July 2019

Issue: 2

Volume: 50

Included in another eclectic mix of articles, we review Royal Mail’s latest issue, which marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings and Alan Wishart talks about Belgium’s Sunday delivery labels.

Contents July 2019

Contents to Volume 50, Number 2


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

Society News

More reports from the nation’s Philatelic Societies.

Diary Dates

Forthcoming fairs and auctions.

Around the Houses

The latest results from the auction rooms.

New Collector

In his latest column for new collectors, Richard West takes a look at some of the less common methods used in stamp production and examines the history of British presentation packs.


The latest book and catalogue releases read and rated.

GB News

We review Royal Mail’s latest issue, which marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Forgeries of the Great Britain 2s. Brown: Part 1

The 2s. brown, introduced in February 1890, is a very rare stamp – and a prime target for forgers. Robert Galland FRPSL shows us how to identify the real from the replicas.

Stamps in Coils

Due to the huge public demand for stamps in the early 20th century, Britain’s Post Office needed to find ways to ease pressure on its counter staff. The solution – stamps in coils from automated machines.

Machin Watch

John Deering reveals the first MPIL Security Machins with an M19L year code to appear, and highlights some important colour changes in the latest Penny Black, Penny Red and Two Pence Blue definitives.

GB Specialised Supplement

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

Dear GSM

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

India's 1929 Airmail Stamps

During the height of the British Empire, India became one of the first British domains to issue a set of stamps to serve a fledgling airmail service. Pradip Jain provides detailed insight to this attractive issue.

Gone But Not Forgotten

John Moody discusses the philatelic legacy left behind by the Gilbert and Ellice Islands.

A Short Run Up to One Giant Leap

This year marks the 50th anniversary of when mankind first set foot on the moon. Jeff Dugdale brings together a selection of stamp issues from around the world to tell the story leading up to this historic achievement.

2018 Foreign Postal Stationery

Geir Sor-Reime continues his alphabetical listing of the foreign postal stationery issues of 2018.

Death Island

CAUTION! Enter at your own risk! Steve Pendleton takes a look at one tiny island with a somewhat chequered past.

Collecting on a Shoestring

Take some strain off your wallet with Christer Brunstrom’s guide on how to build a comprehensive, but affordable stamp collection.

Belgian Sunday Delivery Label Stamps 1893 to 1914

Alan Wishart talks us through the various Belgian definitive, commemorative and charity issues produced with Sunday delivery labels.

Stamp Hunting

Nimrod highlights some of the classic issues of Canada that are worth looking out for.

British Colonial and Protectorate Stamps Part 17: Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika

Noel Davenhill returns with another instalment of his popular series looking at the key colonial issues up to the early Elizabethan period.

Stamp News in Brief

A summary of recent and forthcoming issues.

Shore to Shore

The latest issues from Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey.


Your chance to win a £50 Stanley Gibbons voucher.


We reveal 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 offers more comments from the Catalogue Editor’s chair.

Catalogue Supplement

Your 10-page update to the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue.