I have settled for the "Cosmic" display system and specifically sheets divided into two pockets. The top pocket is large enough to take most covers and cards. For an outsize item I can use a single pocket page.
Since none of my material is shiny white FDC stuff, I wanted to avoid white paper for my write up which would just make my postal history look grubby. (It is grubby but let's not emphasise that). I wanted to use grey paper but that has to be ordered each time - you can't just pick it up at your nearest copier paper shop. So I am using cream as a second choice.
The write up is done in grey brown rather than black (which from a computer printer is too stark) and I use larger font sizes, 18 for headings and 14 for text. I try to vary the text and not to spend time on the Obvious - so I don't in general describe the stamps (which anyone can just see ..) unless they have some notable feature.
This is what it all now looks like:
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I think my biggest problem is to maintain consistency in the write-ups. I can and do save the templates with the underlined header, but I doubt I will maintain consistency in transliteration. I just know that sometimes I will write VYATKA and the next time VIATKA.
Anyway, in the last couple of days I have produced about 50 of these pages which reduces the backlog to about 950 ...
Some of you will have spotted where my title came from: as a boy, I read a book "How to Arrange and Write-Up a Stamp Collection" by Phillips and Rang and now freely available on Amazon.
This method makes perfect sense to me, particularly since you have chosen not to subject yourself to the very narrow rules of exhibiting.ReplyDelete
On the subject of youthful philatelic reading: my collecting was altered forever by reading a book on specialized stamp collecting. I wish I could remember the title and author! I think the cover featured a Hongkong 1896 Jubilee overprint. That book, and actually seeing some specialized collections at an exhibition, really awakened to me life beyond the catalog...