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Printed Album etiquette

How to mount stamps in a printed stamp album

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Robert Gathergood15/02/2019 18:52:23
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I was very lucky and won an online auction for a new/pristine 2 volume set of Stanley Gibbons New Imperial album, covering Commonwealth for QV to GV inclusive.

What is the etiquette for mounting stamps in it please?

Normally I use Hawid mounts in my blank loose leaf albums but I am worried about using them because of the extra thickness causing problems in a hard bound volume. Also I am worried about the moisture from the licked glue warping the pages. Another problem is that black Hawid mounts would hide the printed image of the stamp in each space and whilst I could use clear mounts to be overcome this problem the clear mounts still have the other mentioned drawbacks of the black mounts (thickness and moisture).

I've never been a fan of hinges but I am currently thinking that hinges may be best, but when I have seen second hand printed albums that have been used and stamps removed the hinge remain always looks bad.

Does anyone have any views or opinions please? I'd hate to make a mistake and regret it later - the New Imperial albums are in absolutely brand new condition and still even in the original box and tissue paper. I want to make absolutely sure I am making the right decision with mounting the stamps.

Thank you


Collectra11/07/2019 17:00:35
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Robert, my first post in awhile and sorry you haven't heard from anyone util now. I own that same set, got a like new pair of these on Ebay two years back.

The first thing I realized is that these albums are reprints from an era before mounts were the norm. Apart from a few stamps of value, I do not use them in these volumes. I have had luck finding old vintage hinges from Ebay vendors.

This is a link to a discussion of these albums you may find useful:



Edited By Collectra on 11/07/2019 17:06:34

Robert Gathergood13/07/2019 09:38:32
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Thank you for the reply and the information. The link was particularly interesting.



John Walker 1626/10/2019 17:42:13
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Is there any such thing as personal etiquette for mounting stamps? Only the collector is likely to see them; anyone else who sees mine are most probably not going to be collectors, Just interested bystanders!

I prefer Hawid mounts, and use black ones; are there any other colours? I am happy to see a neat page, with stamps in face value order and a labelled page that informs where the stamps originated. Any special info I like to notate in pencil (Graphite doesn't fade.)





Edited By John Walker 16 on 26/10/2019 17:44:06

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