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A postcard or post card is a rectangular piece of thick paper or thin cardboard intended for writing and mailing without an envelope. In some places, it is possible to send them for a lower fee than for a letter. Stamp collectors distinguish between postcards and postal cards . While a postcard is usually printed by a private company, individual or organization, a postal card is issued by the relevant postal authority. The United States Postal Service defines a postcard as: rectangular, at least 3½ inches high × 5 inches long × 0.007 inches thick and no more than 4¼ inches high × 6 inches long × 0.016 inches thick; . However, some postcards have deviated from this .

The study and collecting of postcards is termed deltiology.

In 1861, John P. Charlton of Philadelphia patented the postcard, selling the rights to H. L. Lipman, whose postcards, complete with a decorated border, were labeled "Lipman's postal card." Then in 1873, Post Master John Creswell, introduced the first pre-stamped "penny postcards". These first postcards depicted Interstate Industrial Exposition that took place in Chicago. The postcards were made because people were looking for an easier way to send quick notes. The first postcard to be printed as a souvenir in the United States was created in 1893 to advertise the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

Wikipedia, Postcards, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postcard (as of Apr 1, 2010)

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