October 2017

Issue: 5

Volume: 48

Inside this month’s packed GSM, Cyril R H Parsons reviews the traditional printing practices that gave way to more modern methods during King George VI 15-year reign and Mike Dovey gives a brief history of the USA Pacific Sea Post Office and reveals the story behind a remarkable cover posted on board one of its ships.

Contents October 2017

Contents to Volume 48, Number 5


Your regular round-up of the latest philatelic news from around the world including: New Zealand Post’s decision to cease its traditional Health Stamps issue and SEPAC success on the Isle of Man.

A Very Successful Philatelic Congress in Cardiff

The Chairman of the ABPS Congress Committee, Gerald Marriner FRPSL, reports from the 2017 Philatelic Congress of Great Britain.

Society News

More reports from the nation’s Philatelic Societies.

Diary Dates

Forthcoming fairs and auctions.

Around the Houses

The latest reports and important upcoming sales from auction rooms at home and abroad.

GB News

GSM takes a look at Royal Mail’s latest Star Wars stamps, as well as two other issues due for release – Ladybird Books and the third in the series for the Transport Heritage issue: Mail by Air.

Postmarks That Have Caused Offence

Over the last 100 years, machine slogan postmarks have reflected social and political issues, but not all have found favour with the British public. David Pollard highlights a few controversial examples.

Machin Watch

Date-coded Post & Go Machins from post offices are examined by John Deering before he casts his expert eye over a new M17L Machin appearance.

GB Specialised Supplement

The latest supplement to the GB Specialised Catalogue.

The Orchids and Birds Definitives of Malaysia 1965-70

The missing colours, watermark errors and flaws of the Orchids and Birds definitives of Malaysia are explored by Mac McClaren.

Antarctic Peninsula: A Tale of Two Base Stations

As Steve Pendleton reveals, two of the numerous remote British Antarctic bases, Base W and Base Y, offer fascinating philatelic stories.

The Comoro Islands: Part 2

To conclude from last month, Michael Round brings the philatelic story of the Comoro Islands up to date and shows how its varied philatelic output reflects the numerous changes in government on the islands.

King George VI: Changes in Stamp Printing During His ReignKing George VI: Changes in Stamp Printing During His Reign

Traditional printing practices gave way to more modern methods during the reign of King George VI. Cyril R H Parsons reviews the changes that occurred during the King’s 15-year reign.


Reviews of the latest philatelic publications.

US Pacific Sea Post Offices

Mike Dovey gives a brief history of the USA Pacific Sea Post Office and reveals the story behind a remarkable cover posted on board one of its ships.

150 Years of the Confederation of Canada

As Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Peter van Gelder takes a look at the stamps issued to mark milestones in the country’s history.

100 Years of Jazz on Stamps

As 2017 marks the centenary of the very first jazz record, Allan Cooke takes a thematic look at the history of this diverse music genre.

Stamp Hunting

Nimrod highlights some desirable stamps to look out for.

Stamp News in Brief

A summary of recent and forthcoming issues.


Alison Boyd investigates the stories behind the latest stamps from the United Nations, Finland and Italy, and provides a round-up of recent SEPAC issues.

Shore to Shore

Discover Invention and Innovation from the Isle of Man, Butterflies and Beekeepers from Jersey and the 70th Wedding Anniversary of HM The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh from Guernsey.


Another chance to win a £50 Stanley Gibbons voucher.

The Unissued Stamps of Queen Elizabeth II

More faux fun from the Hedley Adams Mobbs collection.

Catalogue Column

Hugh Jefferies highlights a newly discovered variety in Cyprus overprints and gives reasons for some recent changes made in the listings for Bermuda.

Catalogue Supplement

A 17-page update to the Stanley Gibbons catalogue