November 1st, 2020

Dress code for working with your stamps

By Submitted Article on November 28, 2019.

By Walter Kerber

It has come to my attention that there must be a strict dress code before collectors are allowed to touch their collection. Without proper attire, those little pieces of paper are too vulnerable to injury and loss. Think of stamps like a pet. You need to take special care.

Handling mint stamps is a critical issue. Too many collectors do not wear cotton gloves to prevent sweat or moisture from being left on the gum of the stamps, or on the surface, causing the stamps to be adhered to the pages as well as smudged images. (These don’t count as errors.)

Loose clothing is a big culprit for stamp loss. Nobody wants a collection of sweepings, dusty dirty stamps, after they are swept from your desk, ground into the floor under your feet only to be discovered by your wife in her cleaning. So the rule is: no long sleeves unless you own those bankers’ arm bands to keep them out of the way.

The other items of course are the visor to keep stray light out of your eyes and a magnifier monocle that can be flipped down. That will be the ideal dress code and quite the sight for members of your family, but your stamps will be safe and pampered.

Walter Kerber is a long-time member of the Lethbridge Philatelic Society

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