Forgery: A Perfect Crime

Michael Peach gives an insight into the infamous Stock Exchange Forgery of 1872-3 that went unnoticed until its eventual exposure and investigation 25 years later.

Machin Watch

This month, John Deering places the final piece in the M18L business sheet puzzle and investigates the missing ’20g’ in Royal Mail Post & Go stamps.

GB Specialised Supplement

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

Berlin Airlift: 1948-49

John Roe illustrates the contemporary and commemorative covers associated with 1948-49 Berlin airlift.

Singapore in Malaysia

Susan McEwen discusses the use of Malaysian issues in Singapore during its brief membership of the country.

The Wild and Wonderful World of Stamps

After some 600 stamp designs for 35 countries, Ian Loe looks back at the issue that opened his eyes to the ‘wild’ and wonderful world of stamp design.

Dear GSM

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

The Postal System of the First Contingent of the CEF

The postal systems used by the First Contingent of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during World War I are discussed by Neil Ritchie.

Rhodesian Double Heads: Now and Then

Although highly sought-after today, many collectors and reporters were less than impressed with the Rhodesian Double Heads when they were first issued in 1910. Otto Peetoom takes a look at contemporary reports.

Stamp Hunting

Nimrod highlights some of the key issues from Montserrat that are worth looking out for.

Basil in the Maldive Islands

Basil Herwald reports from the Maldives on the nation’s stamp issues – from the first overprinted stamps of Ceylon, to its recent thematic-led issues.


The latest book and catalogue releases read and rated.

Gone But Not Forgotten

John Moody unearths the stamp issues left behind by some more ‘dead’ countries.

North German Confederation

As Alan Wishart explains, the issues and postmarks of the North German Confederation offer plenty of interest.

Postal Stationery Matters

Peter van Gelder returns with another varied selection of postal stationery items.

Polar Philately

Steve Pendleton looks at the philatelic legacy of those adventurers and scientists drawn to the South Pole.

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

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


Your chance to win a £50 Stanley Gibbons voucher.

The Unissued Stamps of Queen Victoria

More faux fun from the Hedley Adams Mobbs collection.

Catalogue Column

Hugh Jefferies comments from the Editor’s chair.

Catalogue Supplement

Your 18-page update to the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue.