Links to documents that can be downloaded (page counts and approximate file sizes are given), and which provide information of use to GB collectors – some provided by our members, some classic or historical texts from other sources such as Google Books. In addition, the publications of certain former GB-related societies are archived here by agreement. Most files are redistributable on a non-commercial basis (those downloadable by GBPS members only are marked , although the listings and indexes are generally freely available).
This section is for downloads of historical and philatelic works – many additional documents are available for download in the Sources section, which contains the texts of primary source material.
Suggestions for additional downloads are very welcome – please email with the details.
Archives of back issues of commercial publications, used with permission.
|British Philatelist||Published by Chas. Nissen & Co. from 1908 to 1954 in 44 volumes, this covered a very wide range of different aspects of British philately. Link|
|Philatelic Review||Published by Candlish McCleery Ltd. from 1977 to 1982 in 21 issues, this covered British philately with an emphasis on the reign of King George V. Link|
|An official monthly publication of the Royal Mail aimed at stamp collectors, supplying detailed information about forthcoming British stamp issues, together with a range of articles about earlier issues from philatelists. Link|
Archiove of back issues of journals of GB-related societies, used with permission.
|GBCC Chronicle||The journal of the (US) Great Britain Collectors Club from 1979 to 2019. Link|
|Cross Post||The journal of the Friends of the National Postal Museum from 1985 to 2017. Link|
|LPHG Notebook||The journal of the London Postal History Group from 1971 to 2009. Link|
Other Society Collections
Publications of GB-related societies.
|LPHG Publications||Books and original papers produced by the London Postal History Group. Link|
Works specifically from a philatelic rather than a historical point of view.
|Postage Stamps||Works (general or specific) on British postage stamps. Link|
|Postal Markings||Works (general or specific) on British postmarks. Link|
|Postal History||General postal history subjects other than pure postmark studies. Link|
|Stanton Booklet Cards||The notes of the pioneer collector of GB booklets. Link|
|Miscellaneous||Other GB "back of the book" or Cinderella topics. Link|
A selection of historical works with a postal connection.
|General Historical Works||Historical works with a postal connection, including several classic early histories. Also includes biographies and contemporary reports on the Post Office. Link|
|General Directories||Published volumes giving postal information, mileages of main roads etc (very helpful for working out pre-1840 mileage-based rates). Link|
|Maps||Maps of Great Britain and Ireland showing mileages in the pre-1840 period. Link|
|Penny Postage||Documents (from both official and private sources) relating to the great Penny Postage reforms of 1840 and their aftermath. Link|
|Selected documents originally produced by the Museum and Archives under their various names, reproduced with permission. Link|