June 2011

Issue: 1

Volume: 42

In the June issue of GSM, Nick Halewood records some of Hong Kong’s many birds on stamps and Richard Breckon reveals how a Marist Brother helped change the Australian Post Office’s attitude to pictorial issues.

Contents June 2011

Contents to Volume 42, Number 1


The latest news from the stamp world

Society News

Reports from philatelic societies

Diary Dates

Forthcoming Fairs and Auctions

Around the Houses

News of recent auction results

New Collector

John Holman looks at early stamps of King George V and celebrates the 90th birthday of Prince Philip

GB News

New Issue: Thomas the Tank Engine stamps and miniature sheet on 14 June

Machin Watch

John Deering reveals the results of recent tariff increases. A look at the latest edition of the GB Concise Catalogue

British Private Posts

The latest news reported by John Holman

GB Specialised Supplement

A supplement to the Great Britain Specialised Catalogue

Postal Stationery Matters

Peter van Gelder reports on Royal Mail issues of the 1990s and the demise of the British aerogramme

Dear GSM

Readers’ correspondence

GSM Bookshelf

Reviews of recent books

Hong Kong’s Birds Definitives

Nick Halewood records some of Hong Kong’s many birds

Raoul (Sunday) Island

Steve Pendleton pays a philatelic visit to the largest of the Kermadec Islands chain

Footsteps of Hašek and Kafka

Otto Hornung recalls the time he worked with Czech journalist Vitězslav Houška

Australian Stamp Issue Policy

Richard Breckon reveals how a Marist Brother helped change the Australian Post Office’s attitude to pictorial issues

The Diarie of Samuel Creeps

Michael Banister selects extracts from the Creeps’ journal

Foreign Postal Stationery A–F

Countries from Aland to France appear in Geir Sør-Reime’s survey of 2009/10 postal stationery

Uganda KGVI Postmarks

David Horry illustrates Ugandan postmarks worth searching for within the King George VI period

Born Again Collector

A return to collecting can be a shock to the system, as Ian Matthews found out

New Zealand First Sidefaces

The First Sidefaces are a major philatelic challenge; Robin Gwynn FRPSL, FRPSNZ, explains why

Fiji Definitive Surcharges

Bryan Jones provides an update to his articles of 2007

Stamps as Cultural Artefacts

The role of stamps as icons of our time is discussed by Jack Trammell

The Hawaiian Missionaries

Paul Brittain continues his series of articles looking at famous stamps

Stamp Hunting/Competition

Nimrod suggests stamps worth looking for from Sweden. Your chance to win a £50 SG voucher

Royal Wedding 2011

Peter Jennings FRPSL, FRGS, interviews Press Association Royal Photographer John Stillwell

Youth Philately

Erene Grieve suggest that we get involved with Youth Philately and provides advice on doing so

Miniature Works of Art

Stamps depicting works of art in St Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum are discussed by Barry Floyd

Shore to Shore

Harold ‘Dusty’ Miller from the Isle of Man, Alderney’s Royal Birthdays and Jersey Birdlife; Island Hopper previews forthcoming stamp

Stamp News in Brief

A summary of recent and forthcoming issues from around the world


Dean Shepherd investigates some recent new issues

Unissued QEII/Catalogue Column

David Horry reveals the story behind an unissued stamp. Hugh Jefferies reports on a Victorian GB flaw and varieties from Malta

Catalogue Supplement

A 16-page update to the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue