Monday, September 17, 2007

Sweatbox - great for soaking hologram stamps! defines a "Sweatbox" as a closed box containing dampened spongelike material, over which stuck-together unused stamps are placed on a grill. Humidity softens the gum, allowing separation of stamps. In some cases, the sweatbox may be used to help remove a postally used stamp from envelope paper.

According to Janet Klug, past president of the American Philatelic Society, in an article about working a mixture says, "You can buy or make your own sweatbox for removing paper from those stamps that should not be placed in a water bath, such as hologram stamps."

Klug says to make your own sweatbox get plastic container with a tight fitting lid and a sponge. Then put a half-inch of water in the bottom of the container. Place the sponge in the water and allow it to draw up some of the moisture. Then put the stamp on top of the sponge and put the lid on the container.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM