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Member postings for Craig Marshall

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Thread: Lighthouse GB Album
13/11/2017 00:28:46
Is anyone using this system for their GB collection and if so, how do you like it? I have a somewhat specialized collection of the Victorian era with plate #s on most issues according to the Windsor album I am using. I have become a bit disenchanted with Gibbons' line, I include covers and varieties in my collection and they do not make stock sheets to match their albums.

I'd like to hear from others as to how you provide for the plate #s on the Victorian issues, do you print off your own pages, use the 'LB'sheets or what? I think they do provide for the Penny Red #s, but not on any other issues.

Thread: Donating Stamps to Charity Shops
27/08/2017 01:59:23

I had been looking for some time for an out of print Gibbons New Imperial album set and then in April saw one on Ebay from a charity shop in Southampton. I did a Buy It Now faster than I'd ever done and when it arrived it was pristine. They usually go, if you can even find them, for 250-300 Pounds. This was considerably less. Postage to the US was $30 or so. I got a wonderful set of albums and helped a charity besides. I also doubt they had any idea how scarce this was. Also I helped a charity.

Thread: What do you collect?
22/06/2017 15:54:49

I've been in and out of this forum many times over the years. I may well have posted on this thread earlier but anyway for now- living in the USA, I have a US collection but do little with it other than to add a stamp or two for it every six months or so. I collect  to about 2010 and am fairly complete from 1920 and prior to that am missing perhaps a hundred stamps, you can perhaps guess which ones.

I have a general Germany collection in 12 Schaubek albums up to about 1990, DDR is complete and am nearly so in several other areas.

My GB collection is in Windsor albums to 2010. I've been able to complete many of the Victoria era pages by settling for nice looking 'seconds'. My Machins are lagging behind other sections, never could get into those. Am also working on filling a George VI set of albums, recently obtained an old bound pair of New Imperials and now seeing how many pages I can fill in those. It's madness, I know.

Edited By Craig Marshall on 22/06/2017 15:56:40

Thread: Advice About Stamp Mounts
19/02/2017 16:45:11

I buy old packs of hinges on Ebay- the ones made 30-49 years ago before they stopped being peelable.

I mainly use mounts but since I have some inexpensive previously hinged stamps I hinge those.

Thread: Hercule Poirot, Stamp Collector
19/02/2017 16:40:04

I am always interested in the depiction of fictional characters as stamp collectors.

I have been down streaming Netflix' collection of the Hercule Poirot ITV TV series. Last night I was watching an episode that started out showing Poirot seated in his office placing stamps in a stockbook and using a magnifying glass. His friend Hastings interrupts to remind him of an appointment which irritates him. He tells Hastings he is engaged in 'sorting out my stamps by size' (!) Obviously the script writer was not a philatelist.

Anyone else ever notice anything like this in any of the stories or TV episodes?

Thread: Windsor Album Woes
19/01/2017 17:16:35

Paul, sounds great. I considered using Lighthouse paper for the downloads but that means I'd need to get my printing done at a shop because I do not have a wide bed printer.

'Letter' size is the most common page format here in the US- 8 1/2 x 11 inches. The CD I am using is set up to print in this size. I have not had good results trying to fit A3 pages onto the smaller size. I have been able to locate a Machin specialist in Canada who offers comprehensive album page downloads for them on the smaller page size.

Not sure if we can post pictures on here but perhaps later i can post some images of what i have been doing, trying to get the QV pages done first.

15/01/2017 19:37:14

I am a US based collector who has used the SG Windsor album system for decades. I may be alone in this but I have been frustrated at several things in the process.

In general Gibbons does not provide any dedicated stock sheets, page protectors or other accessories to fit any of their albums. Some exceptions exist but not for the Windsor series. One big issue for me is their treatment of the Machins, they spread them over several sections of the album.

Lately I have been experimenting with alternatives- I have an album CD I bought many hears ago from a UK vendor and have been downloading pages from it and remounting my Victoria material. Since I am using standard paper I can print custom pages for covers and Postal History.

Would be interested in hearing from other Windsor users. It is a fine album system but no system is perfect.

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