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There are a lot of basic questions on Mail Art that are often asked and answered. This group might be the first place to look for answers. I will do my best to answer, but hope that other members can help out as well.

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Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on December 28, 2010 at 7:03pm

Merci Katerina, and yes I am "dotty", and yes, there should have been dots. If the size of a postcard seems to be determined by its weight, then is there any reason why I couldn't send, say, a large piece cut from a cardboard box? I wonder if it would be treated as 'letter post' 'large letter post' or even 'parcel post'?

Regards, Val

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on December 28, 2010 at 1:09pm
Kalimera Val!

There is a "dot" for that standard US and Royal mail in centimeters? 9.0 x 12.7 cms and 10.8 x 15.2 cms seems pretty standard for Greek, Hellenic Post, too.

Postcards were 10 x 15 cm and fit nicely into my standard air mail envelopes: 11 x 16 cm with no extra charge up to 20 grms weight. Now, however, tourist postcards have increased in size: 12 x 17 cm and are sent for standard postage outside an envelope.

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on December 28, 2010 at 11:03am

Bonjour! I would like to 'Ask Anything' the following question: What are the largest and smallest sizes of postcards that can be sent -- and, of course, accepted by the postal services -- for Mail Art purposes?

It seems that the US Postal Service sets minimum and maximum sizes that seem to be pretty universally accepted: the minimum size is 3 1/2 x 5 inches (90 x 127 cms), the maximum 4 1/4 x 6 inches (108 x152). Exceed the maximum size and there is a higher postal tariff -- but this is of no concern to me sending Mail Art from France as it goes at the higher international tariif anyway.

The Royal Mail in the UK defines a postcard at the largest size of a standard letter, 161 x 240 cms. Exceed this and you must pay more.

The issue would seem straightforward BUT -- living in the world of IOUMA -- I've received some quite smaller and much larger postcards than those determined by USPS and Royal Mail regulations.

Of course, the larger the postcard, the bigger the 'canvas' I have to work on. But small can be beautiful, too.

Any guidance on this please?

Regards, Val

Comment by Ruud Janssen on December 22, 2010 at 6:34pm
Try an office supply shop when you can find one. They are a treasure for a mail-artist....
Comment by Natasha Jabre on December 12, 2010 at 3:28am

Where do you get transparent envelopes?

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on December 10, 2010 at 6:54pm

:-) Art it taint...but it has stopped jumping. The new format for the comments window allows us to see the image but still in only small segments. Guess that is how it is. Not a problem.

Comment by Ruud Janssen on December 10, 2010 at 6:36pm

Internet has its faults too. When the connections have a 'problem' the results of the screen can become 'real art' or sometimes 'complete frustration'.....


Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on December 10, 2010 at 12:43am

AACK! this a new comment window?

and why are my words jumping all over  and it is posting when I haven't finished my comment???? Look at this mess! Also, I posted an image and it showed only a tiny area of it, I had to scroll and scroll and scroll to see if the iimage is "whole" before I hit "add comment"!

Dang, and now I cannot scroll up ...ah, it has just jumped up again.

What's the secret to controlling this?

Comment by Ruud Janssen on December 3, 2010 at 10:24pm
Hi Val, a signed form is on its way. A surprise for you!
Comment by Poison Label Productions on November 23, 2010 at 11:10pm
As far as I understand...
you must print the form - sign it & send it to him...
you should also wait until the new member card happens in Jan...

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