November 2019

Issue: 6

Volume: 50

Inside November’s must-read GSM, Richard West takes to the skies to reveal what aerophilately and astrophilately has to offer and Alan Wishart FRPSL uncovers the stamps, postal rates and postmarks of the Papal States

Contents November 2019

Contents to Volume 50, Number 6


The latest philatelic news from around the world

Society News

More reports from the nation’s Philatelic Societies.

MonacoPhil 2019: The Place To Be This November!

Vincent Schouberechts presents some of the outstanding covers that will be on display at this year’s MonacoPhil event.

Diary Dates

Forthcoming fairs and auctions.

Around the Houses

News of recent auction results.

New Collector

In another back-to-basics article, Richard West takes to the skies to reveal what aerophilately and astrophilately has to offer.

GB News

Royal Mail celebrates the 20th anniversary of the classic children’s book The Gruffalo.

Great Britain: The 1929 Postal Union Congress Issue

Richard West talks us through the development of Britain’s five-stamp set issued for the ninth Postal Union Congress in 1929.

Machin Watch

John Deering reports on a special version of the Mail By Air Post & Go stamps, takes a close look at the new Elton John retail booklet and reveals the final member to join Royal Mail’s M19L business sheet line-up.

GB Specialised Supplement

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

Colombia: The Third Olympics Issue 1935

Colombia has never hosted an Olympic Games, so why then did it issue a set of 16 stamps inscribed ‘Third Olympics’ issued in 1935?

Mahatma Gandhi: A Life in the Service of Humanity: Part 2

Pradip Jain continues his celebration of the man who paved the way for India’s independence and left such an indelible mark on 20th century history.

Jersey: 50th Anniversary of Postal Independence: Part 1

To celebrate 50 years of postal independence, Gerald Mariner begins a study of Jersey Post’s definitive stamp issues.


The latest book and catalogue releases read and rated.

Thomas Cliffe 1896-1969: The Packet Man

From humble beginnings in the 1930s, Thomas Cliffe built one of the most famous brand names in the history of stamp retail. Michael Peach takes up the story.

Gone But Not Forgotten

In another article looking at the philatelic legacy of countries that no longer exist, John Moody discusses the issues from Zara and the Albanian Kingdom.

Travelling Post Offices: The London & Queenborough Sorting Tender

Ken Snelson and Keith Morris provide a detailed guide to the postal history produced by this turn-of-the-century TPO service.

Stamp Hunting

Stamps to look out for from India.


Win a £50 Stanley Gibbons voucher.

Stamps of the Papal States: 1852-1870

Postal historian Alan Wishart FRPSL uncovers the stamps, postal rates and postmarks that were in use in the Papal States before its postal administration was taken over by the Kingdom of Italy in 1870.

Creating a Buzz: New Zealand's 'Beehive' on Stamps

Christopher Moor sees what New Zealand’s iconic ‘Beehive’ parliamentary building offers the thematic collector.

The Great War: Victory and Peace

Peter van Gelder investigates why it took up to 2¼ years for some countries to issue commemorative stamps marking the end of World War I.

Fiji Airmails: Turning a Routine First Flight into a Complete Collection: Part 2

Bryan Jones concludes his article on how even a short-lived airmail service can bring about an extensive airmail collection.

Shore to Shore

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

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.

The Unissued Stamps of King George VI

More tongue-in-cheek fun from the Hedley Adams Mobbs collection.

Catalogue Column

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

Catalogue Supplement

Your 15-page update to the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue.