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The British Philatelic Bulletin, the UK's largest circulation stamp magazine, is celebrating 35 years in print.

The Bulletin is Royal Mail's magazine for stamp collectors and since its launch in September 1963, it has become one of the most authoritative magazines in the stamp world and read by philatelists around the globe.

It started life as a newsletter produced by the, then newly formed, British Philatelic Bureau. Two year later it changed into the current A5 format and is now sent to 30,000 subscribers nationwide every month.

Editor and well-known philatelist John Holman is the seventh editor of the Bulletin. He explained : "The magazine has grown in its popularity all around the world over the past 35 years with about a fifth of subscribers living outside of the UK. The readers enjoy the mix of British stamp previews, features by leading collectors and senior Royal Mail staff and the competitions with top prizes including Penny Blacks."

Each December the Bulletin invites readers to vote for their favourite special stamp of the year and the results are eagerly awaited. Last year's poll voted the King Henry VIII stamp as the most popular of 1997.

The 35th Anniversary issue available in September previews the forthcoming "Breaking Barriers" prestige stamp book commemorating British speed record holders. There will also be articles on Royal Mail's forthcoming Millennium stamps, the sports stamp exhibition at the National Postal Museum, M.P.Castle, an important early stamp collector, as well regular features and information on stamps and stamp collecting. Readers can enter a special Anniversary Prize Draw with 35 cash and other prizes on offer to celebrate the event.

The magazine is mailed to subscribers from the British Philatelic Bureau in Edinburgh. The annual subscription is £9.50 UK/Europe and £13.50 for the Rest of the World. It is also on sale at Post Office Philatelic outlets.

Notes to Editors:

For a sample copy of the Bulletin write to : British Philatelic Bulletin, Royal Mail, 22 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1NL.

The previous six editors of the magazine were Frank Langfield, Archie Page, Frank Brench, John Memmott, Charles Gowen and Douglas Muir.

SOURCE The Post Office

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