Philatelic Societies for Collectors of GB Stamps and GB Postal History
Great Britain Philatelic Society (UK) The GBPS was founded in 1955 by a small but enthusiastic
group of collectors in order to promote, encourage, and contribute to the
advancement of the philately of Great Britain. Since then it has grown steadily,
and now has more than 700 members in the UK and abroad.
Britain Collectors Club (USA) The Great Britain Collectors Club (GBCC) brings
together collectors of Great Britain stamps and related items. It offers
something for everyone, regardless of level of experience or years of collecting.
Collectors Club (UK) The idea of the Machin Collectors Club
was born in the mind of its administrator, Melvyn Philpott in 1971 when he
became interested in Machin cylinder blocks. However it was not actually
launched until July 1995 from where it has since attracted over 2000 members
Modern British Philatelic Circle (UK) MBPC was
inaugurated on 1 January 2006. It came about as the result of a merger
between two eminent specialist societies, the Great Britain Decimal
Stamp Book Study Circle (GB DSB SC) and the British Decimal Stamps
Study Circle (BDSSC). GB DSB SC
was founded in 1971 and,
since then, has been concerned with the study, reporting and
cataloguing of decimal stamp books. Its reputation is such that its
cataloguing nomenclatures are now widely accepted as the standard
BDSSC was founded in 1975 and dealt
primarily with the collating and reporting of information on the
decimal stamp sheet issues.
GB Overprint Society (UK) The GBOS provides a focus for the study of GB Overprinted stamps and postal stationery and their use, publishing a quarterly journal,
study papers and books which are an essential reference for anyone collecting GB Overprints. For more information see the website
or contact the Secretary at
British Postmark Society The British Postmark
Society exists to promote and to co-ordinate the study and collection
of British postal markings, particularly of the 20th century and
subsequently, and the means and mechanisms by which they are applied,
and to publish and disseminate the results of its studies.
Sir Rowland Hill, the Story of a Great Reform
as told by his daughter. Eleanor Caroline Smyth Chapter VI reproduced from the book, by Eleanor Caroline Smyth, published in 1907.
Chapter VI is perhaps the most important from the point of view of philatelists.
Biography of Sir Rowland Hill
as told by
daughter. Eleanor Caroline Smyth From the book, "Sir Rowland
Hill, the Story of a Great Reform" by Eleanor Caroline Smyth, published
Selected Pages for Collectors of GB Stamps and GB Postal History
The Plating of the Penny - 1840-1864
by John A. McCulloch This page accesses an Index to the marvelous work by Mr. Harold W. Fisher based on themeasurement system devised by Roland Brown.
The Penny Black Plating Project
by Ian Wright
contains scans of penny black stamps, that are searchable for plating purposes
"My goal here is to get a complete set of scans of all the 1840-41 Penny Black and Red printings of the Penny Black!"
GB 1840 "Penny Black" - Plate Number help
from StampBoards.com - Postage Stamp Chat Board & Stamp Bulletin Board Forum Lots of information on plating the penny black and if you are stuck there is no shortage of experts to help you.
GB Postal Rates Information about the postal rates in force is frequently vital for understanding and writing-up covers, but sometimes (or often!) this can be
difficult to track down. The current section is intended as a general resource for GB collectors, listing as many British postage rates as possible.
The Establishment of the Post Office in Great Britain, 1656 by Adam Miller Transcription of the 1656 "Act for the Setling of the Postage of England, Scotland and Ireland".
This 9 page Act, of Cromwell's Parliament, passed on 17th September 1656, deals with the rules, rates
and routes within England, Scotland and Ireland, plus Europe.
Articles in Magazine on GB Stamps and GB Postal History
June 1950 issue of Gibbons Stamp Monthly p 115
GB CRACKED PLATE ½d VERMILION 1887 STAMP
by C P Rang
June 1950 issue of Gibbons Stamp Monthly pp 120-121
GB THREEPENCE VICTORY by A A Whitworth Details of the cylinder numbers
used with descriptions of flaws and varities of the stamp. The initial
order was for 24 million stamps, but following suggestions that
speculators were active with this stamps a further 18 million stamps
were printed. The most notable variety being the "7 berries" flaw.
December 1951 issue of Gibbons Stamp Monthly p 44
GB WATERMARK FLAWS by C P
Rang Illustrations and details of
some flaws on the "single cypher" watermark in the 1912-1924 isuues of
George V. Missing "v"; missing "R"; missing "G"; "P" for "R"; and
combinations of flaws.
Bath Postal Museum
8 Broad Street, Bath BA1 5LJ
tel: + 44 1225 460333 Lots
of Penny Blacks and a replica Victorian Post Office. Housed in the
where the first recorded used 1d Blacks were issued in 1840.
National Postal Museum
King Edward Street, London EC1A 1LP
+44 20 7776 3636