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Ireland Post Office Maxi-Card - Irish Horse Racing "The Racecourses"- issued 12th March 1996:
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Not mine as they were done for customers using cards they had sent to me, but mine until they pay me.... :wink:

James Bond stamp issue 17 March 2020

Sean Connery, Goldfinger, £1.60
Official United Artists card postmarked TOP SECRET, Vauxhall Cross, London SE1 (Location of The SIS Building or MI6 Building), or Blofield, Norwich [The Name's Bond, James Bond]

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James Bond The Legacy card by Bextree advertising a publication in 2002.
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On Her Majesty's Secret Service, George Lazenby - £1.60

a. United Artists card showing Big Ben, cancelled with London SW1 postmark depicting Big Ben
b. James Bond The Legacy card by Bextree advertising a publication in 2002, same postmark
c. United Artists card showing US poster (1969), Blofield, Norwich [The Name's Bond, James Bond] postmark.

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Live and Let Die, Roger Moore, £1.60

a. United Artists official card 1973 with Royal Mail Bureau postmark, "We've been expecting you"
b. United Artists official card 1973 showing US poster, Pinewood Road, Iver Heath postmark showing film reel.

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c. United Artists card 1973, Pinewood Road, Iver Heath postmark showing film reel.
d. James Bond The Legacy card by Bextree advertising a publication in 2002, Double-O_Seven Magazine, Lydd, Romney Marsh postmark showing cross-hairs.
e. Official United Artists card (1983) showing Japanese poster for Octopussy, Blofield, Norwich [The Name's Bond, James Bond] postmark.

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Timothy Dalton, The Living Daylights, 1st class

a. United Artists official card 1987 showing US poster, Double-O_Seven Magazine, Lydd, Romney Marsh postmark showing cross-hairs.
b. James Bond The Legacy card by Bextree advertising a publication in 2002, Iver Heath cross-hairs postmark.
c. DanJaq/UA card apparently issues as a promotional for the film (c) 1962, Blofield, Norwich [The Name's Bond, James Bond] postmark.

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A set of maxi cards with Belarusian medallists from 2012 Summer Olympics in London:
Raman Piatrushenka and Vadzim Makhneu, men's canoeing, K-2 200 m, silver medal
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Volha Khudzenka, Iryna Pamialova, Nadzeya Papok-Liapeshka and Maryna Pautaran-Litvinchuk, women's canoeing, K-4 500 m, bronze medal
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Iryna Kulesha, weightlifting, 75kg, bronze medal, disqualified in 2016 for steroids
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Women's rhythmic group all-around, silver medal
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Aliaksandra Herasimenia, swimming, women's 100 m and 50 m freestyle, silver medals
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Liubov Charkashyna, women's rhythmic individual all-around, bronze medal
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Andrei and Aliaksandr Bahdanovich, canoeing, men's C-2 1000 m, silver medal
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Maryna Shkermankova, weightlifting, women's 69 kg, bronze medal, disqualified in 2016 for steroids
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Sergei Martynov, shooting, men's 50 m rifle prone, gold medal
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Victoria Azarenka, tennis, women's singles, bronze medal
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Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi, tennis, mixed doubles, gold medal
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Barcelona 1992 Olympic stamp exhibition:

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Continuing with James Bond

Pierce Brosnan in Goldeneye (1st class)

a. Official United Artists card 1995, showing US movie poster, Blofield, "The Name is Bond..." postmark.
b. Official United Artists card 1995, Iver Heath crosshairs postmark.
c. James Bond The Legacy card by Bextree advertising a publication in 2002, same postmark.

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Daniel Craig, in Casino Royale 1st class


a. Odeon Cinemas promotional card 'Book Now', showing movie poster, Blofield, "The Name is Bond..." postmark.
b. United Artists official postcard 2006, with JB Bond Street, London postmark

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c. & d. Official United Artists promotional postcard in French, 2006. One with Blofield, "The Name is Bond..." postmark, and the other with Pinewood Road, Iver Heath postmark showing film reel.

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Stamps from James Bond miniature sheet

Sean Connery with Jet Pack - 1st class

a & b. United Artists official card 1965, Sean Connery in Thunderball, with Blofield, "The Name is Bond..." postmark, and with Pinewood Road, Iver Heath postmark showing film reel.

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Aston Martin DB5 - 1st class

Official United Artists card showing DB5 from Goldfinger (1964), postmarked Aston Clinton, Aylesbury.

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Lotus Esprit S1 "Wet Nellie" - £1.55

United Artists official card showing Lotus Esprit S1 "Wet Nellie" in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) with Pinewood Road, Iver Heath postmark showing film reel.

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"Little Nellie" Gyrocopter - £1.55

a. United Artists official card showing 'Little Nellie' in You Only Live Twice (1967) cancelled with Pinewood Road, Iver Heath postmark showing film reel.
b. United Artists official card showing US poster for You Only Live Twice (1967) cancelled with Pinewood Road, Iver Heath postmark showing film reel.

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I'm indebted to Norvic for arranging these for me and will add them here for posterity;
Roger Moore, Live & Let Die with Iver Heath cancel
Roger Moore, Live & Let Die with Iver Heath cancel
Timothy Dalton, The Living Daylights with Pinewood Road cancel
Timothy Dalton, The Living Daylights with Pinewood Road cancel
Piers Brosnan, Goldeneye with Blofield, Norwich cancel
Piers Brosnan, Goldeneye with Blofield, Norwich cancel
Sean Connery, Goldfinger with Blofield, Norwich cancel
Sean Connery, Goldfinger with Blofield, Norwich cancel
Daniel Craig, Casino Royale with Blofield, Norwich cancel
Daniel Craig, Casino Royale with Blofield, Norwich cancel
George Lazenby, On Her Majesty's Secret Service with Bond Street cancel
George Lazenby, On Her Majesty's Secret Service with Bond Street cancel
Daniel Craig, Skyfall with Aston Clinton cancel
Daniel Craig, Skyfall with Aston Clinton cancel
Lotus Esprit. The Spy Who Loved Me with Vauxhall Cross cancel
Lotus Esprit. The Spy Who Loved Me with Vauxhall Cross cancel
Little Nellie, You Only Live Twice with Vauxhall Cross cancel
Little Nellie, You Only Live Twice with Vauxhall Cross cancel
Bell-Textron Jet Pack, Thunderball with Vauxhall Cross cancel
Bell-Textron Jet Pack, Thunderball with Vauxhall Cross cancel
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Thanks Jon. As those were done way after the others and despatched quickly, I didn't remember to scan them.
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"The Fire in the Borgo" (detail) by the Italian artist Raphael, located in the Stanza dell'incendio del Borgo ("The Room of the Fire in the Borgo") in the Apostolic Palace, Vatican.

The Virgil's Aeneid tells that Aeneas carried his father, the elderly Anchises, and together with his son Ascancius they escaped from Troy, after it has been burned by the Greek army. Raphael, inspired by this scene, painted a group in the left foreground, made up of an old man on the shoulders of a young man, and a child escaping the fire.

Here are two maxicards show the complete painting and a detail from the painting. Both are affixed with stamps engraved by Vittorio Nicastro and issued by Italy on April 7, 1960 to publicize the International Year of the Refugee, cancelled with commemorative postmark issued for the Refugee year:

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Very nice. There was more interest in maximum cards then in Italy than there was in Britain, so we rarely got to see things like this.
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Good to see nice maxicards from other countries, too. Italy, Peru...
Not just Ian's great maxicards from UK.
Ian is busy now, but everybody else is welcome to also post in my Facebook group "Maximaphily, traditional and non-traditional".
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Berlin (Germany). Mies van der Rohe
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Barcelona (Catalonia), 2004. Park Güell porter's lodge. Antoni Gaudí, 1900-1914.
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Two Horse Racing Maximum Cards I made in 2002, each unique

Stamps issued 15 October 2002 Australia
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National First Day of issue postmark of Caulfield Victoria - Pictorial horse shoe
Postcard published by Osboldstone & Attkins, Melbourne, 1907
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Permanent pictorial postmark of Flemington, Victoria, first introduced 4th November 1986 (Melbourne Cup horse racing pictorial).
Date of postmark 4th November 2002 - Actual day of running of the 2002 Melbourne Cup
Postcard published by Sporting Gazette Co, c. 1912. Snowball Art series

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I like the use of the old equine cards, above!

