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Bob F.
11-15-2005, 06:27 PM
In the UK postcards are officially between 90mm x 140mm and 120mm x 235mm. However... as they long ago abolished the special postal rate for postcards and they now go at the same price as normal letters, I assume we can send them up to letter size which is 900mm maximum length+width+depth. So theoretically, could send a 16"x19" postcard... ;)

Cheers, Bob.

David A. Goldfarb
11-15-2005, 06:33 PM
I So theoretically, could send a 16"x19" postcard... ;)

...which my mail carrier will smoosh into my 4x6" mailbox.

Flotsam
11-15-2005, 06:49 PM
would dry mounting the print to oaktag, (or something of similar weight that is acid-free) work for post card creation?
How many cards do you have to send?
When is the next round?

BWGirl
11-15-2005, 06:55 PM
would dry mounting the print to oaktag, (or something of similar weight that is acid-free) work for post card creation?
How many cards do you have to send?
When is the next round?
I have received quite a few postcards that have been mounted on one substance or another. I'm sure this is acceptable. Just check www.usps.gov to see if there are other requirements (like the line down the back between the address area & the note area).

I'm sure that Nigel will respond about the quantity... I've found it's generally between 18 and 25 postcards.

Right now is the next round! ;) Check the very top of this post to see Nigel's schedule. You are just in time to get in on this round!
I, for one, hope you do! :D

reellis67
11-16-2005, 08:08 AM
In retrospect, I think you guys are right on about the postage. The size requirement for postcards is most likely just for the lower postal rate. I seem to remember sending a panoramic postcard about 10 years ago that required the standard stamp rate, which was much less then than it is now...

Also, thanks for the tip about RC holding up better. It is much more rigid and seems like it would last well. I have a small part of a 25 pack of Ilford Satin finish that I may try to use to avoid the more obvious handling damage that glossy finish apparently suffers.

Does anyone mount flush to the edges on cardstock and stamp the backs of their cards? I was considering mounting the prints to archival cardstock to stiffen them up a bit and to allow me to make a postcard-type design for the back.

- Randy

David A. Goldfarb
11-16-2005, 08:20 AM
There are some like that. To make it look like a postcard, you don't need much more than a ruled line between the text and the address area.

reellis67
11-16-2005, 08:24 AM
I was thinking more along the lines of postcards from the past. I have this past thing that keeps intruding on all my ideas. Part of my psychosis according to my wife....

- Randy

BWKate
11-16-2005, 10:25 AM
Randy,

I'm glad you are participating in the postcard exchange. I saw your images in your personal gallery and you have some great photos. Please, please, pick either the lighthouse stairway or the parrot feather #2 image for the exchange. [ Just in case you can't decide which image to pick.] I'm sure whatever you pick will be equally fine. I really love spiral designs in photos.

BWKate

Aggie
11-16-2005, 11:09 AM
one of the great and underutilized tools for the postcards are the rare 5x7 easels that I have picked up on ebay. The kind with the small adjustable arms. I have in the past 3 years won 4 of those things. I plan on using them for christmas presents to my photog friends, along with one of my precious boxes of postcard stock. What drives me crazy was not having one accessible when I was moving. So those who have gotten my last two cards know how ascew my printing was.

Ralf
11-16-2005, 11:14 AM
That sounds like a lot of fun, must be exciting to receive all those postcards. While I'm not in this round, I do have a question. Does each one send out 20 or whatever prints of the same photo, or are they different pictures?

Dave Miller
11-16-2005, 11:53 AM
That sounds like a lot of fun, must be exciting to receive all those postcards. While I'm not in this round, I do have a question. Does each one send out 20 or whatever prints of the same photo, or are they different pictures?
Mix and match or all the same; your choice.

reellis67
11-19-2005, 03:24 PM
I'm envious of those of you who have already printed! I have had crappy light for the last two days. I'm hoping that tomorrow will be better. This really drives home how convenient it is to have a UV box...

- Randy

reellis67
11-19-2005, 03:26 PM
Doh! I posted to the wrong window! I will be printing my (postcards) on Tuesday, in the darkroom rather than in the sun...

- Randy

BWKate
11-20-2005, 01:28 PM
Hi Randy,

Just curious. Have you picked an image to be printed? Is it a new photo we haven't seen in the gallery or one I voted for? I've got an infrared shot of a ride called the Zipper that's put aside for you. I can't wait to see all the different images.


BWKate

Nige
11-20-2005, 05:58 PM
we seem to have an eager bunch this round.. good!

still a week or so to sign up...

reellis67
11-21-2005, 08:02 AM
Hi Randy,

Just curious. Have you picked an image to be printed? Is it a new photo we haven't seen in the gallery or one I voted for? I've got an infrared shot of a ride called the Zipper that's put aside for you. I can't wait to see all the different images.


BWKate

That sounds cool, thanks! As for my cards, I know that you liked a couple of prints I have posted in my gallery so I will likely send one of those. I wanted to do some hand colored cards, like travel postcards from the early 1900's, but I don't have time right now, too many projects! Maybe on the next exchange....

- Randy

BWKate
11-27-2005, 06:03 PM
Nige,

As I'm one of the early printers for Round 5 how many more do I need? I printed some extra ones so I'm not too worried.

BWKate

Rlibersky
11-27-2005, 08:56 PM
Well I printed mine. I'm hoping 25 will be enough. If not I can get more.

Nige
11-28-2005, 02:03 AM
oops, maybe I was counting the complete list inc those dropping out... we currently have 18!

Aggie
11-28-2005, 09:23 AM
What would be fun is if we had a seperate gallery for the postcards that are sent out. That way others could see what fun we are having and what we are getting. Just a thought. Yet if more joined in, it becomes a hardship trying to produce over say 25 at a time. So there are draw backs as well. Maybe when it hits a certain number it splits into two groups?