October 2013

Issue: 5

Volume: 44

Included in this month’s GSM, John Holman tells us why we should always ‘look on the back’ and David Horry investigates the cancels of Northern Rhodesia.

Contents October 2013

Contents to Volume 44, Number 5


The latest news from around the world including Royal approval of Britain’s Christmas stamp competition.

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 tells us why we should always ‘look on the back’ in his latest column for new collectors.

GB News

Royal Mail’s new Merchant Navy and Dinosaur issues.

Collecting Lilacs and Greens: Part 2—Used Abroad

How to build an effective—and affordable—collection of ‘Lilacs and Greens’ used abroad.

Striking the Right Note

Artist, Jennifer Toombs talks about her unadopted philatelic tributes to composer, Benjamin Britten.

Machin Watch

More new developments and new discoveries from Britain’s Machin and Post & Go scene.

Queen Victoria Embossed Penny Pink Envelopes

Michael Lockton examines the history of the attractive embossed penny pink envelope.

50th Anniversary of Great Britain’s First Pictorial Air Letters: 1963–2013

Peter Jennings FRPSL, FRGS celebrates the 50th anniversary of Great Britain’s first pictorial air letters.

GB Specialised Catalogue

The latest supplement to the Great Britain Specialised Catalogue.

The Postmarks of Northern Rhodesia During the King George VI Period 1937–53

David Horry investigates the cancels of Northern Rhodesia.

Creating a Jewel of the Jubilee: Part 7—The European Connection: Norway

The monarchy of Norway as depicted on stamps.

Canadian Column

The first secret date of the Canadian Bank Note Co.

Great Britain and Australia: The First Autogiro Mail

Peter Martin reveals how the autogiro was used around the world for postal deliveries.

Those Magnificent Men and Their Almost Flying Machines!: Part 1

Mankind’s various, and often unsuccessful, early attempts to take to the skies, as shown on stamps.

The 1988 Provisional Definitives of Ghana: The C80 Overprints

Nicholas Pertwee returns with another study from one of the most fascinating periods in Ghana’s stamp history.


Philatelic publications reviewed and rated.

New Zealand’s Specific Purpose Revenue Stamps

Discover the lesser-known ‘Specific Purpose’ stamps of New Zealand, courtesy of David Smitham.

Registration Stamps, But Not As We Know Them! Malaysia’s ‘PosDAFTAR’ Registration System

Can Malaysia’s registration labels be classed as stamps? Len Stanway argues in their favour.

New Zealand's Stamps of Endeavour

Christopher Moor explores New Zealander’s relationship with HMS Endeavour through stamps.

An Introduction to the Postal Stationery of the Orange Free State

The political development and history of the Orange Free State as seen in its postal stationery.

The Diarie of Samuel Creeps

More wise words from an ordinarie collector of stamps.

The Inter-islands Stamps of the Comoros

In a ground-breaking study Joh Groenwald examines the relationship between the stamps of the Comoros Islands.

Dear GSM

More readers have their say, courtesy of the GSM postbag.

Stamp Hunting

Stamps to look out for from the Solomon Islands.


Your chance to win a £50 Stanley Gibbons voucher.

Shore to Shore

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

Stamp News in Brief

Your monthly summary of events and forthcoming issues.


More of the latest new issues get put under the spotlight.

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 13-page update to the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue.