My grandfather was a huge collector of stamps and postal history, and I have the task of sorting it out. I have to say that there may be little interest to add to the collection. (TBH, a collection of postcards from 1900-1920s by his sister hold more of an interest to me because of the family history in the correspondence.)
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' section to give you an idea of the monumental task. He has GB stamps from 1840s through to 2000, including collections he had put together, first day covers, and special collections (ie Royal weddings, etc.) There are similar stamps and collections from IoM, Channel Islands, Falklands and the Commonwealth.
Q1. Some of these stamps are in little A6 size notebooks, stuck on the page with hinges. What should I do about them? Carefully remove the stamp and hinge from the book and place in a proper album? Should the hinges be left on the back? Don't panic! Will NOT attempt to peel off.
Q2. Some stamps are in albums with these hinges on, but not attached to the page, should these be left?
I am coming across loads of unsorted stamps from all over the world; they are probably from 1920s through to WWII. As well of stamps in collectors albums aimed at kiddies. The albums are in very poor condition. Grandfather lived in house with open coal fire, very dirty. Don't think these stamps have great value.
Q3. Should these left in albums or transferred to modern?
There are many, over 200 letters, comprising his postal history collection. This has not been sorted.
Q4. How would you sort these? Try to put in date order?
Finally, where are good places to get albums / pages to put stamps in?