September 2011

Issue: 4

Volume: 42

In the September issue of GSM, Tony Buckingham looks at the souvenirs marking anniversaries of the first UK Aerial Post and Peter Martin tells the stories behind some of the early US airmail flights and the pilots who undertook them.

Contents September 2011

Contents to Volume 42, Number 4.


The latest news from the stamp world.

Society News

Reports from philatelic societies.

Diary Dates

Forthcoming Fairs and Auctions.

Around the Houses

News of recent auction results.

New Collector

John Holman looks at Express Mail stamps, designers Arnold Machin and Stuart Rose, UK aerial Post and National Trust ‘Passport Stamps’.

GB News

September stamp issues: UK Aerial Post Centenary, The House of Hanover and British Birds Post&Go Stamps.

Coronation Aerial Post

Peter Jennings FRPSL, FRGS, takes a look back to an important aviation achievement.

First UK Aerial Post

Tony Buckingham looks at the souvenirs marking anniversaries of the first UK Aerial Post.

Machin Watch

John Deering reports on the ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ retail booklet, Recorded Signed For stamps and updates NVI sheet printings.

A Tonic to the Nation

Derek Connell takes a philatelic visit to the Festival of Britain.

GB's Rarest Stamps

Exceptional British stamps are reviewed by Paul Brittain.

GB Specialised Supplement

A supplement to the Great Britain Specialised Catalogue.

Dear GSM

Readers’ correspondence.

Postal Stationery Matters

Peter van Gelder reports on New South Wales Greater Jubilee cards, early GB aerogrammes, New Zealand postcards and Cecogrammes.

US Pioneer Airmail

Peter Martin tells the stories behind some of the early airmail flights and the pilots who undertook them.


Peter Jennings FRPSL, FRGS, reports on the stamps and postal service of the ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’.

Stamp Hunting/Competition

Nimrod suggests stamps worth looking for from Northern Rhodesia. Your chance to win a £50 SG voucher.

An Aviation Superstar

Ian Hamilton looks at the career of Andrei Tupolev – ‘the father of Soviet aviation’ – and the aircraft he designed.

Australian Food Parcel Labels

Neil Russell FRPSL, FBSAP, provides some further thoughts on the embossed labels used to send post-war food parcels to Britain.

Rugby World Cup in Stamps

The World Rugby Cup takes place this year in New Zealand; Professor Chris Coggins highlights some of the stamps produced to mark previous competitions

Gilbert & Ellice Postmarks

David Horry moves to the Pacific in search of postmarks to be found on the stamps of King George VI.

NZ Life Insurance Stamps

Robin Gwynn FRPSL, FRPSNZ, examines the first issue of New Zealand’s Government Life Insurance Department stamps.

Hindenburg over the Olympics

A brief history of Germany’s Zeppelin airships is provided by John Moody.

Diarie of Samuel Creeps

Extracts from the journal of ‘an ordinarie collector’, selected by Michael Banister.

Pangkor and the Dindings

A little-known area of Malaya is visited by Rob Holley.

Shore to Shore

Island Hopper reports on stamps for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a Commonwealth Youth Games sheet from the Isle of Man and issues for Jersey’s financial industry and scenery.

Stamp News in Brief

A summary of recent and forthcoming issues from around the world.


Dean Shepherd investigates some recent new issues.

Unissued QEII/Catalogue Column

David Horry reveals the story behind another unissued stamp. Hugh Jefferies reports on the new Commonwealth and Empire Stamps catalogue.

Catalogue Supplement

A 12-page update to the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue.