National Stamp Collecting Month: Hinges, Mounts & the Faroese Overland Postman

In the earliest stamp albums introduced in the 1860s, stamps were adhered to the pages using either their own gum (as if put on an envelope) or glue. Stamp hinges — small, folded, transparent, rectangular pieces of paper coated with a mild gum — were introduced soon after, allowing stamps to be removed without major damage to either the stamp or the album page. In the second … Continue reading National Stamp Collecting Month: Hinges, Mounts & the Faroese Overland Postman