September 2020

Issue: 4

Volume: 51

Inside September’s must-read issue of the world’s leading Philatelic Journal, Richard West reports on SG’s newly refurbished shop on the Strand and Douglas N Muir RDP talks us through the design and development of the morale-boosting King George VI Peace issue of 1946

Contents September 2020

Contents to Volume 51, Number 4


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.

Society News

More reports from the nation’s Philatelic Societies.

Auction Dates

Forthcoming auctions.

Around the Houses

Your monthly roundup of recent auction results.

New Collector

Richard West takes a look at the promotional souvenirs produced by philatelic agencies, in particular the Crown Agents, to help launch their omnibus issues.

GB News

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.

Machin Watch

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.

Stamp Hunting

Stamps to look out for from Ascension.

Roman Britain

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.


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Catalogue Column

Hugh Jefferies offers more opinion from the Catalogue Editor’s chair.

Catalogue Supplement

A 14-page update to the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue.