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JohnnyRockets
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04 Apr 2020
01:56:56pm
Hi all,

I soaked a bunch of stamps in water for a couple hours this morning and noticed that some of them had radically faded! I could get the back paper off of them, but the stamp was faded to much to be worth anything in my collection.

I'm not sure if soaking is worth it to me if that is going to happen. I think in the future I'll just cut around them. Sure it'll ultimately make the pages thicker in the album, but I'll just get a bigger binder! Happy


Is fading after/while soaking normal?


Thanks!


JR
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smauggie
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04 Apr 2020
02:12:20pm
re: Soaking stamps - Fading?

Which stamps faded?

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JohnnyRockets
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04 Apr 2020
02:36:41pm
re: Soaking stamps - Fading?

Oh man, you had to ask that! Winking

I didn't pay attention, but just tossed them. Dang!

Should have noticed.


JR

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Harvey
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04 Apr 2020
02:47:41pm
re: Soaking stamps - Fading?

There are some warnings given in catalogs about stamps that have water soluble inks. I think most are older, but I'm not sure.

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JohnnyRockets
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04 Apr 2020
02:53:16pm
re: Soaking stamps - Fading?

Hi Harvey,

Thanks!

That is precisely what seems to have happened.

The rest of the stamps that were soaking were completely fine!


JR

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sheepshanks
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04 Apr 2020
03:00:24pm
re: Soaking stamps - Fading?

You could read this article by our own Don on his website.
http://www.stampsmarter.com/learning/HowToSoakStamps.html

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michael78651
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04 Apr 2020
05:10:30pm
re: Soaking stamps - Fading?

Stamps printed in aniline inks are water soluble. Of particular note are early stamps from Great Britain an colonies (particularly green and shades of red: carmine, red, scarlet), and the Netherlands and Netherlands colonies, namely the larger, square Queen definitives.

There are some more, but that is about the most of it. As someone stated, pay attention to the catalog warnings.

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Bobstamp
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04 Apr 2020
05:54:11pm
re: Soaking stamps - Fading?

The Ch√Ęteau de Ramezay commemorative (Scott Canada 245) was printed with aniline ink and fades badly. Ask me how I know Sad

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