The latest issue of the American Philatelic Society’s (APS) Special E-Delivery newsletter just arrived and a frequently asked question in the “Questions Asked and Answered” section caught my attention:
How do I remove self-adhesive stamps from envelopes?
It is indeed a challenge! Since the issuance of self-adhesive stamps by worldwide postal administrations in the 90’s , stamp collectors and stamp dealers had to find techniques to successfully remove the stamps from the envelopes on which they were tied to without damaging them.
It is therefore great to see Peter Butler, FRPSC (Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada) demonstrate on video two different techniques to solve this problem: one using a solvent, called bestine, and the other, using an aerosol (air freshner).
Click on the images below to access the videos. They are hosted by www.rpsc.org, the official website of the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada.
(Note: you will need Real Player or Quick Time installed on your computer to view the videos as they are .wmv files)
Video 1: Using the Beltine solvent technique
Video 2: Using the Air Freshener Spray Technique
Peter Butler also wrote a great article titled: It’s Like Magic; Removing Self-Adhesive stamps from Paper.
Take a few minutes to print it out. It’s a great read that I’m sure you’ll enjoy.
Wishing you a great day and happy collecting.
Topical Stamp Collecting Queen
ATA and APS Member
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