A slightly older maxicard than most, if I may... Used "in period" this time, as Ian would say. ;)
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1912, 25th April (FDI). Re-erection of the St. Mark's Campanile in Venice. Italy, SG91-92.

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That is indeed very early. A great card in good condition. The use of two stamps is ok for this period.

The very earliest now accepted for maximum card collections and displays are probably Egyptian from the turn of the 19/20th century, when tourists posted view cards with the then current definitives showing the Sphinx or pyramids on the picture side.
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faro wrote:
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A slightly older maxicard than most, if I may... Used "in period" this time, as Ian would say.

Be very careful about these old maximum cards from Italy, Spain in particular, many are known forged (I will not name the main culprit still selling today in Europe). It is recommended that EXPERT certificates are gained for the postmarks if you intent to exhibit. A lot of sorry people have purchased these forgeries (not saying this is, I have no idea I am not a postmark expert).

From my collection - the oldest known maximum card (1894) with a decent size image on it (earlier dates exist with smaller images, however Prince Henry the Navigator has been well-regarded as the leader of the pack).

Key to value of a maximum card of this early vintage is also the concordance of the cancellation. The earliest maximum cards are basically official postal stationery (cards) uprated for international postage or other reasons.
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1894 Maximum Card Portugal 500th Birth Prince Henry the Navigator - Postmarked 14 March 1894 Porto (birthplace of Prince Henry Navigator)

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Very nice Palazzo and Henry early maxicards.
Please PM me about the forger. I'm curious.
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1894 Republic of San Marino world's first chromolithographic maximum card - Palazzo Pubblico with Captains Regent

Another from my collection. The postal card was uprated by 25 cents for registered international mail. The added stamp also depicts the Palazzo Pubblico (government building) as well as the new Captains Regent (Pietro Tonnini and Francesco Marcucci).
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1894 Maximum card - earliest known in full chromolithography - stamp issued 30 September 1894 / San Marino cancel 12 October 1894

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I would never have considered that to be a maximum card, nor the Henry the Navigator one. At least not by current definitions, nor even those for between the wars.

But I suppose if you stretch the current definitions and take into account what existed at the time in the way of picture postcards, the conditions are just about met.
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Bengal tiger maxicard.
Bengal tiger maxicard.
Bengal tiger maxicard, backside view.
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I would never have considered that to be a maximum card, nor the Henry the Navigator one. At least not by current definitions, nor even those for between the wars.

But I suppose if you stretch the current definitions and take into account what existed at the time in the way of picture postcards, the conditions are just about met.
There is no stretch - these are the most important (and expensive) maximum cards on the market. None would sell typically for less than US $300 each.

You have obviously never exhibited at FIP (International) level - without these older cards you will never get Gold level medals. Also, if you read the current rules, they are clearly defined as maximum cards (they were not under the older rules in the 2000s or earlier - but they have been changed since then to ensure their is no confusion.

The old 75% rule was abolished.

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3.2 The Picture Postcard
e. Old postcards can have an area for correspondence on the picture side. With the exception of these old postcards, the larger the picture the better.

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1895 Portugal Maximum Card - St Anthony of Padua preaching to the Fishes

Another from my collection:

Official 10r interior postal card uprated by 10r for international postage. Stamp has similar design of St Anthony Preaching to the Fishes.
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Postmark: 25 June 1895, (stamp issued 13 June 1895 and only valid up to 30 June 1895).

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Siberian tiger WWF maxicard.
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I would never have considered that to be a maximum card, nor the Henry the Navigator one. At least not by current definitions, nor even those for between the wars.
There is no stretch - these are the most important (and expensive) maximum cards on the market. None would sell typically for less than US $300 each.

You have obviously never exhibited at FIP (International) level - without these older cards you will never get Gold level medals. Also, if you read the current rules, they are clearly defined as maximum cards (they were not under the older rules in the 2000s or earlier - but they have been changed since then to ensure their is no confusion.

The old 75% rule was abolished.

