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    How do you make postcards nowadays? (for postcard exchange)

    I'm interested in joining the postcard exchange, but never made postcards. So I wonder what options are available nowadays.
    I don't want to use online service like Hallmarks (and I don't have a inkjet printer either), but want make the postcards myself using some of my pinhole images like these:

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    But I have also some monochrome alt-photo process prints (gum, cyanotype, casein, albumen and carbon prints) I would like to reproduce as postcards:
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    I read some of the threads here but only saw the Ilford postcard paper mentioned.
    So, tips are welcome so I can try it myself and maybe join this exchange in the near future.
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    http://www.freestylephoto.biz/834846...weight-4x6-100

    Though I don't see those listed at the Ilford Photo site.

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    Glad you posted this Bert. I have similar questions and I want to join in too. I bought some of the Ilford postcard paper just for the exchange but I don't like the glossy finish nor the pearl finish either, so I am wondering what others are doing. I tone most of my prints and rc just doesn't do it for me. I will use if though if there isn't a better alternative.

    If most people are using it then I will too. Just wondering.
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    Instead of Ilford postcard paper, you can print to 4x6 (any other size) paper and then just cut it down to whatever size you need per postage regulations.

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    That might work then on the Art300. I have a pack of 5x7 and it tones well too. Thanks Terry.
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    you can just put a stamp on a photograph and mail it
    if it is bigger than 3.5x5.75 ( or whatever the tiny postcard size is )
    they will charge you the same price as a regular letter ..

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    It's up to you. Ilford's postcard paper is the most common choice. I made cyanos once, on Stonehenge. It was alot of work, but was appreciated. FB papers show up, sometimes 30 year out-of-date ones. If they are double weight, they stand up to the mail just fine. Single wt might get creased. Some folks put their postcards in envelopes. Photomat colour prints, with a stick-on label have made their appearance too. If the post office will accept it, so will APUG.

    In Canada it costs the same for a letter as a postcard, and that is going up by 1/3rd this spring - which is going to price me out, I think.

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    Assuming you have an enlarger, just buy a 250-pack of small (5x7 or 6x4) paper and print on that. That's what I did. Or if you have some 12x16 paper, you can get 8 postcards out of 1 sheet with a spot of cutting...

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    Lots of good answers here. I've seen almost any type of paper used with handwritten addresses or stick on labels. Most make it through with little or no damage.

    Here is a link to Canada Posts standards http://www.canadapost.ca/tools/pg/st...SMach_SL-e.pdf long and complicated, pages 16-17 & 22 apply to postcards - your local postal service will likely have similar standards available. Basically anything with an address on the right side & a stamp seems to make it through. So why not join us and give it a try.

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    5x7 costs nearly twice as much as 4x6 cards. I just print 2 on an 8x10 sheet of plain old Orient Seagull VCRCII. I then cut them out and lick a stamp and put them in the box. Nothing special and they make it to their destinations just fine.

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