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Free U.S. Stamp Album Pages

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The pages and images are restored. Keep reading. But as of 30 June 2004, I will no longer be able to offer stamp album pages or stamp images that use the Scott Numbering System, due to a cease-and-desist letter I received from Amos Hobby Publications.

Dear Mr. McGee,

It has come to our attention that you are using the Scott numbering system to describe stamp images on your stamp album pages available at http://mcgees.org/stampalbums.html. Scott Publishing Co. is the owner of federally registered copyrights on its tamp numbering system and the contents of the Scott catalogs. Use of the Scott Numbering System without a written license agreement from Scott Publishing Co. is not permitted.

We must insist that you immediately cease and desist from any further use of the Scott catalog numbers as well as offering any downloads containing the Scott numbers. This includes image names using Scott numbers for identification purposes.

Sincerely,

Donna Houseman
Rights Manager

Amos Hobby Publications
911 Vandemark Road
Sidney, OH  45365
937-XXX-XXXX

I have recreated the pages and images in a way that does not use Scott Numbering.

Do note that I wrote these scripts and set up this page before I found Bill Steiner’s amazing StampAlbums.com, with over 40,000 U.S. and foreign stamp album pages available for download.  The pages do not have pictures of the stamps on the sheets, just blank rectangles, but they are beautiful.  $20 buys you a year’s subscription to the website, where you can download as many pages as you want.  I use Steiner’s pages for country collections now.

I also recommend AlbumEasy as free software for layout and design of stamp album pages, if you want ones different from mine.  I use AlbumEasy for my specialized collections -- and you can do the same row-cutting trick I recommend to use stocksheets if you want.

If what you want are free U.S. stamp album pages with pictures of the stamps, these pages may be want you want.

I set out looking for a cheap way to sort my stamp collection. I did not want to hinge my stamps, but I did not want to pay the high prices for a hingeless album. I like the flexibility of a stock sheet but I wanted the convenience of a space for each stamp with a picture behind it. I decided the best method for me would be to use stock sheets with black backgrounds and place a printed slip of paper behind each row. Then I would have an acetate covering, an image of each stamp, and would not have to pay too much money.

And this is what I came up with:

Download the PDF Album [9MB]

Sample

Let me state a few problems. The IBM database I used contained the vast majority of U.S. stamps, but it looks like a few missed getting into their system. Also, my script was not designed to download variants of stamps (Scott #537c, for instance) so my scripts will not pick these up, and the images will not show up in the stamp image directories or the pre-made sheets, regardless of whether or not they were in IBM’s database.

Some stamps are not to scale.  This is their fault. ;-) The way it is currently set, some stamps images are the right size and some are too small. You will have to overlap stamps in these cases; if you do not mind doing this, this also allows more stamps to fit on a sheet. Also, this means that the images of some souvenir sheets are shrunk to the size of an individual stamp. I suggest retaining these as convenient markers and holding the actual souvenir sheets in other pages in the album.

You need to be careful with putting ink and paper behind your stamps. Just keep your wits about you: if you are worried, use acid-free paper, make sure your ink/toner does not have harmful plasticizers in it, etc. If you have ultra-rare or valuable stamps, or if you are very concerned, you should pay for a better way to house them.

Enjoy!

3 Responses to Free U.S. Stamp Album Pages

  1. Aiden says:

    I do trust all of the concepts you've offered
    to your post. They are very convincing and cann definitely
    work. Nonetheless, the posts are too quick for novices.
    Could you please extend them a bit from subsequent time?
    Thanks for the post.

  2. mr bob says:

    very interesting fun to read

  3. Tim Gamble says:

    Do you have a lot of Countries? Looking for certain ones like Grenada and San Marino. And you DO have the right to use the Scott numbering system as a "reference". They made it public knowledge. It would be like Dewey being the only one allowed to use the dewey decimal system.

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