Articles from March 2009

Kittan Lodge ArrowCorps5 Set S2X2

New IssueI recently found from Ansell Alleberga out that Kittan Lodge had issued a two-piece set for ArrowCorps5.  Ansell did not have one, but I have been able to get a scan from John Papp.

I still need one of these for myself if anyone has one available.

Kitan Lodge 2008 ArrowCorps5 S2 X1

Kitan Lodge 2008 ArrowCorps5 S2 X2

This would be the S2 and X2 for this young lodge.


Silence propagates itself, and the longer talk has been suspended, the more difficult it is to find anything to say.
Samuel Johnson
English author, critic, & lexicographer (1709 – 1784)

Star Trek – Gene Rodenberry

A Gene Rodenberry interview on Good Morning America from 1986 on the original Star Trek.

Not the best copy, but the audio is fine.


We are generally the better persuaded by the reasons we discover ourselves than by those given to us by others.
Blaise Pascal
French mathematician, physicist (1623 – 1662)

Shared Items From Around The Web – March 31, 2009


Collecting Guidelines

My feed reader brought me an article First Edition: An Introduction to Book Collecting
whose main points, can easily be applied to collecting Scout memorabilia.

Know what you want to collect. Genres, authors, reading copies, high-grade first editions—whatever. We all have “accidental” collections that accumulate, without conscious intent, over the course of time; if you are at the point where you want to start taking an active role in shaping a collection, the best place to start is with understanding what belongs in it, and what doesn’t.

Decide what you want to collect.  If it is OA, will it be a number set?  All Active Lodges?  My state? My Section? My Lodge? Flaps, Odd-shapes, event issues?  It is up to you to decide what you want to collect; set a goal, monitor your progress and watch that accumulation turn into a collection.

Know what you already own. It makes no difference how you do it—a program such as Delicious Library, a Word file or a notebook, with everything jotted down in the cataloguing methodology of your choice, or just keeping your shelves in order—get it organized and searchable. Everything that you already own that fits into your definition of what you want your collection to be means that you won’t need to buy it again. It should also give you a pretty good answer to #1, above.

I’ve spoken about this before unless you want to bring home that ‘need’ for the third time; and perhaps pass by that real need because either you don’t know you need it or you spent all of your patch money on something you already had.

Know what you want to spend. With the exception of one-of-a-kind items and the truly rare, in this Internet age you can likely find almost anything, if you know where to look. …That doesn’t necessarily mean it comes off your “want to collect” list if those particular copies are out of your spending parameters; just means that you may need to wait longer, or look harder, to find a copy that works for you.

Set a budget, stick to it.  Know the difference between need and want.  Increase your level of knowledge so you know the difference between that can’t pass it up because I’ll never see it again and what will be around again at the next TOR or over the next few months on eBay.

Know your stuff. It isn’t hard to buy books. Or stocks, for that matter. But in both cases, it really helps to truly understand what makes one thing better—from a buying standpoint—than another. Not only will you increase your chances of getting the right book the first time, you’ll also be protecting your investment.

Learn about what your collecting, read articles, join ISCA, monitor eBay, read a blog, buy a collectors guide, meet and talk with others interested in your area of collecting.  Listen, learn and share what you know with others.


When I’m working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.
R. Buckminster Fuller
US architect & engineer (1895 – 1983)

Shared Items From Around The Web – March 30, 2009


Best Posts on New York OA Trader from 23rd March – 29th March 2009

Too many posts to handle? If you missed out on a great post from last week, here’s a quick digest of the top posts that you may want to check out:
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Section NE-2B 1975 Conclave

conclaveThe 1975 Section NE-2B conclave was held at Camp Portaferry and hosted by Adirondack Lodge #357. There a 4 5 known issues for this event.

A Pocket Patch:

Section NE-2B 1975 Pocket Patch

Section NE-2B 1975 Pocket Patch

A jacket patch of the same design:

Section NE-2B 1975 Jacket Patch

Section NE-2B 1975 Jacket Patch

A neckerchief: