March 2019

Issue: 10

Volume: 49

Inside March’s packed GSM, Richard West look at the different methods of stamp printing and Noel Davenhill provides a focus on the key issues of St Vincent.

Contents March 2019

Contents to Volume 49, Number 10


The latest news from around the philatelic world.

Society News

More reports from the nation’s Philatelic Societies.

Diary Dates

Forthcoming fairs and auctions.

Around the Houses

The latest report from the auction rooms.

New Collector

Richard West continues his ‘back to basics’ look at philately with the first in a small series of articles discussing the different methods of stamp printing.

GB News

Royal Mail marks the 500th anniversary of the death of legendary artist Leonardo da Vinci with a 12-stamp set depicting a selection of the artist’s drawings held by the Royal Collection Trust.

The Stamp Designs of David Gentleman: Part 4-More Controversy

From the mid-1970s up to the turn of the millennium, David Gentleman produced a number of radical designs for the Post Office, one of which would send a wave of controversy right to the top of British politics. Richard West reveals all in the latest instalment of his series looking at the artists prolific stamp design portfolio

Machin Watch

In his latest column for collectors of modern GB, John Deering takes us through the different inscriptions and designs that have been available from Post & Go machines at The Postal Museum since 2016.

Wilding Disaster Mail

Robert Galland illustrates examples of Wilding mail which have been damaged while making its way through the postal system. Among the various disasters discussed are fire damage on trains and ships, aircraft crashes and miscellaneous damage in postboxes, which gives new meaning to the term snail mail

GB Specialised Supplement

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

British Colonial and Protectorate Stamps Part 15: St Vincent

Noel Davenhill’s popular series on British Colonial and Protectorate stamps continues with a focus on the issues of St Vincent.

2018 Commonwealth Booklets

Geir Sor-Reime presents the first part of his annual survey of worldwide booklets and postal stationery.

Return to Sender: The Retour Labels of Switzerland

Douglas N Muir RDP explains how a 1916 Swiss cover provided inspiration for a major study on the design, printing and use of Swiss return-to-sender labels.

German Occupation of the Netherlands 1940-45

During nearly five years of German occupation, the Netherlands issued a total of 11 stamps. Some were modified Dutch stamps from the pre-war era, while others were the result of greater German influence. Alan Wishart talks us through these occupation issues.

Gone But Not Forgotten

John Moody unearths the stamp issues left behind by some more ‘dead’ countries.

Keeping the Faroe Islands Posted During World War II

Brian Hague explains how the Faroe Islands, whose postal service was integrated with that of German-occupied Denmark during World War II, manage to operate an effective postal service, despite being under British control.

Tasmania's First Stamps: The Courier Issues

Peter Allan provides the full story behind the 1953 Courier issues of Van Diemen’s Land, regarded as the very first stamps of Tasmania.

Stamp Hunting

Nimrod highlights some of the key issues from New Guinea that are worth looking out for.

Shore to Shore

Catch up with the latest issues from Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man.


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

Stamp News in Brief

A summary of recent and forthcoming issues.


Don’t miss your chance to win a £50 Stanley Gibbons voucher.

Catalogue Column

Hugh Jefferies offers more comments from the Catalogue Editor’s chair.

Catalogue Supplement

Your 15-page update to the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue.