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2009 Australia Post Maximum Card – Possum Bush Babies

$5.50 AUD

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This series of card depicting Australian native fauna is a great release by Australia Post. There are 4 cards in the 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 $2.90 postage stamp which is also a philatelic must have.  A delightful set of maximum cards with brilliant photography. Like the 1978 book ‘Possum Magic’ by Mem Fox this card is truly magic. They make for wonderful overseas communication with foreign friends and at the same time are desirable collectibles.

The Common Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula, from the Greek for “furry tailed” and the Latin for “little fox”, also known as Phalangista vulpina) is a nocturnal, semi-arborealmarsupial of the family Phalangeridae, it is native to Australia, and the largest of the possums. Like most possums, the Common Brushtail is nocturnal. It is mainly a folivore, but has been known to eat small mammals such as rats. In most Australian habitats, leaves of Eucalyptus are a significant part of the diet but rarely the sole item eaten. The tail is prehensile and naked on its lower underside. There are four colour variations: Silver Grey, Brown, Black and Gold. Possums are quadrupedaldiprotodont marsupials with long tails. The smallest possum, indeed the smallest diprotodont marsupial, is the Little Pygmy Possum with an adult head-body length of 70mm and a weight of 10g. The largest is the Bear Cuscus that may exceed 7 kg. Possums are typically nocturnal and at least partially arboreal. The various species inhabit most vegetated habitats and a few species have adjusted well to urban settings. Diets range from generalist herbivores or omnivores (the Common Brushtail possum) to specialist browsers of eucalyptus (Greater Glider),insectivores (Mountain Pygmy Possum) and nectar-feeders (Honey Possum).



Maxicard depicting Australian native fauna another great release by Australia Post


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 organized 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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