May 2013

Issue: 12

Volume: 43

Inside the May issue of Gibbons Stamp Monthly, John Deering reports on a recently discovered printing fault on Royal Mail’s London Underground issue and Robert Catto reveals some of the stamps and covers issued in honour of America’s first space lab.

Contents May 2013

Contents to Volume 43, Number 12


Stamps from the BPMA collections to be sold, celebrity signing at Salisbury and Royal Mail’s record breaking Doctor Who stamps

Society News

Reports from philatelic societies

Diary Dates

Forthcoming fairs and auctions

Around the Houses

A round-up of the latest auction news from the UK and abroad.

New Collector

Another inspiring article for new (and seasoned) collectors

GB News

Discover Royal Mail’s footballing ‘Dream Team’ compiled to mark the 150th anniversary of the Association Football rulebook

Machin Watch

John Deering reports on a recently discovered printing fault on Royal Mail’s London Underground issue and keeps his appointment with ‘The Doctor’ to discuss a very unusual prestige book

Jeffery Matthews: 50 Years of Design for Royal Mail (Part 6. Testing the Water)

Paul Brittain presents details of Jeffery Matthews’ experimental designs for British stamps, including an alternative to the Machin definitive

British Private Posts

John Holman reports on more recent issues and developments from Britain’s non-Royal Mail postage services

We Love Lead Free—Or Do We?

Harry Layne recalls an unusual British postmark campaign from 1989 which didn’t quite go according to plan

GB Postal Stationery, Postal Labels and Postmarks

What do Royal Mail’s new postal rates mean for modern postal history collectors? John Holman investigates

GB Specialised Catalogue

The latest supplement to the Great Britain Specialised Catalogue

The South Georgia Provisional ‘Paid at' Handstamp, Revisited

Hugh Osborne presents recent research and new discoveries surrounding these much sought-after postal markings

Basil in St Helena: Part 1

Basil Herwald embarks on a trip of a lifetime as he boards the RMS St Helena for the first part of his voyage to St Helena and Ascension

An Interview With David Beech MBE, FRPSL

David Beech MBE, FRPSL, the recently retired Head of the Philatelic Collections at the British Library, talks about his distinguished philatelic career, past, present and future

The Postmarks of Nigeria within the King George VI Period, 1937–1953

David Horry presents a guide to the challenges, and the rewards, of collecting the King George VI postmarks of Nigeria

Creating a Jewel of the Jubilee: Part 3—The European Connection

John Davis presents more philatelic material from his celebrated Jubilee display. This month, he offers a potted history of Belgium’s Royal family, as shown through its stamps

Benin 1999: 40th Anniversary of the Conseil De L'entente: Part 2

Nicholas Pertwee looks at the various surcharges applied to these fascinating modern African issues

2011–12 Commonwealth Postal Stationery

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

From Man to Wife, One Mediterranean Port to Another, all around Africa

We trace the fascinating journey of wartime letter posted from a French warship in the Mediterranean

Skylab—The Forgotten Space Mission

Robert Catto reveals some of the hard to find stamps and covers issued in honour of America’s first space lab

Stamp Hunting

Nimrod highlights some important stamps to look out for from Barbados


Dean Shepherd investigates the history behind some recent new issues

Shore to Shore

Discover the latest issues from the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey


Your chance to win a £50 Stanley Gibbons voucher

Stamp News in Brief

A summary of recent and forthcoming issues from around the world

Unissued QEII/Catalogue Column

The story behind an unissued stamp of Tonga. Plus, Hugh Jefferies’ latest comments as SG catalogue editor.

Catalogue Supplement

A 16-page update to the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue