By way of background, I began collecting US stamps as a pre-teen around 1957. I stupidly sold my first album several years later. Soon after leaving the Marine Corps, I purchased a new, 1972 Scott Minuteman Album for US stamps, with my interest being pre-1960. Like many of us, the album was eventually put away for decades due to work/family. In 2007, I purchased over 650 US, mostly classic, covers I stumbled on at an antique store. They went into storage (vertically) for 15 years.
I retired two years ago, and six months ago I began cataloging the covers. While doing that, the urge to place stamps on an album page resurfaced, so I purchased the Scott 20th Century US Album pages for $20 on eBay to complete the century and bought a quarter pound of US commemoratives from Mystic.
And then the frustration began. While it was easy to locate stamps in the 1972 album, where, with few exceptions, the Scott numbers were in numerical order, that was the exception with the new album pages. While I understand that stamps in a series could now span several years and be grouped together in the new pages in a year different from the issue year (learning curve), I do not understand this:
It took me 10 minutes to locate the Lily Pons stamp, looking for its picture on album pages before locating its Scott number on the above page. Why would a whole page be dedicated to just three stamps, and contain no pictures of those stamps nor any information about each stamp other than they are opera singers?
I would like to replace that and similar pages with "normal" pages containing a picture of each stamp, with a brief narrative below each one. I'm ignorant of how to accomplish that, so I'm looking to y'all for guidance.