GUIDELINES FOR JUDGING MAXIMAPHILY EXHIBITS
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3.2 The Picture Postcard
e. Old postcards can have an area for correspondence on the picture side. With the exception of these old postcards, the larger the picture the better.
There is so little interest in Maximum Cards in the UK that, although I am the UK's FIP Maximpahily Delegate, and have contributed to changes in the rules, my focus has been on modern ones, and what has to change in the light of postal authorities' increasing use of heavily copyrighted images which are sometimes difficult to get cards for, and for which there are often no fully concordant relevant postmarks. So I overlooked this historical and historic change.

There is no Maximaphily class at UK exhibitions. If there were, it ought to be possible to get a gold medal without going back to the 19th century, given that for most countries cards would not exist for the 19th century. If judges decide that anything without a 19th century card will be downgraded, that will disappoint many previous gold medal winners.

But I do know something about the subject:

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There is so little interest in Maximum Cards in the UK that, although I am the UK's FIP Maximpahily Delegate, and have contributed to changes in the rules, my focus has been on modern ones, and what has to change in the light of postal authorities' increasing use of heavily copyrighted images which are sometimes difficult to get cards for, and for which there are often no fully concordant relevant postmarks. So I overlooked this historical and historic change.

There is no Maximaphily class at UK exhibitions. If there were, it ought to be possible to get a gold medal without going back to the 19th century, given that for most countries cards would not exist for the 19th century. If judges decide that anything without a 19th century card will be downgraded, that will disappoint many previous gold medal winners.
100% agree with your comments. As a past FIP Maximaphily Delegate for Australia, and one of only a few who collected the class in this country (and one of only two known persons in the country who routinely made their own maximum cards), we suffer the same fate as the UK.

However you do need to better understand the FIP rules regarding rarity and importance. The age of the card will significantly add to rarity as these older maxi cards are rare and important (and mostly genuine postal history as well).

Also, using older vintage postcards to make modern maximum cards increases the rarity of the modern maximum card. It is easier to get modern cards, so how can they be rarer? Or, the postmark needs to be rarer as a postmark, or the postage stamp used a rarer stamp etc. However it is mostly the postcard and the age of the entire card that will drive this rarity and importance factor.

All Gold FIP medals in the maxi class have had 100% pre-1940 maxium cards in them (nothing modern at all).

And nations such as Australia, UK, New Zealand etc are ignorant how to judge maxi cards. For example, a regular FIP GOLD (and National Large Gold in countries who can judge properly), got a LARGE SILVER in a New Zealand National a few years back! Figure it. Good judging.

Similarly an exbhibit that I did studying the printer/designer of postcard used (the entire exhibit on old vintage postcards of two postcard publishers in France, including years pre-1940, but many of modern creations too), was judged VERMEIL at a New Zealand national (by the same incompetent and biased judges no doubt), despite me judging it as a National Gold (which it is).

One stupid judge's comment was "nothing rare to see here". He must have missed a lot, perhaps just walked by the frames. Perhaps at least one of the so-called judges should purchase the great French publication CATALOGUE DES CARTES MAXIMUM DE FRANCE 1901-2016 published by Yvert & Tellier to educate themselves on French maxi card rarity.
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My first experience of maximum card judges was positive (by good local judges). It got a National Large Vermeil and "best in show"!!!! I upgraded the same exhibit with 50% RARER maximum cards from an FIP GOLD medial exhibit (which only had pre-1940 maxi cards), and the exhibit went to LARGE SILVER due to an ignorant lead judge who preferred "thematic class" over maximaphily. Judge's hand written comment that I still have to this day was in effect: "don't waste your time on this childish class of maximaphily as it is not true philately, concentrate on thematics". Hmmmm that explains it.

Below is the first maximum card I ever made:
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1907 postcard by NSW Bookstall & Co, Australia; postmark Kangaroo Ground First day of use of new pictorial postmark.

The term TRIPLE is coined by collectors when the postmark, postcard, and postage stamp each have a clear pictorial connection.

