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General Philatelic/Gen. Discussion : Need Some Help

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eagc1397
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02 May 2021
01:39:44pm

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Image Not FoundI have these stamps stuck together Hints on separation
Tried soaking and stamp lift do not work

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Harvey
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02 May 2021
01:47:38pm
re: Need Some Help

I guess that's another reason not to collect newer stamps - those damn peel and stick stamps!!

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sheepshanks
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02 May 2021
01:55:31pm
re: Need Some Help

Bestine is probably the solution. Use the keyword search facility above and "Bestine"

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joesm
02 May 2021
03:14:31pm
re: Need Some Help

I soak modern stamps in either xylene(also sold as xylol) or turpentine for about 10 minutes. Remove the stamp from the paper and wipe the excess glue from the back with a paper towel. I do the wiping on a small piece of cardboard and discard it after doing 50-100 stamps. If the stamp is still sticky, use a small artist’s brush a brush a little unscented talcum powder on it. Just touch the brush lightly to the powder. I hope that this helps.

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eagc1397
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02 May 2021
03:35:24pm

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Thanks for the help I will try them

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eagc1397
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02 May 2021
03:40:12pm

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Does anyone know of the best magnifying glass available

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jbaxter5256
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03 May 2021
09:28:16am
re: Need Some Help

For use at home, a Leuchtturm LU35 part number 360 165 which is an LED assisted 10x device or for portability Ott Lite makes a flatter 3x magnifying glass with an LED light. The last one will easily fit in a pants' pocket while the first one is too large to carrier in a pocket but definitely helps with details. The LED assists make a huge difference.

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03 May 2021
12:32:31pm
re: Need Some Help

r" ... Does anyone know of the best magnifying glass available ..."

For me the best one is the last one I cleaned.
When you ask an open ended question like that,
members have no ides what is the meaning of "best" to you.
Strongest ?
Biggest lens ?
Fits in a pocket ?
Built in light ?
Left handed or right handed ?
On a stand with flexible arm ?
Usable underwater when the deluge comes ?
I had one in the shop mounted on an extension rod so I could read
the serial numbers on an engine block or transmission casing, and
it was best for me then. I never tried to use it for stamps, but
I suspect it might make leaning over to see if a stamp that has
fallen to the floor is worth bending over to pick up.
So what defines best for you ?

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eagc1397
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04 May 2021
07:41:59pm

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re: Need Some Help

Thanks everyone Some times I’m looking for the year on the stamp but can’t get it clearly to make it out with the equipment I have. Was looking for advice on getting a good one

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cdj1122
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05 May 2021
11:30:39am
re: Need Some Help

Kees,
Then a small hand held unit should be good.

I have one from WalMart's eyeglass store
that is about 4" long, a bit over 1" wide
and about 5/16ths" thick. Great for in a
pocket and quite strong. There is a slide
cover and built in light. I think the cost
was about $5 - $6. I actually have three
of them so one is always within reach.

For real tiny micro-prints I have several
of the small "Jeweler's lens" units. These
are often hard to handle because of the size.
But they are powerful and are available in
hobby shops
or from "Subway Stamp Shop", in Altoona,
Pennsylvania. I have been dealing with them
for over sixty years since my dad took me
along to Nassau Street in lower Manhattan
in the late 1940s.
I think one of our members works or owns
a coin and stamp shop in Ottawa or Toronto
who may be able to sell similar magnifiers.
Good luck with getting something you are
comfortable with.
Charlie

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jmh67
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05 May 2021
04:03:18pm
re: Need Some Help

Back to the self-adhesive stamps: If you use bestine, turpentine, xylene or some such solvent to separate them, be careful when wiping excess glue from the front of the stamps. Sometimes the ink comes off as well.

And of course, the usual safety measures for dealing with flammable organic solvents apply.

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