2009 Australia Post Maximum Card – Kangaroo Bush Babies

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Australia Post Maximum Card – Bush Babies – Kangaroo Baby (Joey)

A kangaroo’s baby is refered to as a Joey. On this card depicting Australian native fauna released by Australia Post we get another lovely bush image of a kangaroo family. When kangaroos are together in greater numbers they are refered to as, ‘a mob’.  There are 4 cards in this series with each one depicting a different native wildlife baby and its parent. They all have been postmarked for the first day of release at Gumly Gumly in New South Wales. on 1st July 2009.

This one bears the $2.10 postage stamp, a philatelic must have from the series.  A stunning set of maximum cards with fantastic photography. Send one overseas and delight foreign friends and family, Another highly collectible maximum card from Australia Post.

A kangaroo is a marsupial from the family Macropodidae (macropods, meaning ‘large foot’). In common use the term is used to describe the largest species from this family, especially those of the genus Macropus, Red Kangaroo, Antilopine Kangaroo, Eastern Grey Kangaroo and Western Grey Kangaroo.   Kangaroos are endemic to the continent of Australia. The smaller macropods are found in Australia and New Guinea.  The kangaroo is a national symbol of Australia: its emblem is used on the Australian coat of arms, on some of its currency, as well as by some of Australia’s best known organisations, including Qantas. The kangaroo is important to both Australian culture and the national image and consequently there are numerous popular culture references.  The kangaroo has always been a very important animal for Australian Aborigines, for its meat, hide, bone and tendon. Kangaroo hides were also sometimes used for recreation, in particular there are accounts of some tribes (Kurnai) using stuffed kangaroo scrotum as a ball for the traditional football game of marngrook. In addition, there were important Dreaming stories and ceremonies involving the kangaroo. Aherrenge  is a current kangaroo dreaming site in the Northern Territory.

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Maximaphily is a branch of philately involving the study and creation of maximum cards.  It is one of eleven classifications of philately recognised by the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP) and therefore has its own FIP Commission. The FIP Maximaphily Commission holds an annual conference on the subject, most recently at Bucharest in 2008. A maximum card is made up of three elements, the postcard, the stamp and the postmark. The object of maximaphily is to obtain a card where the stamp and picture are in close concordance, ideally with an appropriate cancellation too. The image should not be of the stamp on the card. Maximaphily displays have become popular at competitive philatelic exhibitions and special rules have been developed by the FIP to assist in judging the entries. Maximaphily did not become organised until after the Second World War. Before then maximum cards were created as novelties, often by tourists.  Maximaphily is closely associated with thematic or topical stamp collecting and many thematic collections are enhanced with appropriate maximum cards.

*All historical information taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes only

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