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Three older pictures on smaller cards, however I think these are quite recent repros.

Showing the South Front, non-pictorial postmark.

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Showing the Pond Garden but here described as the Dutch Garden, postmark showing the Tudor Rose.

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Showing the East Front, postmark showing the royal heraldic lion.

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A couple of Australian Items I recently aquired

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As the search system on this board cannot find images, we do try to add descriptions to any pictures so that they can be located.
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For this week's Captain Cook Voyages issue.

Life on Raiatea, Boathouse and canoes (Society Islands) stamp on British Library card - John Webber, 'View of the harbour of Huaheine' 1777.

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Maori Cliff-top Fort stamp on British Library card - Sydney Parkinson, 'A Perforated Rock in New Zealand' (Tolaga Bay) 1769.

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No arches left when we visited two years ago.

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A recent Australian one, issued on 18th August 2018, to celebrate the 26th consecutive race win by Winx, currently rated the best racehorse in the world:
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Third stamp from the Captain Cook Voyages miniature sheet showing the Endeavour in Endeavour River, Australia. British Library card.

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James Cook portrait card (postmarked Shadwell, London) and Cook Memorial Whitby card (postmarked Captain Cook Society, Whitby) with 1st class stamp.

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Chief Mourner 2nd class stamp: no appropriate pictorial postmark, so first day Plymouth used.

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Sir Joseph Banks 2nd class stamp on giant card from National Museum of Canberra, again with Plymouth FDoI postmark.

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Why do YOU think that maximaphily isn't more popular, worldwide?
Do you have any suggestion for making it more attractive to stamp collectors/philatelists, deltiologists and others?
See my 5 groups at Facebook where I am admin/founder. The main one is https://www.facebook.com/groups/maximaphily/

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If you are asking me specifically I would offer the following suggestions at random, off the top of my head.

1. Most collectors do not even know that it is possible.

2. Most collectors collect stamps, not covers/cards etc.

Of the collectors that do know about maximum cards.

3. Many don't know that they can produce them themselves. So many postal authorities have produced sometimes spurious products that masquerade as maximum cards they think that these are the only ones.

4. Many don't know that there are, for some stamp issues, many different relevant postmarks that could be used, and if they do they don't know how to get them.

5. Many serious collectors don't realise that maximum cards can be included in at least some competitive exhibits, eg thematics.

And those that do know that they exist, how to produce them, and how to get any of the variety of special pictorial postmarks....

6. Are put off by the preponderance of commercial subjects for which cards are not cheap.

7. Have no access to sources of cheaper cards - and I mean 10c/p-30c/p cards from boxes of 'common' cards at postcard fairs or junk shops (also a good source of postal history, but that's another subject!)

8. Find it difficult to obtain small quantities of cards by mail order from producers and outlets. [I need a replacement British Museum card for the one shown earlier that had the postmark applied inverted - no reply to a letter sent to BM after 2 weeks.]

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9. Because of the issue of stamps on commercial subjects there are fewer relevant pictorial postmarks because rights holders will not allow (or charge excessively) for the use of any relevant imagery or wording, and postmark sponsors will not pay now that the overall market for FDCs etc is down.

10. In countries which don't have a long history of maximum card production (ie outside of some European Countries and the USA) there are countries with no organised [branch of the] national philatelic organisation and no specialist society for maximum card collectors, so nobody to turn to for help and advice.

Written from the UK perspective but some or all points probably apply elsewhere as well.
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Excellent comments, Ian!
See my 5 groups at Facebook where I am admin/founder. The main one is https://www.facebook.com/groups/maximaphily/

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dorinco wrote:Excellent comments, Ian!
And you can see how little interest there is here, by how few people post actually created (rather than PO produced) cards. And nobody commented on your question.
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Royal Mail's latest Post and Go (machine-vended) stamps showing mail transport, issued on 12 September 2018 are Mail by Bike (description and image of all of them).

Postcards for some of these aren't easy to find, but I managed to produce four.

First the Pentacycle or 'Hen and Chickens' (also called the Centre-cycle). 1981 postcard from Midlands Postal Board with a pentacycle at Gladstone Pottery Museum. Postmark Horsham, which was the only relevant postmark.*
The Parcel Tricycle of 1897, card produced by the South Eastern Postal Region in 1982. Generic Preston postmark showing spoked wheel.

