Stamp Booklets
 

 

page split December 2004    1920-1969    1970 onwards

Gibbons lists stamp booklets. numbering them SG SB1 and so on, but Scott does not (with, I understand, the exception of Great Britain and the USA). Starting in October 2004, I am planning on documenting the lot, then as usual, buying the ones I can afford, and seeking images elsewhere of those I cannot. All are catalogue number SB1 unless noted otherwise.

bulletMy first shock was the prices of the early booklets. This means I will be trawling through sales catalogues and eBay for the images, but I will also try to get hold of single copies of the stamps inside. This could also mean developing the "First Affordable Booklet" option, as for stamps.
bulletMy second was the size of my first acquisition, the 1977 Grenada at 166mm x 93mm. For the display, I will show the cover images at a standard height of 100 pixels with a maximum height of the underlying image of 300 pixels. The presentation of stamps will take some time to develop.
bulletThe next question is how to organise the  listing. Date order is the obvious choice, as with First Issues. I will add an alpha index when complete and links to and from the stamps pages.
bulletNov 2004. I have found my first substantial booklet resource on the net, Booklets International. The owner of the site, Walter de Rooy, was the editor of World Booklet Catalogue, which ceased publication in 1999. Clearly I need to get hold of the 20 parts of the WBC. I will start showing the WBC numbers as well. The BI site will also provide information which Gibbons has not yet published, for example, Saar's first booklet, and South and Central America, which Gibbons ignores completely. 10th November - I now have a set of WBC: their South American coverage is limited, but still good progress.
bullet17th Nov 2004, just an observation on the unremitting tedium of the number of British Commonwealth SB1s which were issued for QE2's 25th anniversary or Chas and Di's Big Day. The quality of the stamps, in both design and production is woeful: clearly this was a marketing ploy to lighten the wallets of collectors. I'll be glad when I have all those out of the way and can concentrate on some real stamps. Notes continued here.
bulletThe June 2009 edition of Stamp Magazine included an excellent article on the development of the first GB booklet. More details here.
 
Details Cover Contents Notes
The First
1895 Luxembourg
4 panes of 6 x SG155, cost 1f25
SB1 1,200

1895 SG155 5c green 1.25 / 20p
Added October 2004
Cover image source.

SG4e4

1900 (16 Apr) USA
2 panes of 6 x SG284, cost 25c
SB1 5,000
 
1900 SG284 Sc279B 2c red 6 / 10p
pane of 6 is SG284d 300

Stamp image source APA Stamp Store

SGp22e5

1900 (11 Jun) Canada
2 panes of 6 x SG155b, cost 25c
SB1 1,700  BI1 2225

1900 SG155b 2c rose-carmine 35 / 40p
pane of six is SG155ba 750
image source Prestige Philately, April 2005

SGp1v1e2000

1901 New Zealand
2 panes of 6 x SG278, cost 1sd
SB1 2,250
 
1901 SG278 1d carmine 6 / 15p

SGp1v2e1999

1902 Cape of Good Hope
2 panes of 6 x SG71, cost 1sd
SB1 2,000
 
1902 SG71 1d carmine 70p / 10p

SGp1v2e1999

1902 Cuba
2 panes of 6 x SG302, cost 25c
SB1 no price given
  1902 SG302 Sc228 2c carmine-red 2.50 / 10p
pane of 6 is SG302a 1.500

SGp22e5

1902 Netherlands
4 panes of 6 x SG168, cost 24c
SB1 950

1899 SG168 1c rose-red

Image source 1

SGp4e4

1903 (1 Jan) Egypt
4 panes of 6 x SG63c, cost 121m
SB1 no price given
 
1902 SG63c 5m rose 1.50 / 10p

SGp19e5

1903 (Mar) Hong Kong
2 panes of 6 x SG62
2 panes of 6 x SG56
2 panes of 8 x SG57, cost $1
SB1 no price given, SB2 is 4,250
 
