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Joined: Tue Sep 11, 2007 04:54:31 am
Location: USA, Virginia
The Santa Claus MC above is freestyle because it's made from a greeting card, onto which I affixed an address label so that my MPP cancel is visible on white backgroud, and it doesn't smear on the glossy surface. When necessary, I can affix and postmark additional stamps, to make the rate, on the back of the card. Especially if I don't mail it.
Traditional = In strict observance of the International Philatelic Federation (FIP) rules and regulations about maximaphily. No this, no that, only this, only that, everything else is forbidden and illegal.
They are suffocating exactly what they should nurture: your creativity.
I have studied those rules in detail, I have discussed with quite a few world-class maximaphilists, and I got their feedback, too, about all this "ordnung und disziplin" mindset.
Hey, even the FIP Maximaphily Commission has officialy agreed that "we need to relax the rules, so that we attract more youth to the hobby", etc.
Check this out, from Maxifrance 2005:
"The next subject introduced was "How to bring young people closer to
Maximaphily - Maximaphily in relation to one-frame collections and the
preferences of young people", presented by Pascal Bandry, who is responsible
for the youth section of "Les Maximaphiles Fran'ais" and Paul Raynaud, member
of the same association. In the discussion which followed, Michel Menchon, vicepresident
of the FFAP Youth Commission, took part and also Miguel A. Garcia
Fernandez, chairman of the FIP Youth Philately Commission, whose presence
gave an especial dimension to the entire discussion of the subject. He
congratulated the organisers for the quality of this Maximaphily seminar and
stated that Maximaphily which is entirely independent FIP class is actually
developing on the international level.
All the speakers emphasised the positive and attractive role which the Maximum
card continues to play for young collectors both in the Youth Class and in
Thematic Philately, and in the promotion classes of one-frame and open class.
Philippe Lesage, president of the French Philatelic Federation (FFAP) Youth
commission, recapitulating invoked the encouraging example of the school
competition in Cyprus, and stressed the need to adopt new ideas and new
approaches, emphasising the necessity for an intensive, collective and
coordinated endeavour by the international and specific philatelic leadership and
the monitors for training young people. The restrictions of the Maximaphily
regulations are rather complicated and appear simple only with the eyes of the
well informed specialists... It is thus necessary to be conscious of that in the
approach with the newcomers... Philippe Lesage, convinced of the real attractive
power of the cart-maximum, estimates that the great impact of Maximaphily on
the general public risk to be blocked by heavy limits which are not always
obvious.(Dorin's comment: even when they are obvious, they still are heavy limits )
C. The FIP Official Maximaphily Meeting
On the afternoon of the same day, the FIP Official Maximaphily Meeting was held
as programmed. Nicos Rangos preside over the meeting of delegates in the
presence of Joseph Wolff, FIP vice-president who has the responsibility for
Maximaphily. After the roll call, a very well-prepared presentation started
concerning the respect for the Maximaphily regulations and the validity of the
Maximum cards (SREV and Guidelines), introduced by professor Jean-Claude
Bouquet and Anny Boyard, president of "Les Maximaphiles Fran'ais"
Association. The presentation was followed by a lively debate on some special
points concerning the percentage of the postcard surface illustration (75%?), the
dimensions of the postcards, the concordance between the three component
elements of the Maximum card and the Maximum cards with stamps cut from
official postal stationery items. On all the above points, agreements were
reached which will very shortly be defined by the FIP Maximaphily Commission
Bureau and presented to the next FIP congress for the ratification procedures.
Unfortunately there was not quite enough time to discuss the following points
which will very soon be thoroughly attended to by the FIP Maximaphily
- Maximum-cards with personalised stamps, "tabs" or perfins.
- Creation of the FIP Maximaphily Commission website.
- Official regulations for the "World Best Maximum Card Competition"
- Maximaphily collection evaluation by non-qualified jury members in
national and international exhibitions.
- How to spread Maximaphily in African and Asian countries, in the United
Kingdom and other northern countries.
- Maximum-cards created by certain postal administrations without
conforming to the FIP regulations (Dorin: How dare they? It's illegal! ).
- Degree of recognition by the official authorities of world philately."
http://maximaphily.info/Articles/Maxifr ... rsion_.pdf
While I respect, admire and envy the great accomplishments of the traditional school of maximaphily, of which I am a member, too, thru (shorter than through... )MACSU, I decided that I should focus on a different approach.
I call this freestyle maximaphily, which is not as self-explanatory as I thought, apparently. So: there are no more strict rules for you, the collector, especially if you are not interested in exhibiting according to their rules.
There are only guidelines, recommendations, suggestions, and you are free to philatelically express yourself pretty much any way you want. Especially if you do it for your own enjoyment of the hobby, and not necessarily to plea$e other$.
Since the volunteer law enforcement officers of the Traditional Maximaphily Police will vehemently tell you that you can't do that, then you could use a different name for your freestyle maximum cards.
I use the term Dorincards (or dorincards, eventually), an invented word, just like Lego or iPod are. Who's to stop me, or you, from that? And why?
Freestyle maximaphily is an expansion of the traditional one, so any traditional MC is also a dorincard, in my personal view (which I am not imposing on anybody else). But a dorincard may be any self-made, self-printed postcard, without "the 75% picture rule", with many options for stamp(s) (allows a personalized one). etc.
If somebody reading this agrees, great!
If not, no problem! Continue to let somebody else DICTATE you what and what not, how and how not, and so on. Don't you dare to be creative. It's forbidden and illegal!
Last edited by dorinco on Tue Sep 25, 2007 06:27:24 am, edited 1 time in total.