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Head-dress of Kwambi woman, issued for use in South West Africa on May 25, 1984:

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I hope this one qualifies particularly as the fdi postmark is 11 months after the actual date of issue the 5th July 1978:
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Nice maxi-cards and interesting use of the gutter pair on a PHQ.

Stamp placement could have been better IMO

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May 2010 -Set of 4 Great Australian Train Journeys - Great Southern Rail - the famous Ghan travelling through the Macdonnell Ranges

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my latest attempt :D :mrgreen: , could not resist-

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and two more, the cancellation not so clear as background also grey and the stamp pad just had to run out of ink :evil:

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--------------and the third one ,

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what are your thoughts?

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Girish

They are stunning, particularly the first one !

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Very nice trio - excellent maxicards. No 1 is stunning

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GB 1979 Maxi-card, British Police Force - Mounted Police
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A printing shift resulted in "Printed at The House of Questa London England" being printed at the top of card as shown below, instead of the bottom of the card as shown above.
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BigSaint wrote:I hope this one qualifies particularly as the fdi postmark is 11 months after the actual date of issue the 5th July 1978:
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As you probably know, it doesn't qualify under FIP rules because the card depicts the stamp, and not a horse. Cards depicting stamps with face value, perforations, and country name (head) are not permitted in FIP exhibitions or competitions.
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GB 1979 Maxi-card, British Police Force - Mounted Police
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A printing shift resulted in "Printed at The House of Questa London England" being printed at the top of card as shown below, instead of the bottom of the card as shown above.
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Again, not a maxi-card, as the stamps are on the wrong side. And only one stamp should be used unless it is part of a pair or strip with composite picture.

The gold medal one above is also not a maximum card as it is not on a postcard, just a postcard-sized collectable card.
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Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia), superb maxicard from Kyrgyz Express Post, Kyrgyzstan, 19-20 Mar 2015.
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That maxicard was sent to me as a "postcard", without envelope, really circulated by mail, on 25 Oct 2016.
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Absolutely stunning (and inventive in Girish's case) Tigers and leopard maxi cards in the several posts above.

Love to mix these in with stamps, covers, FDC etc in a collection. Helps tell a story....and looks good.....
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:mrgreen: Beautiful Cards!!!. Here are some of my Pengüin collection

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Brad :)[/quote]
Again, not a maxi-card, as the stamps are on the wrong side. And only one stamp should be used unless it is part of a pair or strip with composite picture.

The gold medal one above is also not a maximum card as it is not on a postcard, just a postcard-sized collectable card.[/quote]

This information is very interesting, as I was never quite sure of the difference between a Maxi card and Royal Mail's PHQ cards. If you could answer one query I now have.
Does a Maxi card have to be an officially released postcard, or can any appropriately themed card be used with a std FDI cds?.

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Nigel.C wrote:This information is very interesting, as I was never quite sure of the difference between a Maxi card and Royal Mail's PHQ cards. If you could answer one query I now have.
Does a Maxi card have to be an officially released postcard, or can any appropriately themed card be used with a std FDI cds?.
Scroll through some of the other images on this thread; to qualify for FIP exhibition and competition a maxi card should be a post card commercially available before the issue of the stamps, although in recent years the requirement has been relaxed for maximum-cards issued as serviced by postal administrations, such as the many Australian ones shown. The point is, these are produced in thousands: the best maximum cards ought to be unique or produced in very small numbers. PHQ cards are not valid as maximum cards.

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Thanks Norvic. Exactly the info I needed, and this encourages me to start collecting and producing Maxi cards for myself.

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Nigel.C wrote:Thanks Norvic. Exactly the info I needed, and this encourages me to start collecting and producing Maxi cards for myself.
That's great - we need more producers in the UK, especially if you produce duplicates to sell or exchange.

