Stanley Phillips

Stanley Phillips[1]

Frederick Stanley Phillips (31 December 1891 – 29 March 1954) [2] was a British philatelist and prolific philatelic author who signed the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists at Folkestone in 1937.

Stanley Phillips was the son of William Henry Phillips (Assistant Managing Director of Stanley Gibbons), and the nephew of Charles James Phillips.[2]

Military service

Phillips served in the British Army during World War I including in Gallipoli, Egypt and Palestine. He was granted a commission in the King's Royal Rifle Corps.[2]

Career at Stanley Gibbons

Stanley Phillips joined Stanley Gibbons in 1906 and rose to become Chairman of the firm.[2]

Returning to the firm after the end of World War I he was asked to create the Stanley Gibbons Monthly Circular [2] and from 1922 he was the Editor of all Stanley Gibbons publications. In 1926 he became joint Managing Director with William Hamilton Andrews and after Hamilton Andrews retired in 1946 Phillips became sole Managing Director. After his cousin Frank Phillips died in July 1953, Phillips became Chairman of the company.[2]

In 1934 he created the "Simplified" catalogue at Stanley Gibbons which has since become the key work "Stamps of the World".[2]

Organised philately

Phillips served on the council of the British Philatelic Association.[3]

In 1933 he was awarded the Congress Cup at the Philatelic Congress of Great Britain for his paper "Philatelic Literature".[3]


Phillips has been called a "crusader for philately" [2] and he was particularly noted for his many books on Stamp Collecting that introduced a whole generation to the hobby. His titles were usually for the beginner and always referred to stamp collecting and not philately.

Selected publications

And some of his numerous magazine articles:


  1. London 2015 Europhilex International Philatelic Exhibition, London, 2015, p. 122.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Profile in "75 Years of Gibbons Stamp Monthly" by Michael Briggs in Gibbons Stamp Monthly, October 2002, p.78.
  3. 1 2 Who Was Who in British Philately, Association of British Philatelic Societies, 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2013. Archived here.

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