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Gibbons Stamp Monthly Gets an Autumn Makeover

The magazine is the UK's longest-running philatelic publication having first hit the counters in 1890 using the title "Stanley Gibbons Monthly Journal". Since then the magazine has undergone many changes. Demand saw the publication being produced more frequently when "Gibbons Stamp Weekly" was launched in January 1905 before halting production during World War 1.

The publication was re-launched during 1919, now called "The Monthly Circular", and continued under this name until 1923 when it reverted back to "The Monthly Journal". "Gibbons Stamp Monthly" was born in October 1927 under the editorship of Stanley Phillips, the then joint Managing Director, under whose stewardship the magazine flourished.

The Second World War soon came and the resulting air raids saw the May 1941 edition of the magazine completely destroyed, but an ‘Emergency Issue’ was quickly produced to satisfy the magazine’s enthusiastic readership.

The magazine then continued in print without change until 1963 when Russell Bennett, the new editor, expanded and redesigned the magazine to better reflect the times; achieving an all-time print run high of 70,000 copies of the May 1966 edition. Two years later, Gibbons Stamp Monthly underwent another transformation, being produced in a bigger and brighter A4 format, as it is today.

1988 saw Hugh Jefferies taking over as Editor. 22 years later and Hugh is still producing quality content enjoyed by more than 54,000 readers worldwide. September 2010 marks another chapter in the magazine’s long history, with a cleaner design and easier to read page layout, with coloured indexing for ease of reference.

The September edition features a bumper 198 pages, with a special thematic feature on "Owls on Stamps" and its long running success has been acknowledged by W H Smith; The September edition will be one of their "feature publications" in stores over the next 4 weeks.

Present Editor, Hugh Jefferies said, “Every so often a "revamp" is undoubtedly necessary. To be a featured publication within W H Smith's stores nationwide is a great achievement for the magazine and a testament to the strength of stamp collecting. We are delighted.”

To find out more about Gibbons Stamp Monthly, the forthcoming content and to receive discounted subscription rates you can visit the Gibbons Stamp Monthly Website.

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