Discussion in 'Stamp Chat' started by Hhamahhth, Aug 1, 2014.
In the days before I owned stock books I used to keep my stamps in here.
So do you have images of the days when you did not have stamps in your albums?
A attractive container. You must be from the UK. To those of us in the US that's a box of cookies, not biscuits. Welcome aboard.
I'm from England, wish I was from the UK I would love 4 properties!
No, I never took pictures of my collecting habits in earlier years. In fact I didn't even take pictures of my stamps until somewhat recently. I still do keep some of my mail clipping in odd containers. One of them is a moon cake tin box. I have a couple of cigar boxes which I also use, but that is quite common. Another odd container I use is old green tea tin boxes.
I have used these in the past as well. Still have one somewhere. I'll post a pic if I can find it.
And here I thought it was Scotland that wanted to disassociate itself from the UK!
That was a nice biscuit container.
I used to store my stamps on an old pouch then in a photo album.
What I meant was that if I lived in four countries, it would mean I had four houses.
England is a country, UK is a collection of countries.
Most of my stamps are in glassine envelopes, which are in paper envelopes, which are in clear plastic holders, which are in a cardboard box. The rest are in a stockbook which isn't full, or still in the envelopes they were mailed in
I don't have any pictures of my stamp storage. My container right now isn't bizarre so much as it is tacky. I have my stamps in a plastic grocery bag, stored in a box somewhere. I have to find them.
Good luck, hope you will find them all.
I kept mine in a tupperware for a littlewhile and then moved it into a stocking. Someone told me that they wouldn't stick together in there but that was not true and I eventually moved them into albums.
What kins of album are you using? I do have some stock books and some stamps are also placed in photo albums.
I use normal photo albums but I have layered the back cover with material so that the stamps dont stick onto the album. It has kept them really good and they are all intact which is the main concern.
Yes I like it too because the stamps are fully covered and can easily be removed too.
I have a 'biscuit' (cookie) container (same purpose as your picture) that I used for some covers that a friend gave me in trade for some sports cards when I used to do those. My container was used more for coins though... the heavier box made them easier to move and store.
I have also used Planter's Peanuts containers (large mouth, screw-on lid), cigar boxes (still have a number of those and they are collectors items in their own right now), Pringle's cans (after they are cleaned of course), and just about any type of flat boxes you can think of... such as the kind that dress shirts are delivered in!
I have since invested in right-sized versions of Sterlite plastic containers with snapping lids, and label them as to contents; using like-size containers make them easy to stack as well. As I sort out Scott numbers, I have regular glassine envelopes labelled every 5 sequence numbers and then 5 of these in regular postage envelopes, then into the plastic containers... VERY easily organized and yet very inexpensive filing system. Then Scott numbers and quantities of every type is entered into my computer database.
I also have a number of stockbooks with the slotted pages for special topical collections, also catalogued into the database. A few of these hold the subjects of the books I am writing to keep them visible but separate from the others. Finally: I have a number of albums with my prized stamps in mounts.
So if anyone ever asks for a particular type, a quick look at the database tells me if I have any for trade... I plan on automating this data soon and will post my progress (and the search engine) at another site.
Sounds like a really organized collection you have now there.
Mint singles (US & Canada) in Showguard mounts in albums
US plate blocks in Showguard mounts in albums
US mint sheets in 3-ring binder w/ Showguard type sleeves designed to hold mint sheets
Foreign hinged in albums
Spares / trading material
Mint singles in stock books
Mint US plate blocks in glassine envelopes within index card boxes
Foreign - some in stock books & stock pages in 3-ring binders
Bulk used US - in envelopes in shoe boxes, or boxes in which bank checks are sold (by denomination), or in hinged (25-packs) in metal (tin) containers
Bulk foreign - in envelopes in shoe boxes or in hinged (25-packs) in metal (tin) containers
IF AND ONLY IF I get everything put in... I am only about 30% catalogued to date but I keep buying...
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