What does a thematic collector/exhibitor do when encountering a miniature or souvenir sheet with non-relevant material. In the exhibit arena it was once customary to cut a window in an exhibit page and position the relevant philatelic item within it from the back of the page. But frankly, these efforts usually end up looking kinda cheezy.
So I found a solution, at least for low value (value in the eye of the beholder, right?) items. I already had an example of this sheet which cost under $10 including shipping. It features an orange, citrus vulgaris, and does so with attractive design. But all that other miscellany in the sheet surrounding the stamp added nothing to the story. I came across a second example of the sheet for a third of that cost and bought it with what you see here in mind. Thematically it becomes highly workable without all the surrounding frivolity.
What's your opinion. Would you do it?
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I would keep it intact also. Look at the other oranges you destroyed by ripping apart that sheet! It doesn't take up that much room. Perhaps I'd see if the stamp was also issued in sheet format, or booklet and get a single from that instead of the souvenir sheet.
I realise this discussion is now several months old but would comment again in favour of “Open Philately” as opposed to stricter Thematic / Topical rules..
The irrelevant material “ frowned upon “ in Thematics only matters if you are exhibiting competitively in that class in a show or Exhibition. I started what I intended to be a thematic collection on Tobacco. I exhibited once in the Thematic class and was told I had postcards which did not have the philatelic connection expected in that class. Three years later Open Philately was accepted as an international exhibiting class and I was awarded large Vermeil Silvergilt in that class.
Open philately gives you more freedom in choice of material, and most folks collect for the fun of it without being hide bound by rules.
I do use windows on occasion to keep a cover intact if all I need is the stamp or the postmark and the rest of the front is irrelevant space. I probably would not remove the stamp from the minisheet in this case.