The big difficulty is in knowing the subjects of stamps far enough in advance to acquire the postcards in time for the stamp issue date. For example I know of an ideal set in the spring for which some cards will be readily available - though not all. But you are unlikely to see any publicity for these stamps until 2-4 weeks before the issue date, or perhaps even closer. Makes life difficult, and the embargo on disclosing subjects is something about which I have an ongoing discussion with Royal Mail. They also need to update the Postmark Bulletin - I have provided detailed copy which will be ideal, but it hasn't yet been included.
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On Xmas eve, Catalan children knock the Christmas Log (that we call "tió"), so it "fouls" gifts to them.

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In 2013, the town of Ripoll (North of Catalonia) was Catalan culture capital. This TMax shows the two giants (big puppets) named after two Catalan rulers of the IX century: Count Guifré the Hairy and Countess Guinedell.

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it's been a while since I was able to produce anything worthwhile for this thread, and it has been a struggle for the latest - Ancient Britain - issue. Finding cards for some of the subjects of the stamps was impossible, and although some may be available from the British Museum they failed to call me back so often that I gave up. So, from the top of the country .....

Skara Brae Village, Neolithic – 1st Class
LOCATION: Bay of Skaill, Orkney Islands, Scotland
An example of an extremely early settlement is Skara Brae on Orkney. Unlike in many other parts of the UK, by the third millennium BC there were few trees on Orkney and stone was therefore the building material of choice (which of course can survive for millennia). Today 8 recognisable houses remain, the earliest dating from around 3200BC. Fashioned in stone are beds, shelves and storage containers, around a central hearth. Prominent in each home is a ‘dresser’ made of flagstones. The inhabitants used beautifully decorated Grooved Ware pottery and had a rich material culture of worked stone and bone. Their diet was based on domesticated crops, wild plants, fish, seabirds and the products from sheep, goats, pigs and cattle. Skara Brae is part of the 'Heart of Neolithic Orkney' UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Avebury Stone Circles, Neolithic, £1.33
LOCATION: Avebury, Near Marlborough, Wiltshire, England PUBLIC ACCESS: National Trust and English Heritage
With a more settled lifestyle came changes to how society was organised, and perhaps also religious beliefs. With food surpluses it was possible to organise people’s labour away from subsistence activities. From around 3000BC saw the building of large monuments in the UK, either earthworks or the more familiar circles of stones and standing stones. One of the most impressive and one of the largest in Europe is at Avebury in Wiltshire. Building commenced in around 2500BC there are a total of three circles and avenues of standing stones plus associated earthworks.Four entrances give access to the flat central space some 350m (383yd) across which once contained a series of stone structures, comprising 98 unworked pillars of local sarsen stone. Within there were two further circles. The southern circle of 29 pillars surrounded a single standing stone or obelisk. The northern circle of 27 pillars surrounded a ‘cove’ of three massive uprights forming the sides of a box-like structure open to the northeast. The massive earthworks possibly served to contain powerful spirits while providing a grandstand from which to observe ceremonies inside the henge. At least two of the entrances link with stone-lined avenues defining pathways out into the landscape that connect Avebury with nearby monuments and the River Kennet. The Neolithic sites of Avebury and Stonehenge are in a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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A useful by-product of Royal Mail issuing an unnecessary £5 definitive to mark the 65th anniversary of The Queen's Accession was a postmark of Buckingham Palace, enabling me to create two more Buckingham Palace maximum cards. One shows the more or less current view, whilst the turn-of-the-century picture matches the stamp showing the 1862 view.

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The latest stamp issue from Great Britain (15 February 2017) featured interior and exterior views of Windsor Castle and, on the miniature sheet, St George's Chapel.

Windsor Castle external view cards are quite common, although the interiors and St George's Chapel interiors are more difficult to find at reasonable prices. For this issue there were a number of attractive postmarks, at least for the external views.

1st class - The Norman Gate (1920s Tuck card)

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1st class - The Round Tower (Edwardian undivided back card

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Round Tower stamp on long views, from Home Park (sepia) and from the Bridge (grey), both Valentines Cards.

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Two more views from the river, with the Round Tower stamps.

