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26 Oct 2014
12:09:35am
Does anyone remember the product that will help remove modern US used stamps from envelopes? Also, is there a listing of which numbers can be safely soaked and which require dynamite? I'm sure this has been covered in the past in Linn's and in the APS Journal but I can't seem remember exactly where - I do remember something about talcum powder. I'm so glad that Canadian stamps don't have this problem.

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26 Oct 2014
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Do you mean Bestine?

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26 Oct 2014
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Pure citrus air-freshener works great on the USA self-adhesives and makes your room smell nice :-)

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26 Oct 2014
03:52:16am
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Hi Everyone;

When ya gotta put talcum powder on baby's butt it's time to sell that collection or burn it....more fun Rolling On The Floor Laughing and collect from a country that has better stamps, and is more collector friendly!!

Talcum powder and stamps is just about as stupid as tape and stamps, or eating cashews while working on stamps, or greasy bacon. Ever seen what happens when you put dusty stamps in a clear-pocket stock page to scan it? DAAAAAA!!!! You got little dusty flecks all over the plastic scanner bed and the stock pages. These are all made from plastic. What does a plastic scanner bed and stock pages have in common? DAAAAAA!! Static electricity!! What does static electricity do to fine dust?? It will attract it into the clear pockets and make it impossible to remove.

I once scanned some stamps that had a very powdery dusty dried-out gum. I didn't notice this until after trying to remove the stamps from the pockets. The dusty gum would not clean up or come out. The only way to avoid fuzzy scans of dust flecks, was to take the two pockets of this 7-pocket stock page, and tear them off to prevent re-use. Lessen learned, keep dust away from optical stuff like scanners and cameras and such.

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26 Oct 2014
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re: Used Self Adhesives

CLICK HERE to read the article from the American Philatelist (APS journal) of October 2010 on this subject.

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27 Oct 2014
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Thanks!! The article helps - but it seems like I'll be spending lots of time playing with air freshener. I'll have to air out before going out in public.

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27 Oct 2014
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Well done Bobby.. Very useful information for old and newbes....Applause

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27 Oct 2014
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"...but it seems like I'll be spending lots of time playing with air freshener. I'll have to air out before going out in public."

Yeah, but folk will come from miles around to sniff your collection.Laughing

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27 Oct 2014
07:55:01pm
re: Used Self Adhesives

Ahhhh stamps that smell like a Florida orange grove! Don't ruin it by using perfumey baby powder. I have a perfume allergy and I can't get anywhere near those. Try cornstarch - it is lots cheaper and it's edible in case of a famine. LOL

Watch out after you remove them - the backs can still be tacky and if you stack them on another stamp they will adhere and damage the other stamp. Just FYI.

Doesn't it make you nostalgic for the days of good old water activated gum? SIGH!!

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28 Oct 2014
07:26:30am
re: Used Self Adhesives

Or leave the stamps on the paper and use the time and money saved to buy and work on more stamps.

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28 Oct 2014
06:28:37pm
re: Used Self Adhesives

"Or leave the stamps on the paper and use the time and money saved to buy and work on more stamps."



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28 Oct 2014
07:26:17pm
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""Or leave the stamps on the paper and use the time and money saved to buy and work on more stamps.""



Definitely! I only use the chemical soak when the stamps are on cardboard or some other very unattractive backing. Most I leave as is.

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28 Oct 2014
08:45:36pm
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And Scott says that for used self-adhesives, the cv is the same whether on-piece or off.

(They also say that for mint self-adhesives, they need to be undisturbed on their original backing paper.)

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29 Oct 2014
09:41:49am
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"Try cornstarch - it is lots cheaper and it's edible in case of a famine."




Also mice and insects love the cornstarch too. Especially tiny bugs that can crawl into even the smallest of places. So it's not wise to use an edible product on your stamps.

If you use powder, just take a paper towel and gently wipe off the stamp back and front. I have been using the Pure Citrus for months now and it's great.