1903 SG62 1c purple and brown 2 / 50p
1900 SG56 2c green 25 / 85p
1901 SG57 4c carmine 14 / 85p

SGp17e6

1903 Mexico
4 panes of 6 x SG276
SB? WBC1 $800 (1988)
  1903 SG276 Sc304 1c purple 60p / 10p

WBC

1904  (16 Mar) Great Britain
4 panes of 6 x SG219
SG BA1 250


1904 SG219 1d red 1 / 75p
Image from eBay, December 2004.
1904 (12 Apr) Sweden
5 panes of 6 of SG45, cost 1k55
SB1 550
 
1891 SG45 5 blue-green 32 / 30p

SGp11e4

1904 (7 May) Norway
2 panes of 6 of SG113, cost 65
SB1 no price given
WBC1 (1988) $5,750

1904 SG113 5 green 3.50 / 10p

Image source WBC.

SGp11e4

1904 India
4 panes of 6 x SG121, cost 12a
SB1 750
 
1902 SG121 a yellow-green 65p / 20p
 

SGp1v1e2000

1904 New South Wales
240 x SG? in 4 blocks of 30 and 2 blocks of 60, cost 1
SB1 no price given as there are "very few surviving examples"
 
1902 SG314 1d carmine 2.50 / 20p

Illustrated on the back with 1 of 6 different State GPOs.
Gibbons does not specify the stamp - this is the most likely candidate.

SGC&Ee2004

1904 Queensland
240 x SG? in 4 blocks of 30 and 2 blocks of 60, cost 1
SB1 7,500
 
1897 SG257 1d vermillion 5 / 3.75

Gibbons does not specify the stamp. One of the range SG256-SG261 (perforation variants) is the likely candidate and SG257 is the cheapest

SGC&Ee2004

1904 South Australia
240 x SG? in 4 blocks of 30 and 2 blocks of 60, cost 1
SB1 8,000
 
1904 SG179  1d rosine 7 / 50p

Gibbons does not specify the stamp - this is the most likely candidate.

SGC&Ee2004

1904 Southern Nigeria
4 panes of 6 of SG11, cost 2s1d
SB1 no price given, SB2 is 1,500
  1903 SG11 1d black and carmine 1.25 / 70p

SGp1v2e1999

1904 Switzerland
4 panes of 6 x SG129, cost 1f20
SB1 600

1915 Switzerland
5 panes of 6 x SG-J1a, cost not given
JSB1 Pro Juventute booklet 800

1990 Switzerland
1 pane of 10 x SG1206, cost not given
PSB1 Pro Patria booklet 6.50

  1899 SG129 5c deep green 9 / 20p

 
1915 SG-J1a 5c green 2.75 / 4.75
1990 SG1206 50c + 20c multi 80p / 20p

SGp8e5

1904 Tasmania
240 x SG? in 12 blocks of 20, cost 1
SB1 no price given as there are "very few surviving examples"
 
1902 SG241c 1d rose-scarlet 4.25 / 1

Gibbons does not specify the stamp - this is the most likely candidate.

SGC&Ee2004

1904 Victoria
240 x SG? in 4 blocks of 30 and 2 blocks of 60, cost 1
SB1 14,000
 
1901 SG385 1d rose 5.50 / 15p

Gibbons does not specify the stamp - this is the most likely candidate.

SGC&Ee2004

1904 Western Australia
240 x SG? in 4 blocks of 30 and 2 blocks of 60, cost 1
SB1 10,000
 
1902 SG117 1d carmine-rose 11 / 30p

Gibbons does not specify the stamp - this is the most likely candidate.

SGC&Ee2004

1905 (Jul) Transvaal
5 panes of 6 x SG261, cost 2/7
SB1 2,000

1904 SG261 1d black and bluish green 2.75 / 15p

Image source for cover, Walter de Rooy, December 2004.

