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Self-Adhesive Stamps. How Long Will They Live For?

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Posted 10/01/2018   11:08 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Perf10 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Perhaps heat can serve to simulate the passage of time and give us an idea of how the adhesive will age. I'm thinking of leaving a stamp on the top of a lit incandescent light bulb for a day? a week? a month? Another way might be to bake a stamp on a cookie sheet under low heat.
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Posted 10/02/2018   10:28 pm  Show Profile Check eyeonwall's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add eyeonwall to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
If you put your finger on the top of a lit bulb it will get burned, hardly the same as normal aging.
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Posted 10/02/2018   10:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Time is an important factor here. It takes time for self-adhesive material to change (stabilize) and do its damage. Different self adhesives seem to change at different rates. I am sure there are other factors involved, such as heat.

With bookbinding and page repair, I am constantly removing these materials (whenever possible) from paper.
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Posted 10/04/2018   3:05 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add philatomic to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A study of US self adhesive stamps was done some time ago by the The Arthur Salm Foundation. The report is here:

http://www.collectorsclubchicago.or...e-stamps.php
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Posted 10/04/2018   3:43 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Anthraquinone to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Perhaps they newer adhesives will last a couple of decades or more. How many collectors will be around then to check on Their condition is another question all together.
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Posted 10/04/2018   3:46 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Great link, philatomic. All collectors of contemporary stamps should read it.

Last sentence from the Salm Report states, "The most important point to remember is to remove the adhesive as quickly as possible, because the longer it sets up, the tighter it clings to the stamp."
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Posted 10/04/2018   4:05 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I wonder if self adhesives will even be viable for sale as face decades from now or will the adhesive degrade, dry out, damage the stamp in other ways.
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Posted 10/25/2018   11:44 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Lefty to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Stamps that won't age? USPS will loose it's 'extra money' of stamps that were bought by collectors, with no intention of use as postage. The Postal Rates will Go Up Fast! Ashton Potter & BankNote Corp will go out of business! Be careful with your suggestions. ( snicker )
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