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Two cards for the motorcycle, the BSA Bantam 125cc from 1965. First card advertises the Telegraph Messenger Service, published by Richard Blake. Second card is a National Postal Nuseum card from 1996*. Special Stampex Mail by Bike First Day of Issue postmark.

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The following day the Set of 6 for the Centenary of the First World War was issued. I didn't do any Poppy stamps this year as I have a large number, and I can do some more on remembrance day in November. But I had this oversize card depicting the painting by Payl Nash We are Making a New World, as depicted on one of the £1.55 stamps. The Peacehaven postmark stands out well.

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A pair of maxi-cards from Australian Antarctic Territory:
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USA weightlifting maximum card for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games:
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norvic wrote:
dorinco wrote:Excellent comments, Ian!
And you can see how little interest there is here, by how few people post actually created (rather than PO produced) cards. And nobody commented on your question.
Nobody, except you, Ian!
But that only means that my question did not reach or motivate the few maximaphilists in the world, to have them express their opinion.
I always feel we could promote better.
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2019 has been a very difficult year for making Maximum Cards for GB stamps.

We started with the Stamp Classics - stamp on stamp issue not even including the 1d black, for which cards do exist.

The Leonardo da Vinci stamps were not very exicting, although one of my customers found two cards which I serviced. Not much opportunity with cancels either.

Then we moved on to Marvel Comics - cards exist, indeed there are boxes of 100, but they are mostly comic covers and cluttered. Again, not much opportunity to produce from commonly found cards.

So we come to Birds of Prey, ten different hawks and raptors for which many cards exist - though some subjects are much more plentiful than others. Text from Royal Mail's publicity stuff.

1st Class: White-tailed EagleHaliaeetus albicilla
This very large eagle catches fish or sea birds with a low, slow approach, dropping its feet into the water to snatch the prey and then taking it to shore. These eagles were persecuted to extinction by 1918, but in 1975 a release programme was started on Rùm in Scotland. The population in Scotland is now around 60 breeding pairs, with over 200 adult birds. Since eagles readily feed on carrion, they get blamed for killing animals they are unlikely to kill. The financial benefit to Scotland from tourists coming to photograph these stunning birds is
approximately £5 million a year.

No publisher on the card but a museum is mentioned, which sort of confirms the idea that this young female example is stuffed.

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The second stamp shows the Merlin but neither I nor my customers found Merlin cards, so we move to the Hobby.

1st Class: HobbyFalco subbuteo
Larger than the merlin, this little falcon migrates to the UK from Africa in the spring to breed. With its long, sickle-shaped wings, it resembles a giant swift and is incredibly nimble in flight. Feeding on dragonflies and other insects, the hobby is often seen near large bodies of water. It nests using abandoned crows’ nests, and during the breeding season it hunts for swallows and swifts to feed its young. Once the young are able to fly and can hunt for themselves, hobbies migrate with the swallows back to Africa.
I particularly like the first card from the Swiss Nature Protection League.
The second is a UK card published by J Arthur Dixon, and the third is from the Cornish Birds of Prey Centre.

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Next is the Buzzard - Buteo buteo
By the 1970s, the common (or Eurasian) buzzard was rare in the UK other than in the far west. Since then, however, there has been a huge increase thanks to more nesting areas and to rabbits surviving myxomatosis, and buzzards are now breeding in every county. Buzzards are usually seen on fine days soaring and calling, with a mewing cry, or sitting on poles, on fences by roads or on the ground, particularly when ploughed in the winter.
They scavenge roadkill, which can cause them traffic injuries, or feed on insects on the ground. There is enormous colour variation in this species, from almost all cream to very dark brown.


We're lucky enough to see these sometimes from the window of Norvic Towers , which is why I keep binoculars i the office and a long-lens camera handy. First card is from Station ornithologique suisse de Sempac, the second from Gérard Schmitt photos.

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Golden Eagle - Aquila chrysaetos
The golden eagle prefers remote moorlands and mountains in Scotland, usually nesting on cliff ledges. It soars over the Highlands, catching rabbits, hares and birds with its very powerful feet. It also consumes carrion, in some areas being reliant on dead animals during the winter. Golden eagles pair for life. Of the two eggs that the female lays, one chick rarely survives, the other fledging at about three-and-a-half months. Juveniles have a mottled white and brown tail with a black band, which turns brown over the years. The golden feathers that give
this eagle its name are on the head and the neck.