SGp1v2e1999

1905 Ceylon
2 panes of 12 x SG280, cost 1r21
SB1 no price given, SB7 is 2,500
 


1906 SG280 5c dull purple 1.75 / 1.25

 

SGp1v2e1999

1905 Guadeloupe
10 panes of 4 x SG64, cost 2f
SB1 190
 
1905 SG64 5c green 2.50 / 15p

SGp6e5

1905 Curaao (Netherlands Antilles)
4 panes of 6 x of SG56, cost 60c
SB1 no price given
 
1904 SG56 2c deep green 3.25 / 25p

see also Netherlands Antilles, 1977

SGp4e4

1905 Portugal
4 panes of 6 x SG328, cost 125r
SB? WBC1 $1,000 (1992)
Hettinger 400 (Aug 2006)

1895 SG328 5r orange 1.40 / 1.10

Image and details from WBC
replaced by image from Hettinger Auctions, Aug 2006

1906 Barbados
4 panes of 6 x SG137, cost 2/-
SB1 no price given, SB3 is 650
 
1905 SG137 1d carmine 9 / 10p

SGp1v1e2000

1906 (Apr) Italy
4 panes of 6 x SG74, cost 3L65
SB1a 3,000
WBC1 (1989) $1,400

1906 SG74 15c slate 30 / 20p

Image from WBC

SB1a has a cover price of 3L65, SB1b 3L60.

SGp8e5

1906 (1 Dec) France
40 x SG294, cost 2fr05
SG DSB1 (definitive booklet) 1,200

1915  France
20 x SG352, cost ?
SG XSB1 (red cross) 1,300

1929  France
20 x SG469, cost 10fr
SG CSB1 (commem and charity) 65

   
1902 SG294 5c blue-green 2.75 / 40p
1914 SG352 10c + 5c red 23 / 3.25
1929 SG469 50c blue 1.40 / 20p

DSB1a is priced at 2fr05, DSB1b (1910) is overprinted 'Prix rduit: 2 francs' 1,400

 

 

 

SGp6e5

1906 Funchal
4 panes of 6 x SG127, cost 605r
SB? WBC1 $2,000 (1992)
  1899 SG127 25r carmine 30p / 15p

Details from WBC

1906 Horta
4 panes of 6 x SG30, cost 245r
SB? WBC1 $1,500 (1992)
1897 SG30 10r yellow-green 20p / 15p

Image (reduced size) and details from WBC

1906 (30 Dec) Japan
5 panes of 6 x SG136,
5 panes of 6 x SG139  cost 1y
SB1 4,000
 


1906 SG136 1s violet 8 / 15p
1906 SG139 3s red 6.50 / 10p

 
1906 Romania
SB? BI1 70
   

BI

1906 Tunisia
10 panes of 6 x SG33, cost 3f
SB1 950
 
1906 SG33 5c deep green 15p / 10p

SGp6e5

1907 Indo-China
4 panes of 10 x SG54, cost 2f
SB1 300
 
1907 SG54 5c pale green 2.75 / 20p

SGp6e5

1907 (1 May) Japanese Offices in China
3 panes of 6 x SG5D,
4 panes of 6 x SG8D,  cost 1y
SB1 8,000
 

1906 SG5D 1s violet 16 / 9
1906 SG8D 3s rosine 10 / 3

SGp17e6

1907 (Oct) Belgium
4 panes of 5 x SG108
2 panes of 5 x SG99, cost 2f
SB1 1,100
 
1907 SG108 5c yellow-green 4 / 15p
1905 SG99 10c rose red 70p / 20p

BI lists a 1969 booklet as BI1, though the catalogue lists "A" prefixed books back to the A10a of 1914.

SGp4e4

1907 Middle Congo
5 panes of 4 x SG8, cost 5f
SB1 400
  1907 SG8 25c blue and grey-green 2.50 / 85p

 

SGp6e5

1908 (8 May) Austria
18 (3x6) of SG192A, 6 of SG194A
total value 1k50, sold at 1k52
SB1 450
WBC1 (1987) $800

1908 SG192A 5h yellow-green 25p / 10p
1908 SG194A 10h carmine 20p / 10p

The A suffix indicates chalk-surfaced paper, as distinct from the 1913 B issues  on unsurfaced paper.

