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Chile Air Mail Cover Cleanup Question

 
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Posted 01/18/2022   1:01 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Dorset to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I'd like to try and clean up this envelope. I was thinking about maybe ironing the top using wax paper and a low heat setting. Of course, I would stay away from the wax with the iron!
Also, could anyone suggest how I might clean up the bottom perfs on the bottom stamps?
Thanks,
Stephen

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Posted 01/18/2022   1:24 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
If you HAVE to have it cleaned for whatever reason, let a professional do it. You and I can only screw it up badly


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Posted 01/18/2022   1:36 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I would leave it alone, other than to insert a couple of sheets of acid-free card stock to prevent the wax from eventually staining through to the front panel of the envelope. And then put the envelope in a plastic sleeve or glassine envelope to prevent the wax seal from damaging other items.
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Posted 01/18/2022   2:33 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Dorset to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks, John.
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Posted 01/18/2022   2:34 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Dorset to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Peter,
Good point. I'm pretty adept at screwing things up!
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Posted 01/27/2022   5:21 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Kimo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The lightweight paper used in these old airmail envelopes often used in Latin American countries from this era tends to be of relatively poor quality and most covers that used these are oten in a state of disintegration, such as this one. Trying to "restore" such a cover would likely end in causing far more damage to this fragile paper than it could fix.
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Edited by Kimo - 01/27/2022 5:22 pm
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Posted 01/27/2022   9:10 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add classic_paper to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Anything you do to clean or straighten or fix will be met with disaster and regret. Leave it be, or at most use something to isolate the was seal.
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