Canal Zone Has Sticky Stamp Problem
conditions in the Canal Zone are
a problem to the postal authorities there in shipping stamps to
customers, a problem to insure that mint stamps will reach their
in prime condition. It is a matter to which they give serious
and W. L. Howard, postmaster at the Philatelic Agency, at Balboa
informs me that they are now dusting the gum side of stamps with
talcum powder, widely practiced by collectors in tropical climates to
the gum from sticking. The department is anxious that all
reach their patrons in good condition and this is one method they are
to achieve satisfactory results.
- George B. Sloane
December 2, 1939
Posted August 25, 1999
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