July 2013

Issue: 2

Volume: 44

Inside this month’s packed GSM, Ray Simpson presents new research that is redefining the origins of the so-called ‘Treasury Roulettes’ and David Horry explores the rare King George VI postmarks of Southern Rhodesia.

Contents July 2013

Contents to Volume 44, Number 2


More details on the up-coming BPMA stamp sale, new King George V variety discovered; Australia 2013 report.

Society News

More reports from the nation’s Philatelic Societies.

Diary Dates

Forthcoming fairs and auctions.

Around the Houses

A collection of the latest auction results.

New Collector

John Holman presents another inspiring article for new (and seasoned) collectors.

GB News

Royal Mail’s 60th Anniversary of the Coronation and Classic Locomotives of Northern Ireland issues.

The 'Treasury Roulette': An Enigma Unwrapped

Discover how Ray Simpson’s recent research is redefining the origins of the so-called ‘Treasury Roulettes’.

An Update on Skeleton Stamps: Part 1

Harry Layne offers new information on the unframed and framed Skeleton postmarks of England and Wales.

Machin Watch

John Deering takes a closer look at Royal Mail’s recent Doctor Who and Football Heroes stamp issues, including a bit of an ‘own goal’ from Royal Mail.

Stamp Variants in Royal Mail Smilers Sheets—an Update. Part 2

John Gray continues his in-depth update on recent Smiler sheet varieties.

GB Specialised Catalogue

The latest supplement to the Great Britain Specialised Catalogue.

The Postal Stationery Society

As the PSS marks 21 years, members offer a small taste of what this field of collecting has to offer. To begin, Colin Baker introduces the history of postal stationery and the Society itself.

Around The World For A Penny: British 'Foreign Rate' Postcards, 1892–1917

How much variety can one type of British postal stationery offer? Peter O’Keeffe reveals the infinite possibilities.

Belgian Postal Stationery: The Sunday Label

Chris Howe explains how religious politics led to some often confusing designs on Belgium’s early postal stationery.

Collecting Mauritius Postal Stationery

Looking for a new collecting avenue? Alan Huggins explains the many reasons why you should consider the postal stationery of Mauritius.

2011–12 Foreign Postal Stationery

Geir Sor-Reime continues his annual survey of postal stationery from around the world.

New Zealand's General Purpose Revenue Stamps

With face values ranging from 1d. to over £190,000, New Zealand’s General Purpose revenue stamps offer a fascinating area of study, as David Smitham reveals.

Vatican Post Office Sede Vacante Stamps and Emeritus Pope Benedict

Peter Jennings reports from The Vatican on the recent Sede Vacante issue for Pope Benedict XVI.

The Postmarks of Southern Rhodesia during the King George VI Period, 1937–1953

David Horry explores Southern Rhodesia, which still offers a rich source of rare King George VI postmarks.

Jersey's Man of Steel

Discover the story behind Jersey Post’s latest ‘super’ issue.

Stamp Hunting

Nimrod highlights some important stamps to look out for from St Vincent.

Creating a Jewel of the Jubilee: Part 4—The European Connection

John Davis focuses on the history of Denmark’s royal family, as shown through stamps.


Your chance to win a £50 Stanley Gibbons voucher.

The Manx Factor

40 years after the Isle of Man achieved postal independence, Richard West looks back at some of the home-grown talent responsible for its stamps.

Shore to Shore

New issues from the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey


More of the latest new issues get put under the spotlight.

Stamp News in Brief

Your monthly summary of recent and forthcoming issues.

The Unissued Stamps of Queen Elizabeth II/Catalogue Column

The unissued stamps of Non-Sequiturial Africa. Hugh Jefferies presents his latest comments as SG catalogue editor.

Catalogue Supplement

A 18-page update to the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue.