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What are Composite Postcards

Example of Composite Postcards

Lately, we’ve been having some heart to heart discussions on the types of postcards, and how wonderful they are. And so today, still in that same spirit of “postcarding”, if that even makes any sense, we will be looking at another popular type of postcards.; the one most people commonly refer to as composites postcards. So as usual, we’ll get to analyze what this form of postcard is, its history, and its format, who needs it, how it is being used and so on. And without any further ado, let’s get on with it.

What is Composites Postcard?

 

Composite – This is a photograph with two separate images printed on the same photo paper.

Basically, a composite postcard is a marketing tool for actors, most especially models. They serve as the latest and most efficient of a model’s portfolio, which is often being used as a business postcard. In other words, a Composite postcard is what agencies use to submit a prospective model to clients for work. Sometimes today, they do it digitally, but it is a collection of pictures that they’re going to show to clients to say, hey, we think this is the girl/guy that you should hire for the job. So generally, a composite postcard generally is an eight and a half by five and a half size card, which is half the size of a sheet of paper.  It’s a thick cardstock and it is basically a model business card. On the front, you are going to have your headshot with your name underneath. On the back, you will have four photos you want to show some range of personality. And in those four pictures, you want to have different looks, different hairstyles and so on.

Then on the bottom of the composite postcard, you’ve got your measurements, your height, your bust, waist, hips, dress size, shoe size, eye color, and hair color. Then the little extra space at the bottom is so that agencies have room to add a sticker with their contact information. However, never put your email address or your phone number on your composite card, as agencies won’t be able to use it. Below is a complete rundown of its format.

Format  

A composites postcard typically contains a minimum of two pages – a cover page with a full-size portrait and a second page with a selection of representative shots from the portfolio. It lists the model’s basic stats – typically height, weight, three sizes (bust, waist, hips) for women, suit or chest size and waist and inseam sizes for men, plus shoe size, eye, and hair color, nationality, and contact information. It is printed on both sides of an 8.5″ x 5.5″ [4] piece of postcard stock (12 pt stock) (US) or A5 on postcard weight (350/400 g/m2 stock in metric countries) which is between 300 and 450 μm thick depending on the postcard stock or quality chosen (Europe, Asia).

History

Peter Marlowe in London invented models composites in 1965, then printed on paper to A4 format. The style was then changed in 1972 to the A5 postcard style, for filing purposes, and a few other companies started publishing postcards for the model industry under different trade names since Peter Marlowe had registered the trademark “Model Composite” in Europe and the USA.

Amongst these was Sebastian Sed who traded under the name Sed postcards, which are sometimes mispronounced as Z (“Zed”) or Set Postcards. The publishing house of Marlowe Press stopped trading in 1990 and the words “models composites” and “composites postcards” became generic within the model industry. Composites postcard databases and creation tools have moved online in recent years.

How Composites Postcards Are Used

Composites Postcards have been around for many years as an essential marketing tool for a model, and are likely to retain this standing because they are an inexpensive way to effectively and professionally showcase a model’s ability. Composite postcards are used on three major levels – they are used by models, agents and the agent’s client

How Composites Postcards are produced       

Currently, models have many different options of creating composites postcards. They can ask their photographer or create their own on their computers using image editing or graphics software. In addition, with technology’s increasingly strong influence in the digital market, many printing companies have looked to the internet to facilitate the ordering process. Composites postcard printing prices can vary depending on the number of pictures used on the postcard, the type of paper stock used, and the general printing quality. Different layout styles are available or can be created.

Who are Composites Postcards for?

Composite postcards are essential for business people. They’re an inexpensive and effective way to make a good first impression, to professionally showcase your abilities, and to share your contact information with agencies, scouts, clients, photographers, and other industry professionals. So, any model that is serious about their career, whether it’s commercial, fashion, plus-size, or any other type of modeling, needs to have composite postcards! Keep in mind that if you plan on doing multiple kinds of modeling (like commercial and parts modeling; for example), you’ll need to have a separate composites postcard for each type.

Should You Go for Online Composites postcard or a Printed Composites postcard?

These days, many models use a combination of digital and physical composite postcards. They’re basically the same, but with one obvious difference: One you email and the other you snail mail or hand out.