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A beautiful vintage postcard ruined by some t**t putting a 1990's stamp and postmark on it.
Surely it's not hard to find a matching 1990's postcard of a kangaroo.
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A beautiful vintage postcard ruined by some t**t putting a 1990's stamp and postmark on it.
Surely it's not hard to find a matching 1990's postcard of a kangaroo.
Obviously someone who does not understand what true maximaphily is. Using old postcards to create modern maximum cards is the purest form there is, and the best of all creations! As both a postcard collector and maximum card collector/creator I appreciate where you are coming from. But each to his own.

And no, most modern postcards being GLOSSY are rubbish creations, and postmark ink does not adhere to them without first matting them with a spray - a terrible job.

Here is another I made to put a grin on your face:
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1907 postcard of Koala published by NSW Bookstall Co., artist Oskar Stahl; postmark First Day of Issue from Cowes Victoria (heart of COVID land). Australia's Koala Conservation Centre is in Cowes. Koala in pictorial postmark.

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Mr Billings seems to understand OK.
I do like your platypus card on another thread. Looks like a card you could have purchased at the sanctuary.
The Rising Fast card above is wrong. The horses are going the wrong way for Victoria.
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DRKKLP (Daryl K?), I agree with you very much. My friend Norvic also has his own valid points and merits. Nobody agrees 100% with anybody, in a detailed-enough discussion. Sure, Ubobo.R.O. has a very deltiologic standpoint ("don't ruin a vintage postcard"), but I prefer to create a UNIQUE maxicard (only 1 in the world), while that vintage postcard design might be left in a small (?) number of (identical or not) copies in the world. Maybe there are 100 copies, let's say, of that kangaroo vintage postcard. Of those 100, maybe 10 have been really circulated by mail, rendering each of them unique in appearance (postage, postmarks, writing). But on the picture side, only the maxicard by DRKKLP has been enhanced by a concordant stamp and pictorial postmark. I love it.
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In general unused vintage postcards are not particularly scarce due to the massive explosion in popularity in the first decade of the 20th century (a totally different world to the mid-1890s) and although someone might have to pay more for "pretty animal cards" I'd've thought an even larger number of those were printed and survived, now mostly unloved in bulk collections.

I don't know if it has been asked on this thread, but is it acceptable to use an already posted vintage card for such creations?

(aside) Point noted, above, about older forged cards existing.
The St. Mark's Campanile card above was in a small bundle of ~1910-20 Italian exhibition and air exhibition cards from an eBay seller breaking up old collections, although I'll admit those were probably put together over a period of time rather than "original owner" from differing inscriptions/old pricings. I'm not out of pocket either way.
The artwork - a reduced version of the poster art produced by Guido Marussig for the corresponding exhibition is very eye-catching.
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I did know about the earliest Egyptian cards, though, and a few years ago I embarrassingly bid an absurdly low amount on a very early example on eBay which it seemed no-one had spotted due to a poor description. Wrong.... and I'm sure the winner was well chuffed with their purchase for under a fiver (if I recall correctly).

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I did know about the earliest Egyptian cards, though, and a few years ago I embarrassingly bid an absurdly low amount on a very early example on eBay which it seemed no-one had spotted due to a poor description. Wrong.... and I'm sure the winner was well chuffed with their purchase for under a fiver (if I recall correctly).
The early Egyptian USED postcards are an example of early maximaphily and also they are postal history. BUT the place concordance is key. I have owned about 20 of these over the years. Some designs are far superior to others.

Below is NOT a maxi card, but a TCV only card.

TCV (French for timbre cote vue) signifies that the postage stamp was affixed to the picture side of the postcard (instead of the other side). They are maximum cards IF the postcard, stamp and postcard are in congruence. Thousands of old postcards (particularly French regions/countries) exist TCV. Only few are maximum cards.

Below from my collection was a TCV cancelled in Luxor, Egypt, so is not concordant and is NOT a maximum card.
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Here are several from Laos - Hunger Campaign - March 21, 1963:


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Here are the rest two from Laos - Hunger Campaign - March 21, 1963:

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The postmark on the PC is a commemorative applied in the first day of issue. Here it is in better resolution I scanned from a FDC:

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faro wrote:
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In general unused vintage postcards are not particularly scarce due to the massive explosion in popularity in the first decade of the 20th century (a totally different world to the mid-1890s) and although someone might have to pay more for "pretty animal cards" I'd've thought an even larger number of those were printed and survived, now mostly unloved in bulk collections.

I don't know if it has been asked on this thread, but is it acceptable to use an already posted vintage card for such creations?
1. While there was an explosion of postcards globally in the early 1900s, you need to assess it at a more granular level. The number issued in Australia (for instance) was a tiny fraction to the USA and Europe (due to population differences). Australia by definition has a lot rarer postcards as a result;

2. The large majority used were thrown in the bin as rubbish (just like letters were) over the years;

3. Finding NEAR MINT postcards (or harder sets) in Australia is VERY HARD to do (unlike in Europe and USA where it is much easier).

Below a maxi card I made of a very rare postcard that cost me AUD $150 back in the 1990s. I will be shot for showing it to the purist postcard collector (particularly if they follow AFL football in Australia).
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1996 Centenary of the AFL - postmark First Day of football, MCG East Melbourne where football is played - very rare postcard published by The Weekly Times, Melbourne, used in 1911. Postcard shows Collingwood player D.J. Ryan. Postage stamp depicts Collingwood colours.

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faro wrote:
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In general unused vintage postcards are not particularly scarce due to the massive explosion in popularity in the first decade of the 20th century (a totally different world to the mid-1890s) and although someone might have to pay more for "pretty animal cards" I'd've thought an even larger number of those were printed and survived, now mostly unloved in bulk collections.
I could not bring myself to "ruin" this set of 6 James Cook postcards by artist Charles Nuttall - although I could easily have done so this year with the 250th anniversary of Cook. Value these too much as postcards (as you rarely see them let alone complete a set), as I also collect postcards on James Cook - and in over 30 years have never found another set let alone singles for most. I know where a couple are in collections however.
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faro wrote:
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I did know about the earliest Egyptian cards, though, and a few years ago I embarrassingly bid an absurdly low amount on a very early example on eBay which it seemed no-one had spotted due to a poor description. Wrong.... and I'm sure the winner was well chuffed with their purchase for under a fiver (if I recall correctly).
Below one of several REAL maximum cards of Egyptian Pyramid and/or Sphinx from my collection:
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1905 Great Sphinx Cairo Maximum Card. Correct place concordance - Cairo.

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Asclepius (Roman: Aesculapius), son of Apollo and Coronis, is the god of healing in Greek and Roman mythologies. He represents the healing aspect of the medical arts, while his daughters represent the forces of cleanliness, medicine and healing. Asclepius was killed by Zeus's thunderbolt as a punishment for violating the natural order of the world by bringing the dead back to life.

Statue of Asclepius from the theatre of Caesarea (Cherchell), Algeria, Roman Civilisation, Archaeological Museum of Cherchell, issued for use in Algeria on April 3, 1955 to publicize the 30th Anniversary of the French medical congress held in Alger, Algeria:


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Statue of Asclepius from the theatre of Caesarea (Cherchell), Algeria, Roman Civilisation, Archaeological Museum of Cherchell, issued for use in Algeria on April 3, 1955 to publicize the 30th Anniversary of the French medical congress held in Alger, Algeria:
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This Algeria maxi card a very common one. Most in the 1950s-60s are quite common, the market really took off in Europe (and extended French regions in particular). You can pick up a lot of $1-$2 nice cards like this one over those 20 years.

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Tunis 1945 maximum card

This is about the time that organised exchange clubs took off, and the next 25 years maximum cards flooded the market. This card issued for anit-tuberculosis. It was made by the TOUT EXCHANGE CLUB (their cachet printed on reverse of postcard).
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This Algeria maxi card a very common one. Most in the 1950s-60s are quite common, the market really took off in Europe (and extended French regions in particular). You can pick up a lot of $1-$2 nice cards like this one over those 20 years.
Thanks for your comment. I personally enjoy the beauty of an item and the message on it, regardless it cost 1$ or 1000$ or 100000$. Real philately, IMO, is not collecting expensive items and show them in exhibitions (like several collectors I know), but enjoying and learning each item in your collection.

In this particular PC, the stamp, the photo and the postmark, all three show Aesculapius, hence it is a real Maxicard that could be exhibited in exhibitions.

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