Image source Booklets International, Sep 2005, selling at 2,250

SGp2e5

1908 Brazil
4 panes of 6 x SG262, cost 1$300
SB?  WBC1 (1985) $150  BI 450

1908 SG262 SC176 50r  green 90p/ 20p
Sc176a pane of 6 $40 / $1.25
Image source WBC
Black on green, 81mm x 42mm

BI

1908 Madagascar
10 panes of 4 x SG56, cost 2f
SB1 180
 
1908 SG56 5c olive and green 1.25 / 20p

SGp6e5

1909 (14 Jun) British Guiana
3 panes of 6 x SG252
2 panes of 6 x SG253, cost 49cd
SB1 no price given, SB3 is 950
 
1907 SG252 1c blue-green 14 / 2.75
1907 SG253 2c rose-red 14 / 10p
Continued as Guyana

SGp1v1e2000

1909 Federated Malay States
4 panes of 6 x SG29, cost 25c
SB1 2,000

1904 SG29 1c green 2 / 20p

Cover image source Spink auction catalogue.

SGp1v2e1999

1909 Fiji
1 pane of 6 x SG118
1 pane of 5 x SG118
3 panes of 6 x SG119, cost 2/-
SB1 2,500
 
1908 SG118 d green 10 / 3.25
1908 SG119 1d red 4.50/ 10p
 

SGp1v1e2000

1909 Gibraltar
4 panes of 6 x SG66
2 panes of 6 x SG67
, cost 2sd
SB1 no price given
 


1906 SG66 d blue-green 2.25 / 90p
1906 SG67 1d carmine 3.75 / 45p

 

SGp1v1e2000

1910 Azores
4 panes of 6 x SG192, cost 245r
SB? WBC1 $250 (1992)
1910 SG192 10r grey-green 20p / 15p

Image (reduced size) and details from WBC. See also 1981. This booklet is not listed in Gibbons or BI.

1910 Germany
2 panes of 6 x SG84
1 pane of 4 x SG84 plus 2 labels
2 panes of 6 x SG85, cost 2m
SB1 3,000
 

1905 SG84 5pf green 1 / 10p
pane of 4 plus 2 labels is SG84c 400
1905 SG85 10pf rose-carmine 2.50 / 10p

Cover is rose or green, undifferentiated by number.

Image source for pane SG84c, Sandafayre, November 2004.

Continued as West Germany.

SGp7e5

1910  Russia
3 panes of 6 x SG92
1 pane of 6 x SG94
1 pane of 6 x SG97, cost 80k
SB1 no price given
WBC1 (1988) $3,000

1909 SG92 1k yellow-orange 15p / 10p
1909 SG94 3k rose-red 10p / 10p
1909 SG97 7k light blue 10p / 10p

Gibbons identifies five versions, (a) through (e), differentiated by cover colour and inscription on the back cover. The fist, 10a is green and inscribed
"S.-PETERBURGSKAGO POCHTAMTA"

Image source WBC

see also 1998 Russian Republic

SGp10e5

1911 (1 Oct) German Cameroun
4 panes of 5 x SG-K21 plus 1 label
2 panes of 5 x SG-K22 plus 1 label cost 2m
SB1 3,000
 

1905 SG-K21 5pf green 60p / 1.50
SG K21a pane of 5 plus label 400
1906 SG-K22 10pf carmine 60p /90p
SG K22a pane of 5 plus label 400
 

SGp7e5  BI

1911 (1 Oct) German East Africa
4 panes of 5 x SG35 plus 1 label
2 panes of 5 x SG36 plus 1 label cost 1r55
SB1 3,000
 

1906 SG35 4h green 75p / 1.25
SG35a pane of 5 plus label 400
1906 SG36 7h carmine 1 / 50p
SG36 pane of 5 plus label 400
 

SGp7e5  BI

1911 (1 Oct) German South West Africa
4 panes of 5 x SG25 plus 1 label
2 panes of 5 x SG26 plus 1 label cost 2m
SB1 3,000
 
1906 SG25 5pf green 60p / 1.50
SG25a pane of 5 plus label 350
1906 SG26 10pf carmine 75p / 1.50
SG26a pane of 5 plus label 400

 

 

 

SGp7e5  BI

1911 (21 Dec) Bavaria
5 panes of 4 x SG139 plus 2 labels
2 panes of 5 x SG140 plus advertising labels, cost 2m
SB1 550

1911 SG139 5pf green on green 20p / 20p
SG139 pane of 4 plus 2 labels  50
1911 SG140 10pf red on buff 20p / 20p
SG140 pane of 5 plus label  50

SB1a (1911) is as shown. In 1912 came SB1b with slightly different SG140s; SB1c with the later 139s and 140s and a blue on red cover; SB1ca with a back on green cover. All at 550 in the 1987 catalogue.