However, if you are just starting out then an online composite postcard is the way to go. The beauty of an online composite postcard is that you can quickly swap out photos yourself rather than having to reprint hundreds of postcards at the printing company. Online composites postcards are the most inexpensive choice for new models that are often changing their photos in the beginning. Once you become a little more established, then you can invest in printed postcards.

 

All composites postcards, whether they’re online or not, act like mini-portfolios and are a quick and easy way for agencies, scouts, and clients to see what you’re all about as a model, and shows them that you’re serious about a future in modeling. It’s good to have both kinds on hand just in case the recipient prefers one type over the other.

Appearance

The unique thing about these postcards is that, no two composites postcards are identical. Nevertheless, the industry-standard layout includes one large photo (your best one!) and four smaller photos, with your name, details, and contact information at the bottom. Online composites postcards are simply an eye-catching image that contains all of these elements, typically with the large photo on the left and the four smaller ones stacked on the right. Physical composites postcards are typically double-sided (one large photo on the front, smaller photos on the back) and printed on an 8.5″ x 5.5″ piece of glossy cardstock.

In a nutshell, composites postcards are the gateway to landing you the perfect job in the modeling industry. So, if you want to appear professional, take your time to ensure that your composites postcard comes out perfectly.

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What are Art Nouveau Postcards

Example of Art Nouveau Postcard from Wikikart

Postcards are everywhere, and while some are adorable, the rest is just impeccable. But here is what we don’t know. Postcards are of different types. That’s why while one has a specific pattern of design, the other tends to vary. And so, after doing some digging into the different types of postcards, it came as a shock to me that they are a lot more forms than I could have ever imagined. And that’s why today, I will be sharing with you one of the many types of postcards; the Art Nouveau postcards precisely. But to have a better understanding of what this form of the postcard is all about, we are going to first have a look at how Art Nouveau came about, and how an Art Nouveau postcard looks like.

 

History of Art Nouveau

By the late 1800s, art and Europe had taken a decidedly academic turn to be considered. Then, a serious individual artist had to attend one of the many art academies. They needed to commit to a rigorous study of line, shape, form, and texture, with the ultimate goal of producing paintings of idealized figures and landscapes. And of course, for all the artists who did just that, some thought academic art was rubbish and reacted accordingly. They believed art isn’t meant to be studied like science or math. They thought art flows from the soul, twists through the consciousness and decorates life with its beauty.  These rebel artists driven to impart their own style in the art world were the innovators of the very short but highly influential movement known as Art Nouveau.

Lasting from approximately 1890 to 1910, Art Nouveau which means “new art” in French, moved away from imitation of real subjects, and move towards the flowing and twisting lines and shapes of nature. Art Nouveau pieces are organic in their ornamentation, featuring what many art historians call whiplash curves, decorating every available surface. Due to the opening of foreign relations with Japan, the flowing lines of Japanese woodblock prints became a new inspiration for European artists. The simplicity, muted colors enriched two-dimensional imagery, are prominent features of both Japanese prints and Art Nouveau design. Art Nouveau artists were also influenced by the Arts and Crafts movements’ emphasis on hand craftsmanship, and the highly expressive paintings of posts Impressionists. So, what are the characteristics of an Art Nouveau, and how can you know when you see one?

Characteristics of Art Nouveau

Common characteristics of Art Nouveau are muted colors like olive, green, carnation pink, and periwinkle blue writhing and swirling lines, as well as natural imagery, nature illustrations of deep-sea creatures and plants published by biologists, were used as artists reference books. So, let’s look at some examples of an Art Nouveau.

Examples

Firstly, examples of this new art could be found in all art forms during this time, sculpture and painting of course, but also architecture, jewelry, household items, and graphics. The view that sculpture and painting were superior crafts was passionately challenged. This movement brought about interior design as artists strove for harmony and continuity in decor.  These artists wanted to replace the mishmash of mass-produced items antiques and classical imitations with well-made original and coordinated decorations, and furniture.  But it didn’t just stop there, and that’s how the Art Nouveau postcards came into existence.

