So, another oddball stamp-supply-related topic. <g>
A few years back I had occasion to travel to Taiwan annually on business, and while there I discovered a stamp shop I frequented a couple of times. (In Taipei, a few blocks from the Postal Museum, are a few stamp shops, a sort of mini-stamp district.) Great source for ROC and PRC stamps -- and it was heartening to see a few young collectors in the shop sorting through singles! -- but more to the point, they had racks up front of stamp mounts in strips.
They were about 70 cents (USD) a package for 20 strips - wildly cheap by USA prices for these things - and in a moment of weakness I bought about 75 packages of them on the spot since I didn't know when or if I'd ever be back there again.
So I only checked them out when back in the States and they are...well, different
than what I'm used to. There were two brands but both seem to be the same make of mounts inside the package. Here are examples of the two...
One as you see says the mounts are "polystyrol" ... The red ones say at the bottom "Made in C-T, W-A-G" which I am guessing is "made in China - Taiwan" but no idea what the W-A-G might stand for.
So, my point in posting - these mounts are odd
. They have the following traits:
1) They are all top-loading (like Hawid mounts) but quite thin/floppy so I'm wondering how well they will hold anything in place. Until today I'd only used split-back mounts. I'll experiment on some scrap pages.
2) They have no glue on the back of the mount to adhere to the album page.
As a test, I tried using a Hawid glue pen I had around to "seal" the tops of one these mounts, but the mount was having none of it - the glue just spread/smudged, didn't want to dry, and definitely did NOT stick. That pen is supposed to have a solvent action on compatible mounts, correct? I suppose this is a different plastic formulation.
So my question is....has anyone ever seen/used any such mounts or similar ones? I have seen some similar no-adhesive mounts on eBay
now and then by what I think are sellers importing them from Asia, at 4X higher prices than what I paid, but no one online seems to have ever used these things...
If I end up adopting these, I was thinking of trying a tape runner to stick them down, or maybe the Hawid mount adhesive Hawid sells in little tubes (though I suspect that may not stick, either).