Maximaphily

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Maximaphily is a branch of philately involving the study and creation of maximum cards.[1] It is one of eleven classifications of philately recognised by the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP) and therefore has its own FIP Commission.

The FIP Maximaphily Commission holds a biennial conference on the subject, most recently in Lisbon in 2010.[2]

History[edit]

Maximaphily did not become organised until after the Second World War. Before then maximum cards were created as novelties, often by tourists.[3] Maximaphily is closely associated with thematic or topical stamp collecting and many thematic collections are enhanced with appropriate maximum cards.

Elements[edit]

A maximum card (maxicard, maxi-card, MC) is made up of three elements: the postcard, the stamp and the postmark. The object of maximaphily is to obtain a card where the stamp and picture are in close concordance, ideally with an appropriate cancellation, too. If all three elements are concordant, then that card truly is a maximum [concordance] card (hence the name maximaphily). Preferably, the image on the postcard should not be simply an enlargement of the image on the stamp. There are exceptions. For example: a work of art, like a painting (not a detail of it), is often shown in its entirety, both on the postcard and on the stamp of the maxicard.

Competitions[edit]

Maximaphily displays have become popular at competitive philatelic exhibitions and special rules have been developed by the FIP to assist in judging the entries.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carlton, R. Scott. The International Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Philately, Krause Publications, Iola WI, 1997, p.154. ISBN 0-87341-448-9.
  2. ^ FIP Commission for Maximaphily
  3. ^ Healey, Barth. "Pastimes; Stamps" in The New York Times, 20 May 1990. Download link.
  4. ^ Regulations for the evaluation of Maximaphily exhibits.

Further reading[edit]

  • Rangos, Nicos. What is Maximaphily?, FIP Maximaphily Commission, 2006 Download link.

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