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Member postings for Gillian Hutchinson

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Thread: Curious Customs
03/10/2019 11:29:48
Posted by Neil Barrett 3 on 22/07/2019 09:12:41:

Y'know Gillian - there are plenty in Derry who would glare (or worse) at you for calling them British... It's the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

That location is often referred to here in Northern Ireland as Derry/Londonderry, with some people just calling it 'Stroke City'. Looking back over the thread, I can't see where I read that Julian thought it was somewhere other than Northern Ireland.


Thread: Should I feel Guilty?
01/09/2019 00:01:47

Well, I don't really have the time or expertise to figure out which stamps might be valuable. We haven't had many donated over the years we've been open and I don't know that my little offering will sell.. I did bring them in, but noticed that one of the stamps had been slightly torn, so I just brought them home again. Believe it or not, I haven't got around to replacing the damaged stamp so that I can bring the packets back in!

Your cross-stitch project sounds wonderful and very impressive. I don't think I would have the patience.


Thread: Champlain Celebration
06/08/2019 14:29:03

Sorry, the link doesn't appear to work. Maybe try copying and pasting? I see the article appeared in the August 2017 issue of the Stamp Magazine and there was a thread then about it. I gather from that thread that you might be the one to answer my query, Carmen!

Thanks in advance!


06/08/2019 14:25:32

I am referring to this, Carmen:


17/07/2019 09:49:40

Is this whom Lake Champlain was named after? My husband and I spent a memorable weekend with my mother's cousin and her husband in a pretty cottage beside this beautiful lake in 1983.


Edited By Gillian Hutchinson on 17/07/2019 09:51:06

Thread: Curious Customs
17/07/2019 09:43:20

Hi Julian and everyone else - welcome back Julian! Just to inform you, Londonderry is in Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom and therefore British!


Thread: Should I feel Guilty?
20/06/2019 23:52:03

I thought of it some time ago, Carmen, but the furthest I've got with it is to put stamps into two of those bags I was referring to in a previous message. I haven't quite got around to making up a third bag.

If we find anything we know to be of high value, we try to sell it online so that we can get a price for it that reflects its high value, although I'm sure we wouldn't see too many high value stamps coming our way.


02/06/2019 09:46:37

Hi Carmen, the reason why I asked was not an old collection but my own swaps. I had thought of putting a few into small sandwich bags - very small ones, don't know if you've seen them? - and donating them to the charity shop where I volunteer. I don't think there's much of value there, so was thinking of 20p per packet or 50p for 3. I haven't actually got around to doing the deed.


18/05/2019 18:37:40

What do you tell the charity shop, Carmen?


Thread: Finally started to sort GB stamps.
30/04/2019 19:23:44

Hi Trevor,

My son let me have his ring binder album, which has extra pages, so using that and those, with hinges.


Thread: A new method for self-adhesive stamp removal...
10/04/2019 11:11:03

I soak all my stamps in warm water. The self-adhesives have a variety of reactions - some come off fairly easily, some tear in the process, some end up very flimsy and some end up with the envelope paper looking like tiny balls of polystyrene. Maybe I should just trim them all - self adhesives I mean - ?


Thread: Finally started to sort GB stamps.
23/03/2019 12:14:03

I have a lot of GB stamps which were just loose in envelopes etc. I have now started to check if I have any already mounted in my albums. When I've done that I'll start mounting them. I had been putting off doing that because I didn't have a GB Album to mount them in. One of my sons paid heed to my Christmas wish list and gave me a GB album, but without the actual pages for mounting the stamps on. That was going to cost extra, so I've decided to use another son's album, which is a ring binder and has lots of extra, blank pages, which I can put next to the GB page in the album. I do have a stock book, but am using that for overflows and stamps from way back, eg Belgian Congo, Malaya, Nigeria in King George VIth times, even Katanga - all of these came in a packet from hubby at Christmas time - another family member who paid attention to my wish list.


Thread: A new method for self-adhesive stamp removal...
23/03/2019 11:59:47
Posted by ken mulford on 15/03/2019 17:19:38:

seem's a dumb way to lift a stamp off paper.

lemon juice = acid , not a good idea for paper.

whats wrong with the old way of using good old Ronson lighter fuel?

works for me every time , even saves the adhesive.

so you need to have a backing paper to store them on..

Does it have to be Ronson? Not sure we have any of that stuff.


20/02/2019 14:56:00

Did you ever get that Sierra Leone stamp, Carmen? Have you seen this? I found it on a Google search.

Just wondering, would simple lemon juice work? Very interesting video, about why self adhesive stamps were invented and how you can recognize them, amongst other things, although I'm not really any the wiser about the latter. I must have a look sometime at self adhesive and lickable stamps to check it out.

Eric, I usually try soaking all my stamps and if the backing paper is stubborn/reluctant to separate, I just mount those stamps as they are.


Thread: Spur-of-the-moment question/used to collect/have found nice looking stamps!
08/02/2019 11:51:42

Would you think of removing the stamps from the envelopes and putting all your stamps in an album? I have albums from my husband's youth and mine.

Which reminds me, I found a stamp from Belgian Congo - don't know where it appeared from - and am not sure what to do with it - find a space in one of those childhood albums or put it in with up to date Congo Republic stamps?


Thread: Philately-Related Christmas Presents
26/01/2019 14:03:54

Hi Paul,

I like the sound of the posh albums. The album is a Davo and is actually a binder, which comes in a case and has what appear to be page dividers(?) My son gave it to me and I'm guessing he couldn't afford to give me extra pages, but I would have thought there'd be more than 3 to start with. There was definitely no marked spaces for individual stamps.


25/01/2019 22:18:47

OK, this is the 3rd attempt at this because the webpage keeps logging me out. This time I have clicked Remember Me, so hopefully I won't be logged out before I manage to send my post.

Thanks, Chris and Carmen. I'll put any occupied Poland stamps on the Poland page. So far I've just seen one.

I'm confused about the GB stamp album. Is it normal to have only a few pages in an album but space for more and are those pages normally blank as opposed to squared?


08/01/2019 23:41:38

I also meant to ask where the stamp from German-occupied Poland should be placed - in Poland or on a special page for stamps from occupied countries?


08/01/2019 15:38:57

I had a Great Britain Stamp Album on my wish list for Christmas 2018. I'm not sure if there was anything else on the list. I got what I think is a GB stamp album, but it had very few pages in it and those were blank - not squared like most stamp album pages. I also got what was supposed to be a starter kit - a stock book and some stamps - no hinges. Any advice welcome.

I haven't looked at all the stamps yet, but one caught my attention. It had General Gouvernement on the front, also an eagle. I Googled it and it seems that it's from Poland from when the Germans were occupying Poland.

A funny extra note to a previous post about my little sister buying me stamps - I found an old birthday card - sent in recent years - on which she had written that she had found some stamps in the house and had given them to me for Christmas, only to be told they were mine In the first place!

Happy New Year to all!


Thread: What do you collect?
19/12/2018 12:06:56

Speaking of people not writing letters anymore, have you noticed that you can buy plenty of envelopes, but not writing paper? At least, that's how it is in this town.

I don't so much collect certain stamps as find stamps from certain countries coming into my possession, with the majority being from Japan, the USA and Italy. I'm thinking I should have put stamp albums with blank pages on my Christmas wish list and used those for those countries. At the moment I'm using an old album of my son's for the overflows. It's one of those ring binders where you can add extra blank pages.


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