I'd like to know the difference between all these. Specially between Formula Cards and Post Cards.
It is my understanding that:
- Formula Cards: Don't have a pre-printed stamp or value on it so the user had to buy and stuck the stamps on it before using it. - Postal Stationeries: These do have either its value or a stamp pre-printed so the user don't need to add anything but the content. - Post Cards: ... Same as formula cards but created after stationeries? This sounds like a really bad definition to me
So... basically, what are the differences between these two pieces:
I should have added a fourth concept there: Postal Cards.
Postal Cards are issued by entity with postal authority (ie.- the goverment)
Post cards, on the other hand, are issued privately. And that's the different between those two cards up there: One is a philatelic item, the other one is not.
Let me know if I'm wrong.
philatelic : noun. the collecting of stamps and other postal matter as a hobby or an investment. The study of postage stamps, revenue stamps, stamped envelopes, postmarks, postal cards, covers, and similar material relating to postal or fiscal history.
Postcards are definately philatelic having been designed to go through the postal system.
You might be right... But I'm still not convinced so let me play devil's advocate.
Would you consider an unused envelope philatelic? I don't, unless it has actually been used.
The same thing goes for postcards. If they have not been used, they are just printed matter by a private entity.
That does not happen with a formula card. Being issued by a postal authority for the purpose of being used as a form of communication using the postal system, they are philatelic from the time they are printed.
Now, I totally understand that both unused envelopes and postcards (specially if they have something printed on them, a photo, and advertising) are highly collectible... But they are not philatelic.
It can be argued that (picture) postcards are also printed "for the [primary] purpose of being used as a form of communication using the postal system." They sometimes have a box for stamp placement, and lines for writing the address. They are supposed to "go postal"...
Last Edit: Sept 28, 2019 15:06:28 GMT by dorincard