Time to repeat this from Stamp Collectors World Net:
Back in 1929 the late Al Burns published these 10
Commandments in Weekly Philatelic Gossip. Richard Deutsch,
who edits the journal of the Garfield Perry stamp club of
Cleveland, Ohio, ran across them in 1951. Feeling that they
are just as applicable today as they were in 1929, He
printed them in the Garfield Perry Scope with a bit of
personal comment. I am passing this old newspaper clipping
on to the members of our community:
1. Thou shalt not at anytime criticize
what thy fellow collector collects.
What the other man collects is no concern of yours, be it
what it may. If he wants Airport dedications that are
supposed to be pure favors, let him. That's his choice and
he will stick to it. A lot of confusion and squabbling could
be avoided if this principle was followed.
2. Thou shalt be ready at all times to
help any collector who seeks aid of thee.
Too many hobbyists have reached the point where knowing
practically everything about their branch of Philately, they
look with scorn at the novice who is seeking aid. Lend the
helping hand and help clear up beginners trouble.
3.Thou shalt study thy stamps, for
full enjoyment comes only with knowing them thoroughly.
The man who knows the who, which, and where about each stamp
in his collection is the man who can really say he derives
pleasure and benefit from it.
4. Thou shalt at every opportunity
boost the advantage of stamp collecting. never missing a
chance to bring a new collector into the fold.
Many a prospective devotee is lost to philately because some
more advanced collectors failed to advertise stamps to the
limit. Never miss an opportunity to ad converts, for more
collectors means more publicity, more publicity means more
interest, and more interest means a bigger and better hobby.
5. Thou shalt seek the companionship
of other collectors for thine own as well as their benefit.
One should not miss the chance to improve himself and his
knowledge by refusing to associate with other collectors.
Philately is a friendly hobby, drawing people together in
the appreciation of a common interest.
6. Thou shalt work with other
collectors for the advancement of the hobby.
The chance to work together for the advancement of a cause
comes to very few of us in life. As excellent as the stamp
game is today there is still much in it that could be
7.Thou shalt at all times do all
within thy power to keep the hobby clean and free of
anything that may reflect badly on it.
There are many "crooks" and "spongers" in the hobby and it
is the duty of every collector to help fight and exterminate
8. In thy dealing with other
collectors thou shall act so as to be free of all
disparagement at all times.
Deal fairly with other collectors, in lending them a helping
hand. Give a break to the other fellow. Do unto others as
you would others should do unto you.
9. Thy shalt not be ashamed of thy
10.Thou shalt be ready at any time to ask any questions that
may puzzle thee not hiding behind a mask of assumed
Stand up for your hobby at all times. Don't be afraid
to ask questions that are keeping you from a better
understanding of the game.
Follow these and you will be a better collector for it.
Contributed by: Knuden
a catalog King, Expert and Philatelist - whoopee!!