郵 室 銘
collection is like a puzzle: if you have one hundred separate pieces they
don't mean anything, It's only when they are put into a context that they
tell a story.
- René Beyer -
The collector is never finished. You're always looking for
anything you don't have that will improve the collection, It's a hobby
without end ... for once you decide your collection is complete, you can
no longer call yourself a collector.
- Philippe Stern -
— 王世襄《儷松居長物志 · 自序》 —
You could not own this "gem" forever. No matter for how long you
own it, you are merely a temporary holder of this "gem". What really matters
is how would you appreciate, enjoy and utilize it while you own it.
- I.M. Chait -
THE WHITE HOUSE
I am happy for this opportunity to extend my greeting to the thousands of stamp collectors throughout the world and commend them for the real contribution they have made, and are making, to the fostering of good will and neighborliness among all the peoples of the world. As improved methods of communication and transportation have brought the peoples of the world closer together, so the hobby of stamp collecting has made its contribution to what the late President Roosevelt so aptly called the “science of human relationships”. Through the medium of the simple postage stamp, American stamp collectors have toured the world and peoples from far-off places have acquired a better understanding of our country. The hobby of stamp collecting is one example of the ability of peoples of all nations to live work and play together in the same world at peace.
Our late President was this country’s number one stamp collector. It is difficult to estimate what part his hobby of stamp collecting from boyhood played in the shaping of his international views but we do know that as a stamp collector he constantly dealt with and considered the peoples of the entire world. The Franklin D. Roosevelt Stamp Collection is tangible evidence of the international consciousness of a great leader.
From the President of the United States, Harry S. Truman.
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