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Posted 02/27/2021   3:17 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add BobbyT to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I have been a stamp collector for many years but still have trouble identifying "secret marks" and watermarks which differentiate many of the early issues.

I read somewhere that having an example of, for example, a stamp with a secret mark, is very helpful. But if you can't identify those in the first place, how do you go about getting that sample for comparison?

Even when I use watermark detecting fluid, I still have trouble with US watermarks. And I worry about the chemical that is needed (I have some now, but don't like using it). Do others of you have these same issues? Do you have solutions? Do you where some kind of mask when working with watermark detecting fluid?

Thanks,

BobbyT
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Posted 02/27/2021   3:27 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add danstamps54 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Bobby T.

Stampsmarter.org, run by one of our moderators, Don. Is a great place to start.

On secret marks:
https://stampsmarter.org/1847usa/SecretMarks.html

On watermarking:
https://stampsmarter.org/learning/H...termark.html

Hope this helps.
Dan

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Posted 02/27/2021   3:41 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add BobbyT to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you Dan, very helpful to me.
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