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]

  • Brana, René et al. Catalogue des Cartes-Maximum de France: 1901-2007. Amiens: Yvert & Tellier, 2008 ISBN 978-2-86814-192-7 1118p.
  • Cardoso, Eurico Carlos Esteves Lage. Manual do Coleccionador de Postais-Máximos. Lisbon: The Author, 1984 78p.
  • Cardoso, Eurico Carlos Esteves Lage. O fascinio da maximafilia = La fascination de la maximaphilie = Fascination of Maximaphily. Lisbon: The Author, 1984 ISBN 972965641X 154p.
  • Knight, Jesse F. How To Create Maximum Cards. 1996 23p.
  • Les Maximaphiles Français. Les Cartes-Maximum de France: des origines à 1988. Saint-Maur-des-Fossés: les Maximaphiles français, 1989 465p.
  • Rangos, Nicos. What is Maximaphily?, FIP Maximaphily Commission, 2006 Download link.

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