February 2019

Issue: 9

Volume: 49

In the February issue of GSM, we discover why John Deering is getting in a bit of a spin over the new Harry Potter p.s.b. from Royal Mail.

Contents February 2019

Contents to Volume 49, Number 9


The latest news from around the philatelic world.

Spring Stampex International 2019

A preview of the upcoming Spring Stampex show.

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 goes ‘back to basics’ with a look at the evolution of stamp design over the years.

GB News

Royal Mail celebrates classic British stamp design.

The Stamp Designs of David Gentleman: Part 3

Richard West looks at David Gentleman’s designs for Royal Mail during the 1970s and 1980s.

Wilding Portrait Stamps: Part 2

Edward Klempka offers hints and tips on collecting Wilding booklets, overprints and covers.

Machin Watch

Discover why John Deering is getting in a bit of a spin over the new Harry Potter p.s.b. from Royal Mail.

GB Specialised Supplement

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

St Helena: Stamps Printed from the Perkins Bacon Plate 1856-94

Barry Burns FRPSL provides an illustrated guide to the 1856 6d. blue of St Helena and the subsequent surcharged issues printed from the same Perkins Bacon plate.

Early Correspondence From Straits Settlements Until 1870

Michael Waugh of the Malaya Study Group discusses Straits Settlements postal history until 1870.

Printing Stamps Digitally

Digital printing has the potential to revolutionise stamp production. Glenn Morgan FRPSL outlines its development and its impact on modern stamp design.

Dear GSM

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

Ducks on Stamps

With almost 90 per cent of duck species appearing on stamp issues, P J Lanspeary issues a colourful collecting challenge.

Bijawar: Seven Years in the Philatelic Limelight

Although all the Bijawar issues can fit on one album page, Christer Brunstrom explains that finding varieties and postal history can offer a real challenge for collectors.


The latest book and catalogue releases read and rated.

Stamp Hunting

Nimrod highlights some key issues from Ireland to look out for.

Basil in South Georgia

GSM’s roving correspondent, Basil Herwald, reports back from the British Overseas territory of South Georgia.

The Rise and Fall of an Empire

Alan Wishart looks at the stamp issues and postmarks used during Napoleon III’s time in power.

Aluminium Through the Ages

Josef Charrach shows how the history, extraction and uses of aluminium can be illustrated through stamps.

Gone But Not Forgotten

John Moody investigates the rather prolific philatelic history of Venda.

Amelia's Target: Howland Island

Stephen Pendleton discusses the postal history of Howland Island – the last known destination of American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart.

Shore to Shore

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


Your chance to win a £50 Stanley Gibbons voucher.

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.

The Unissued Stamps of King Edward VII

Another gem 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.