January 2021

Issue: 8

Volume: 51

In January’s must-read issue of GSM, Dr John M Gledhill provides an introduction to overprints on British revenue stamps, Michael Waugh FRPSL guides us through the issues of the Federated Malay States and John Moody looks at the stamps issued in Norway during the German occupation of World War II.

Contents January 2021

Contents to Volume 51, Number 8


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

Society News

We profile more of the world’s philatelic societies.

Auction Dates

Forthcoming auctions.

Around the Houses

Your monthly roundup of recent auction results.

New Collector

Richard West explains why when printers have a bad day at the office, it’s usually good news for stamp collectors.

GB News

We review Royal Mail’s annual stamp products which combine the entire GB stamp programme from the last 12 months.

GB Overprints: GB Revenue Stamps

As part of the GB Overprints Society’s 50th anniversary celebrations, Dr John M Gledhill provides an introduction to overprints on British revenue stamps, particularly those for use in overseas countries.

Machin Watch

John Deering explains how interrupted phosphor bands can happen and examines some recent changes in Post & Go inscriptions which have resulted in some very collectable items.

GB Specialised Supplement

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

Federated Malay States for the Philatelist

The complex history and changing postal allegiances of Malaya make it a rewarding and challenging area for collecting. Michael Waugh FRPSL guides us through one very popular aspect of Malayan philately – the issues of the Federated Malay States.

Brazil: 21st Century Stamp Design

While the philatelic output of some countries can make collectors feel like a cash cow, Janet Nelson explains how the relatively moderate stamp issuing policy of Brazil offers a refreshing change from the norm.


The latest book and catalogue releases read and rated.

Delivering the Mail: Part 4 Delivery by Animals

In the latest instalment of his ongoing thematic series looking at how the mail is delivered, John Davis takes a look at one type of animal which has played a crucial role when it has come to the post – Genus Equus (horse and pony).

Nepal: The Pre-UPU Issues

With only 120 basic stamps to obtain, most of which are quite affordable, Christer Brunstrom FRPSL explains why the pre-UPU issues of Nepal offer an excellent collecting opportunity for both advanced and general collectors alike.

Mutiny on the Bounty Part 1: Journey to Paradise

The Bounty story has been retold many times, some more accurately than others. Here, Nicholas Oughton gathers together just some of the many stamp issues on the theme to provide his evidence-based account of the rebellion of 1789.

2020 Yearbooks

Jersey, Faroe Islands, Guernsey, and Macao provide an overview of their 2020 annual issues.

Gone But Not Forgotten

In his regular article on the stamps of ‘dead’ countries John Moody looks at the stamps issued in Norway during the German occupation of World War II.

Please Look After These Bears!

Jeff Dugdale and Sheila Sutherland come together to offer a thematic guide to the most popular bears found in the literary world.

Stamp Hunting

Nimrod highlights the stamps to look out for from the Caribbean island of St Lucia.

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

We highlight the latest new issues from Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.


Don’t miss your chance to win a £50 Stanley Gibbons voucher.

Catalogue Column

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

Catalogue Supplement

A 12-page update to the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue.