October 2019

Issue: 5

Volume: 50

Inside October’s GSM, Vincent Schouberechts highlights some exceptional maritime postal history pieces and Mac McClaren of the Malaya Study Group, discusses the finer details of the 1892 provisionals.

Contents October 2019

Contents to Volume 50, Number 5


The latest philatelic news from around the world.

Society News

More reports from the nation’s Philatelic Societies.

The New Look Stanley Gibbons

GSM talks to the CEO of Stanley Gibbons, Graham Shircore, about the reasons for the company’s brand new look and the recent changes to its products and services.

MonacoPhil 2019: The Maritime Postal History Exhibition

Vincent Schouberechts highlights a few of the exceptional maritime postal history pieces that will be on display at MonacoPhil 2019.

Diary Dates

Forthcoming fairs and auctions.

Around the Houses

News of recent auction results.

New Collector

In another back-to-basics article, Richard West turns his attention to the area of ‘Thematics’.

GB News

Royal Mail releases its latest Music Giant issue, focusing on the albums of Elton John, and celebrates ships of the Royal Navy.

The Railway Letter Stamps of Great Britain and Ireland: Part 1

In the first of a new series of articles, Edward Klempka looks at the essays and early Railway letter stamps of England.

Machin Watch

John Deering dissects a new version of the 12x2nd retail booklet featuring an M18L year code and highlights some very unusual Post & Go printings.

GB Specialised Supplement

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

The Channel Islands: 50th Years of Postal Independence

As the Channel Islands celebrate 50 years of postal independence, Gerald Mariner provides a definitive guide to the definitive issues of Guernsey.

The Zululand 1854 £5: A Controversy Resolved

Discover how new research has redefined thinking on an unusual example of this high value issue, which was previously dismissed as bogus.

The 1899-1902 Anglo-Boer War: Part 2: St Helena POW Mail

Joh Groenewald examines more postal history items produced by prisoners of the Boer War, this time from those held on St Helena.

Straits Settlements Provisional Issues, 1892

Mac McClaren of the Malaya Study Group, discusses the finer details of the 1892 provisionals.

Stamp Hunting

Stamps to look out for from the Leeward Islands.


Win a £50 Stanley Gibbons voucher.

British Colonial and Protectorate Stamps Part 18: St Lucia

Noel Davenhill returns with another instalment of his long-running series charting the philatelic history of colonial stamps up to the early Elizabethan period.

Phila-reptilia: A World of Reptiles

Ever considered collecting reptiles on stamps? With thousands of species and a plentiful supply of stamp issues to choose, Barry Floyd explains why you should become a cold-blooded collector.

Mahatma Gandhi: A Life in the Service of Humanity

This October marks the 150th birth anniversary of one of the world’s most influential men, Mahatma Gandhi. Using stamp issues and unique postal history, Pradip Jain illustrates Gandhi’s incredible life.

Gone But Not Forgotten

In another article looking at the stamp issues of countries that no longer exist, John Moody discusses the issues from the Spanish colony of Fernando Poo and Netherlands New Guinea.

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.

Shore to Shore

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

The Unissued Stamps of The Belgian Congo

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

A 17-page update to the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue.