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From: Northville MI USA
Registered: Aug 2005

posted 07-24-2012 08:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yeknom-ecaps   Click Here to Email yeknom-ecaps     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Many collectors have seen envelopes with glue "bleed through" or toning in older space covers. There are many collectors who are now making their own space covers using their own computer generated cachets.

So if you are doing this what characteristics do you look for in purchasing envelopes to create your own space covers (e.g. cotton content, color, finish) to keep these types of things from happening?

Where do you get them supplied from? What is a reasonable cost?


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From: South Bend, IN United States of America
Registered: Apr 2002

posted 07-24-2012 10:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman1953   Click Here to Email spaceman1953     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have always tried to use 100% rag content (cotton fibre) envelopes, but sometimes had to settle for 25% content.

When making my own envelopes (converting the paper to envelope shape), I try to use a 100% paper there too. Office supply stores have the sheets... but envelopes are tough to find.

Artmaster (Louisville, Ky) used to sell the blank stock they used, but they've closed up and gone away. My last box of 300 came from them and I use them sparingly. Seems like the 10-cent each range was a price I usually paid from them.

Southworth envelopes were the locally available brand in the small office supply stores locally, but those stores are as gone as Artmaster. But I think Southworth is still around.

My cachetmaker friend, Helen Fowler, in Niles uses a die-cut envelope paper. She was having it produced specifically for her use. She likely would provide any details of what she is using if you contact her. She trades on eBay as 4flagstampsandcovers or you can search her under Compuchets and you will find her website and contact information. She is totally into computer-generated first day envelopes.

After typing and reading this, I am not sure I really answered any of your questions. Sorry.

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