How to Display Framed Postage Stamps

Written by mercedes martinez
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Many people enjoy collecting rare postage stamps as a hobby. They can take us through periods of history, reminding us of interesting events, places or people. Collectors tend to store the stamps in binders in display sleeves called stockpages. People tend to frame the best stamps in their collection. Some stamps are worth a pretty penny, and displaying them properly is worth contemplating. Good design techniques to consider are lighting, humidity and arrangement.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Framed stamps
  • Nails
  • Hammer

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    How to Display Framed Postage Stamps

  1. 1

    Select a space to hang the framed stamps that does not receive direct sunlight. Sunlight can easily fade the stamp's ink. If using lighting as a spot light, use a cool, efficient bulb, preferably LED so as not to heat the stamp.

  2. 2

    Make sure that the humidity levels are not too high. Don't hang the frames near steam from a bathroom or kitchen. High humidity can cause the stamps to warp and quickly deteriorate.

  3. 3

    Either hang the frames on the wall or prop them up on a table or other flat surface as you would a photograph. You can place one stamp in the middle of the mounting surface to highlight an individual stamp, display an entire page of stamps in a frame, or create a collage with other artwork and memorabilia that relate to the stamp. The arrangement of frames can form a limitless amount of shapes on the wall.

  4. 4

    Arrange the frames on the floor to figure out their placement. Display by historic time period, topic, size, country or other category.

  5. 5

    Hammer a nail into the wall and hang the frame as you would a framed photograph.

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