March 2017

Issue: 10

Volume: 47

In the March issue of GSM, George Rab takes a look at ‘a right royal struggle’ which led to the Bahawalpur state’s first stamp issues and Mike Dovey explores the postal legacy left behind by the trans-Pacific Japanese NYK Line.

Contents March 2017

Contents to Volume 47, Number 10


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

News of recent auction results.

New Collector

Royal Mail’s new Windsor Castle stamps inspire John Holman to take a look at other philatelic material which could be used to form a collection.

GB News

Royal Mail reveals its six-stamp tribute to David Bowie and we look at the new £5 large definitive issued for the 65th anniversary of the accession.

Die Proofs of the First Low Value Surface-Printed Postage Stamps of Great Britain

Robert Galland returns to this subject with a supporting article describing the attractive die proofs associated with the issue.

Machin Watch

The new high value Sapphire Blue £5 Machin marking the 65th anniversary of The Queen’s accession is discussed this month. Plus, news of more Post & Go issues.

GB Stamp Variants in Smilers Sheets: An Update on 2015 Issues

John Gray describes the many variants to be found in the Smilers Sheets of 2015 compared to their sheet stamp counterparts.

GB Specialised Supplement

The latest supplement to the GB Specialised Catalogue.

The First Stamps of Bahawalpur

George Rab takes a look at ‘a right royal struggle’ which led to the State’s first stamp issues.

Ferrary: 'The King of Stamp Collectors'

As the organisers of MonacoPhil 2017 begin to gather together a collection of ‘ex-Farrary’ material, Vincent Schouberechts looks back at the legendary philatelist’s life.

Christmas Island: The 1977 Christmas Issue

Rufus Barnes discusses the varieties and postmarks associated with this very popular issue.

Japanese Seapost Offices

Mike Dovey explores the postal legacy left behind by the trans-Pacific Japanese NYK Line.

The Russian Revolution: Military Intervention into Russia 1917-22

13 Allied countries sent forces in to Russia to try to stop the spread of Bolshevik power. Edward Klempka takes a look at the postal history that ensued.

Stamp Hunting

Nimrod highlights some desirable stamps to look out for from Australia.

New Zealand's 1935 Airmail Stamps

The stamps and covers prepared for the first airmail flight between New Zealand and Britain.

2015-16 Commonwealth Booklets

Geir Sor-Reime’s annual round-up of stamp booklets begins with issues from the Commonwealth.


More reviews of the latest philatelic publications.

Austerity Reused Covers

Michael Peach shows how envelopes were reused during the austerity years of World War II and beyond.

Benin's Modern Commemorative Rarities: Part 2

Nicholas Pertwee highlights several more of the hard to find Benin items from 1994 to 1999.

Ascension Island: The 1975 Red Overprint

To be or not to be – given full catalogue status? That is the question asked here.

An Iconic Stamp Album: King George VI

First issued in 1956 and still going strong today.

Stamp News in Brief

A summary of recent and forthcoming issues.

Shore to Shore

More issues from the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey.


Another chance to win a £50 Stanley Gibbons voucher.


Alison Boyd investigates the stories behind some of the latest stamp issues from around the world.

The Unissued Stamps of Queen Elizabeth II

More fun from the Hedley Adams Mobbs collection.

Catalogue Column

Hugh Jefferies offers his thoughts from the Catalogue Editor’s chair.

Catalogue Supplement

Your 13-page update to the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue.