Teapot of Truth – Michael Leunig – Maximum Card Set of 5 – 1998 – Rare Offer
On offer here is the full set of all 5 maximum cards issued at their time of release. Very rare to find all 5 together as a set.
Each one bearing the unique single stamp issue. Beautiful mint condition cards. Renowned cartoonist Michael
Leunig is undoubtedly one of Australia’s endearing favorites. He is one of the very few Australians to be honored with the “National Trust Living Treasure” accolade in 1999. Celebrating Leunig’s fantastic power of capturing the essences of humanity, peace, love and hope, these cards honoring his foresight and uniquely Australian passion.
Here is your chance to own the full set.
Australia Post has produced pre-stamped postcards since 1977 although these have appeared in a variety of different guises. Today, these postcards are issued regularly in association with each new stamp issue on what is more commonly referred to as, “maximum cards”. Some of these maximum cards are issued by Australia Post’s regional authorities for local sale and are not easily obtained such as this one here from the Tea Gardens in New South Wales. These are now becoming very scarce indeed. Despite repeated searches in Google we have failed to find any other full sets of these cards on offer.
Leunig has also stated his opposition to the Israeli government and three of his 2004 – 2006 pieces drew letters of protest nationally and internationally in relation to this. The three pieces took as their subjects: IDF bomber pilots (13 April 2004); Sheikh Ahmed Yassin’s assassination order from Ariel Sharon (11 January 2006); and the renewed Gaza occupation (12 July 2006). A fourth piece was refused publication and has since been more widely criticised for potentially confounding his opposition to the policies of Israel, with an antisemitic, generalised subversion of the Jewish experience, by relying upon a reference to the Jewish Holocaust. This piece came to international attention after it won an Iranian competition conceived by the newspaper Hamshahri as retaliation for the Muhammad cartoons controversy. Leunig denied he had submitted the cartoon as an entry to the competition and said “I’ve been set up horribly, maliciously”. He demanded the cartoons be withdrawn, which the newspaper did and also apologised to him. It later emerged that the cartoon had been submitted as a prank by a web contributor to the Australian comedic team The Chaser.
Leunig has partially defined his position with this statement:
“I have a Jewish friend, a Holocaust survivor, who says that she never could have lived in Israel because in her view it is a totalitarian state…. I believe that something fundamental and vital, not just to Israel but to the entire world, has been gravely mishandled by the present Israeli administration and it bothers me deeply. It is my right to express it.” Michael Leunig , 13 January 2006, The Age
Additional information:In philately a maximum card (also known as a maxi-card) is a postcard with a postage stamp placed on the picture side of the card where the stamp and card match or are in concordance. In most cases, the cancel is also related to the image on the front of the card and the stamp. The collecting of maximum cards is known as maximaphily.
*All historical information taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes only