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Alternatives to soaking? Is it really safe?

Is soaking really the best way to remove stamps? It just makes me uncomfortable dunking early 1900’s stamps in water.



  • 291fifth291fifth Posts: 23,200 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It works fine as long as you are careful when handling the wet stamps.

    All glory is fleeting.
  • Thank you. I did end up trying it and I was successful.

  • pab1969pab1969 Posts: 881 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have been soaking for years and the only issues I ever had with older stamps were ones from certain countries (Japan and Austria). The gum is quite strong and sometimes impossible to remove the stamp from the paper. Other than that, as long as you press them for at least 24 hours (to avoid curling), they will be good as new.

  • Thank you I did end up doing it and it was successful.

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