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Oversized Advertising Cards Circa 1900 (Private Mailing Cards)

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Posted 12/06/2021   12:19 pm  Show Profile Check revenuecollector's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add revenuecollector to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I stumbled across these locally, and while not exactly within my wheelhouse, I found the early advertising on these oversized cards extremely interesting. At least one is specifically labeled as a "private mailing card", but I don't know what the dimension or weight limitations were at the time.

The first one is especially interesting as it is not just a single card, but rather a tri-fold panel that exceeds 33 inches when unfolded. Was this legitimately able to be mailed for 1 cent, or were they running afoul of the postal regulations of the time?

The last one appears to be a good 10 years earlier than the others.

1. 282mm x 182mm (11.1 inches x 7.2 inches folded)

2. 280mm x 178mm (11 inches x 7 inches)

3. 236mm x 180mm (9.3 inches x 7.1 inches)

4. 215mm x 145mm (8.5 inches x 5.7 inches)

5. 222mm x 158mm (8.75 inches x 6.25 inches)

6. 226mm x 152mm (8.9 inches x 6 inches)

7. 227mm x 148mm (8.9 inches x 5.8 inches)

8. 222mm x 120mm (8.75 inches x 4.75 inches)

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I suggest that these oversized cards were rated as printed matter and at the post card rate.
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