New Look for Gibbons Stamp Monthly Gibbons Stamp Monthly, the best-selling, most widely-read and longest-running philatelic publication, has undergone a transformation for the September 2010 edition, with a striking new cover design.
News-Antique.com - Aug 19,2010 - Gibbons Stamp Monthly first hit the market in 1890, as ‘Stanley Gibbons Monthly Journal’ and has undergone several changes during its long history; Reader demand saw the publication being produced more frequently with the introduction of Gibbons Stamp Weekly in January 1905 before it ceased production during the ‘Great War’; Re-launched in 1919 as ‘The Monthly Circular’until 1923 when it reverted back to ‘The Monthly Journal’.
In October 1927, ‘Gibbons Stamp Monthly’ was born under the editorship of Stanley Phillips, the then joint Managing Director of Stanley Gibbons.
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 continued without event until 1963 when the new Editor, Russell Bennett, 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 on 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 feature on ‘Owls on Stamps’ and its long running success has been acknowledged by WHSmith; 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 WHSmith’s stores nationwide is a great achievement for the magazine and a testament to the strength of stamp collecting. We are delighted.”