Contents to Volume 53, Number 8
In the January issue of GSM, Nicholas Pertwee highlights the Japanese 50y. definitive stamp issues, which illustrate the 1400-year-old Maitreya Bodhisattva statue, and points out that several shades are not mentioned or inaccurately described in catalogues and it might seem a simple task to find the first country to issue a Christmas stamp, but, as Julian Bagwell illustrates, not everything is that straightforward.
Contents January 2023
A collection of the latest philatelic news from around the world.
More of the latest reports from the nation’s philatelic societies.
Forthcoming fairs and auctions.
Around the Houses
News of recent auction results.
In his second instalment of articles looking at study and research opportunities, Richard West looks at what The Postal Museum and Post Office Archives have to offer philatelists when it comes to research.
This month we unearth Royal Mail’s latest stamp issue which marks the centenary of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb.
Land Tax Redemption and the Franking System: Part 2
Robert Galland continues his study on the free franking system of Great Britain as he describes some of the circulars and wrappers produced by the Department of Land Tax Redemption.
John Deering looks at the elusive MA10 2nd class barcoded business sheet and shows how Remembrance has been commemorated through Post & Go issues.
Norway’s Postal Pioneers
2022 marked the 375th anniversary of Posten Norge and the 150th anniversary of the famous posthorn stamps. John Wright explores the history of Norway’s postal service and reveals the efforts postal workers went to in order to deliver the mail.
The First Stamps to Commemorate Christmas
It might seem a simple task to find the first country to issue a Christmas stamp, but, as Julian Bagwell illustrates, not everything is that straightforward.
Jersey, Guernsey and Macao provide an overview of their 2022 annual issues.
The latest books and catalogues read and rated.
Japan: A National Treasure
Nicholas Pertwee highlights the Japanese 50y. definitive stamp issues, which illustrate the 1400-year-old Maitreya Bodhisattva statue, and points out that several shades are not mentioned or inaccurately described in catalogues.
Stamps for Ice Cream
A rather unusual and tasty philatelic move by Die Post Switzerland caught Douglas N Muir’s attention recently which he decided to try out first hand.
Could Have Done Better
Noel Davenhill picks out a few examples of where things have sadly fallen far short of making a beautiful or desirable stamp issue.
Brothers in Arms: The Italian Colonial Issue
Continuing from a previous article for GSM, Clive Griffiths discusses the colonial use of the 1941 Brothers in Arms issue produced by Italy and Germany during World War II.
Gone But Not Forgotten
John Moody reveals the philatelic story behind postal services which no longer exist. In his latest instalment he looks at the United States’ Military Postal Service in the Japanese Ryukyu Islands.
Stamps to look out for from Natal.
Delivering the Mail: Part 7c Delivery by Air
John Davis FRPSL brings to a close his series of thematic articles on the different ways the mail has been delivered over the years with a final display of the ways mail has been transported through the air.
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, Isle of Man and Guernsey.
Don’t miss your chance to win a £50 Stanley Gibbons voucher.
Hugh Jefferies offers more thoughts from the Catalogue Editor’s chair.
A 14-page update to the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue.