November 2013

Issue: 6

Volume: 44

Inside this month’s issue of GSM, we report on the opening of the new William H Gross Stamp Gallery and Christopher Moor examines the stamps issued to celebrate Kate Sheppard, the leader of the New Zealand suffrage movement.

Contents November 2013

Contents to Volume 44, Number 6


The latest philatelic reports from around the world including: the opening of the new William H Gross Stamp Gallery; the government’s sale of Royal Mail; and an in-depth report on Autumn Stampex.

Society News

The latest reports from the nation’s Philatelic Societies.

Diary Dates

Forthcoming fairs and auctions.

Around the Houses

News of recent auction results.

New Collector

John Holman gives an overview of Brazilian stamps, explores the philatelic connections of Benjamin Britten, explains some philatelic terms and revisits Kennedy memorial stamps.

GB News

Royal Mail unveils its Christmas 2013 stamps depicting the Madonna and Child.

Changing Attitudes: The Miniature Sheet

Although Great Britain’s first miniature sheet, depicting Historic Buildings, was issued in 1978, Richard West reveals they were first suggested 40 years earlier.

Machin Watch

John M Deering casts his eye over the new Merchant Navy issue and reveals a possible new perforation error.

The 1922 Postal Rebate

John Fowler discusses the many ways in which the 1922 postal rebate was implemented on existing stocks of postal stationery.

GB Specialised Catalogue

The latest supplement to the Great Britain Specialised Catalogue.

Confederate States of America: The 10c. and 2c. Altered Plates

Although the 10c. and 2c. Altered Plates were never used for official Confederate stamps, as John L Kimbrough reveals, numerous private printings were made.

Smooth Sailing at Kiribati

Hugh Bennet introduces Kiribati’s new Water Transport definitives.

Spain’s Civil War (Postal) Tax Stamps

Christer Brunstrom examines the tax stamps issued by both sides of the Spanish Civil War and the motives behind their release.

The Tweedside Red Mystery

Were Jamaican temporary cancellations used by Naval Intelligence and was James Bond creator, Ian Fleming, involved in their use? David Horry investigates.

The 1988 Provisional Definitives of Ghana: The C200 Surcharge

Nicholas Pertwee continues his series on Ghana’s provisional definitive series, including some of the scarcer examples to look out for.

Canadian Column

John Hillson FCPS looks at Canadian way mail and drop letters, which offer collectors huge scope for study

Early Transatlantic Sea Post Offices

Julian H Jones discusses the development of transatlantic sea post offices and the distinctive postmarks they used.

Stamp Hunting

Stamps to look out for from Malaya.


Your chance to win a copy of the brand new Stanley Gibbons 2014 Commonwealth & British Empire 1840–1970 Catalogue.

Kate Sheppard’s Place in New Zealand History

To mark the 120th anniversary of women’s right to vote in New Zealand, Christopher Moor examines the stamps issued to celebrate Kate Sheppard, the leader of the New Zealand suffrage movement.

A Tempest in a Teapot

Covers and cachets reveal the fascinating story of British and American rivalries at Stonnington Island, Antarctica.

Those Magnificent Men and Their Almost Flying Machines!: Part 2

Ian Hamilton concludes his survey of mankind’s attempts at flight, as told through stamps, with an examination of the great pioneers who led the way in aeronautics.

Stamp News in Brief

Your monthly summary of recent and forthcoming stamp issues from the world’s philatelic bureaux.

Shore to Shore

Island Hopper reports on more issues from the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey.


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

The Unissued Stamps of Queen Elizabeth II/Catalogue Column

More tongue-in-cheek fun from the Hedley Adams Mobbs collection. Hugh Jefferies presents his latest comments as SG catalogue editor.

Catalogue Supplement

A 16-page update to the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue