I began collecting machins as a student at McGill U in Montreal, QC ... business, and other interests intervened at times; but after absence, comes renewal ... rediscovering machins thru Robin Harris's fine project "GB Machins" rekindled my passion for collecting - and so the quest continues today.
the norvic site also yields some timely machin facts ...
SAP "self-adhesive" security machins must be extracted from bundles or kiloware lots ... only heptane will remove them successfully from paper. neither water immersion nor philatelic hinge and gum removers have proven effective with 2009+ security cut machins... … from the machin forumthis removal solution. I include a chemical analysis ... a.k.a. rubber cement thinner. ...my experience with the beaujard 2008-11 of france, I offer a methodology below. N.B. the TD-paper is better suited to machin SAP printing … very durable : DLR should consider it)
removal from paper : methodology
1.removal: the adhesives can be successfully removed from paper using heptane*... depending on the quantity of objects, this process will take 5mins to 1 hour or more... so setup as follows.... a basin of size is filled with heptane, and the stamps are saturated. after 5 mins, start removal from paper - and place face down on a glass sheet. wait 5 mins for excess heptane to evaporate , soon the stamps will become tacky ...
2. replacement of adhesives : the glue will adhere to clear acetate but not vinyl sheets. as stock pages, I use binder photo album pages... the boards are covered by acetate sheets on 2 sides... within, I place a prepared 5x8 printed grid formed with StampCat9 reports. this acts a guide for placement of objects. the benefit, is the inserts can be varied - black sheet for scanning. the grid margins allow for inspection notes... I group by value and phosphor type ...
3. alternately, I have used stockcard covers (clear acetate). this allows reconstruction of the various booklets as the matrices are sourced (3x3, 2x4...) adhesives peel from acetate easily. album samples can be placed within stamp mounts, or first on cut-to-size clear acetate sheeting. stamp hinges do not adhere to vinyl, or acetate ... 3M 2-sided tape will work. Or, find a bottle of hinge mount adhesive.
buy the 500ml can
separate no-cancel machins on piece first from the kiloware ... though scarce, these can be separated from paper using UHU PRINZ hinge remover solution, applied to reverse side ... the stamps can soon be lifted from paper and placed within a "magic drying book" with vinyl and blotter pages... this method preserves gum and full phosphor
the remaining used state machins can be separated best in a running water bath, with a overfllow topscreen ... the outflow eliminates transfer of soluable gum ( pvc or self-adhesive) and possible phosphor transfer to other machins ... place to dry in a "magic drying book" .... then, sort by face-value, prior to phosphor examination ...
there has been some question aired about loss of phosphor level and transfer of glue and phosphor to other machins during paper separation ....most used state stocks in dealer or collector hands have gone thru some water-immersion process ... some of these may demonstrate stronger or weaker phosphor reaction under inspection... but relative to modern printing methods, variations occur in phosphor application or absence thereof ... so classification of variant machins requires a list of all known possibilities as well as judgemental analysis of state of a machin's phosphor level ... even unused machins go thru this inspection ...
on average only 3-5 % of all postally used machins are collectable ... heavy cancel examples ... these I discard as uncollectable ... don't waste your time ... build a quality collection !
case of the SON 1£ ruby … testimonial of world renowned philatelist :
“I was delirious as to how to treat this SON SAP... machinmadness had struck me again !! before I discovered bestine, it was well stuck !! … after applying bestine, the problem was solved ...” - A.E.N
2011 marks 40 years of decimal machins and design change – my focus. Living in a new techno-age - social networking, google, gadgetry take hold in one's life. As a pastime, philately started with the penny black. Stamp collectors have zilllions of issues to ponder, and philatelsts more difficult problems to unravel the complexity of todays security printings. Machin vars number in 1000s... To many, machins represent a dark void in space … “they are over there in a bag “ , “they are under the bed in a box “, “my wife won't let me look at them”, “I want to get rid of them” … “O machins, yuck !” … to machin aficionados, this borders on heresy – tho no one has been burned yet !
In this darwinian realm of philately, we seek guidance from machinmindermasts (code word used by masterminds) - Douglas Myall of HB4 (deegam.com), Robin Harris RPSC (adminware.ca) and Larry Rosenblum (machinmania.com). Great to have these guys around... no doubt a clear mind, patience and perseverance are required to master a machin collection at level3.
...the side effects - in canada,“machinmadness” was first coined by Robin at the launch of his machin site; Larry has america enthralled with “machinmania”. Regardless, we continue in problem solving. I prefer to maintain a strong element of humour. The modern oxford online dictionary defines acronym SAP as an “expleted philatelic object”, NVI as “not very interesting machin”
... StampCat from Norway is the finest I have used to date ... allowing 9 images per record, with all group fields indexed and linked... making searches and reports very fast ... download the trialware ... as a research tool StampCat has no equal ... I use it for forensic forgery study also
the 9p group reflects "dry printing" or ink errors
using the deegam HB4 CD as reference, I group the phosphors by type ... LR, L, R, LCR or no phosphor ...
for each value study. a failure of HB4 focus, is that many plate errors are overlooked. to describe these on an album page or worksheet - stampCat V9 reports allow easy reports to be generated.
for years, much of my collection lay on the shelf - as I awaited a comprehensive specialised album, in pdf format. douglas myall attests no one can ever complete a machin collection - scarcity and price points.
however, we can enjoy our new finds on a custom generated worksheet, instantly.
the charts show distributions of coils, booklet and sheet issues . when sorting machins, do not separate pairs or blocks until full inspection is possible. otherwise, you will increase the workload.
many booklets were single value panes, most remain multi-value. so a block can be sourced to DP pane or sheet (cyl no). A11 is an appendix of HB4. Douglas has ingeniously speeded the sourcing of v/h pairs (se-tenants) and coil strips - by developing a key index.
today coil production is only single value rolls. when starting a machin session, keep your focus on only 1 value at a time ... less scrolling - and more direct contact with the issues
.. reviewing my collection brought forward these stats... or distributions by year ... the profiles do not recognize cyl level. the DP or booklet profiles are the largest group ... with greatest vars compare chart 2 and 3... DP vars per year vs DP issued ... trends in vending, royalpost policy and SAPs have reduced the annual machin numbers. I will review NVI s next fall winter