Stamp Collection Care
Just like stamp collection requires a lot of time similarly
taking good care of those stamps is vitally important. Stamp Collection
involves a schematic arrangement of the collected stamps and preserving their
quality. Stamps having poor quality won’t make a good impression on anyone looking
at your stamp collection efforts.
At times you receive a stamp pasted on an envelope. You might
have to get rid of the envelope to add that stamp to your collection. Tearing
it out would mean loss of quality and possible damage to the stamp. Before
separating the stamp from its cover evaluate its worth with and without the
cover. At times old stamps with covers are worth more than those without the
cover as they have interesting details of postal history. You could refer your query
to your stamp club mates to decide if you need to keep the cover or no.
Once you have made up your mind to separate the stamp from
its cover, cut finely around the stamp close enough to keep the teeth around
the edges intact. Then soak this stamp cut out in lukewarm water, spread in a saucer.
Allow the paper to float till the stamp is separated from the paper. You may
rub off the remaining adhesive at the backside of the stamp with your
fingertips. Now you need to dry these stamps using either a newspaper or an
absorbent paper. Once these stamps dry they develop wrinkles on them, which
could be removed by placing them between the pages or beneath a heavy book.
Arranging your stamps is an important part of stamp
collection. This ensures better quality and gives more life to your stamp collection,
when preserved in an appropriate manner. There are different ways to store
stamps. Easiest would be to sort stamps and put them in separate envelopes.
Envelopes are available in different sizes and ones having a transparent
portion called as the glassine envelopes would be preferred by stamp collectors
as the stamps are visible through it. This would be the most basic way to store
your stamps. If you want to store your stamps for a higher durability you could
make use of stock books. Stock books or folders have a set of transparent
pockets where in stamps could be arranged depending upon their sorting. This
ensures durability but not a very good presentation of your stamp collection as the
stamps are in groups. Individual stamps cannot be viewed.
Making a Stamp album for your collection would be the
ultimate way to preserve your hard earned stamps. You could design your own
stamp album by punching a set of handmade paper together either with a ribbon or
getting it spiral bounded. Choose a good color for the paper on to which stamps
would be prominently visible. You may choose to stick stamps on either side of
this paper or just on the right hand side, making use of special peel able gum
that will not harm stamps.
Another option would be to purchase a ready made album
having printed information that would help to sort stamps into different
subjects. This seems to be a good initiative for budding stamp collectors. The only
trouble here is that a readymade album restricts any kind of creative presentation
to preserve stamps. When you create your own stamp album you could add on as many
more supplement s as you wish to. Moreover you could design various sections
within your album such as Sort by type – animals, ships, nations, country, etc.
You may add a separate section for covers. Used and unused/mint stamps could
have separate pages allotted too. Remember to make use of stamp mounts while
you stick mint stamps to your album. This will help to restore its quality and
preserving the adhesive at the back of the stamp.