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General Philatelic/Newcomer Cnr : Printing Stamp Pages for Used Stamps

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rookieinCO68
01 Jun 2021
01:16:18am
I am printing stamp pages to organize what stamps I have, as the album I have I stopped updating years ago due to my lapse. I also enjoy researching the stamp and information about the content (defs and Comms alike). So, I am okay with supplementary pages. I really like that I can customize the info about the stamp on the page - makes it much more interesting for me (using Album Easy for this). These are used (postmarked, no glue) stamps, in varying conditions, and I choose not to use mounts, just hinges, just due to cost.

But, what paper should I use for printing upon which I can mount the stamps? I have been reading discussions about acid-free vs non-lignin papers. As newbie, I have done some web searching but cannot find non-lignin 20lb bond paper - it ends up being parchment paper.

I purchased some supplemental pages from Harris for my Statesman album, but are these pages really non-lignin? The original pages in this album (circa 1980) have yellowed some, so I doubt these supplemental pages are non-lignin or alkaline pages either.

So I am seeking inout on
a) Do I really need to use non-lignin paper for used stamps which have limited value? and
b) Any ideas on where I can find an acceptable quality, 8.5"x11" paper which I can use?

Comments and any links/pointers are appreciated.
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angore
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01 Jun 2021
06:47:00am
re: Printing Stamp Pages for Used Stamps

In your situation, I would not spend the extra money on true archival paper. In any case, preservation goes well beyond the paper selection - storage environment, handling, mounting, etc. For example, if you use hinges to mount, are they archival?

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01 Jun 2021
07:49:08am
re: Printing Stamp Pages for Used Stamps

I buy acid & chlorine free cardstock from the Paper Garden. My favourite colour is green, which makes (most) stamps pop. I like the coloured paper much more than white or cream.

https://www.paper-garden.ca/products/pop-tone-gumdrop-green-8-1-2-x-11-cover-weight-cardstock.html

I've been using this paper for a few years now (along with orange) and all so far looks great!

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clivel
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01 Jun 2021
08:04:15am
re: Printing Stamp Pages for Used Stamps

One option would be the Southworth papers which are not too expensive and available from Staples, Amazon etc.

The Southworth 100% cotton business and résumé papers are listed as acid and lignin free. They are available in both 24 or 32lb weight, with the heavier pages probably more suitable for album pages.

Clive

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joesm
01 Jun 2021
09:17:20am
re: Printing Stamp Pages for Used Stamps

Our local office supply store keeps reams of 20 pound acid free 8 1/2 x 11 in stock. It costs more than standard copy paper, but it isn't outrageous. I have a ream of 20 pound and a ream of 50 pound to make my own pages when needed.

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srolfsmeier
01 Jun 2021
08:58:58pm
re: Printing Stamp Pages for Used Stamps

In the museum setting where I work we use the Southworth 100% cotton rag lignin free paper which provides archival quality without being overly expensive. I like the 32 lb for printing album pages.

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jmh67
02 Jun 2021
04:47:15am
re: Printing Stamp Pages for Used Stamps

I have been using ordinary office paper (of various weights and suitable for laser printers) for album pages for about 20 years now and have even pages printed on a somewhat lower grade with a higher proportion of recycling fibres, and have not noticed any deterioration yet. Before, I have used various sorts of typewriter paper (some batches dating back to the 1950s, long before I entered this world) and have even reused some of those sheets. No problem with these, either. The crisp sorts are particularly good to write and to print on. Pre-printed album pages from the 1930s (Schwaneberger) and 1980s (Schaubek) are still fine, too.

What I definitely replace now are the pages that I made from a soft, lignin-rich squared writing paper that I purchased while still a schoolboy 35 or 40 years ago (primarily to write my class tests on, but I had much left over). Even this low-quality paper has not affected my stamps yet, but it just looks what it was - a temporary solution from when I hadn't got anything better.

BrightonPete's idea of using colored paper is a good one. I would not use too deep a color, and make sure it does not "bleed" or rub off.

Most important in my opinion is that you keep your albums "busy", and that you keep them in a dry, well ventilated place. Still, if you can get, say, bond paper or any other good quality paper at a reasonable price, use it. You don't necessarily need thick paper, but it should be crisp, smooth, non-transparent and fairly stiff.

Martin

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rookieinCO68
03 Jun 2021
01:47:35am
re: Printing Stamp Pages for Used Stamps

Thank you to all of you who took time to share your knowledge with me.

The question about hinges being archival is...I have no clue (they are Leuchtturm Fasto hinges advertised as acid free glassine hinges. But your point is well made about not really worrying about it.

As for the recommendations on the Southworth papers, I will purchase some and see how they work. It is certainly better than the office paper I was considering using.

And the comments about how to maintain the stamps - airflow, temperature,etc. are a great reminder. I live in Colorado, so humidity is not often high, and I believe this will help as well.

Irrespective of paper choice, my printer only handles 8.5x 11 as max size, and the album pages for my Harris album are 9x12 and sit short in the ablum when I add them. But that is another story.

Thanks again to all of you!

Ed

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Dmeyer
03 Jun 2021
09:59:25am
re: Printing Stamp Pages for Used Stamps

Thanks for that question. I am new to all of this and the responses have been a learning experience for me.

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