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Two modern cards showing the Round Tower - by Kardorama and J Arthur Dixon (sentry)

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Finally for this post, a couple of aerial views (by Charles Skilton and by Pitkin) using the Long Walk stamp and related postmark.

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Now St George's Chapel; only the first of these is mine the others were done for clients.

£1.33 St George's Cross Roof Boss with postmark showing similar design to the stamp on Valentines card.

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£1.33 Garter Banners stamp with same postmark on various cards published by Salmon, Pictorial Stationery, and unstated. (The Salmon, at the end is surely the best of these!)

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From the interior views, the £1.52 St George's Hall, colour card by Raphael Tuck and J Russell & Sons.

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£1.52 The Queen's Ballroom (Pitkin card)

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£1.52 the Waterloo Chamber
locally produced by J Pickett of Windsor.

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Lastly, some views of the 1st class Long Walk. Modern cards show what might be regarded as a 'sensible' view of this (as on the stamp), whereas some of the Edwardian cards tended to show a 'logical' view - a very long walk with a virtually invisible castle in the far distance! And yet they are still valid as maximum cards. The Stengel card (#4) is an undivided back, so dates back to well before World War 1.

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Norvic - Thanks for all the posts. You have really helped me find out how to actually create original maxi cards. I looked at the future releases for GB and will start getting cards together now!

As for the "big" debate over what really is a maxi card, I think Dorin is awesome. I just like to collect cards with stickers that match, are related or somehow tie in. Personally I like the ones that are exactly the same stamp/card too! For me it is about enjoyment.

Positive comments are what is needed, even if you are a purist. Maybe we could start another thread for those of us who are not so serious and just want to dable. Then use this one for purist cards (or cards we all want to see how they rate up to the official rules)?

I am learning a lot! One of my Postcrossing friends told me you guys could help me with maximums and he was right!

Thanks all!

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Hi, Sassyreader from UK, originally from Texas!

So, I was right about Norvic being, by far, your best man for UK maximaphily info.
I was also right about recommending you this wonderful thread on stampboards.com - the best online thread for maximaphily discussions.

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Ripoll, Catalonia, XII century Romanic porch. Using a commercial postcard and the town postmark.

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My very first original maximum! (well that is for you guys to judge if it actually fits the bill, I think I am at least very close)

Let me know guys! :-) To bad they stamped it right on the Queen's head - boo.

Thanks!

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It's good! Sure, for the purist there are some things that could be better. Is the date relevant? The Buckingham Palace permanent postmark might have been better (#4666). With the 'changeable-date' postmarks you have to have the date in the same position, so other than putting the postmark alongside on the right, then you could do no more.

If you want the postmark in a particular place, send a sketch showing the card, the stamp, and the postmark - might as well write the postmark number on the sketch as well.
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A set of 6 postcards was produced by The Postal Museum to coincide with the issue of the Post and Go 'Mail by Rail' stamps. As such, the cards were not 'produced and for sale well in advance of the stamp sale', although they were not produced specifically for the P&G Issue.

1. Artwork from the leaflet The Travelling Post Office (1936), with Bag-exchage Apparatus stamp, and Penrith postmark.
6. Internal poster advertising the need for good timekeeping (1962), with TPO On The Move stamp, and Station Road, York, postmark.

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2. Artwork for a poster (1939) showing the Post Office London Underground Railway, with stamp showing similar view, postmarked Underground Mail Rail London WC1

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3. A poster for the film Night Mail (1939), with stamp showing the same design, and Royal Mail Street Birmingham postmark showing Bag-exchange Apparatus.

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4. Euston Station: Loading the Travelling Post Office (1948), with stamp showing the same design, and Royal Mail Heritage postmark showing TPO carriage.

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5. Travelling Post Office (1935) showing onboard sorting, with stamp of similar design, and Penrith postmark.

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A maxicard for the 100th Birthday issue of JFK, prepared by Jack Ginsburg of Great Fdcs, Springfield, Virginia.
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