Stamp Collecting SuppliesStockbooks are storage books used by stamp collectors for storage of postage stamps placed in pockets, on pages, for easy viewing. Other philatelic items, such as plate blocks , miniature sheets , covers , lettersheets , etc. Stockbooks consist of a number of stiff pages, made up with horizontal pockets of manilla paper, glassine paper or clear film, into which stamps are placed. The pages, usually double-sided, are bound into book form. The most popular sizes comprise between 4 and 32 double-sided pages with each page interleaved with a glassine , or clear, sheet to prevent stamps on adjacent pages from touching. As with most stationery, most manufacturers refer to the number of sides in a stockbook and not to the number of pages, so stockbook advertised as a "page stockbook" contains 8 double-sided cardboard pages.
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This book started in when I inherited a rather large stamp collection from my mother, Ruth Myers, and my aunt, Julie Whaley. Actually, it was really four or five collections, because mom and Aunt Julie had inherited albums from other people. I wrote this book in an effort to help others in the same situation in which I found myself. This edition the Fourth Edition was issued in and is available for you to read in its entirety, for free , on this web site. The book consists of 27 chapters to help you make sense of a stamp collection you might have inherited. It also gives you some tips on options you have in dealing with the collection e.
Do you really know the best way to care for your stamp collection? Always keep in mind that stamps are one of the most fragile collectibles. There are many ways to store a stamp collection and unfortunately, most are expensive. In these tough economic times many are going the DIY route and perhaps you, the stamp collector, can take advantage of alternate methods of storage and preservation. While there are many fine albums available, the simple fact is that many collectors don't put their stamps in them.
I love all the discussions about everyone's various collecting methods - albums, stock books, Steiner pages, etc. I've spent days and days and days, days and more days comparing, contrasting and fretting over how to organize and display my collection. Often when I get frustrated with how I'm organizing things, I "quit stamps" for a while. Sometimes a few weeks and sometimes for a few years! I felt one of those moments coming on today, but rather than quit, I took a survey of all the ways I've done things over the past 20 years.