Postcards come in roughly four sizes :
- Small: 8.8 centimetres high by 14 cm. long (most common size until approx. 1970s)
- Medium / Average: 10.5 cm. x 15 cm. (this is probably the most common size nowadays)
- Large: 11.7 cm. x 16.9 cm.
- Long: 10.1 cm. x 22.9 cm
They may vary a centimetre or two and a few ones are considerably larger – but almost never smaller. I checked Canada Post and the United States Postal Services website for their specifications for postcard size:
Minimum size: Canada Post is 9 cm x 14.cm.; USPS is 8.9 cm x 12.7 (this standard also applies for letters)
Maximum size: Canada Post is 12 cm by 23.5 cm.; USPS is 10.8 cm. by 15.2 cm.
Larger sizes are allowed but require extra postage. But smaller sizes – it seems they are not even allowed. This isn’t surprising as they would be almost impossible to be processed through the automated system that postal services used nowadays.
So I was quite surprised to receive this tiny postcard in 2005. It measures only 7.6 cm. by 11.5 cm.
Broadbent resigned from the New Democrat Party (NDP) leadership on this day back in 1989 (Globe & Mail). These postcards were likely produced for his much-hyped return to politics in 2004. I received this postcard from people who worked with a Peterborough, Ontario NDP candidate’s election campaign.
Greetings from Peterborough. Hope you and your family are doing well. We are enjoying our stay here. Wish you were here. Look forward to seeing you soon. P.S. Is [our daughter] walking yet?”
“Ed takes a victory stretch on board the tour plane during the 1979 election campaign.”
Considering its small size, against Canada Post’s rules (which I imagine were the same in 2005), I’m surprised it made it through the mail (it’s not surprising that the stamp wasn’t cancelled). But then considering that Ed Broadbent was among Canada’s top champions for workers, it’s not surprising that the unionized postal workers let this one make it through.
This postcard is also remarkable for leading me to the best dead webpage (404 error) for the URL mentioned the caption.