Art Nouveau Postcards

Art Nouveau was the first artistic movement to give serious credibility to the graphic arts especially the poster as an art form. The immensely popular posters designed by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec for example, contain illustrations and decorative lettering that practically foretells art’s later emphasis on graphic design. In addition to posters, are Novo’s graphics beautified book covers catalogs, and playbills. Louis Comfort Tiffany designs in glass, with her imagery taken directly from the natural world, are also prime examples of Art Nouveau. Tiffany’s stained glass lamps and windows are special because unlike typical stained glass which is created by painting on clear glass, Tiffany’s windows and lamps featured subtly dyed opalescent glass.

The ornamental nature of famed Austrian painter Gustav Klimt, whose work is another example of Art Nouveau at its most dominant his work is decorative, colorful, and contained gold leaf, like in the painting “The kiss and the portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer”, which leave no space unadorned.

The twisting organic lines of Art Nouveau can also be found in the paintings and illustrations of artist Alphonse Mukha, his elongated depictions of actresses and fantasy women, decorated advertisements theater posters, and more. One of Mukah’s best-known works is a set of decorative panels. The seasons which personifies the seasons as sensuous women that illustrate both a character of each season individually, as well as the harmony of seasons throughout the year.

Art Nouveau had a great run and even though it lasted only 20 years, the work produced during this period made a lasting impression on the art world. Towards the end of Art Nouveau, heyday, the prevailing aesthetic, eventually gave way to the more industrial lines of modernism and the more predictable geometric forms of Art Deco. Still, the influence and appreciation of Art Nouveau organic forms and prolific ornamentation has lasted till today, and there are a lot including its postcards. And speaking of postcards;

 

Art nouveau postcards today often range between $4 to $40 depending on the quality and artists. And if you’re looking to get more of such, you can simply do so by logging on to prominent postcards websites like darlenesoldpostcards to check out amazing Art Nouveau postcards of your choice.

 

So all in all, even though Art Nouveau has its history dating far back to the earliest centuries, nevertheless, it is still a much-appreciated art. And that’s clearly why you can find its paintings and postcards, almost everywhere like Italy, Spain Denmark, of course, France, and so on. Do well to check them out, and let us know how well you enjoyed your journey into the wonders of these amazing Art Nouveau postcards.

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I couldn’t find a Video on Art Nouvea Postcards – But I did find a video on this style of Artwork

 

Art Nouveau Art Style
Art Nouveau Art Style
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What are Court Postcards

Example Court Postcard from Wili

There are different types of elements in this world. And the most important reason why you need to understand how one thing differs from the other is so that you will have a better comprehension of how they operate. We’ve been hearing a lot about cards ever since we were like kids, but what most people like me, failed to understand was that there are other types of cards, other than the cardboard we all know. And I’m talking about types such as court cards. So, what is a court card? And how did it come into existence? Who first used it and why? These and many more we shall be addressing as we go further in this write-up.

 

Origin of Court Cards

Court card or what is sometimes known as court-sized card, was the name given to a postcard, with a size of a picture. Primarily, records have it that it was used in the United Kingdom, measuring approximately 4.75 x 3.5 inches, with a believed standard size of 5.5 x 3.5 inches. Basically, court cards were known to be smaller in size, with a square looking shape, a bit higher than later cards. And it is also believed to have been used from about 1894 to 1902.  In keeping with the regulations of the time, court cards had an un-divided back, which was meant for the address only,  and the message had to be written on the ‘front’ of the court card. But, even though court cards were primarily made use of in the UK, a lot of them were printed by Germany’s chromolithography. Today, a lot of clear examples of these type of cards still exist, and are in high demand from philatelists and postcard collectors.

 

An Overview of Court Cards

Though most of us are quite used to seeing court cards virtually everywhere these days, from souvenir shops to card stores, to museum gift shops, and even at the grocery store, court cards are a relatively recent invention. However as stated earlier, the oldest court card, and what is believed to be the first, was sent in 1840 in England. Generally, most court cards are instantly recognizable because of their square-like shape and thick card stock paper, which is often made for writing and mailing something without an envelope. Of course, there are novelty exceptions to the shape and material with court cards; however, the standard court card type remains the same. Plus, there is even a branch of study today which is focused on collecting and studying court cards, known as deltiology.

Ever since postal services began in various parts of the world, there have been the occasional people who write messages on cards and send them without envelopes. These early examples were always handmade and not of standard size and material construction. What is considered the first official court card as we know them today was a hand-painted design on a card that was created by writer Theodore Hook in London in 1840; he mailed the card to himself, using a black penny stamp. It is believed he created, and mailed the card as a joke to the post office, as the design he painted on it was a caricature of postal workers in a post office. This first court card is now in the hands of a private collector, having sold at auction in 2002 for £31,750, $ 41,275  todays Conversion Rate

The court card made its way to the United States in 1848, with the sending of a card depicting printed advertising. It was a handmade card, like its British predecessor, court cards began being commercially produced in the United States in 1861. The first producer of them was John P. Charlton in Philadelphia, who obtained a patent on his court card design. Charlton soon after sold the rights to his patent to Hyman Lipman. Lipman sold court cards with decorated borders, but no images, and labeled them “Lipman’s postal card.”

In issuing official court cards, England was not far behind the United States. The British post office began issuing court cards without images in 1870, and included a stamp in the design, so buying additional postage was not necessary; the price of the stamp was built into the cost of the court card. There were originally two sizes of cards offered, but the larger one was found to be too difficult to handle by postal workers and was soon discontinued. Thus, the smaller card came into use.

While people had been designing images of their own on-court cards for a while, the first court card sold with a commercially printed image on it was made in France in 1870, by Leon Besnardeau at Camp Conlin. This was a training camp for soldiers who were participating in the Franco-Prussian War. The design of the court card included a picture of piles of weapons on either side of a scroll. The scroll was topped by an image of the arms of the Duchy of Brittany.

In a nutshell, court card postcards can be today be portrayed as the emailing system we operate on now, with the only difference being the internet and interface ( yahoo, Gmail). Prior to the advent of high-class technology, where things such as the internet and smartphones got invented, the art of mailing one another was carried out through the use of court card postcards, which often carried the message and the date at the back of the card. So, if you’ve never seen a court card postcard before, you can logon to postcards gallery websites online like the darlenesoldpostcards.com and check out tons of them there.

Given that they are highly historical, with some of them often being auctioned at a good rate, it is always an amazing sight/plus experience, when you go through the series of ancient court card postcards, with their messages and names written right across the front page of the card. Check them out, and let us know what you think about them in the comment section below. As usual, I wish you happy surfing.

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What are Art Deco Postcards

Art Deco Postcard

Today, there are a lot of Art Deco postcards such as the Miami, FL | Art Deco District Postcard designed by Anderson Design Group, Milano Milan Italy Vintage Travel Postcard designed by Red Wing Gift Shoppe, Vintage Puerto Rico Travel – Tropical Art Deco Postcard designed by Vintage America, and so on. However, before these beautiful and elegant postcards came into existence, something must have provoked the emergence of this style of postcards. And I’m talking about no other than the Art Deco style of art. So, what’s Art Deco? And how did it originate? What was is used for and how did its postcards come into existence? These and many more we shall be looking at in this article. But first things first, let’s have a brief history of how Art Deco originated.

 

Origin of Art Deco

So where did Art Deco originate from? Art Deco originated in Paris in the 1920s. It is short for art decorative and it’s also a style use on things like postcards and so on. Modern art deco was not labeled as a separate category from modernism until 1966, and though the category never changed until 1966. Art deco had a creative but short-lived moment living mainly through the 1920s 30s and dying out in the 40s. Not only did it influence most American cities but it had a huge impact on fashion art, and also furniture.

 

Characteristics of Art Deco

Art Deco are rectangular blocks, which were often arranged in a geometric fashion, that were often then broken up by curbs ornamental elements. The aim of this was to create a monolithic appearance, but later on, applied decorative motives.

 

Popular Art Deco Designers

Rene Lalique

Rene who lived from 1860 to 1945, was a French glassmaker. Lalique was best known for his creations in glass art in the 1920s, alongside his work in an art deco style.

Joseph Hoffman

Joseph who lived from 1872 in 1937, was an Austrian designer. Hoffman was a designer and an architect of consumer goods. He was a very important precursor of the modern movement and art deco style.

