Contents to Volume 51, Number 4
Contents October 2020
The latest news from around the philatelic world.
More reports from the nation’s philatelic societies.
Around the Houses
Your monthly roundup of recent auction results.
The 'Gilmer' Cover: A unique new discovery with a fascinating history
George James, Head of Commonwealth at Stanley Gibbons, tells us why this cover is so important to both Malayan and Indian philately.
Richard West looks back at some of the different ways Royal Mail has promoted new stamp issues to the press, which range from the very simple to the exclusive.
We put Royal Mail’s Sherlock Holmes and Rupert Bear issues under the magnifying glass.
Great Britain: Victorian Mixed-Franking Covers
In October, a new book will be released which tackles the transient nature of early British stamp design. Ray Simpson gives an insight into the development of the book, from concept to completion.
John Deering turns philatelic super sleuth to find out what the new Sherlock Holmes issue has to offer and investigates the case of a 2p Machin with an inset iridescent overprint.
The Stamp Show That Never Was: Part 3: A Celebration of London 2020
Derek Connell rounds off his very own fantasy philatelic festival with a final collection of memorabilia from his would-be exhibition.
GB Specialised Supplement
The latest supplement to the Stanley Gibbons Great Britain Specialised Catalogue.
British Colonial and Protectorate Stamps Part 24: Barbados
Noel Davenhill explores the philatelic history of Barbados as he returns with another instalment in his ongoing series looking at the stamp issues of former British colonies and protectorates.
Pierre Gandon: The Marrianne Master: Part 2
We take a look at some of the later issues of the prominent French stamp designer, Pierre Gandon.
Ceylon: The 1881 Telegraph 'Pearl Fishery' Cancellation
We look at some rare c.d.s. and manuscript pearl fishery telegraph postmarks which only existed for one short season in 1881.
Denmark: The 1920 Reunification Issue
A century after Northern Slesvig was returned to Denmark following World War I, Lars Jorgensen provides an in-depth study of the stamps issued to mark the reunification.
Hot on the heels of Royal Mail’s release of new stamps celebrating the world’s most famous detective, Jeff Dugdale uses past stamp issues to revel some of Sherlock’s most popular stories.
Delivering the Mail: Part 2: Delivery by Postmen on Foot
We join John Davis FRPSL for his second outing exploring the different ways in which the mail has been delivered.
Postal Stationery Matters
In another varied selection of postal stationery from around the world, Peter van Gelder highlights the very first commemorative postal item and goes on the hunt for an elusive Australian ERP.
Gone But Not Forgotten
In another article on the stamps of ‘dead’ countries, John Moody discusses the history and philatelic story of the Mali Federation, Malagasy Republic and Spanish West Africa.
Stamps to look out for from British Guiana.
Shore to Shore
We highlight the latest new issues from Guernsey, Jersey 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.
Don’t miss your chance to win a £50 Stanley Gibbons voucher.
Hugh Jefferies offers more opinion from the Catalogue Editor’s chair.
A 12-page update to the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue.