Maximum Cards.

The Fundamentals of Philately defines maximum cards as "Pictorial postcards, pre-dating or reasonably contemporary with but not produced specifically for the purpose, duplicating the design of the stamp, with the stamp affixed to the pictorial side and cancelled with a postal marking relating as closely as possible to the picture. Some latitude is tolerated ...".  The example shown of the Shrine is in full compliance and also has a first day cancel.


The Fundamentals of Philately by L.N. Williams, 1990, American Philatelic Society

APS Manual of Philatelic Judging and Exhibiting, 7th Edition, 2016.




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Saturday, October 10, 2020 - 2:00pm

Due to Covid 19 concerns, the NOJEX ÉPA Annual General Meeting has  been cancelled.  Since this is our opportunity to get together at our annual meeting, we are instead taking steps to set up a Zoom meeting, as many philatelic societies have done.  The date will be Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT), and it will include a Power Point presentation by Robert Benninghoff entitled Border between Two Irelands.  All members with email addresses will be invited to join by our Vice President Mike Canavan (michaelscanav