Also to avoid spraying it all over or using an excess amount. Spray some into a small container and use a cotton swab and gentley wipe on. The Pure Citrus does not evaporate for days in the container, so just use a little bit at a time unles you have a place to safely leave the container sit.
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06 May 2015
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re: Used Self Adhesives

The self adhesive stamps can be removed from the backing paper if the paper is not the shiny kind often seen on postcards. Then the self adhesive can additionally completely be removed as well, leaving a perfect version, not sticky on the back at all. Strange noxious chemicals are not needed. I actually detect no odor at all when working with such stamps. The method is too involved to explain here, bit I am happy to explain on the telephone to anyone interested. This method works 99% of the time. A handful of exceptions exist.

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22 Jun 2015
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I don't like my used stamps on paper. I don't like the "Hoover Dam" self adhesives.
I recently got some mint self adhesives on album pages where they have all have the backing(which of course they have to have to be mint singles, now). Anyway ,I used tehm for postage Actually I prefer used stamps, anyway. I used them for postage. If I leave them on paper that means the postal service has won. If I have to use lighter fluid & baby powder to get them off of paper and have a nice clean stamp, so be it.( Someone here has mentioned a method of using water & dishwashing liquid but haven't tried it yet). Ain't crazy about it, but I like a nice clean stamp. I'm PO'ed with the PO anyway. I have noticed a drop, recently, in the use of black markers to cancel stamps or is it my imagination.
I just recently got an envelope where the stamps were all canceled with an ink pen, though.Thumbs Down

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22 Jun 2015
10:41:36am
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Unfortunately, they are still using ballpoint pens stampaholic.

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22 Jun 2015
02:46:39pm
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Carl, when buying in bulk, ink pens are cheaper than Sharpies!

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Tom in Exton, PA

22 Jun 2015
08:46:58pm
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"Carl, when buying in bulk, ink pens are cheaper than Sharpies!"



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26 Oct 2014
12:09:35am

Does anyone remember the product that will help remove modern US used stamps from envelopes? Also, is there a listing of which numbers can be safely soaked and which require dynamite? I'm sure this has been covered in the past in Linn's and in the APS Journal but I can't seem remember exactly where - I do remember something about talcum powder. I'm so glad that Canadian stamps don't have this problem.

Tad

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26 Oct 2014
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Do you mean Bestine?

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26 Oct 2014
03:12:05am

re: Used Self Adhesives

Pure citrus air-freshener works great on the USA self-adhesives and makes your room smell nice :-)

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26 Oct 2014
03:52:16am

re: Used Self Adhesives

Hi Everyone;

When ya gotta put talcum powder on baby's butt it's time to sell that collection or burn it....more fun Rolling On The Floor Laughing and collect from a country that has better stamps, and is more collector friendly!!

Talcum powder and stamps is just about as stupid as tape and stamps, or eating cashews while working on stamps, or greasy bacon. Ever seen what happens when you put dusty stamps in a clear-pocket stock page to scan it? DAAAAAA!!!! You got little dusty flecks all over the plastic scanner bed and the stock pages. These are all made from plastic. What does a plastic scanner bed and stock pages have in common? DAAAAAA!! Static electricity!! What does static electricity do to fine dust?? It will attract it into the clear pockets and make it impossible to remove.

I once scanned some stamps that had a very powdery dusty dried-out gum. I didn't notice this until after trying to remove the stamps from the pockets. The dusty gum would not clean up or come out. The only way to avoid fuzzy scans of dust flecks, was to take the two pockets of this 7-pocket stock page, and tear them off to prevent re-use. Lessen learned, keep dust away from optical stuff like scanners and cameras and such.

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26 Oct 2014
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re: Used Self Adhesives

CLICK HERE to read the article from the American Philatelist (APS journal) of October 2010 on this subject.

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27 Oct 2014
04:20:31pm

re: Used Self Adhesives

Thanks!! The article helps - but it seems like I'll be spending lots of time playing with air freshener. I'll have to air out before going out in public.

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27 Oct 2014
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Well done Bobby.. Very useful information for old and newbes....Applause

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27 Oct 2014
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"...but it seems like I'll be spending lots of time playing with air freshener. I'll have to air out before going out in public."

Yeah, but folk will come from miles around to sniff your collection.Laughing

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APS #156650. EBay name - philatelia2
27 Oct 2014
07:55:01pm

re: Used Self Adhesives

Ahhhh stamps that smell like a Florida orange grove! Don't ruin it by using perfumey baby powder. I have a perfume allergy and I can't get anywhere near those. Try cornstarch - it is lots cheaper and it's edible in case of a famine. LOL

Watch out after you remove them - the backs can still be tacky and if you stack them on another stamp they will adhere and damage the other stamp. Just FYI.

Doesn't it make you nostalgic for the days of good old water activated gum? SIGH!!

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28 Oct 2014
07:26:30am

re: Used Self Adhesives

Or leave the stamps on the paper and use the time and money saved to buy and work on more stamps.

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bobgggg

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28 Oct 2014
06:28:37pm

re: Used Self Adhesives

"Or leave the stamps on the paper and use the time and money saved to buy and work on more stamps."



Thumbs Up I agree 100 percent Thumbs Up

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28 Oct 2014
07:26:17pm

re: Used Self Adhesives

""Or leave the stamps on the paper and use the time and money saved to buy and work on more stamps.""



Definitely! I only use the chemical soak when the stamps are on cardboard or some other very unattractive backing. Most I leave as is.

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28 Oct 2014
08:45:36pm

re: Used Self Adhesives

And Scott says that for used self-adhesives, the cv is the same whether on-piece or off.

(They also say that for mint self-adhesives, they need to be undisturbed on their original backing paper.)

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29 Oct 2014
09:41:49am

re: Used Self Adhesives

"Try cornstarch - it is lots cheaper and it's edible in case of a famine."




Also mice and insects love the cornstarch too. Especially tiny bugs that can crawl into even the smallest of places. So it's not wise to use an edible product on your stamps.

If you use powder, just take a paper towel and gently wipe off the stamp back and front. I have been using the Pure Citrus for months now and it's great.

Also to avoid spraying it all over or using an excess amount. Spray some into a small container and use a cotton swab and gentley wipe on. The Pure Citrus does not evaporate for days in the container, so just use a little bit at a time unles you have a place to safely leave the container sit.
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06 May 2015
10:07:13pm

re: Used Self Adhesives

The self adhesive stamps can be removed from the backing paper if the paper is not the shiny kind often seen on postcards. Then the self adhesive can additionally completely be removed as well, leaving a perfect version, not sticky on the back at all. Strange noxious chemicals are not needed. I actually detect no odor at all when working with such stamps. The method is too involved to explain here, bit I am happy to explain on the telephone to anyone interested. This method works 99% of the time. A handful of exceptions exist.

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22 Jun 2015
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re: Used Self Adhesives

I don't like my used stamps on paper. I don't like the "Hoover Dam" self adhesives.
I recently got some mint self adhesives on album pages where they have all have the backing(which of course they have to have to be mint singles, now). Anyway ,I used tehm for postage Actually I prefer used stamps, anyway. I used them for postage. If I leave them on paper that means the postal service has won. If I have to use lighter fluid & baby powder to get them off of paper and have a nice clean stamp, so be it.( Someone here has mentioned a method of using water & dishwashing liquid but haven't tried it yet). Ain't crazy about it, but I like a nice clean stamp. I'm PO'ed with the PO anyway. I have noticed a drop, recently, in the use of black markers to cancel stamps or is it my imagination.
I just recently got an envelope where the stamps were all canceled with an ink pen, though.Thumbs Down

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22 Jun 2015
10:41:36am

re: Used Self Adhesives

Unfortunately, they are still using ballpoint pens stampaholic.

Chimo

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22 Jun 2015
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re: Used Self Adhesives

Carl, when buying in bulk, ink pens are cheaper than Sharpies!

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Tom in Exton, PA
22 Jun 2015
08:46:58pm

re: Used Self Adhesives

"Carl, when buying in bulk, ink pens are cheaper than Sharpies!"



That's it! Give your letter carrier a box of Sharpies for Christmas!

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