Image source for cover, Walter de Rooy, December 2004.


SGp7e5

1911-12 Canal Zone
2 panes of 6 x SG36, cost 25c
SB1 1,400
 


1909 SG36 2c black and vermillion 3 / 1.25

SGp22e5

1912 (9 Mar) Jamaica
2 panes of 6 x SG40, cost 2/-
SB1 1,300
 


1906 SG40 1d carmine 1.25 / 10p

 

SGp1v2e1999

1912 Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika
2 panes of 6 x SG45
4 panes of 6 x SG46, cost 1s80
SB1 900

 

 

 

1938 Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika
3 panes of 4 x SG137
2 panes of 4 x SG139, cost 3s40
SB3 190

 

 

 

 

 

 


1912 SG45 3c green 2 / 50p
1912 SG46 6c red 70p / 50p



1938 SG137 15c black and rose-red 9.50 / 55p
1938 SG139 20c black and orange 35 / 40p

Stamps are East Africa and Uganda Protectorates

Jan 2005 SB1 cover image source Cavendish auction catalogue.

 

 

 

 

The first booklet containing KUT stamps. Pane image source Sandafayre auction, October 2004

SGp1v2e1999

1912 Sudan
10 panes of 2 x SG23, cost 100m
SB1 650


1903 SG23 5m scarlet and black 2 / 10p

Jan 2005 SB1 cover image source Cavendish newsletter.

SGp1v2e1999

1913 (17 Jan) Australia
2 panes of 6 x SG1
3 panes of 6 x SG2, cost 2/-
SB1 1,200
 
1913 SG1 d green 6 / 3.25
1913 SG2 1d red 8.50 / 1

SGC&Ee2004

1913 Dahomey
10 panes of 4 x SG45, cost 2f
SB1 425
 
1913 SG45 5c green and yellow-green 1.40 / 70p

SGp6e5

1913 French Guinea
10 panes of 4 x SG67, cost 2f
SB1 70
 
1904 SG675c blue-green and yellow-green 30p / 1.60

SGp6e5

1913 Ivory Coast
10 panes of 4 x SG46, cost 2f
SB1 160
  1913 SG465c green and yellow-green 2.50 / 1.50

SGp6e5

1913 Mauritania
10 panes of 4 x SG21, cost 2f
SB1 50
 
1913 SG21 5c green and pale yellow-green 1.75 / 2.25

SGp6e5

1913  Turkey
8 panes of 10 x SG335, cost 12 piastres
SB1 55 WBC1 (1985) $100

1913 SG335 10 paras green 35p / 25p

Image source WBC

SGp16e3

1913 Union of South Africa
2 panes of 6 x SG3
4 panes of 6 x SG4, cost 2/6
SB1 3,500
 
1913 SG3 d green 1 / 20p
1913 SG4 1d rose-red 70p / 10p

SGp1v2e1999

1914  Angola
see note, cost 5e
SB? WBC1 (1992) $200

1914 SG210 2c violet 35p / 15p

For both Angola and Mozambique, WBC reports that a variety of stamps and configurations were used in booklets, always with 20 stamps. Those identified at the time of publication were 5 panes of 4 stamps or 2 rows of 10 stamps.

