Music Giants: David Bowie

March 13, 2017 by Stanley Gibbons

On 14 March Royal Mail’s Music Giants series will make an encore with a set of ten stamps honouring one of the most influential music and cultural figures of all time – David Bowie. In July 2016 Royal Mail released a similar set dedicated to the music and live performances of progressive rock legends Pink Floyd. In a similar format to the Pink Floyd issue, the David Bowie release will comprise six sheet stamps depicting some of his most admired and defining albums, along with a four-stamp miniature sheet showing Bowie performing live on stage across four decades.

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2017: A Machin milestone I (HM The Queen Sapphire Jubilee)

February 06, 2017 by Stanley Gibbons

2017 brings with it two very notable and celebratory occasions and with them are bound to be some stamp issues of interest to readers of this column. The first of the two is imminent, and is the 65th anniversary of the accession to the throne of Princess Elizabeth (which occurred when His Majesty King George VI died unexpectedly on 6 February 1952).

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Guernsey: Year of the Rooster 2017

January 26, 2017 by Stanley Gibbons

Guernsey Post’s first stamp issue for the year, issued on 18 January, draws inspiration from the animals of the Chinese zodiac, an ancient system based on the Chinese Lunar calendar which dates back almost 4000 years. Today, Chinese New Year is celebrated in countries and territories with significant Chinese populations including Hong Kong, Indonesia and Mainland China.

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Spring Stampex 2017

January 20, 2017 by Stanley Gibbons
Spring Stampex, at the Business Design Centre, Upper Street, London N1 on 15–18 February, will include a full national exhibition with all classes and countries but with a focus on the former Ottoman Empire. The many dealers’ stands will include Stanley Gibbons offering a wide range of stamps, catalogues and accessories.

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Off With Her Head

August 23, 2016 by Stanley Gibbons

Two stamps in the sheetlet issued by the Isle of Man Post Office on 1 October to honour the artist Bryan Kneale RA have been printed without The Queen’s silhouette. [Read more…]

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Royal Mail campaign unearths one of the first postcards to carry a stamp

August 08, 2016 by Stanley Gibbons

Royal Mail has announced that it has found one of the first postcards to be sent with a stamp as part of its Letters of Our Lives campaign.

The rare card, which is postmarked 1 September 1894, states ‘This is the first day that a written postcard with a half-penny stamp affixed is allowed to pass through the Post Office. This will be a curiosity one day.’ It is addressed to a Mr Andrew Puer Esq of West London. Before this date, all postcards were issued with pre-printed postage. [Read more…]

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Cinderella collectors to have a ball in London

June 14, 2016 by Stanley Gibbons

At the Spring Stampex show in London Christopher Brunstrom noted that a customer at a dealer’s table inquired about a stockbook labelled ‘Cinderellas’, a word whose philatelic connection was unknown to him. The dealer explained that Cinderellas are all those stamp-like labels which are not listed in our general stamp catalogues. [Read more…]

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