Experienced philatelists know the trick(s) that \”Soaking\” is by far the easiest and best way to remove stamps from envelopes.
It is better to tear the envelope around the stamp, leaving a small margin.
With the stamp facing down, place it into a pan of warm, but not hot, water. After a few minutes the stamp should sink to the bottom. The gum generally used should not take more time. However, sometimes people use different types of self-adhesive gums and in that case you may need to wait a little longer. So better have enough patience.
When all adhesive is dislodged, remove the stamp preferably using stamp tongs. Using stamp tongues is highly recommended as it helps you keep the stamp intact while seperating it from an envelope.
Place the stamp between two paper towels and put a heavy object, such as a book, on top to keep the stamp from curling as it dries. Leave overnight. Your stamp(s0 would be ready to smile in your collection the next morning!
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