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Topic: Random Acts of Strangeness Postcard Swap – Part III  (Read 9128 times)
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« Reply #20 on: July 05, 2006 08:27:46 PM »

I have a few questions.... Huh

1.  What is the standard postcard size???

2.  Does it have to be rectangular or does the post office allow odd-shaped postcards?  (hearts, stars, circles etc?)

3.  Does the post office allow for them to be 3 dimensional???

i just did some research at the USPS website and this is what i found:

You may think that your mailpiece is a "card," because it is a single sheet of paper. But to qualify for mailing at First-Class Mail card rates, a card must be:

    * Rectangular
    * At least 3-½ inches high x 5 inches long x .007 inch thick (they later said this is as thick as a index card)
    * No more than 4-Ό inches high x 6 inches long x .016 inches thick

If your mailpiece does not meet the dimensions above, then the Postal Service considers it a letter (and charges letter rate postage). With Standard Mail, there is a little more flexibility -- there is no separate (lower) postage rate for cards, so you don't have to worry about your postcard being too big -- because you're paying letter rates anyway. But make sure that your card is no larger than 6-1/8" x 11-1/2" x 1/4" thick. Larger than any of those dimensions and you'll have to pay flat (nonletter) postage rates.

Some mailers want to attach stickers, magnets, or other items to their cards. However, an attachment may disqualify a card for mailing at the First-Class card rate—or even make it nonmailable. The rules about attachments to cards are restrictive, so check with your local mailpiece design analyst (MDA) or business mail entry staff, who can tell you if your mailpiece design will be mailable.

you can read more for yourself here:
http://www.usps.com/businessmail101/mailcharacteristics/cards.htm
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« Reply #21 on: July 06, 2006 06:40:16 AM »

for the most part you can mail nearly anything thru the mail  - now in the case of postcards yes to get the lower postcard rate they have to be what the postoffice outlined - but if you want to mail larger or thicker it will just cost a tad more - .39 insead of .15 or at the most .86 - because they have to hand process it insead of letting the machine do it. Some of the postoffices do get grumby over thick envies  Wink  but most are good natured over all of it.

now as mentioned earlier in other posts be very sure that everything is stuck on good so that nothing comes off while the postoffice has it. and it would be better not to be very 3-d with postcards - stuff sticking out much tends to get the postcard torn up.

here's a good link on mail art

http://www.lisavollrath.com/pages/67

here is one on mailing water bottles

http://www.lisavollrath.com/pages/82

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« Reply #22 on: July 06, 2006 11:00:09 PM »

Yay! I joined.
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« Reply #23 on: July 07, 2006 06:27:58 PM »

Hmm.. the bottle-mail is a great idea! =p
I didn't think that the post office would do that kind of parcel.. but hmm..
interesting!
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« Reply #24 on: July 07, 2006 07:00:06 PM »

Jaye you ought to host a bottle art swap <g>
I've been wanting to try it but haven't yet.
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« Reply #25 on: July 07, 2006 07:06:36 PM »

i've mailed 2 liter bottles before!  its FUNNN!
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« Reply #26 on: July 08, 2006 10:37:07 PM »

hahaha! Goatgodess~ I would love to host a mail bottle swap.. if only i didn;t study full time (plus some)
=P =/

As it is, i think this random acts of strangeness swap will be my last- but only for this year!
Hopefully next year i'll have more free time for craftness!!
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« Reply #27 on: July 10, 2006 07:48:37 PM »

so has the sign-up period closed?Huh  I haven't heard anything in awhile.... Huh
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« Reply #28 on: July 10, 2006 08:07:21 PM »

some stencils



more in the photo dump:) arrrggg!!
 we actually have a real live pirate in our family history.
 Red Beard I think. he had many children in the Caribbean ( I don't think thats how you spell it) anyhow I think thats pretty cool
 . I have to tell you the rest of the story .
My aunt and sister both married black men , and some of our family disowned them. saying that they were ruining our family Name bla bla bla..
 my great grandfather was a very important man He settled silverdale WA and was the doctor vet banker head of this and that they have a statue of him at he fairgrounds . and was on the highest pedestal..
 so when my aunt started doing more research on our family history
 some skeletons came out of the closet not only did red beard have many children but my great grand father was secretly married to a black woman
who was the real love of his life and had many children with her funny life strange turns .. When was in Seattle I helped in my nephews kindergarten class and there was a boy with our family name greves .. I found out his family was from Barbados ..

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« Reply #29 on: July 10, 2006 11:43:58 PM »

Sign up's close today (10 July) .. so i'm guessing any day now, we'll get a PM from goatgodess about who we send to..
Excitement!

Talking about pirates...
How do you know if you are a pirate??
You just ARRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

HAHAHAHAHAH!!!!
*rolf*
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