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Damn unsoakable stamps (or if you can’t soak them… )

I felt somewhat sad after reading the latest “Editors Forum” column at Scotts Stamp Monthly. The topic of post was non-soakable stamps, or more precisely what do to with them. I acknowledge the column was written mainly US stamp collectors in mind, but the suggested solution (collect non-soakable issues on covers) is IMHO the “wrong” one. The situation itself is nothing new. Stamp collectors want it one way, postal officers the other way. This battle of titans has clashed several times (with quality of cancels/postmarks, number of new issues etc). And every time the collectors have lost the battle … IMO the more important question is if general stamp collecting should once again adapt to match the new situation as suggested by editor of Scott? As a stamp collector I admit that non-soakable items don’t fit in at all… Saving them on cut piece is IMHO not a reasonable option […]

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