Tuesday, November 08, 2011

How to Outfox "Foxing'

Keijo Kortelainen, Finnish blogmaster of the Stamp Collecting Blog website asks, "What do you do with stamps that show signs of  brown foxing /rust stains like the one shown here?"

Keijo pens, "Foxing, rust, staining… The arch nemesis of stamp collectors has about as many names as forms. Though I try to be very picky with what I include into my stamp albums, every once and awhile I notice that some stamp in my collection has developed the dreaded red brown spots. Usually I just go sigh, and bin the stamp… But sometimes it’s not so easy, especially if the stamp in question is not so common."

He goes on to point out, "I’m very well aware that there are also lots of chemical methods / solutions (like Foxit, Chloramine-T, Hydrogen Peroxide etc) to stop the foxing process, and remove/ lessen the signs of foxing. Sometimes a simple quick bath in boiling hot water is enough to remove any signs of the staining… But this is where I draw the line. I acknowledge a lot of these methods are used to restore old books, paintings etc. without larger issues by conservation specialists. But I’m not a specialist, and as such I very little interest to storing and using chemicals in my home."

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM