"Maxine came to life in 1986 when she appeared on several Shoebox greeting cards the year the alternative card line was launched," reveals Hallmark. "John Wagner, Hallmark artist since 1970, says Maxine was inspired by his mother, his maiden aunts and his grandmother, the woman who bought him art lessons. John said, 'If Maxine can get a laugh out of someone who feels lonely or someone who is getting older and hates the thought of another birthday, or if she can make someone chuckle about stressful interpersonal relationships, then I'm happy. Putting a smile on someone's face is what it's all about.' " Now you can bring smiles to others with this Maxine fabric!