The year 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the first year of operation of the Germany & Colonies Philatelic Society following the amalgamation of the Germany & Colonies Stamp Club (established 1947) and the Stockton German Study Group (1960).


The G&CPS celebrated its inaugural year in 1964 with the first Germania Posta philatelic exhibition held in Stockton.


Third Reich


The Society’s largest and most active study group welcomes all collectors with a serious interest in the postal history of Germany and the German-occupied territories during the period 1933 to 1945. The Group’s quarterly News Sheet aims to assist the beginner and to help the more advanced collector to keep up with the latest information and research. From March 2017 the TRSG News Sheets (20 x A4 pages in length, with mostly coloured illustrations) will be available quarterly FREE OF CHARGE and sent as an e-mail attachment to anyone who would like to receive a copy. It will only be necessary to supply your e-mail address and your home address to the TRSG News Sheet team. Enquiries should go to

For those of you who do not have ready access to a computer at home but who may have elsewhere, for example at your local library, the current News Sheet can also be accessed here as a pdf file.

In addition, we can provide, on request, the News Sheet by post. For posting the News Sheet for a full year, payment in advance should be made by personal cheque drawn on a UK bank and made out to Robert Jones in the amount of £17 (for a full year postage paid sent to a UK address) and send to Bob Jones, 45, Durham Avenue, Bootle, Merseyside, L30 1RE.

Payment via Paypal to Bob’s account (same as his email address) is also available.

Tel: (0151) 523 2565. Email:

Furthermore, should you wish any back issues of the News Sheet to be sent to you by post please contact Bob to obtain a quote. A CD is also available containing the first 167 issues edited by John Rawlings (1974 – 2016) at £15 plus p+p. Available in A4 or US Letter format.

Here is a pdf file of the index to all the articles so far available in the Study Group’s News Sheets from 1974 to 2020.

Meetings 12 noon for lunch with displays 13.00-16.00:

The Civil Service club, 13-15 Great Scotland Yard,
London SW1A 2HJ. Tel 0207 930 4881

Forthcoming meetings

27 July 2024
Munich – Simon McArthur

19 October 2024
Members’ displays



The Danzig Study Group of the UK was launched on 1 January 2007. I hope that members of the new group will share their knowledge and enjoyment of their collections with me in the pages of a quarterly, full colour, A4-sized journal The Danzig Philatelist, on any aspect of Danzig/Gdańsk philately encompassing postage or revenue stamps and postal history including postcards, postal stationery, documents and relevant ephemera of any period.

Any back issue of ‘The Danzig Philatelist’ can be supplied as a print-on-demand copy to members or non-members. Also a list of the contents of each issue can be viewed here. Also a full index to issues 1-60 (Jan. 2007 – Dec. 2021) can be viewed here.

UK: £18.00 – cash or sterling cheque payable to ‘P.G.H. du Boulay’ or by bank transfer
Europe: £28 or €35 or 150zł; Rest of World - £33 or US $45
Cash in US dollars, Euros or złotys, or International Money Order payable to ‘P.G.H. du Boulay’
or by bank transfer to either Euro or sterling account - enquire for details.
Transfers can be made simply and cheaply through such platforms as Wise or Western Union.

Giles du Boulay, 8 Malvern Road, Aylesbury, Bucks
HP20 1QF, UK

Tel. [0044] (0)1296 488703

Stadtposts Collectors

The city posts of Germany were formed as a result of the postal acts of the North German Confederation in 1867 and the Federal Act passed in 1871. This latter act established the Reichspost at the time of the Federation of the German States and provided a monopoly for the State on the delivery of mail between towns as the Reichspost was not concerned with inner city deliveries, nor with the delivery of parcels, printed papers, unsealed letters and postcards.

Such a vacuum allowed private enterprise to provide a service, which became increasingly necessary as the industrial cities expanded at the end of the 19th century. The postal authorities did not foresee the extent to which it would be used.

A total of 250 private postal companies operated in 164 towns and cities in Germany before they were closed down by the government on 1 April 1900.

For the stamp collector Privatpost or Stadtpost issues offers a wide selection of stamps and covers - some very simple whilst others have very sophisticated designs and unending interest and discoveries.

Membership of the Stadtpost Study Group is FREE and members will receive a quarterly Journal by email. To become a member please apply by email to:

German Colonies Collectors Group

The German Colonies and Post Offices abroad provide a wonderfully rich and varied collecting area. The German Colonies Collectors Group (GCCG), based in the USA, is a Study Group of the Germany Philatelic Society, an Associated Group of the G&CPS, and an Affiliate of the APS.

The GCCG was founded in 1968, and has been in continuous oper­a­tion since 1973.  We have more than 220 members, principally in the United States, Canada, Germany and the UK.  We publish our quarterly journal, VOR­LÄUFER, in English.  Each 36-page issue combines original research, articles, trans­lations from less accessible journals, and regular features including selected auction realizations, reports on books and exhibitions and much more.  We also publish a cumulative index (back to 1984) every 18 months.  Membership costs $20 (USA & Canada) and 24/$34 (elsewhere).

A sample copy of VORLÄUFER may be obtained either from A. Lavar Taylor, 6 Hutton Centre, Suite 880, Santa Ana, CA 92707-0516 or Oliver Wyrtki, 203 Mill Crossing, Yorktown, VA 23693