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auldstampguy
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02 Jan 2012
03:17:55pm
As well as being the webmaster here on Stamporama I am the webmaster for our local stamp club "Twin Cities Philatelic Society". I received the following question on the twincitiesphilatelicsociety.org website today that I hope some of our Stamporama members can answer for me.

"Dear Sir:
I, for many years, collected stamps. Typically, I would purchase a block and a single of every new US commemorative. If the moment moved me, I would also buy a sheet. Unfortunately, the US Postal Service has moved to those self-adhesive stamps and, with that change, I stopped collecting American stamps. I have no idea how to mount the new stamps. Is it even possible? What is your recommendation.

I wish you a happy, healthy, peaceful, and safe new year.

Louis B. Hurvitz"

I do not collect US stamps and have not tried to mount the current self adhesive stamps. What do you recommend? I will write back to Louis Hurvitz and suggest he watch this website for an answer to his question.

Regards ... Tim.

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02 Jan 2012
04:41:31pm
re: How to mount USPS self adhesive stamps

I mount the self-adhesive stamps the same way I mount all my other stamps, in Showgard-style mounts.

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auldstampguy
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02 Jan 2012
05:02:45pm
re: How to mount USPS self adhesive stamps

Hi Michael,
With the current self adhesive stamp, do I assume correctly that you cut the individual stamps from the sheet, retaining the backing paper, before placing them in the mount?

Regards. Tim

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michael78651
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02 Jan 2012
06:15:30pm
re: How to mount USPS self adhesive stamps

No need to cut the stamps that are perforated. For the booklets, yes, I do remove the stamps from around the stamp that I want and cut it out of the booklet. For unused self-adhesive stamps, you have to keep the backing paper on the stamp or it is not considered unused anymore.

If the stamp is used, I simply cut it off the envelope, leaving about 1/16" of an inch around the stamp perfs/margins, put it in a mount and attach it to the album page. I do not soak the paper off the stamp. It's a waste of time, in my opinion. Those who are so compulsive that a used stamp has to have the paper removed at all costs, even if it takes three months to get the paper off using a plethora of chemicals and then ruins the stamp anyway, boggle my mind.

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PDougherty999
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03 Jan 2012
07:51:45am
re: How to mount USPS self adhesive stamps

Hindges to work on the back of mint stamps.

As was already said, putting them in the mounts works as well.

On the sheets where there is no perferation and there is a need to seperate, I have a VERY sharp knife I bought at Home Depot. You fold the stamps backward along what would have been the perforation and then carefully slice along the fold. This retains to original backing.

For Booklets, I've only had to deal with one so far, The Holiday Baubles. I had extra backing from another sheet and transfered two full sets (from the side that had the booklet cover on it) over to the other backing. Those sets will be traded or sold as unused. I don't have them with me, but I think the booklet is perforated so seperating the remaining mint blocks was easy. I kept the one with the cover backing for my album and the other two are now trade/sale fodder.

Pat

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