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We currently have two positions to fill. We are looking for a dynamic individual to join as Retail Manager of our flagship store based in the Strand in London. We are also looking for an additional member to join as a Retail Advisor. … [Read More] “We’re Recruiting!”

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The Day the Gibraltar Post Office Ran Out of Stamps

By Richard J M Garcia MBE, FRPSLFig
For eight and a half days in February 1891, Gibraltar ran out of its 5c. and 10c. stamps. This unprecedented occurrence not only had a drastic effect of Gibraltar but also the British Postal Agencies in Morocco that then used unoverprinted Gibraltar stamps. Richard Garcia explains why Gibraltar ended up in this embarrassing position and the temporary emergency measures put in place by the Post Office until new stocks of low values arrived. … [Read More] “The Day the Gibraltar Post Office Ran Out of Stamps”

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Stamp Hunting

Nimrod suggests some stamps worth looking for.

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We begin with the 1963 Independence issue (SG1/14). Although not to every collector’s taste, stylistically, supplies of this set in fine unmounted mint condition are starting to dwindle. The same is true of the 1966 Wildlife issue on chalk-surfaced paper (20/35), however it is the corresponding set on glazed, ordinary paper that is proving the more difficult to acquire, especially in fine used condition, with the 5s (33a) notably elusive. … [Read More] “Stamp Hunting”

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The Bird Definitives of Niger

By Michael Round

With new additions, reprints and several changes of printers over a nearly 30-year period, the Bird Definitives of Niger can feel a bit like a jigsaw puzzle, especially when it comes to laying out an album page. Luckily Michael Round is here to help piece things together.

Firstly, an apology, or at least a warning, to collectors of ‘Birds on Stamps.’ Fascinating though all the featured birds may be, the emphasis here will be more philatelic than ornithological. Apologies, too, for any obsolete bird names. The English names I use were those current at the time of issue: many have since changed. Bird-lovers wanting more details may consult websites, or better still, the splendid articles by fellow GSM contributor P J Lanspeary (see the August 2017 issue for a sample). … [Read More] “The Bird Definitives of Niger”

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