I’ve got stamps. Hundreds, probably thousands of them. My grandmother , a world traveller and prolific letter-writer, saved every one that came her way, and I also bought a large collection of envelopes at a yard sale for five bucks.
Virtually all of these stamps are on envelopes or torn-off corners thereof. I’d like to find a good way to remove all of them from their paper and put them in stockbooks sorted by country. I’d like to do this efficiently and without damaging or devaluing the stamps.
I’ve already done a few dozen - soaking them in a baking dish of tepid water, gently lifting them out and putting them face-down on a paper towel. Works well, except the stamps will curl as they dry.
Any pointers here?