The July issue of Stamp Magazine, on sale from June 14, includes these great features:

National birds as stamp motifs

Many countries have a designated national bird. Ranging from eagles to sparrows, these have been appearing on stamps since the mid-19th century, often in iconic definitive issues

Stamp designs by Howard Brown

He has created some of the most memorable British stamps over a period spanning 25 years. We examine the highlights, and ask him where he gets his inspiration

International Post of Australia

It was a quirk in taxation law that necessitated the International Post stamps of Australia, with their distinctive blue flash. But these globetrotters have become a lively and attractive collectable

Commonwealth Classics

British Columbia & Vancouver Island issued only one stamp, but it served many postage rates 

Great Engravers

José Moreno Benavante quit Waterlow & Sons to transform the reputation of Chilean stamps 

GB Themes

Royal Mail stamps have often honoured great British institutions, such as those with royal charters

Eyewitness Accounts

Mobilisation scenes are reported on a cover posted at the moment Britain entered World War I