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Posted 10/08/2020   1:03 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add floortrader to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
PETER ---Here is my ORANGE BAG ,they were sold at 5 and dime stores in the U.S. for many years and a lot of collectors started with them ,they were made by H.E.Harris and Co. .
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Posted 10/08/2020   3:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add StatesmanStamper to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Interestingly enough (or not), if you buy one of the H.E. Harris bags today you'll get many of those same stamps.

I wonder which unlucky band of "natives" was forced to part with their Franco hoard?

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I remember buying the 80 cent Hawaii airmail stamp for $1.00 at HE Harris back in 1958. It was a lot of money for me back then.

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Posted 10/08/2020   6:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add shermae to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
What's also humorous is that with the older stamps (early 70s maybe late 60s) there are Machins! That's how long they've been around.
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Posted 10/08/2020   7:11 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add RK1468 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Also, if you were sloppy when soaking and got the bag wet, it would turn some of the philatelic treasures orange!
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When I first started out, my Dad was the General Manager of The Plaza Hotel in New York City. Between the mail saved for me by the Executive Secretaries, and dozens of relatives still back in Europe who would write regularly and send me stamps, I'd be soaking bathtubs full of stamps at a time. Ah, the good old days...I don't think I've soaked more than a couple of stamps in the last 40-years.
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Posted 10/09/2020   05:23 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Noocassel to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Is there a "proper" name for the little cellophane packets of colourful stamps you used to see sold in the Britain in the 1960s? As well as stamp shops these were also sold in News agents, Which is what we call the brick and mortar shops that primarily sold Newspapers and magazines.
Docgfd were you in the bath as well as your stamps
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I received my first stamp album (along with a box of stamps) one Christmas in the early to mid 50s. The stamp that I remember best from the mixture (because there were so many of them) was a 10-cent Queen Juliana from the late 40s ... probably 1948 or 1949.
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Like a lot of us who starting collecting in the 60's and 70's, I remember the mixtures had boatloads of Franco stamps and CTO's from Eastern European countries.

This was my first mint US stamp. I still have it!



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I have to say a lot of the mixture lots that I purchased and all those 2 cents stamps that I purchased from stamp club tables and bourses were sold years later when eBay became popular .

I would mount stamps on manila stock cards ,scan them and they were selling for 4 cents to as high as 8 cents each stamp at eBay auctions during 1999 to 2004 , so there was a window that gave collectors chance to double their money.I got rid of some 20 years of duplicates .
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