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Posted 10/04/2020   12:20 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add danstamps54 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I work on stamps, postmarks or my meter collection almost every day. I find that I'm going to be living apart from my collection for three to five months a year.
Do you take part of your collection, a project, go "cold turkey" or what??

Thanks for your input.
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Posted 10/04/2020   12:53 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jkelley01938 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Unhappily, that's one of the problems I don't have to deal with.

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Posted 10/05/2020   09:05 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wtcrowe to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The first question is - will you be going to the same place every year or different locations from year to year? Second question - are you driving, flying or taking a train. If you are returning every year to a place that you own and do not rent out when you are not there, you can leave some basic information such as books or catalogues there as well as support equipment such as magnifying glasses, etc. If not then you will need to take everything with you. If you are not driving to your winter location, then most likely you are out of luck.
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Posted 10/05/2020   10:05 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add danstamps54 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
wtcrowe,

Good followup questions. Thanks! It is a small condo I will own that I will drive to and won't be rented out when I'm not there.
Transporting support equipment won't be a problem. My question is more about what part or parts of a collection do others take or do they start a new project that can kept in the other location? I know carrying a collection around can't be good for the stamps so I want to keep that at a minimum.
Until Sue passed away three years ago, I was a snowbird and had to go "cold turkey." I thought I would give this a shot so I could spend more time with my son, grandson and my new great-granddaughter. and still do things with my hobby etc. while I'm visiting.
I agree with Ben Franklin that after three days guests are like fish, they begin to stink.

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Posted 10/05/2020   10:47 am  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Franklin must have read the 1579 book 'Euphues the Anatomy of Wit' by John Lyly, he was the person who made the fish/visitor/stink saying famous.
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Posted 10/05/2020   11:12 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add danstamps54 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Don,

The quote is frequently attributed to Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack but it wouldn't surprise me if he lifted the quote.
He was pretty well read.

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Agreed, many of the sayings in Poor Richard's Almanack had their origins in older writings. Franklin often took older sayings and simply reworded them (and got the attribution/credit). For example Franklin rewrote the 1678 proverb "God restoreth health, and the physician hath the thanks" and changed it to "God heals, and the doctor takes the fee."
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Don,

It was a lot more difficult to fact check quotes in the 18th century. Most households that read Poor Richard's Almanack never heard of those works.

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Posted 10/05/2020   1:08 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gmot to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I'm not in that situation, but if so, I would have a separate collecting focus for the second location. Otherwise, could be frustrating to only have some of the material (e.g. reference works) if working on the same project in both locations. As in oops, I left "Briggs Inter-postwar Postmarks of Upper Silesia" at the other house!
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Posted 10/05/2020   6:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add electroprecancels to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Well, I am a snowbird, too, and this is my solution.
I have Scott catalogs at each end. I have been taking two volumes of my Minkus Supreme Global with me each year, first in the car and now on a plane. I have made a list of what I need two volumes at a time. This list will be completed this winter.

I also collect precancels and one paper list and a computer list take care of them.

The lists allow me to range through any dealers stock during the winter with a mounting push each summer when I get home. It is nice to have the whole collection together for part of the year.

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Posted 10/05/2020   7:09 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
First World problems.....
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As you know, FDR collected stamps and he traveled a lot to wartime conferences and other places. I remember reading somewhere that his way of relaxing was to take part of his collection with him to work on in the evenings. So all you need is a few large boxes to hold what you need, a retinue of people who can bring them along, and perhaps a private airplane or ship to carry them. See? Easy.

Realistically, I suppose you could ship a box a week ahead of time so it arrives about the same time you arrive. Insured, of course. Once upon a time, people shipped entire heavy trunks filled with their things to summer camp, college, or tourist destinations. Unless you're driving, you could squeeze maybe one album into your luggage, of course. Have an old set of catalogues, tongs, and so on, in each place to keep things as simple as possible. Just be glad you don't collect coins. Or old farm implements.

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DrewM

You forgot to add a few armed security guards to keep it all safe

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Posted 10/06/2020   08:35 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ThomasGalloway to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
re OP's stated issue: I have the same problem plus the desire to keep my laptop synced to my desktop. Actually two desktops.

The solution is to sync your stamp collecting files (and others if desired) to your other machines via the cloud.

I use Google Drive, Dropbox, and AWS (Amerzon Web Services). Microsoft has a service, as do numerous others.

( Amazon misspelled on purpose to prevent forum "help").
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Thomas,
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