What are you working on right now, philatelically?

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What are you working on right now, philatelically?

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Thought it might be fun to here about the stamp projects everyone is working on. Sort of like an ongoing philatelic diary. Doesn't have to be detailed or even include pictures.

Me:
Right now I am multi-tasking, I have been working towards a stopping point on the GB album, including making my way through my pile of Machins. I will also be printing Steiner pages for Regionals and making some pages for the few revenues I have. At the same time I have started sorting out a mound of German stamps in preparation for printing German pages. I think I am going to wind up with albums for both used and unused. Finding lot's of neat cancels as well.

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I've been working on building album pages for the German Post Offices Abroad. I already got China and Morocco done, got my stamps mounted and uploaded to my website, and got the blank album pages ready for public release. I just have to finish Turkey first.

After that, I'm going back and making a slight modification to the Germany album pages I've already made publicly available to make them match a small stylistic change I made starting with the pages for the German colonies and offices abroad.
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This is a free downloadable machin catalogue.
It may help you with your collection.
http://connoisseurcatalogue.net/catalogue.htm

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jimp - That will be a great help, thank you. Scott catalog only goes so far with these ultra specialized areas.
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So right now I am almost at a stopping point on the GB Machins. After these I will be printing pages for GB Regional issues and getting them mounted up.
At the same time I have been doing a presort of German stamps, but it looks like this will be almost as complex as sorting China was. I'm about halfway thru the presort process. I'm guessing I will be sorting 15-20,000 German stamps. Lots of duplicates, yes, but also many opportunities for cancellation varieties as well.
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Tonight I have been doing more preliminary sorting of Germany, as well as trying to find a stopping point on Great Britain. Funny how it happens, but it seems like each country can just lead off into more branches, with no end in sight.
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Tonight I decided to give myself a break from the sorting piles and just relax. While relaxing I managed to soak some Great Britain revenues I had, that I wish to mount up on pages. This group of revenues were all curled up, so that they would not lay flat. Thought I could soak them, maybe wipe away any gum residue, then press them. Maybe that would help. If they turn out the same and are curled, I will have no choice but to use split back mounts (which I don't really care for) to hold them in place on the page.

Here they are waiting to dry enough to put in the press.
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And they are safely tucked away in my home made stamp press. Probably stay there for a couple days.
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Here is some specialised work I have been doing with my Machins.


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Holy smoke! That's really beyond my comprehension. Had no idea there was such variety. Great showing!

I might have to keep an eye out for more batches of these, for future projects like this.
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So today my job was kind enough to grant me a day off (boy did I need it!), so I spent the time plucking more stamps out of the 6 volume Minkus collection I recently acquired.
I was able to add:
9 from Aden
100 from Albania (I still have a bunch more to add as well)
38 from Algeria (So far).

I may call it a night now....Cheers!
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So, for the past few days I've been stepping aside from working on mounting stamps. I came to realize my stamp room was becoming a fright, so been spending some time cleaning work areas up and trying to declutter.

I've also been working on sorting/storing of my "feeder" envelopes. My feeder envelopes have been stored in small priority boxes, of which I have almost 10, all organized alphabetically. But the boxes are a nuisance, so I decided to change to plastic storage drawers, about the size of a shoebox. These are made by Sterilite. Bad thing is there seems to be a shortage of plastic storage containers right now, to the point that my local Walmart shelves are almost totally empty. I finally found some of the right size on ebay. Prices for these seem to be a bit ridiculous as well. I remember they use to be sold for about $5-7, and now they are any where from $10-25 each. Anyway, I have 6 more coming right now, which will help my storage issue.
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Hi Richard:

What is a feeder envelope?

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TheCoverCollector wrote:
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Hi Richard:

What is a feeder envelope?

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So, when I started collecting worldwide I needed a system for sorting down quantities of random worldwide stamps, and storing them until I am able to print pages and mount stamps.

The first step in my process is to sort them down into A countries, B countries, C countries, etc... Each letter is then sorted into individual countries and stored in #7 sized envelopes (mostly) and filed in the Sterilite storage drawers mentioned. I found these were a perfect fit for this size envelope.

These are my storage drawers I filled up last night. I had previously been storing them in Priority mailing boxes, but I disliked the flaps and being unwieldy.
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I refer to the envelopes in these as my "feeder" envelopes, as they are what I use to "feed" my albums. I also have some feeder albums, which I bought as collections. I pick stamps from these as well.

This is drawer #2, and contains countries Dubai thru Ghana. Many of these countries require multiple envelopes full, some as many as 10 full envelopes and some only 1 or 2.
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This is a typical "feeder" envelope for Finland. I haven't gotten around to creating a Finland album yet, so all these stamps will wait until I am ready. Many of these envelopes have been stored for a few years now and I have no clue as to what I might find any more. Every new country I begin is adventure and treasure hunt.
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Thanks, Richard, for the explanation. Your organizational skills are amazing! Such neatness and order.

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