Contents to Volume 45, Number 5
Inside this month’s packed GSM, Alan Drysdall examines the stencil-cut and overprinted stamps of the Central South African Railways in use in Transvaal and Orange River Colony and Giorgio Migliavacca discusses the four distinctive series of stamps that were issued by the Sardinian States.
Contents October 2014
A round-up of the latest philatelic news, including Jersey Post’s new Post & Go machine, plus a report from the 2014 Philatelic Congress of Great Britain.
More reports from the nation’s Philatelic Societies.
Forthcoming fairs and auctions.
Around the Houses
News of recent auction results.
As Malawi celebrated its 50th anniversary, John Holman looks at its stamp issues of the last half-century.
Eight of Britain’s most influential Prime Ministers are celebrated on the latest issue from Royal Mail.
British Private Posts
Should the recently privatised Royal Mail be re-classified as a private postal operator?
John Deering presents an update on the Post & Go scene and sees what Machin offerings are to be found in Royal Mail’s new World War I prestige booklet.
Stamping Around the Plaques of London (Part 4): G–L
Alan Sacks continues his alphabetical tour of London’s blue plaques with philatelic associations.
Postage Due—Return to Sender, Printed Matter
Michael Peach looks at the British Post Offices’ early methods of recovering the cost of returned mail, in particular the use of postage due stamps.
The Philatelic Exhibitions of London (Part 7): 1923
Derek Connell examines the philatelic memorabilia produced by the first London International exhibition to take place after World War I—an event that was shared with the tenth Philatelic Congress of Great Britain.
GB Specialised Supplement
The latest supplement to the Great Britain Specialised Catalogue.
Australia's Proposed Edward VIII Stamps, 1936
Australia’s plans for new stamps to mark the reign of Edward VIII were halted by news of his abdication. However, as Richard Breckon reveals, one remarkable item survived which could soon become the most valuable item in Australian commonwealth philately.
The World's Most Beautiful Post Offices
David Horry puts forward his candidates for the title of most beautiful post office in the world.
Stencil-cuts and Overprints of the CSAR
Alan Drysdall examines the stencil-cut and overprinted stamps of the Central South African Railways in use in Transvaal and Orange River Colony.
Stamps to look out for from the Pitcairn Islands.
Your chance to win a £50 Stanley Gibbons voucher.
The earliest stamp to depict a bird was in 1845, since then they have been a continually popular motif. P J Lanspeary examines some of the best bird stamps issued before 1900.
From Catalogue to Travelogue
With the advent of the internet, the armchair traveller is able to explore the world. Using definitive stamps from former colonies issued between 1935 and 1970, Noel Davenhill embarks on his own virtual tour of those once far-away places depicted on stamps.
Italian States: The Kingdom of Sardinia (Part 1)
Giorgio Migliavacca discusses the four distinctive series of stamps that were issued by the Sardinian States.
Francophone West Africa: The Conseil de l'Entente
Nicholas Pertwee returns to West Africa to complete his study of the issues marking the Conseil de l’Entente.
The Hunt for the 2s. Rhodesia Admiral SG 273aa
Stephen Reah-Johnson examines the evidence behind the existence of the 2s. Rhodesia Admiral SG 273aa.
The Elusive Mr Odom
Was George Odom, the MD of a mail-order woollen business, a spy? Using a variety of covers, David Horry investigates.
Stamp News in Brief
Your monthly summary of recent and forthcoming stamp issues from the world’s philatelic bureaux.
Alison Boyd reveals the stories behind some of the latest new stamp issues from around the globe.
Shore to Shore
More issues from Jersey, the Isle of Man and Guernsey.
The Unissued Stamps of Queen Elizabeth II
More fun from the Hedley Adams Mobbs collection.
Hugh Jefferies offers more comments from the catalogue editor’s chair.
A 16-page update to the Stanley Gibbons catalogue.