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Postcards, Cartophily and Maximaphily
( Often - but not always FDC's )

Maximum cards (Maximaphily
Picture postcards (Cartophily)
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While the first is philatelically oriented and the other is 'picture' oriented they often cross trails. Together they're called deltiology- aj

.Maximum Cards - Maximaphily: The Story with images. by Jesse F. Knight
While not well-known in the United States, maximum card creating and collecting is a popular hobby in other parts of the world, especially in Europe.
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What exactly is a maximum card? A maximum card consists of a postcard and a stamp tied together by a postmark. The postcard and the stamp should be similar, but not be exactly the same. The postmark should be appropriate to the stamp and postcard.
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The easiest way to learn about maximum cards is to look at an example. You might have a postcard--let's say--of Marilyn Monroe. You would obtain the Marilyn Monroe stamp that came out a couple of years ago. You put the stamp on the picture side of the postcard, so that collectors can see the connection between the stamp and postcard. Finally, you send the postcard with the stamp on it to a Post Office that is tied to Marilyn Monroe. This might be where the first day of issue is. It might be a city with which Monroe was connected. Or it might be the city in which she was born. In the case of Marilyn Monroe, Hollywood is an ideal postmark, for that is the scene of her famous work. It also happens to be where the FDI (First Day of Issue - aka: FDC; First Day Cancellation - aj) took place. ..."
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Jesse F. Knight
2148 Avenida de las Flores
Santa Clara, CA 95056-4148
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E-Mail: [email protected]
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.Maximum Cards at Maximaphily 's Home Page - by Itzhak Shdemati
A "Maximum Card is a Postage Stamp, Picture Postcard and Cancellation (Postmark), with Maximum Concordance between elements. Stamp is affixed on the picture side of the card."
email: [email protected]
note: they seem to be collected topically; site has links.
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.Yahoo! Clubs - Maximaphily
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.Lucian's Home Page - Maximaphily and Cartophily
[email protected]
Note: he offers awards for content
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site: http://www.vefur.is/postkort/about.html
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.and then there's Cartophily - Picture Postcard Collecting Resources Worldwide
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.Postcards from Iceland : About the collection (most found in-family i.e. at no $ cost)
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.Join The Internet Postcard and Antique Paper Collecting Club!
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NOTE: This program will only operate on Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0.
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StampTRAC will prepare collectors to be able to search the Internet electronically. It will also let them offer their collections to dealers via Linn's StampFinder.com site in a format that will allow them to download it and precisely evaluate how well it fits their needs. This assures collectors access to a much broader, competitive market when they need to sell.Many other future benefits will also be possible.
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