Vertical card from WWF Scotland, second from Natuurlijkefoto, and last from Chateau de Kintzheim, Alsace.

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One of the commonest birds of prey seen in Britain, though now being rivalled in some parts by the Buzzard and Red Kite, is the Kestrel - Falco tinnunculus
Once the UK’s most common raptor, observed hovering by roads and motorways, this falcon has seen a decrease of 40 per cent over the past two decades. A key reason for the decline is the lack of sufficient nest sites and suitable grasslands for hunting. Kestrels are characterised by a beautiful chestnut-red colour over their bodies. The female has a red tail with bars, while the adult male has a grey head and grey tail with a black band at its tip. These birds are best known for hunting mice and voles by hovering, often descending in stages to drop on their prey.
Probably due to its widespread range there have been readily available postcards for years, not only here but internationally. First card from Station ornithologique suisse de Sempach, vertical one J Arthur Dixon Collectacard, third from The Independent newspaper, last from Cornish Birds of Prey Centre.

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One that is not seen as often is the GoshawkAccipiter gentillis
This aggressive, forest-dwelling hunter was probably extinct as a breeder until the middle of the 20th century. Its wing shape allows it to twist and turn through trees, and its long legs and powerful feet are well suited to hunting birds and mammals up to the size of a hare, with a short, often surprise attack. Adults are grey and white, with fine horizontal bars on the breast, while juveniles are brown, with vertical brown stripes. Goshawks build large stick nests and lay up to four eggs. The parents are vocal in the spring, when they can sometimes be seen soaring high in good weather.
First two cards from Swiss League for the Protection of Nature, vertical one from 'Birds of the Forest', French publisher 1979, and the last one a painting by Anna Kirk-Smith, Frampton Fen, Lincolnshire.

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The next stamp in the set (I'll show them all at the end) is the SparrowhawkAccipiter nisus. This is very common in the countryside: we've had one drinking from our bird bath and I followed another down a country lane for 200 yards at around 25 mph, but surprisingly I couldn't find any cards!

So we come to the Red Kite Milvus milvus, which is one of the big success stories and we see these here as well. If you are in the west midlands or mid-wales I would recommend a visit to https://www.gigrin.co.uk/ farm near Rhayader.
By 1903, red kites had been persecuted close to extinction, with the last few remaining in the mountains of Wales, when a farmer started to feed them. Now, with four feeding stations, there are 900 pairs in Wales. There have been very successful translocation programmes in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, so kites are now seen soaring together in many places. Long wings, a long, forked tail and red colour make the red kite easy to identify. These birds are mainly scavengers, feeding on roadkill and animal remains. They have small feet for their body size, which limits the prey they can catch.
First vertical card, Collectacard by J Arthur Dixon, close-up from the Hawk Conservancy Andover, third (vertical) card from National Museum of Wales, two sky-shots from Zazzle, and the nest shot is a Judges of Hastings card.

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I also took the opportunity, with so many cards available, to go back to this stamp from 2007, here on a Zazzle card.
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Lastly, the Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus
Brought to low numbers by pesticides in the middle of the 20th century, the peregrine has recovered dramatically. Many peregrines are now urban birds, nesting on cathedrals, other tall buildings and bridges. Probably the fastest living creature, the peregrine hunts birds up to the size of large gulls, almost always on the wing. It has a short tail and long, pointed wings. The juveniles are brown, while the adults have a grey-blue back. In the UK, these birds are sedentary, but peregrines in other areas can be migratory, and they are the most widely spread raptors worldwide.
First and last cards unknown publisher 1999, second card Gérard Schmitt France, and third card Fondo Natural Avila Portugal.

