The November issue of Stamp Magazine, on sale from October 11, includes these great features:

First stamps of Czechoslovakia

A brand new country trying to make its way in the world, 100 years ago, used scouts as postmen, produced classic designs, issued forgery-prone overprints and then discovered fine engraving  

British stamp designs by Tony Meeuwissen

 Meet the stamp designer known for his colourful graphics and visual puns, and look more closely at the stunning GB issues he created in 1983, 1991 and 2001

USA 1893 Columbian Exposition issue

The first commemorative issue of the United States was ambitious and spectacular, and it transformed the relationship between the postal authorities and stamp collectors

Commonwealth Classics

Distinctive and charming, the first issue of the Gilbert & Ellice Islands deserved a longer life than it had 

Great Engravers

Pierre Gandon’s career was stalled by wartime politics but resurrected by a classic Marianne

GB Themes

Modern architecture is rarely to everyone’s taste, but has inspired many eye-catching stamps 

Eyewitness Accounts

An 1868 letter from a famous politician to a master engraver, enclosing an early photograph