See also Angola 1991

Image source WBC

1914  Mozambique
see note, cost 12 piastres
SB? WBC1 (1992) $150

1914 SG197 c brown-olive 10p / 10p

see Angola above

Image source WBC

1914 Senegal
10 panes of 4 x SG67, cost 2f
SB1 170
 
1914 SG67 5c green and yellow-green 70p / 10p

SGp6e5

1914 Straits Settlements
2 panes of 12 x SG197
1 pane of 1 x SG197, cost $1
SB1 no price given, SB3 is 900
  1913 SG197 41c dull purple 1 / 50p Cover is black on blue: black on grey is SB1b

SGp1v2e1999

1915 Nigeria
2 panes of 6 of SG1
3 panes of 6 x SG2, cost 2/-
SB1 no price given, SB2 is 1,500
 
1914 SG1 d green 4.50 / 70p
1914 SG2 1d carmine-red 4.75 / 10p

See also Independent Nigeria

SGp1v2e1999

1916 Belgian Congo
5 panes of 10 x SG70,
3 panes of 10 x SG71b,
3 panes of 10x SG72b,
2 panes of 10 x SG73, cost 15fr
SB1 425
  1915 SG70 5c black and green 20p / 15p - SG70a pane of 10 7
1915 SG71b 10c black and carmine 20p / 15p - SG71ba pane of 10 10
1915 SG72b 15c black and dp green 25p / 20p - SG72ba pane of 10 10
1915 SG73 25c black and blue 95p / 25p - SG73a pane of 10 60

 

SGp4e4

1917 French Cameroun
10 panes of 4 x SG33 (o/p)
SB1 140
 
1916 SG33 5c green and blue 60p / 1.90

 

SGp6e5

1917 China (Republic)
4 panes of 6 x SG288
1 pane of 4 x SG288
4 panes of 6 x SG191
SB1 4,000

1914 SG288 1c yellow-orange 75p / 10p
1914 SG291 3c blue-green 1.50 / 10p
Image source eBay, October 2004. The final selling price was $105.

Continued as People's Republic of China

SGp17e6

1917 British POs in China
2 panes of 4 x SG2
1 pane of 6 x SG3
1 pane of 6 x SG6, cost not given
SB1 no price given, SB2 is 3,750
 
1917 SG2  2c green 2.25 / 30p
1917 SG3  4c red 3.25 / 30p
1917 SG6  10c ultramarine 7 / 30p

SGp17e6

1917 (13 Dec) Denmark
5 panes of 4 x SG135, cost 1k
SB1 1,500
 
1917 SG135 5 green 90p / 10p

SGp11e4

1917 French Sudan
10 panes of 4 x SG62, cost 2f
SB1 140
  1914 SG62 5c green and yellow-green 10p / 1.25

SGp6e5

13th August 2006  - 278 listed, 51 acquired

Data sources
Gibbons Parts  2e5, 3e4, 4e4, 5e5 (none), 6e5, 7e5, 8e5, 9, 10e5, 11e4, 17e6, 18, 19e5, 21e3, 22 (various editions)
Gibbons Specialised Vol 2, Channel Islands and Isle of Man, 1998.
Gibbons British Commonwealth Vol 1 (1999) and Vol 2 (2000), Commonwealth and Empire 1840-1952 (2004) SGC&E2004
I have consulted Gibbons Parts 15 (Central America) and 20 (South America) in my local library. Neither list any booklets in the 2nd editions.
Booklets International - details taken from the 2004 edition. This is a sales catalogue and so only contains details of booklets available for sale. The numbering system used in BI is, to quote an email from the owner, "GB & Commonwealth: Stanley Gibbons. But sometimes with corrections. Especially with modern booklets SG is not consequent (Australia-N Zealand-Canada).  I often try to give Michel numbers, because I have many German clients. Michel does not list all booklets. Only the booklets with se/tenant stamps. Different stamps in one pane. Booklets with only stamps of the same value,  they dont catalogue! Sometimes they mention these booklets in the normal stamps/part. South-America. I use WBC and the old Rogers booklet catalogue. For some countries I also have my own numbering."
World Booklet Catalogue - details here

Rogers Postal Booklet Catalogue, 1947, see here
 

Image sources are given with the entries, with links where appropriate. Any other cases will be mentioned here.
1. Walter de Rooy, editor of WBC and owner of Booklets International.