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Philatelic Bulletin Articles

The British High Value Stamps of the 20th Century, King Edward VII - the £1 , Vol.10 No.10
PHQ Cards , Vol.30 No.10 (1993) by Barry Burke
Air Mails to South America by British South American Airways: 1946-1949 , Vol.31 No.7 (1994) by Richard Beith
George VI - A Look Back , Vol.34 No.9 (1997) by Jean Matheson
British Special Stamp Designers , Vol.35 No.1 (1997) by William Aubrey Witham
David Gentleman , Vol.35 No.3 (1997) by William Aubrey Witham
Stamp Marketing , Vol.35 No.4 (1997) by Martin Balls
Designing the Endangered Species issue , Vol.35 No.5 (1998) by Robert Maude
Northern Ireland pre-decimal regionals , Vol.35 No.12 (1998) by Brian Warren
The Millennium in 48 Easy Pieces , Vol.36 No.5 (1999) by Philip Parker
Philatelic Promotions , Vol.40 No.6 (2003) by Richard West
Edmund Dulac - The Integrated Designer , Vol.40 No.9 (2003) by Philip Parker
Isambard Kingdom Brunel , Vol.43 No.6 (2006) by Dave Warriner
Introduction of Pictorial Stamps , Vol.43 No.9 (2006) by James Mackay
1966 And All That , Vol.43 No.11 (2006) by Richard West
Making the Sounds of Britain , Vol.44 No.2 (2006) by Dave Warriner
Design Perspectives : War Artists , Vol.55 No.3

Checklists

Checklist of 2002 Definitives , Vol.40 No.5 (2003)

Issue Details

Christmas 1981 , Vol.19 No.3 (1981)
Studio Pottery , Vol.25 No.1 (1987)
Christmas 1987 , Vol.25 No.2 (1987)
The Linnean Society , Vol.25 No.4 (1987)
The Financial Times Prestige Stamp Book , Vol.25 No.6 (1988)
The Welsh Bible (1588-1988) , Vol.25 No.6 (1988)
Sport , Vol.25 No.7 (1988)
Transport and Communication , Vol.25 No.8 (1988)
The Australian Bicentenary , Vol.25 No.9 (1988)
The Armada , Vol.25 No.10 (1988)
Edward Lear , Vol.25 No.12 (1988)
Castle High Values , Vol.26 No.1 (1988)
Christmas 1988 , Vol.26 No.2 (1988)
Birds , Vol.26 No.3 (1989)
Greetings , Vol.26 No.4 (1989)
Food & Farming , Vol.26 No.6 (1989)
Anniversaries , Vol.26 No.7 (1989)
Games & Toys , Vol.26 No.8 (1989)
Industrial Archeology , Vol.26 No.10 (1989)
Microscopes , Vol.26 No.12 (1989)
Lord Mayors Show , Vol.27 No.1 (1989)
Christmas 1989 , Vol.27 No.2 (1989)
Penny Black Anniversary , Vol.27 No.4 (1990)
RSPCA , Vol.27 No.4 (1990)
Greetings Booklet Stamps , Vol.27 No.5 (1990)
Europa 1990 , Vol.27 No.6 (1990)
London Life , Vol.27 No.6 (1990)
Queens Award for Export and Technology , Vol.27 No.7 (1990)
Penny Black Miniature Sheet , Vol.27 No.8 (1990)
Kew Gardens , Vol.27 No.9 (1990)
Thomas Hardy , Vol.27 No.10 (1990)
90th Birthday of the Queen Mother , Vol.27 No.11 (1990)
Gallantry , Vol.27 No.12 (1990)
Astronomy , Vol.28 No.1 (1990)
Christmas 1990 , Vol.28 No.2 (1990)
Country Stamps 1990 , Vol.28 No.3 (1990)
Dogs , Vol.28 No.4 (1991)
Greetings Stamps - Good Luck , Vol.28 No.5 (1991)
Scientific Achievements , Vol.28 No.6 (1991)
Alias Agatha Christie PSB , Vol.28 No.6 (1991)
Europe in Space , Vol.28 No.7 (1991)
Sport , Vol.28 No.9 (1991)
Roses , Vol.28 No.10 (1991)
Dinosaurs , Vol.28 No.11 (1991)
Maps , Vol.28 No.12 (1991)
Christmas 1991 , Vol.29 No.2 (1991)
Wintertime , Vol.29 No.4 (1992)
Greetings - Memories , Vol.29 No.4 (1992)
Happy and Glorious , Vol.29 No.5 (1992)
Tennyson , Vol.29 No.6 (1992)
Europa - International Events , Vol.29 No.7 (1992)
The Civil War , Vol.29 No.9 (1992)
Gilbert and Sullivan , Vol.29 No.10 (1992)
The Green Issue , Vol.29 No.11 (1992)
Single European Market , Vol.29 No.12 (1992)
Tolkien, The Centenary , Vol.30 No.1 (1992)
Christmas 1992 , Vol.30 No.2 (1992)
Swans , Vol.30 No.4 (1993)
Greetings - Giving , Vol.30 No.5 (1993)
Marine Timekeepers , Vol.30 No.5 (1993)
High Value Definitive, £10 , Vol.30 No.6 (1993)
Orchids , Vol.30 No.6 (1993)
Art in the 20th Century , Vol.30 No.8 (1993)
Roman Britain , Vol.30 No.9 (1993)
Inland Waterways , Vol.30 No.10 (1993)
The Story of Beatrix Potter , Vol.30 No.11 (1993)
Autumn , Vol.30 No.12 (1993)
Sherlock Holmes , Vol.31 No.1 (1993)
Self Adhesive Definitive , Vol.31 No.1 (1993)
Christmas 1993 , Vol.31 No.2 (1993)
Regional Definitives , Vol.31 No.3 (1993)
The Age of Steam , Vol.31 No.4 (1994)
Greetings - Messages , Vol.31 No.5 (1994)
Investiture of Prince of Wales , Vol.31 No.6 (1994)
Pictorial Postcards , Vol.31 No.7 (1994)
Robert Louis Stevenson Aerogramme , Vol.31 No.7 (1994)
Opening of Channel Tunnel , Vol.31 No.8 (1994)
50th Anniversary of D-Day , Vol.31 No.9 (1994)
Northen Ireland , Vol.31 No.10 (1994)
Golf , Vol.31 No.10 (1994)
Summertime , Vol.31 No.11 (1994)
Medical Discoveries , Vol.31 No.12 (1994)
Christmas 1994 , Vol.32 No.2 (1994)
Cats , Vol.32 No.4 (1995)
Springtime , Vol.32 No.6 (1995)
Greetings - Art , Vol.32 No.6 (1995)
National Trust , Vol.32 No.7 (1995)
National Trust Prestige Stamp Book , Vol.32 No.7 (1995)
Peace and Freedom , Vol.32 No.8 (1995)
Science Fiction , Vol.32 No.9 (1995)
Shakespeares Globe , Vol.32 No.10 (1995)
Communications , Vol.32 No.12 (1995)
Rugby League Centenary , Vol.33 No.1 (1995)
Christmas 1995 , Vol.33 No.2 (1995)
Robert Burns , Vol.33 No.4 (1996)
Greetings - Cartoons , Vol.33 No.5 (1996)
The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust , Vol.33 No.6 (1996)
100 Years of Cinema , Vol.33 No.7 (1996)
Football Legends , Vol.33 No.8 (1996)
European Football Championship , Vol.33 No.8 (1996)
Swifter Higher Stronger , Vol.33 No.10 (1996)
Women of Achievment , Vol.33 No.11 (1996)
Childrens TV , Vol.33 No.12 (1996)
Classic Sports Cars , Vol.34 No.1 (1996)
Christmas 1996 , Vol.34 No.2 (1996)
Greetings - Flowers , Vol.34 No.3 (1997)
The Great Tudor , Vol.34 No.4 (1997)
Missions of Faith , Vol.34 No.6 (1997)
Gold Definitives , Vol.34 No.7 (1997)
Tales of Terror , Vol.34 No.8 (1997)
Architects of the Air , Vol.34 No.9 (1997)
All the Queens Horses , Vol.34 No.10 (1997)
Post Offices , Vol.34 No.11 (1997)
Enid Blyton , Vol.34 No.12 (1997)
The Golden Wedding Anniversary , Vol.35 No.1 (1997)
Christmas 1997 , Vol.35 No.2 (1997)
Endangered Species , Vol.35 No.4 (1997)
The Queens Beasts , Vol.35 No.5 (1998)
Diana Princess of Wales , Vol.35 No.5 (1998)
Lighthouses , Vol.35 No.6 (1998)
Comedians , Vol.35 No.7 (1998)
Health , Vol.35 No.9 (1998)
Magical Worlds , Vol.35 No.10 (1998)
Carnival , Vol.35 No.11 (1998)
Speed , Vol.35 No.12 (1998)
Breaking Barriers , Vol.36 No.1 (1998)
Christmas 1998 , Vol.36 No.2 (1998)
The Travellers Tale , Vol.36 No.5 (1999)
Life and Earth , Vol.37 No.7 (2000)
Punch and Judy , Vol.38 No.12 (2001)
The Secret of Life , Vol.40 No.5 (2003)
Occasions , Vol.40 No.5 (2003)
Fruit and Vegetables , Vol.40 No.6 (2003)
Extreme Endeavors Issue , Vol.40 No.7 (2003)
50th Anniversary of the Coronation , Vol.40 No.9 (2003)
Prince William of Wales , Vol.40 No.9 (2003)
The British Museum , Vol.41 No.1 (2003)
Christmas 2003 , Vol.41 No.2 (2003)
Classic Locomotives , Vol.41 No.4 (2004)
The Queens 80th Birthday , Vol.43 No.6 (2006)
The National Portrait Gallery , Vol.43 No.9 (2006)
Modern Architecture , Vol.43 No.10 (2006)
The Victoria Cross , Vol.43 No.11 (2006)
Sounds of Britain , Vol.43 No.12 (2006)
The Beatles , Vol.44 No.2 (2006)
Great British Railways , Vol.47 No.10 (2010)

British Special Stamps

An extensive series of articles detailing the design and origin of British Stamp issues by James Watson and Francis Kennedy.