 

William Van Alen

William who lived from 1883 to 1954, was an American architect. William Van Allen was the American architect who was in charge of design in New York City’s Chrysler Building, the biggest Art Deco piece around. William also has a building known as the “Van Allen building” named after him, which is a 21st-century interpretation of the Art Deco style. The Van Allen building was made in 2001 and is the most modern Art Deco building today. The building can be found in Brighton UK.

 

An overview of Art Deco

So what really is Art Deco? Well, it all started way back in 1925, when the International Exhibition of modern decorative and industrial arts, showcased a new design style that breathes excess sophistication and wealth. It was a lavish display of wealth with over-the-top ornamentation, and limitless production means, inspired in part by Aztec and Egyptian art. It was actually a mixture of zigzag modernism, angular and geometric patterns, and symmetries. The more streamlined the shape, the more pleasing it was to the eye. It quickly took over cityscapes theaters, office buildings, government headquarters, industrial complexes, schools and so on. For many years, no one really had a name for it. Spoken about either as “art moderne” or in relation to Art Nouveau Art Deco, it was in the real sense, an art and design movement that escaped denomination.

 

However, it wasn’t till 1968 that the British art critic Bevis Hillier coined the term in architecture. It developed in tandem with new zoning laws that led to the construction of skyscrapers. This gave the world, the most iconic Art Deco buildings of the 20th century such as Shrieve lamb and Harmons Empire State; the building in New York City, William Van Allen’s Chrysler Building in New York City, Holabird and Ruth’s Chicago Board of Trade Building, and Edward Durell Stone and Donald DesKey’s Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

 

It also gave the world some famous artists like French artists Paul: as Jean Carlos’s famous poster aesthetic. The art deco style was applied to all aspects of design furniture, jewelry textiles fashion, and industrial design and architecture. Starting with the Great Depression and moving into World War two, the mood of the country changed. People, as a result, felt that art deco’s flashiness was out of place. Thus, in the 1960s, artists started gravitating back to Art Deco. However, it wasn’t until the 1980s that the Art Deco’s revival really took off.

 

Think about it, people were excited about technology, American optimism was trending, and ostentatious luxury was back in fashion. The famous show Miami Vice featured a newly renovated 1937 Park Central Hotel which was emblematic of the people’s go aesthetic. The 80s version of Art Deco was in full swing for better, for worse.  Today, Art Deco has been showing up in unexpected ways. The best examples of the Art Deco revival are those in which it’s incorporated into an eclectic design scheme. Unlike earlier times, showcasing Art Deco isn’t meant to make a grand statement like it once did. People enjoyed the touch of glam you can achieve with it when mixing and matching. Ultimately, it embodies the mix of leisure sleek shapes and sophistication that are ever-evolving technological era can’t get enough of.

 

So now the question is, will Art Deco and its variations such as the postcards ever go away? One thing’s for sure, history tends to repeat itself, so rather than expecting it to go anytime soon, you should rather get used to it staying around a bit longer. After all, everyone appreciates beautiful art, and Art Deco postcards are one of such arts.

In a nutshell, the best way to appreciate art is to know its roots. And having seen the rich and beautiful historical background Art Decor has; now you understand why people love it so much, and why you can find it virtually anywhere.

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RPPC / Real Photo Postcards49.89$ 2,025 / 4.99282,245Postcards
Topographical Postcards$ 2.99$ 13.50 / 1.27131Postcards
Undivided back Postcards$ 2.19$ 254.01 / .739,077Postcards
Vignette Postcards$ 11.15$ 231.59 / 1.991,261Postcards
Write - away Postcards$ 10.51$ 37.49 / 1.99175Postcards

 

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What are Embossed Postcards

What is a Embossed Postcards

Unlike the other variations of postcards often found in art stores, an embossed postcard is visible everywhere from wedding incantations to greeting cards and so on. So, if you’re wondering what embossing means and how long it’s been in the postcard business, this article is certainly for you.

A Brief Overview of Embossed Postcards (EP)

The truth is, you’ve probably seen an embossing feature on perhaps greeting cards or a friend’s wedding invitation card and you never knew. Actually, postcard embossing has been around since the turn of the 20th century, when people started pasting their own pictures into generic embossed cards, and then send them to friends and loved ones. So what does it mean to emboss a postcard?

What is Embossing?

The process of embossing uses heat and a pair of etched metal dies to raise a design above the surface of a sheet of paper. The bas relief (or male) die pushes the picture up, while the mold-shaped (or female) die presses on the paper from above. And what often comes out as a result of this, is an elevated, embossed picture on one side, and an indented, or let’s say, the debossed picture on the other.

Why Emboss a Postcard?

Actually, embossing gives postcards an attractive tactile and visual dimensional effect. Other than that, it can be used for letters, logos, graphics, borders or other design elements. Basically, anything that you would want to stand out, embossing can help you achieve that.

Examples of Embossed Postcards (EP)

Because they have an elevated pattern that’s visible from both front and back, EP creates some special design considerations.

Choose a cardstock and a picture that is well-suited to embossing – and to each other. Certain card stocks produce better embossing than others, so consult with your printing company before carrying out any embossing effect. Also, the same is true of pictures. A picture with a lot of fine details may not be a good candidate for embossing. That’s why the type of stock you use will affect how the embossing looks. Thus, card stocks that are more soft and thick will produce greater detail in the embossing, while others will create a deeper picture. Embossing is more visible on paper stocks with lower brightness.

Rules of Embossing a Postcard

There are some rules you would have to obey if you want to have a well-embossed postcard for your event. And basically there are two golden rules which include;

Never plan any embossing in the areas where the address and postage will be

This is because the goal of postcards is so that the addresses can be easily read. And, if you emboss the area where the address is often located, people won’t be able to read the address and your aim will be defeated.

Avoid printed text in the embossed areas

It’s more like the other way round. Since you don’t have to emboss the area where the address text is going to be, do not plan to write anything in an embossed area. It is more like a give to Cesar what belongs to Cesar Thing.

Use the embossed pattern as a design element on both sides. Plus, always remember that embossed text will appear backward on the postcard’s reverse side.

Types of Embossing

Actually there is one major type or branch of embossing and that’s known as the blind embossing approach. When embossing is used alone, it is often known as blind embossing. It can also be paired with ink or colored metal foil (using a combination embossing and foil stamping die) to make the embossed design really “outstanding.”

As an alternative to a raised picture, some design elements might work best as an indented picture, which is known as debossing. In this case, the male and female dies are reversed.

How to Use an Embossed Postcard (EP)

An EP is a great way to attract attention to a product, service or event. When paired with colored inks or foil stamping, embossing opens up a whole range of design possibilities, from understated and traditional, to colorful and edgy. Embossing can help you convey a particular message, promote your brand, and encourage people to act.

Having an Embossed Postcard makes an invitation to be it a sales, seminar or event, feel so special. That is the primary reason why embossed invitations are common for special occasions like weddings and galas. By embossing your postcards, you suggest that your event is special as well. Embossing suggests that something is official, certified or guaranteed. Blind embossing is used for official government seals, and we’ve all heard of a “seal of approval.” That’s why embossing on a postcard often translates to quality and credibility.

Embossing is a good way to enhance upscale products and services. Nevertheless, an EP feels (and is) more expensive than a standard one, and that is why it sends a stronger message about the luxury qualities of a product or service.

 

Embossing gives postcards a texture that stands out. With its raised design, an EP feels different than a plain one. An EP instantly stands out from the rest of the mail, increasing the chances that the recipient will read the card and act on it with utmost delight.

In a nutshell, embossing can turn a postcard from ordinary to exceptional. And given that it can be designed in a wide range of custom stocks, ink colors and foils, embossing your postcard would be an ideal thing to do. Or lets me put it this way. If you want people to honor your invitation to whatever event you’re about hosting, be it a seminar, sales talk, wedding, child reception, whatsoever, embossing such a postcard will help give you that prestigious image that will be capable of attracting not only the receivers of your postcard but also people who happen to come across it perhaps from a friend or family member. Think of embossing as a magic wand to getting the turn out of your dream. Try this out and let us know what you think about your embossed postcard.

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Undivided back Postcards$ 2.19$ 254.01 / .739,077Postcards
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