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Member postings for Carmen

Here is a list of all the postings Carmen has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.

Thread: Should I feel Guilty?
19/05/2019 11:59:33

Hey Gillian! Well one of my soccer buddies works there - that's how they contacted me in the first place. I will usually make them an offer based on what I see (which most of the time isn't much as you can expect - just a standard sort of younger person's collection that was abandoned into adulthood and then was found by the family kids when their parent dies and they're cleaning out... that kind of thing. BUT if I do find something, then I'll go back to them and we will all benefit.

Believe me, when people have a collection with some worth, it won't tend to wind up at a charity shop, if only because the children will have been told about it. My husband, for instance, has been told that while my collection is not worth a huge amount of money or anything, but don't be giving it away to a charity shop. Contact my approvals provider and they'll buy it off him. And who knows, as I age, I may simply start to wrap up my collection myself and take care of all that before I pass away. But who knows, ya know?

Thread: Forgery machin
17/05/2019 12:21:59

Hey Trevor, interesting! I'm curious though about how and where the forgers are able to get the equipment, for instance, that allows them to do the security tab-thingies?

Are the perforations correct?

Wow, where there's a will there's a way I guess.

Thread: A new method for self-adhesive stamp removal...
17/05/2019 12:19:13

Oh for sure, Ken.

As for the podcast, I can tell you which one it is. Its called Stamp Show Here Today and it's hosted by four people, at least two of which are professional stamp dealers, if I recall correctly, I have really been enjoying it: interesting podcasts and a zany sense of humour!

Thread: Mystery Turkish stamp
14/05/2019 11:41:12

Thanks for that Alex... I am now edumacated! laugh

Thread: Seeing a watermark - Pro tips?
10/05/2019 12:21:29

Sorry Trevor... what post about "error"? I don;t think that was me? (Course I'm Carmen and not Gillian!) laugh

09/05/2019 12:32:36

Okay thanks Alistair! Yeah I think I'll skip the electronic solution.

I was also listening to a good podcast called Stamp Show Here Today (I highly commend it - a great bunch of knowledgeable collectors and dealers with a silly sense of humour!) - their main recommendation as a watermark fluid is specifically Ronsonol lighter fuel (in the yellow bottles specifically), subject to the warnings about flammability and using an aerated workspace.

And for removing self-adhesives, they recommend Pure Citrus.

Thread: Should I feel Guilty?
09/05/2019 12:24:12

Cool Alistair, well done! No need to feel guilty as far as I'm concerned.

The only time I'd feel guilty is if someone (not a collector) had given me stamps and I found something valuable in them, then I've decided I would

a) share my excitement with them

b) see if we can't come to an agreement about what to do with the find (i.e. I make a donation to a charity for them etc.), although hey, *I* found the stamp so I get a benefit there. A local charity shop has started calling me when they get stamps. I'll usually buy them off them with the understanding that if I see something valuable, they'll definitely benefit from the find. After all, they ARE a Charity Shop - they just don't have the time to figure out what to charge when someone gives them stamps.

But ultimately, that dealer sold it to you fair and square. More power to ya! laugh

Thread: Mystery Turkish stamp
06/05/2019 12:42:03

You're welcome Kent - sorry I couldn't help more... go through the same frustrations with Chinese stamps, sigh.

04/05/2019 14:33:00

Hey Kent... so I haven't found your stamp specifically yet, but I did read the following in my 1972 E.H. Harris Stamp Finder: laugh

"But - caution - the star and crescent is also the national emblem of Tunisia and of Pakistan; and the "tughra" appears on some of the early issues of Saudi Arabia."

Whatever a tughra is... but still... maybe expand your search and go take a look in those countries.

30/04/2019 13:00:34

Kent, I'll take a look over the next few days and get back to you.

Thread: stamp album
30/04/2019 12:59:39

Hey Will, I'd suggest just googling "postage stamp dealers in Lincolnshire" and see what happens!

Thread: A new method for self-adhesive stamp removal...
30/04/2019 12:53:59
Posted by ken mulford on 23/03/2019 16:11:10:

No, Ronson is just the name for lighter fuel which i have used for years to enhance watermarks but through experimentation have found it to be good to lift self adhesive stamps of the u.k.

