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01-17-2012 10:45 PM
Are you a member of the APS.? In the American Philatelist, their monthly magazine (I believe it was October/November issue) they ran a very comperhensive artical on that issue. I also believe you can access those artical via their website.
Hope this helps
01-18-2012 10:42 AM
I've had luck removing "most" U.S. self adhesives with common soaking procedures. The stamps don't just float free however. I wind up soaking for a while and testing them by trying to slide my tongs, with the tip, between the stamp and paper. If it goes easily I procede to "slice" the stamp from the paper. the adhesive stays on the paper and the stamp is clean. I have had trouble on certain issues though, such as the desert and rain forest issues. Also the older self adhesives, like the dove, I just leave on the paper and trim it real close.
01-19-2012 11:44 AM
I retired from the U.S. Postal Service a few years ago so I learned one basic trick. Start slowly and gently pulling from one corner, remember, SLOWLY is the key word here. Next, if while you're peeling, you feel or see paper coming off the stamp, stop and start peeling from the oppisite corner, then the other corners. it should only take two or three minutes. I guess this would be for collecting purposes only. Please do not peel off stamps from letters you get in the mail which looks unused to remail letters or packages as this would be illegal. Much revenue is lost by pepole doing this. Personally I wish they never invented self adheshive as they take away so much revenue and collectors do not like them, and now all .45 (Jan 22, 2012) stamps are all "forever stamps" weakens the Postal Service even more. I know you said removing from paper but this is the same way. SLOWLY
01-19-2012 03:55 PM
Thank you Manny. I too worked for the poastal service as a carrier untill I had an accident and was no longer able to work as a carrier. Ifeel as you do about the stamps now days. Not only is it screwing up the service but it diminishes the collector status worldwide. It seems that the postal service, with stamps, are relying mostly on collectors for revenue, thus they need to listen to us about the problems with the stamps.
01-20-2012 04:24 AM
I'm sorry, but if the post office are unable to find 2 seconds to pick up their date stamp and cancel a stamp, then when that stamp arrives to me completely untouched, I'm not going to just throw it in the bin. Priority mail stamps are always the ones that get missed and are easily pealable with the gum still intact. And with the ever increasing prices I'm not going to throw away money, especially with the new ridiculous price rises they've put on overseas mail.
02-24-2012 03:10 PM
I saw this on someone's ebay listing, so I can't take credit for it. It works perfectly....
Go to Home Depot (or Amazon.com) and get "Pure Citrus" air freshener (non-aerosol). Spray on the back side, let it soak 2-3 seconds, and peel off the stamp with no thinning or fuss. Adhesive may remain on the stamp. Rub a little talcum powder on it, and you're done. Does not affect stamp color or cancelation inks.
You will wish you found this product earlier, and probably want to replace all those thinned stamps you struggled soaking before. You also won't blow yourself up with Coleman gas.
02-24-2012 03:58 PM
By the way, using this technique to re-use stamps for postage would be, well, stealing. I don't like the price of gas. That doesn't entitle me to siphon my neighbor's car or 'pump & run' even if the attendant happens to be in the restroom and not watching like they should. Anyone who thinks otherwise, please put me on your blocked bidder list.
02-24-2012 05:16 PM
I tried the "Pure Citrus" after buying it from Home Depot....and it works great. I wish I had known about this months ago. I STRONGLY urge all to use this method for removing adhesive stamps...it works perflectly. Then use baby powder to coat any remaining glue. Finally, something that really works, and works well!