3. Silver Jubilee of King George V 1935 , Vol.12 No.2 (1974)
7. Royal Wedding 1948 , Vol.12 No.7
9. Olympic Games 1948 , Vol.12 No.9
16. Tercentenary of the General Letter Office 1960 , Vol.13 No.4 (1975)
17. First Anniversary of European Postal and Telecommunications Conference 1960 , Vol.13 No.5 (1976)
59. British Ships 1969 , Vol.17 No.4
63. The Investiture of HRH the Prince of Wales 1969 , Vol.17 No.8 (1980)
65. British Post Office Technology 1969 , Vol.17 No.10 (1980)
67. Rural Architecture 1970 , Vol.17 No.12
71. Philympia 1970 , Vol.18 No.4
74. Literary Anniversaries 1971 , Vol.18 No.6
75. British Anniversaries 1971 , Vol.18 No.8
76. British Architecture University Buildings 1971 , Vol.18 No.9 (1981)
82. Christmas 1972 , Vol.19 No.3 (1972)
142. Christmas 1980 , Vol.25 No.4 (1987)
144. The International Year of Disabled People 1981 , Vol.25 No.6 (1988)
155. British Textiles 1982 , Vol.27 No.2 (1989)

Collecting Machin Definitives

6. Postal Stationery , Vol.18 No.8

The Development of Victorian Postal Stationery

By Colin Baker

1. The Birth of Postal Stationery , Vol.32 No.1 (1994)
2. The Mulready Replacement , Vol.32 No.2 (1994)
3. Inland Postcards , Vol.32 No.3 (1994)
4. Overseas Postcards , Vol.32 No.5 (1995)
5. Newspaper Wrappers and Letter Cards , Vol.32 No.7 (1995)
6. Registered Envelopes , Vol.32 No.8 (1995)

A-Z of Postal Stationery

Colin Baker

Letter Sheets , Vol.53 No.5 (2016)
Mulready Stationery , Vol.53 No.6 (2016)

Twentieth Century Postal Stationery

1. Edward VII , Vol.33 No.1 (1995)
2. George V and Rising Postage Rates , Vol.33 No.3 (1995)
3. George V Special Stationery , Vol.33 No.5 (1996)
4. George VI , Vol.33 No.7 (1996)
5. Elizabeth II pre-Decimal Issues , Vol.33 No.9 (1996)
6. Elizabeth II Decimal Issues , Vol.33 No.12 (1996)

The History of the Aerogramme and the Start of Commercial Air Mail

A series of articles from the Philatelic Bulletin by Peter Jennings FRPSL

Aerogrammes - Part One , Vol.13 No.7
Aerogrammes - Part Two , Vol.13 No.8
Aerogrammes - Part Three , Vol.13 No.9
Aerogrammes - Part Four , Vol.13 No.10
Aerogrammes - Part Five , Vol.13 No.11
Aerogrammes - Part Six , Vol.14 No.2
Aerogrammes - Part Seven , Vol.14 No.4

Postal Stationery Articles

New Pictorial Aerogrammes landscapes of Britain , Vol.26 No.11 (1989)
Golden Jubilee of GB Air Letter with Impressed 6d Stamp , Vol.30 No.10 (1993)
1998 Aircards , Vol.36 No.2 (1998)
30th Anniversary of Scottish Aerogrammes , Vol.41 No.9 (2004)

Private Stationery Stamped To Order

Colin Baker

1. Delayed Start , Vol.34 No.3 (1996)
2. The Printed Paper and Postcard Rates , Vol.34 No.5 (1997)
3. Registered Envelopes and Other Stationery , Vol.34 No.7 (1997)

Collecting The Victorians

By James Watson

1. Sixty Years of Stamps , Vol.17 No.4 (1979)
2. The Penny Reds, 1841-1879 , Vol.17 No.5 (1980)
3. The Embossed Issues, 1847-1854 , Vol.17 No.6 (1980)
4. The Surface-Printed Issues, 1855-1883 , Vol.17 No.8 (1980)
6. Britains Smallest Stamp , Vol.17 No.10 (1980)

Preview Leaflets

Extreme Endeavours, No 99
Christmas 2003, No 108
Classic Locomotives, No 109
Jane Eyre, No 124
Sounds of Britain, No 152

First Leaflets

Post & Go : Winter Fur & Feathers

Collecting Decimal Machins

Part One , Vol.33 No.7 (1996)
Part Two , Vol.33 No.8 (1996)

Philatelic Terms Explained

30. Newspaper Stamps , Vol.26 No.12 (1989)

Unaccepted Stamp Designs

Christmas 1968 , Vol.6 No.4 (1968)
British Ships 1969 , Vol.6 No.6 (1969)
Concorde 1969 , Vol.6 No.7 (1969)
Notable Anniversaries 1969 , Vol.6 No.8 (1969)

National Postal Museum Notes

The Preperation of the Silver Jubilee Issue, Part Two

Philatelic Bulletins

July 1971 , Vol.8 No.11