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General Philatelic/Newcomer Cnr : Mint Hinged - Should they ever get soaked?

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Kathy Kelsey
24 Apr 2002
03:01:14pm
Hi,

I'm in the process of removing hinged stamps from album pages I have acquired.

The top half of the hinge I am carefully removing from the stamp so the stamp is not damaged. But what about the bottom half of the hinge that is on the stamp. Do I soak it off or leave it attached to the stamp and mount?

From the previous discussion MNH vs MH.

Mint Hinge -
The answer appears to be that the hinge should remain on the stamp and then either re-hinged or mounted into the new album. Especially where there is still full gum or at least 50-75% gum.

Used Stamps -
What is the preference here? It just seems so ... (I don't know what) to leave the hinge.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Kathy
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David Teisler (Teisler)
24 Apr 2002
03:22:53pm
re: Mint Hinged - Should they ever get soaked?

Kathy,

I leave the hinges, regardless of unused or used stamps. I, like you, remove anything not attached to the stamp, but leave whatever's attached. I certainly wouldn't soak a hinge from a stamp with gum (unless it were a CTO), because I chage it from OG to unused.

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Kathy Kelsey
25 Apr 2002
12:06:42am
re: Mint Hinged - Should they ever get soaked?

David,

Thank you for input. Do appreciate it.

Kathy

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Rob Vlaardingerbroek (Rob)
25 Apr 2002
03:36:40am
re: Mint Hinged - Should they ever get soaked?

Hello Kathy and David,

Nice to see how different we treat our stamps. I soak any cancelled stamp to get the hinges of, and do believe this is important, specially for the elder stamps with elder hinges.

I once had a stamp where the hinge made a big glue spot on the stamp and therefor started with this.

Mind you I think it is important, but don't have any proof for that :-)

Mint stamps should never be soaked, we said it before, soak them and one must deal with them as used stamps, so I always hope the hinge will come of nicely, which most hinges luckilly do.

With best regards,

Rob.

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