Postal History Boutique

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Postal History Boutique

Celebrate national postal history through mail art exchanges embracing stamps, postcards, envelopes, stickers, postboxes and whatever else anyone comes up with. Managed by Valentine Mark Herman.

 

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Latest Activity: Jan 13

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GOING BANANAS or BANANA BINGO

Started by Angie & Snooky. Last reply by Angie & Snooky Dec 6, 2012. 37 Replies

POSTage stamps…Continue

Tags: bingo, stickers, banana

***Zeppelin Air Mail Inspired MailArt Exchange***

Started by Angie & Snooky. Last reply by Angie & Snooky Nov 5, 2011. 57 Replies

Zeppelins were first used in the delivery of airmail in 1909 but this fall marks the christening of the German Graf Zeppelin.  In September 1928 the Graf Zeppelin carried the first airmail to go…Continue

Tags: exchange, mail, air, zeppelin

FIVE: Postal History Boutique Special July Mailing

Started by Valentine Mark Herman. Last reply by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) Jul 26, 2011. 123 Replies

Bonjour boys and girls! Angie and Snooky told us yesterday that:"This year July has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. This apparently happens once every 823 years."I propose that we celebrate it…Continue

Stop stealing the UK's postboxes (and making them into mailboxes, too)!!

Started by Valentine Mark Herman. Last reply by Valentine Mark Herman Jun 28, 2011. 2 Replies

From today's UK Daily Telegraph Postboxes stolen and sold on eBay for thousandsBritains world-famous red Victorian postboxes are being stolen by criminals who sell them abroad for thousands of pounds…Continue

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Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on January 13, 2015 at 8:40pm

2014 Thessaloniki was "Youth Capital"...a bit to "punk" for me,

but many liked it...and it happens to be the stamp for international mail: 

0.90 euro for 20 grams. It seems there are still many around :-)

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on January 13, 2015 at 8:36pm

Thanks for the info...'will try a few,

or just cut close to the "perforated" edge and put them in a

stamp album with "pockets", i guess. I just have to "slip-in" the stamp and the bottom half is clear enough:

Comment by Dean aka Artist in Seine on January 13, 2015 at 8:26pm

Thanks Angie.  Good work.

Comment by Neil Gordon on January 13, 2015 at 7:07pm

I love that Thessaloniki stamp!! You sent me stuff w/ that before.. I love the guy w/ the Mohawk-"punks not dead" and colorful too!

Comment by Angie & Snooky on January 13, 2015 at 3:29pm

Oh. I just checked the American Philatelic Society website and they have some tips and tricks here: http://stamps.org/Tips-and-Links

Here's the article: http://stamps.org/userfiles/file/HowTos/Removing%20Self-Adhesives.pdf

And here's a video:http://www.rpsc.org/video/soaking-video.htm

Bestine (flammable) or a citrus air freshener will do the trick.

Comment by Angie & Snooky on January 13, 2015 at 3:24pm

Katerina, I take it you've tried to soak them and that doesn't remove the envelope?  Alan, do you know?

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on January 13, 2015 at 3:14pm

Katerina: stamp shops and dealers sell special mounting strips that come in al ldifferent sizes. They have clear faces so that you can see the stamp, and  sticky backs. You place the stamp inside the strip and stick the back of the strip to your album or whatever it is that you save them in.

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on January 13, 2015 at 10:24am

Greece came out with its very first series of "stick-it" stamps,

but limited issue it seems :-(

I can't find them at any post office now :-(

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on January 13, 2015 at 10:18am

The series that the US Post sent out did have a few "new" old ones right way up...and only about 100 of them. So they are selling for $40,000 and more!

Question for stamp collectors:

How do we "save" these self-stick stamps? 

We can no longer soak and mount in old stamp albums...sigh.

Comment by Alan Brignull on January 13, 2015 at 9:03am

They produced a few deliberate 'errors' with the plane the right way up which are now the valuable ones

 

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