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And the full set of birds stamps

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Norvic wrote:The next stamp in the set (I'll show them all at the end) is the SparrowhawkAccipiter nisus. This is very common in the countryside: we've had one drinking from our bird bath and I followed another down a country lane for 200 yards at around 25 mph, but surprisingly I couldn't find any cards!
Slightly embarrassing to open another post-holiday packet on my desk and find some more cards, including the Sparrowhawks sent by my customer in France.
This little hawk is most commonly seen in gardens catching small birds. Its defining features are very long, thin legs and yellow eyes. Males are tiny in comparison to females. Both hunt birds, but females can take birds up to the size of a pigeon. The Sparrowhawk is often blamed, wrongly, for the demise of small birds, while in fact it is cats, cars, windows and pesticides that are responsible. Sparrowhawks build a stick nest and rear up to five young. The young grow swiftly and become independent by the age of 14 weeks, although only about a third
survive their first year.


Vertical card is printed in Germany but publisher not clear; final one looks like Zazzle but is from Singart, Singapore on a creative commons licence, and the middle one is a J Arthur Dixon card published by John Hinde.

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There were also a couple more Golden Eagle cards, the vertical one from Phil Banks Photography, and the horizontal from Jarrold Publishing, Norwich.

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Captain Cook 45c stamp maxi-card from Australia '99 World Stamp Exhibition, issued 19th March 1999:
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Australia Post 2019 ANZAC Day issue:
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The idea of the souvenir booklets & programmes in the stamp design is novel & uplifting from the drudgery of war. However, I am not sure that I like the angled designs. To me it makes the stamps & cards look crooked. I think it would have been better shown straight. :)
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Bicentenary of the Birth of Queen Victoria - Great Britain stamps.

1st Class Head and shoulders portrait of Queen Victoria by Baron Heinrich Von Angeli in 1890
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From the miniature sheet - the Royal Albert Hall

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Balmoral Castle, Scotland - as you can probably guess from the style, some of these cards are pre-WW1 or between the wars.

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Also from the miniature sheet, London's Crystal Palace. No pictorial postmark, but the Victorian Engineers postmark seemed appropriate. Again, many of the cards are early or mid-20th century.

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A final Queen Victoria card

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Some D-Day cards

French Arromanches card with Gold Beach stamp, postmark Portsmouth Operation Overlord

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French 'A Century of Events' card with Sword Beach stamp, same postmark.

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Canadian Infantry on Juno Beach (unknown publisher), Juno stamp, same postmark.

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The queen Victoria card is beautiful!!

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Thank you Girish, some more arrived today.

The Royal Family, with 1859 portrait on £1.35 stamp - profile postmark, Windsor

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1846 Portrait by Winterhalter on porcelain. Same stamp and postmark.
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Portrait by Hayter 1863 on a work of 1838. Oil. Same stamp and postmark. This card is actually oversize but because the others were not dumbed down by Imgur to fit SB size, it appears smaller.


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I posted this in a wildings thread, but it would also fit here...
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Beautiful maxim cards indeed, takes a lot of patience, efforts and time!! I like the Queen Victoria portrait maxim card, beautifully designed, the stamps are so well designed!!

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ViccyVFU wrote:I posted this in a wildings thread, but it would also fit here...
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Absolutely, and although not from a location associated with the coronation, she is the Queen of the UK and Harrow is in the UK.... At that time the very idea of a maximum card was in its infancy in the UK and this was probably done simply as a souvenir - and against regs at the time I should think.
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Nothing from Curious Customs and not many from the Forests - all from Westonbirt Arboretum. These are the first two which should have been cancelled with the official FDoI handstamp for Westonbirt, Tetbury, but RM made a mistake and used the FDoI Tallents House Edinburgh. (No more cards like this, so they will have to do.)

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ViccyVFU wrote:I posted this in a wildings thread, but it would also fit here...
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That's stunning!

I've not come across maxi cards before and I really like them! I'm trying to resist collecting yet another thing, but....!! The more I look at this thread, the more I think I am missing out, especially looking at some of the superb ones that Norvic is posting - the D-Day ones are beautiful.

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Following the earlier Forest stamps post I received some more Westonbirt cards from a friend, so I was able to get them cancelled with the Westonbirt postmark. Because the cards are 'busy', and the lines on the postmark are thin, this is not too easy to see on some of them.

