Contents to Volume 51, Number 4
Contents September 2020
The latest news from around the philatelic world.
Stanley Gibbons Unveils the New 399
Richard West reports on SG’s newly refurbished shop on the Strand.
More reports from the nation’s Philatelic Societies.
Around the Houses
Your monthly roundup of recent auction results.
Richard West takes a look at the promotional souvenirs produced by philatelic agencies, in particular the Crown Agents, to help launch their omnibus issues.
We take a look at the six stamps and miniature sheet issued by Royal Mail to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the rebuilding of the Palace of Westminster.
Peace or Victory?
Douglas N Muir RDP talks us through the design and development of the morale-boosting King George VI Peace issue of 1946.
John Deering takes a look at the latest addition to Royal Mail’s Music Giants series to see what it has to offer modern GB collectors and provides a ‘definitive’ guide to the Declaration of Arbroath emblem stamp miniature sheet.
The Stamp Show that Never Was: Part 2: A Celebration of London 2020
With London 2020 postponed due to coronavirus, Derek Connell invites us to join him for his very own fantasy philatelic festival.
GB Specialised Supplement
The latest supplement to the Stanley Gibbons Great Britain Specialised Catalogue.
'L'affaire Raynal': The Story of a Ballon Monte
Ashley Lawrence discusses the postal and social history of a fascinating item of mail carried out of Paris by balloon during the siege of 1870-71.
Boules de Moulins
As the 150th anniversary of the Siege of Paris approaches, Ashley Lawrence discusses the ultimately failed attempt to use Boules de Moulins, sealed metal balls released into the River Seine, to deliver mail to the besieged city.
Cochin - History and Stamps
The many varieties and rarities to be found in the stamps of the Indian feudatory state of Cochin provide a challenge for even the most sophisticated philatelist. However, as Christer Brunstrom explains, this fascinating state still has plenty to offer the general collector.
Pierre Gandon: The Marrianne Master
Adrian Keppel explores the life and career of the famous French stamp illustrator and engraver Pierre Gandon; the man responsible for the iconic Marianne series, which was issued in France as it emerged from the German occupation of World War II.
Delivering the Mail: Part 1
John Davis FRPSL begins a new series looking at the many different ways messages and the mail have been delivered over the centuries.
2019 Foreign Postal Stationery
Geir Sor-Reime concludes his annual survey of modern foreign postal stationery from around the world with a listing of issues from Slovakia to the Vatican City.
Stamps to look out for from Ascension.
Inspired by Royal Mail’s recent Roman Britain stamp issue, Jeff Dugdale provides an illustrated history of the Roman occupation of Britain.
Gone But Not Forgotten
In his regular article on the stamps of ‘dead’ countries, John Moody investigates the history and philatelic issues of the German Empire.
Shore to Shore
We highlight the latest new issues from Jersey, Guernsey 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.
Win a £50 Stanley Gibbons voucher.
Hugh Jefferies offers more opinion from the Catalogue Editor’s chair.
A 14-page update to the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue.