Looking after your Stamps

When you are taking a stamp off an envelope, do be very careful. First cut the stamp off the envelope, leaving a good margin of envelope (at least 2cm) around the stamps.

You then place the pieces of envelope with stamps still attached face up in a small bowl of water. After a while, the stamp will come away from the envelope. Do allow plenty of time – never force the stamp off the envelope.

You can then dry the stamps between pieces of clean blotting paper: it is often a good idea to place a heavy book on top of the blotting paper, as this will help keep the stamps flat.

Once they are dry, the stamps are ready for your collection.

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