The first shows the Silk Wood, and the other three the Acer Glade in the Old Aboretum. All the photos are by Graham Light https://www.abbey-studios.co.uk

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Which goes to show that anything that New England can do in the fall old England can do it as well, albeit in smaller proportions.
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The latest issue is Royal Navy Ships with plenty of variety in the airmail rates including Europe. You can see details here. There are 8 stamps but I didn't have time to look for cards other than those I already had. HMSs Victory, Warrior and the Mary Rose are easy to get because they are all in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard as museum ships, although Victory is the Flagship of the First Sea Lord and Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command is the oldest commissioned warship in the world.

So starting with the 1st class Mary Rose, a card published by Salmon of Sevenoaks. The Portsmouth postmark reproduces the ship as shown on the stamp.

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£1.35 HMS Victory. Victory was always a popular attraction at Portsmouth and postcards were produced in Edwardian times when she was still afloat. This card shows a couple of tenders tied alongside: I have another one with one of the earliest submarines alongside. This card has the date 2/3/18 written on the back - 101 years old!

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A very common standard-size card of Victory in the dock where she remains today. Published by Photo Precision Ltd of St Ives under the Colourmaster brand [PØR658], probably around from the 50s, definitely the 60s.

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A National Maritime Museum card showing Victory at Sea from 1793, the same painting that was used (slightly cropped) for the stamp.

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This National Maritime Museum card shows the Battle of Trafalgar by J M W Turner.

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Another card which has the same painting as the stamp is this one of HMS Warrior (on a £1.55 stamp)produced by the Warrior Preservation Trust.

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A further card from the Trust which is a photograph 'taken before 1864 at Plymouth'. England's first and last battleship. I clipped the image in scanning, the postmark is entirely on the card.

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A tourist card from J Arthur Dixon (PHA26779) posted in 1994, and reused.

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A collector card (not a postcard but who cares) from the National Maritime Museum showing HMS Dreadnought - £1.35 stamp. The photo shows her as flagship of the Home Fleet in 1907.

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This is one of Benham's silks produced for the 1982 Maritime Heritage stamp set. I believe it shows Dreadnought, but can't be sure. I think it was paired with the 26p stamp at the time which showed Lord Fisher and Dreadnought.

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Latest cards utilise the Cricket World Cup stamps. There aren't any postcards from the events of course, but Lord's Cricket Ground produces some.

A Men's 1st class stamp on a card showing an unidentified match with the old Pavilion built in 1889.

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A Women's 1st class stamp on a card howing an unidentified match with the JP Morgan Media Centre built in 1999 for the previous competition held in England.

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Lastly, I found a suitable card for the Alice in Wonderland stamps issued a while back, and had this one postmarked in Oxford "Discover the places that inspired Charles Lutwidge Dodgeson (aka Lewis Carroll) in 1862 to write the enchanting story." The card illustration is by Sir John Tenniel (1911).

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It's too long since the stamps were issued to be considered as 'good' by purists, but it will do for me!
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Amazing!!!
norvic wrote:Classic Toys - 22 August 2017. Only found cards for three of the stamps: the Teddy Bear (Merryweather on stamp), Meccano, and Horny Railways. Most of the cards are from the Brighton Toy and Model Museum, some from Robert Opie. Bears are postmarked Teddington, Trains Toys Hill Edenbridge, and with no Meccano-related postmark, they have the Edinburgh FDoI handstamp.

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Aladeral, can you show us, please,
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Australia - 50th Years of the Trans Continental Railway - issued 11th February 2020:
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One of the best Maxi-cards produced by Australia Post for sometime.
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Australia - Word of Sport - issued 4th February 2020:
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Richie Benaud - Cricket
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Reg Gasnier - Rugby
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Les Murray - Soccer
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Jack Dyer, Bob Davis & Lou Richards (aka the 3 Wise Monkeys) - AFL Football
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The issue shows the famous sporting commentators for these sports. The postmark of "Balwyn" doesn't show too well on the cards. But why Balwyn? Is this a reference to the Skyhooks song "Balwyn Calling".
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Ireland Post Office Maxi-Card - Irish Horse Racing "The Racecourses"- issued 12th March 1996:
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Ireland Post Office Maxi-Card - Irish Horse Racing "The Racecourses"- issued 12th March 1996:
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Ireland Post Office Maxi-Card - Irish Horse Racing "The Racecourses"- issued 12th March 1996:
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Ireland Post Office fdc - Irish Horse Racing "The Racecourses"- issued 12th March 1996:
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