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General Philatelic/Gen. Discussion : Removing hinges from stamps

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bigcreekdad
12 Jan 2022
12:31:18pm
I'm sorting and cataloging from a few old albums I purchased before I put them up for sale. What are group members opinions as to whether to remove hinges, especially heavy ones? If yes, how do you safely do it? I used to own a Stamplift, but the sponge material started disintegrating and I pitched it.
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sheepshanks
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12 Jan 2022
12:39:47pm
re: Removing hinges from stamps

For individual used stamps try a soft brush or cotton bud dipped in water and rubbed across the hinge/paper when on a flat surface (glass/tile).
If mint stamps try rubbing gently with a rounded metal surface, holding the stamp securely, rub until hinge lifts. Does not always work.
If bulk used stamps soak in tepid water, rinse and dry between absorbent pages. I use freebie newsprint pages to remove excess water then an old phone book under pressure for a couple of days to finish the drying and keep stamps flat.
I'm sure others have their own methods.

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12 Jan 2022
03:32:41pm
re: Removing hinges from stamps

if I'm selling, I don't remove hinges.....

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12 Jan 2022
03:41:53pm
re: Removing hinges from stamps

As a buyer I'd much rather see a hinge left on than end up with a stamp that has a thin area because a hinge was removed carelessly. I think we spend way too much time worrying about the backs of stamps. I really don't care what the back of the Mona Lisa looks like, do you?

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12 Jan 2022
10:09:19pm
re: Removing hinges from stamps

I soak used stamps in warm water with a dash of dishwashing liquid. The hinge floats off and the front of the stamp loses a hundred years of grime and gunk. With mint stamps, I use my tweezers to gently lift a corner of the hinge, and if it doesn't look like it's going to budge, I leave it. I often find myself removing up to five hinges on a stamp.

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13 Jan 2022
05:08:55am
re: Removing hinges from stamps

:" ... I don't care what the back of the Mona Lisa looks like, do you? ..."

I don't know, I've never seen her backside.

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