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Info regarding the legal dimensions of a postcard would be helpful (see

To the person that asked the above question: Since you have the link, why not use info from that link to add the info you wish to see on this wiki page? Postcard Cathy 00:31, 17 November 2006 (UTC)

I would like to point out that "no more than 4-¼ inches high x 6 inches long x .016 inches thick;[1] (in metric; 12.7 cm x 8.9 cm)" is wrong: The conversion from inches to metric is incorrect. Since I don't know what the correct size is, I am not sure whether to fix the dimensions in metric or the Imperial units. (talk) 14:22, 1 July 2009 (UTC)

Erotic Postcard[edit]

I really don't think it is necessary to have nudity on the postcard page. I'm totally against censorship whenever there is a reason to include objectionable material. However, this is just gratuitous and does not help wikipedia. If you search for "boob" you might expect to see breasts, but if you search for "postcard"....

So, I'm removing it. Let me know if anyone has an objection.

Hi, I found it offensive as well, and I already removed. bobsmith319.

It's back. Like the vandal who can't stand to see a blank wall without writing on it, some people just have to force their improprieties on the rest of us, children, wives, and all. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:39, 10 October 2010 (UTC)

Merge with Advertising postcard[edit]

Postcard could certainly use the extra content, while on its own it is NN. (|-- UlTiMuS 05:45, 29 August 2006 (UTC)

Expand request[edit]

'seaside postcard' redirects here. a distinct subset of seaside postcards that is entirely missing is the saucy seaside postcard. Can some kind soul write something up on this ? it might be a uniquely british phenomenon, but there should be something to find on google at least. thanks —Preceding unsigned comment added by Ordew (talkcontribs)

There was a section here a while ago that was integrated from an article I wrote - I think a vandal must have removed it. I'll have a hunt around in the history. Bob talk 00:40, 23 November 2006 (UTC)
Ah, yes, I've readded it - I think the page was vandalised and reverted to the wrong version.Bob talk 00:48, 23 November 2006 (UTC)
Also, there is much more to the history of British postcards than saucy seaside postcards (which is the only aspect of postcards in the popular media). It would be nice to have a general world history of the postcard article with seperate articles for the history of postcards in the United States and United Kingdom. I may in thee future have a go, time permitting!Tony Corsini (talk) 10:15, 12 February 2009 (UTC)

Shaped Postcards[edit]

Information on these should be expanded, and instance e.g. of Australia Post's Impact Mail included. --Daniel C. Boyer 21:24, 13 February 2007 (UTC)


I thought the page could do with a 'Glossary of Postcard Terms', so I have stated one off, will add more terms as soon as I get time, unless someone else gets there first. ColinBoylett 11:19, 15 February 2007 (UTC)

I have some thoughts to consider.

Recently a teacher told me that one of the largest producers of postcards is Ireland. Postcards are possible because they are much cheaper than a photograph.

CMYK versus RGB printing.

However, these days, how much does a photograph cost versus a print? When did photographs come around?


chris —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:29, 29 January 2008 (UTC)

Hi, I am doing some research on postcards and was interested in the 'Django Fontina' mentioned in the glossary, however I can't find any other references to these anywhere else other than a single blog and those who have copied the reference verbatim from Wikipedia. Can someone please provide a reference or more information for this. I would like to use it, but need to know it is a valid 'thing'. Is it just a not-very-widely used slang term? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:58, 10 February 2013 (UTC)

Postcard Collection[edit]

This website provides a great resource for finding collectible postcards: Should it be added to the page? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:46, 26 August 2008 (UTC)

Postcard Legal Issues Citation Request[edit]

"The initial appearance of picture postcards (and the enthusiasm with which the new medium was embraced) raised some legal issues that can be seen as precursors to later controversies over the internet.[citation needed]" Someone wants a citation on a subjective statement? (talk) 20:45, 5 December 2009 (UTC)

It is not a subjective statement - there was plenty of public concern in the 1870s - 1880s about using postcards. Would complete strangers be able to read their personal correspondance, would it be forbidden for post office staff to read what was written on postcards, were postcards confidential, would it be illegal for someone other than the recipient to act on information they saw written on a postcards, etc.? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tiptoethrutheminefield (talkcontribs) 16:47, 16 August 2014 (UTC)

Add video of postcard salesman?[edit]

I'm working with the Global Lives Project, a non-profit organization that generates freely licensed video of people's everyday lives. GLP has some footage of a young man selling postcards in India. Perhaps some of this video would add to the article? Here is a short clip of the postcard salesman; there is more detailed footage available here. -Pete (talk) 17:54, 8 June 2012 (UTC)

It would be neat to add a descriptive section about Postcard distribution to go along with the video.-ClaireRedwood (talk) 20:00, 8 June 2012 (UTC)

Seaside postcards considered as art form[edit]

I've added a reference to this (Peter Ells (talk) 03:22, 18 February 2014 (UTC))

Postcard or postal card[edit]

According Wikipedia definition 'Postcard' is a term to designate cards prepared by private companies and which do not have prepaid franking while a postal card is issued by the relevant postal authority. This card is prepared by the government (Legislative Assembly of Saint Petersburg) which is no postal authority. It does not have an imprinted stamp. So what is it: a postcard or a postal card? The definition does not quite cover this item.Arno-nl (talk) 09:48, 31 May 2016 (UTC)

USSR 1939-07-18 postcard served as a notification to attend a meeting
I would say that it is a postcard that happens to have been issued by a government rather than a private company. A postal card is a card issued by the post office, usually (probably always) with a preprinted "stamp", to be used for personal or business correspondence by members of the public. Maskinonge (talk) 01:38, 6 July 2016 (UTC)
Agree Arno-nl (talk) 11:57, 8 July 2016 (UTC)