Was listening to a podcast the other day where they hesitate to use lighter fluid because it will tend to have additives that aren't good for stamps, such as oil (to stop it the fluid evaporating too quickly), that kind of thing. As opposed to pure benzene or naptha or watermark fluid.

30/04/2019 12:50:02

One of my friends has decided that rather than worry about soaking and so forth, she just trims around the stamp and leaves it at that.

I've been listening to a podcast called Stamp Show Here Today... they highly recommend a product called Pure Citrus (orange) (you can buy it online) - at least for removing the gum on American s-a... I will buy some and try it on our own Canadian S-a.

Then watch this to see how to do it:


I also highly recommend the podcast - all 200+episodes are there and I decided to start from the beginning - very interesting and quirky hosts with a great sense of humour (hence the video's allusion to a picture of a viking chicken...)

Thread: Cancelled mint stamps
29/01/2019 12:41:55

I am a nutsy stamp collector, period, so I have no issues at all with collecting CTO - I do find them an interesting glance at history, i.e. Communist countries, decrying the Evil Capitalists by making a lot of money off the stamp collectors, for instance... disgust Not only would they sell surplus stock, they would print some just to sell them to collectors overseas: if you look at some you can tell that they were literally printed with a postmark as part of the design... it wasn't added separately or anything. #ohthecommunisthypocrisy Another particular favourite is countries with revolutions where royalty or anything like it was put to death and decried as the Evil Bourgeoisie, then issuing commemorative stamps for the death of Princess Diana (North Korea) I actually have a collecting category in my electronic software I call "Irony" for just such stamps.

That having been said, I have heard some stamp snobs (not in this forum!) refer to CTO as "wallpaper". They wouldn't be caught dead with them in their albums.

Enjoy your CTOs! Some of them are beautifully designed.

Thread: Information needed...
27/01/2019 12:18:03

Welcome to the fora, Phil, although I personally can't help you with your questions. But I'm sure someone will be along eventually. Of course, one thing you can do is search these fora themselves as I do know there have been threads about engravers and engraving so that will probably give you something do...

Have fun! laugh

Thread: GB Illustrated Special Event Covers & Handstamp Postmarks
25/01/2019 12:29:14

Well needless to say Geoff, today it was all about answering the question "what de heck is a Up Helly Aa?!" What's a Guizer Jarl?! Thanks again for improving my trivia skills!


Thread: What goes where in the Windsor Albums?
23/01/2019 12:44:36

Hey Ron... welcome to the fora! I unfortunately can't help you but I'm sure someone will be around who will at some point. I just wanted to take a sec to say welcome...


Thread: Austria stamps
18/01/2019 12:44:30

Oooh, feeling quite proud of myself! wink

So I went to Google and did a search on "What happened in Austria on May 29, 1921" and found this in Wikipedia under Austria's entry. Could it be that's what the overprint is for since I also see the Salzburg designation there? (see the second para)

" End of grand coalition and new constitution (1920–1933)

The grand coalition was dissolved on 10 June 1920, being replaced by a CS- SDAPÖ coalition under Michael Mayr as Chancellor (7 July 1920 – 21 June 1921), necessitating new elections which were held on 17 October, for what now became the National Council(Nationalrat), under the new constitution of 1 October. This resulted in the Christian Social party now emerging as the strongest party, with 42% of the votes and subsequently forming Mayr's second government on 22 October as a CS minority government (with the support of the GDVP) without the Social Democrats. The CS were to continue in power until the end of the first republic, in various combinations of coalitions with the GDVP and Landbund (founded 1919).

The borders continued to be somewhat uncertain because of plebiscites in the tradition of Woodrow Wilson. Plebiscites in the regions of Tyrol and Salzburg between 1919–21 (Tyrol 24 April 1921, Salzburg 29 May 1921) yielded majorities of 98 and 99% in favour of a unification with Germany, fearing that small Austria was not economically viable. However such mergers were not possible under the treaty. "

Thread: Seeing a watermark - Pro tips?
17/01/2019 11:33:25

Hey Trev... do you mean one of those electronic contraptions?

12/01/2019 14:48:32

Hi folks! So I have a 4c Australia green koala stamp. But using my watermark fluid and tray, I STILL can't see the watermark properly to see if it's inverted or not (which of course would affect value)

Any pro tips out there on other things I can do to see that $%^&* watermark? angry

Thanks! laugh

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