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How To Safely Remove Stamps From Old Album

 
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Posted 06/13/2021   1:16 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add vyengr to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I have an Ambassador album which I've had since I was a kid - for close to 60 years. Sadly it spent many years stored in a damp attic. The stamps were originally inserted using gummed hinges. When the album dried out most of the stamps were stuck to the pages. I'd like to rescue the stamps. What's the best way to remove these stamps without damaging them further? When I was a kid I'd just soak them in tap water to remove them from envelopes and dry them on a piece of paper towel - is that what I need to do now? If so do I need to used distilled water? If not ....
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Posted 06/13/2021   1:24 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Parcelpostguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
That is the process for used stamps. It should both release the stamp from the album page paper and remove the old hinge as well.

Likely the same is need for any mint stamps but that will cause gum loss. If there are mint stamps with higher values, you would want to try a sweat-box as that method can leave the most gum behind.
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Posted 06/13/2021   1:55 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add patg23 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A Desert Magic II Drying Book is also helpful to prevent curling when drying. Or any other press method you may try. Just make sure the stamps are free of any residual gum if you use any kind of ordinary paper. The drying book has a special release paper on one side to prevent sticking.
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Posted 06/13/2021   2:46 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add danstamps54 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
vyengr,

Some things haven't changed in 60 years! Soaking in water is still the best way to remove stamps from paper.

A search on this site will give you some good techniques.

If IF there wasn't too much moisture or pressure on the album and the stamps aren't tightly adhered to the paper, you may *SOMETIMES* be able to get the stamps off the paper by gently putting your stamp tongs under the stamp and lifting. Don't use force. If it flicks off, good. Using pressure will damage the stamp or damage the perforations.

Good luck!

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Welcome vyengr
More information on soaking stamps here https://stampsmarter.org/learning/H...kStamps.html
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Posted 06/13/2021   6:52 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add vyengr to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks, everyone. This will keep me occupied for several weeks at least.
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Quote:
This will keep me occupied for several weeks at least.


It may be several weeks of labour, or several weeks of enjoyment.
How may you treat it?

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Posted 06/14/2021   12:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add vyengr to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Good question. At first I thought a blend: mostly labour up front and mostly enjoyment as I near the end. But upon reflection I think it will be mostly nostalgic enjoyment. I haven't visited many of those stamps in half century so it will be like meeting up with old friends and remembering when and where I first met them. Then I guess the next question will be what to do with those old friends once I free them from captivity.
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Posted 06/15/2021   09:56 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add zagraham to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I love your referring to these stamps as "old friends." I have a bunch of old friends I've been reacquainting myself with lately, too.

Thanks for this.
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