Coastwatcher - Thank you, I've been trying to keep tabs on eBay
, as well as my local facebook marketplace. I'm patient though.
Just a quick update on what I'm up to.
I decided to sort, identify, print pages and mount one of the countries that, to me, requires being in the right mood to work with. Most of those countries have large amounts of CTO stamps, or stamps of questionable origin. I know many collectors don't like these countries, but I have already made the decision to include them in my collection.
The country in question, that I have been working on, is Afghanistan. I wish I had some decent coverage to show, but I do not. For the most part I just printed pages for single stamps that I have. Some pages have partial sets, but really not much to see at all. Of course the pages for the earliest stamps are blank. I really thought I had more from this country, but I only managed to mount 153 stamps total, through the year 2000.
Other than that, I've been placing a few stamps here and a few stamps there, from some of my already mounted countries.
So, as of today, my mounted stamp total is............16,846.
Now, since we had some snowfall overnight, and they recommended that people don't travel if they don't have to, I decided to have a little soaking, drying, pressing event.
A few weeks ago, I cam home from a local estate auction, with 3 tote trays filled with envelope clippings from France, Switzerland, Canada, Kenya mostly, but other countries as well. These were ll clipped from correspondence from some business person, here in the US, who had relatives and business associates, in all these countries. Lot's of duplication, but lots I don't have, so it's all good.
Anyway, after sorting out by country, I decided to do some soaking of the French commemoratives. Most of these are from the 60's to the 80's, with another nice batch from the 2000's.
The later adhesives I decided to leave on paper and just trim close, at least for now.
After drying on towels for a couple hours, it's time to be pressed.
This is my home made press, using 2 3" Hold down clamps and 8 pieces of scrap laminate flooring, layered with Bristol board, I can place up to 15 layers of stamps in it at once. This is way more than I ever need at any one time, and the stamps come out dead flat and smooth.
This project also gave me the opportunity to print out pages for 1970-1980 and extend my French album.