MPI Album Pages
(Published: May, 2013, Volume 13, Number 2, Issue #34) (Table Of Contents)
(Author: Larry Fillion)


In the last fifteen years, I have purchased a lot of intact malaria stamp collections so I could pull out the items that I did not have and I would sell the rest either on eBay or through my personal website. Through all this, I have acquired a few full sets of the old malaria albums. The complete list of what I either own and or have seen is in on online Miasma article. I have received some requests from some people to acquire a full set of malaria album pages and I have sold some of these in the past. I have also been asked to make new album pages that could be printed. So I have started to create some malaria album pages and have created eight pages. If people like them and want more, I will add many more pages and publish the album pages on the site. Version 1 of MalariaAlbum.pdf with the 8 pages.

I am using Microsoft Office Publisher to create the pages and it is very easy to use. But for this article, it does not matter what I am using as the request was for getting pages already created which is what we want to focus on. I convert the Publisher file into a PDF so anybody online can print it. There is an important step to follow as you print the PDF and if not followed, the pages will not print correctly and the stamps will not fit in the spots correctly as the area for the stamps will be too small. By default, Adobe Acrobat (the PDF reader) tries to print the page so it 'Fits' on the printer. Not sure what this means but if you do not select 'Actual size' for the size option, it will not print correctly. Please see the image below:

Image of Stamp

Seeing that you are printing the album pages, you should buy acid-free paper and also make sure that the paper is heavy weight paper. I am using Wausau Bright White 65 lb. paper. I use this same paper when I print out my exhibits for stamp shows. The paper is heavy and the weight of the stamps and souvenir sheets will not make the pages weak. The paper is also known as card stock if you show around for other types. Paper like this can be bought at Staples or any store that sells quality printing supplies. Below is a picture of the wrapper of the paper that I use:

Image of Stamp

Below is an example page and one of the pages in MalariaAlbum.pdf.

Image of Stamp