May 2016

Issue: 12

Volume: 46

Inside this month’s packed GSM, Edward Klempka looks at Henry Archer’s perforation machine which solved the problem of effectively separating early postage stamps from their sheets and Len Stanway looks back at the history of the railway which operated under the streets of London for more than 75 years.

Contents May 2016

Contents to Volume 46, Number 12


All the latest philatelic news, including the sale of a rare plate 77 Penny Red, a review of New York 2016 and special reports from Spring Stampex and the Southern England Stamp Show.

Society News

The latest reports from the nation’s Philatelic Societies. Included in this month’s column are the Gibraltar Study Circle and Scarborough Philatelic Society.

Diary Dates

Forthcoming fairs and auctions.

Around the Houses

News of recent auction results.

New Collector

John Holman looks at the changing face of The Queen on British stamps and highlights the philatelic collectables surrounding the Flying Scotsman.

GB News

We take a look at Royal Mail’s special issue to celebrate The Queen’s 90th birthday featuring six photographic portraits of Her Majesty.

Handstamps for Undeliverable Mail in the 19th Century: Part 2

To conclude his study of 19th century handstamps on undeliverable mail, Robert Galland introduces those used during the second half of the 19th century.

Early Perforation Trials and Henry Archer Perforated Stamps

Henry Archer’s new perforation machine solved the problem of effectively separating early postage stamps from their sheets. Edward Klempka looks at its invention and eventual acquisition by the Post Office in 1853.

Machin Watch

In this month’s column, John Deering focuses on stamps issued to meet the new postal tariffs, Post & Go Heritage: Transport and Post & Go exhibition issues.

GB Specialised Supplement

The latest supplement to the GB Specialised Catalogue.

MailRail: The London Post Office's Own Railway

Len Stanway looks back at the history of the railway which operated under the streets of London for more than 75 years.

Isle of Man Internment Mail of World War I

Two World War I internment camps on the Isle of Man housed nearly 30,000, letter-writing prisoners. Bernard Osborne discusses the postal markings used in the camps.


Reviews of the latest philatelic publications.

The Queen's 90th Birthday Stamp Issues

As HM The Queen celebrates her 90th birthday, GSM surveys new stamps marking the special occasion and casts an eye over some previous birthday issues.

2015 Commonwealth Postal Stationery

Geir Sor-Reime begins in the Commonwealth for his annual review of postal stationery from around the world.

The Revenue Stamps of the Indian Princely States

Revenue stamps were very popular in India but can be a confusing area for collectors. Christer Brunstrom gives guidance on how to start a collection.

Scientific Achievements: Einstein's Theory of General Relativity. Plus: Competition.

A new Jersey Post issue marks the centenary of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Read on to discover more on the issue and how to win yourself a mint set!

Stamp Hunting

Nimrod highlights the stamps of Gambia.

New Zealand's 1936 ANZAC Stamps

21 years after the Gallipoli landings, New Zealand issued its first stamps in aid of the ANZAC veterans. Christopher Moor discusses the fight to create that first issue.

Readers' Collections

A GSM reader shares his collecting passion.

Sir John Franklin and the Northwest Passage Saga

Peter van Gelder looks at the philatelic tributes created for those who tried to find a sea route from the northern Atlantic to the Pacific.

Stamp News in Brief

A summary of recent and forthcoming issues.


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

Shore to Shore

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


Another chance to win a £50 Stanley Gibbons voucher.

The Unissued Stamps of King George VI

More fun from the Hedley Adams Mobbs collection.

Catalogue Column

Hugh Jefferies offers more advice from the Catalogue Editor’s Chair.

Catalogue Supplement

A 20-page update to the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue.