You put together some beautiful maxicards, Dorin. Heck, they're ALL beautiful.
Thank you, Craig!
However, my photobucket albums are meant to be a work in progress, to encourage others to experiment as well, as they wish. I don't want to show only "la crème de la crème", because it could be discouraging and off-putting for novices, in the absence of advice and encouragement.
So, NOT ALL are beautiful; some are so-so, some are pitiful, and some are downright ugly (maybe;...OK, I'm exaggerating). But they all are instructional, showing what worked and what didn't, in all those experiments. ==== Thomas Jefferson.
Last Edit: Jun 11, 2015 22:56:52 GMT -5 by Dorincard
Post by mourningdoves on Aug 29, 2018 22:02:52 GMT -5
Here's my 2¢, and a bargain at half the price!
I never even heard of maximaphily until I'd been in Postcrossing for a couple of years. It seems to be somewhat of a more European thing. Maybe the long tradition of first day covers in the United States, and the excellent cachets from Artcraft and places like that, crowded out the prospective audience for maximum cards here. Most FDCs I've seen from other countries simply haven't been as attractive as many American commercial covers - or independent cover artists, for that matter. Most European and Asian ones I've seen have had fairly mediocre designs on envelopes made of equally uninspired paper, so there was perhaps more room for a different type of paper collectible.
As a stamp collector, I collect stamps that have been postally used, through ones countries postal system. I can mount 20-30 stamps, on one page, in an album or vario style stock pages. So a binder can hold 1,000's of stamps.
Now if I collected maximum cards, I could only put one or two cards per page. A binder might hold at most 100-150 cards. If I wanted to have 1,000 cards, I would need 8-10 binders to hold them. So for me it would become a storage problem real quick, and why would you collect maximum cards if you don't display in some type of album. I collect local (New Orleans) covers, so I know how much room it takes up in one binder.
The main reason I would probably never collect maximum cards is that you put a mint stamp on a photo or postcard and then apply a fancy cancel. To me, the stamp was intended to be used to mail a letter. Maximum cards are not addressed and mailed, so it has no interest to me. On the other hand, a cover has been addressed, stamp attached and mailed. That has a lot more interest to me.
Kacyds, you bring 2 valid arguments: storage space, and the lack of postal circulation.
The storage space, for me, is just a quantitative aspect. I prefer to focus on collecting what I like, and that is a qualitative aspect. Even if I have to deal with the inconvenience of extra storage space needed.
I know that many people think that maxicards have (or should have) only philatelic use, and no postal use ever. Fancy cancels or just courtesy CDS. That is false. Nobody stops you from creating maxicards (traditional, or non-traditional), with a postally-valid postmark of some sort, in the process of really mailing that maxicard as a "postcard". I've done that many times, mailing to friends and partners from many continents, including Antarctica.
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