May 2024

Issue: 12

Volume: 54

In May’s must-read issue of the world’s leading philatelic consumer magazine, Neil Donen reveals a relatively untapped area of postal history surrounding the 1935 Silver Jubilee issue, John Moody talks about the issues of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, Robert Galland discusses the uses of the 1881 1d. lilac, Britain’s first unified stamp, and Derek Connell presents a wonderful selection of commemorative collectables from the 1924 British Empire Exhibition.

Contents May 2024

Contents to Volume 54, Number 12


A collection of the latest philatelic news from around the world.

Society News

More of the latest reports from the nation’s philatelic societies.

Diary Dates

The latest philatelic fair and auction dates

Around the Houses

News of recent auction results.

New Collector

Richard West highlights more of the world’s most celebrated collectors. This month he looks at the formidable collections formed by famous American philatelists Alfred F Lichtenstein and his daughter, Louise Boyd Dale.

GB News

We explore the Mesozoic Era with Royal Mail’s Age of the Dinosaurs stamp issue. Featuring iconic species like Tyrannosaurus rex and honouring fossil hunter Mary Anning, this set of eight stamps and miniature sheet brings prehistoric giants to life!

Definitive Watch

In this month’s roundup of modern GB news, John Deering looks in detail of Royal Mail’s postal tariff increase and the new £2.50 King Charles III definitive it spawned. Plus, he provides an overview of the Post & Go issues from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail since April 2023.

The 1d. Lilac Unified Stamp Part 3: Postal and Revenue Usage

Robert Galland continues his study of Britain’s 1d. lilac unified stamp. In this month’s article he explores the stamp’s role at foreign post offices, at sea and in Post Office trials.

British Private Local Issues: Part 3

Christer Brunström takes us on a tour of Britain’s private island posts and the stamps they produced in an effort to separate those which offered a legitimate postal service from those who simply produced stamps to sell to collectors.

GB Specialised Supplement

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

Road to Wembley Part 5: White City to Wembley Park

We join Derek Connell FRPSL on the road to Wembley for a fantastic presentation of promotional postmarks, commemorative stamps and postal stationery from the 1924 British Empire Exhibition.

Gregor Johann Mendel (1822–1884) Pre-eminent Geneticist

The groundbreaking research of Gregor Mendel in the mid-19th century laid the foundation for the modern day understanding of genetics and heredity. Michael Peach looks at commemorative issues from around the world that celebrate his achievements.

New Zealand’s 1898 Pictorials

Christer Brunström FRPSL talks us through the challenges and rewards for those looking to assemble a collection of New Zealand’s intricate 1898 pictorials.

The 1935 Silver Jubilee Issue Part 1: Collectors and O.H.M.S. Covers and Receipts

Philatelic demand for the 1935 Jubilee issue led Colonial and Dominion postal administrations to introduce a series of official information leaflets, order forms, receipts and O.H.M.S. covers to help process orders from collectors. As Neil Donen reveals, today these offer an interesting and largely untapped area of postal history.

Gone But Not Forgotten

In his latest article exploring the stamps of countries that no longer exist, John Moody turns his attention to the issues of the short-lived Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

Stamp Hunting

Nimrod highlights the stamps to look out for from Egypt.

Postal Stationery Matters

Peter van Gelder presents more postal stationery items from around the world.

2023 Foreign Booklets

Geir Sør-Reime concludes his latest annual survey of foreign stamp booklets.

Stamp News in Brief

A summary of recent and forthcoming issues.


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

Shore to Shore

We highlight the latest new issues from Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey.


Don’t miss your chance to win a £50 Stanley Gibbons voucher in our regular competition.

Catalogue Column

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

Catalogue Supplement

The latest, 14-page update to the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue.