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It's been touted as a way to simplify tax filing and is something President Trump pushed congressional Republicans to come up with. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the document "will be a postcard, as we've promised, and hard-working taxpayers won't have to spend as much time filling out their taxes."


Howard Gleckman, a senior fellow at the Tax Policy Center, a Washington think tank, says the whole concept of a written tax form postcard is kind of irrelevant these days. After all, who uses paper anymore to file their taxes?

Trump and congressional Republicans promised to slim down the size of the 1040 form to postcard size when they first talked about their tax cut bill. The president even kissed a mock-up during a White House appearance.

From promotions to parties, postcard printing is versatile and functional for personal and professional needs alike. Street marketing handouts, wedding invitations or holiday greeting cards, postcard designs can be easily customized for business and special occasions. Add mailing services with optional envelopes for a cost-effective direct mail marketing campaign.

If you are designing a postcard or an envelope to be mailed through the United States Post Office then there are a few regulations you will need to follow to ensure that your product meets the guidelines required for mailing. See more details here.

A few changes in postal policy encouraged an explosion in the popularity of this colorful means of casual correspondence. In 1898, the rate to send a postcard was lowered to one cent. In 1899, an even more important catalyst occurred: Rural Free Delivery. It meant that the Post Office Department began home mail pickup and delivery at all U.S. residences, obviating a long trip to the nearest post office. Back in 1893, one-term Georgia Representative Thomas E. Watson introduced legislation for the service. Congress appropriated the small amount of $10,000 to try it out, though the Postmaster General balked at implementing such a big change on such a tiny budget. But in 1896, when Congress appropriated $40,000 for the project, the Post Office Department began rolling out home mail service for all.

Others in the industry, though, felt differently. These printers argued that increased tariffs on postcards from abroad would help U.S. workers, including many skilled workers who could fill the gap created by fewer imports and increase revenues for domestic printers. When the tariff passed, the latter group carried the day. Imported postcards were taxed at a much higher rate than before: 15 cents per pound at import, and 25 percent at the time of purchase.

And so died a fad. Although postcards persevered as travel mementos for decades to come, the numbers bought and sent never again approached the more than 900 million per year reached during their golden age.

Sending mail with USPS is easy! Our video will help you with most letters, cards, and postcards you send domestically (inside the U.S.), including U.S. territories and military bases in the U.S. and abroad.

Postcards are for short messages that you don't need to put in an envelope. Save money using a $0.48 postcard stamp to send a standard-sized postcard anywhere in the U.S. Standard postcards are usually made of paper, are between 5" to 6" long and 3-1/2" to 4-1/4" high, and are between 0.007" and 0.016" thick.

Custom postcards help get the word out about your business at tradeshows and corporate events. Choose from thousands of layouts, upload your own design or create one using our template tool. Add your logo, photos and custom text. Postcards are available for same-day printing if ordered before 2pm and picked up 30 minutes before the store closes. Postcards can be ready for pickup in as little as 3 hours with our new Express Pickup service. Same-day and Express Pickup options are available for select quantities. Printed with a gloss finish. Upgrade to a premium, heavyweight cardstock to stand out.

What makes this card so important? With just one card you can raise your voice to support victims of family violence. Just under 40% of victims of family violence are denied shelter in our state for the sole reason that the community does not have enough resources. These postcards, signed by Texans like you and delivered to legislators in the spring, let YOU be a part of creating a solution by asking our Legislators to make sure no survivor is EVER turned away.

Postcards, as we are familiar with them today, have taken a considerable amount of time to develop. First restricted by size, color, and other regulations, postcard production blossomed in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Postcards were popular because they were a quick and easy way for individuals to communicate with each other. Today deltiology, or the collection of postcards, is a popular hobby.

The following is a brief general history of the postcard in the United States. The dates for each time period are not concrete and different sources contain slightly variable dates. It is also important to keep in mind that postcard types produced in one period could also be produced in another, but were simply not produced in the same volume as other card types of the period.

On February 27, 1861, the US Congress passed an act that allowed privately printed cards, weighing one ounce or under, to be sent in the mail. That same year John P. Charlton (other places seen as Carlton) copyrighted the first postcard in America.

Postcards are an inexpensive way to get an immediate message to customers. When they arrive in the mail, there's the message -- no envelope to open! First-Class Mail postcards are a great value, too. With First-Class Mail postcards, you pay a low price and get all of the benefits, like forwarding and return that come with First-Class Mail. And, if you mail with single-piece First-Class Mail postage affixed, there is no extra work involved -- simply drop the postcards in a collection box.

If your mailpiece does not meet the dimensions above, then the Postal Service considers it a letter and letter-size postage is charged. With USPS Marketing Mail, there is a little more flexibility -- there is no separate (lower) price for postcards, so you don't have to worry about your postcard being too big -- because you're paying letter prices anyway. But make sure that your postcard is no larger than 6-1/8" x 11-1/2" x 1/4" thick. Mailpieces larger than any of those dimensions and you'll have to pay flats (large envelope) postage prices.

Save a PDF that you can email or upload to your print service provider. With the Publish Online feature, you can quickly create a link to your postcard that you can share online in a blog or website or on social media.

The Postcard Creator helps students learn to identify all the typical parts of a postcard, and then generate their own postcard messages by typing information into templates. Students fill in the address, details on the postcard's artwork, and the postcard message. The finished postcard can then be previewed, edited, and printed. After printing their texts, students can illustrate the front of their postcards in a variety of ways, including drawing a picture, creating a collage of images, or printing and pasting clipart in place.The tool is easy to use, made even easier with the Postcard Planning Sheet, a printable PDF students can use to draft and revise their work before creating and printing their final postcards on the computer. See a completed sample Postcard based on Where the Wild Things Are for details on what a student's work might look like.

On November 13, 1991, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History acquired approximately 4600 color and black-and-white postcards from Forrest Lamar Cooper, a former Senior Customer Service Agent with Delta Air Lines. The theme of the collection is Mississippiana, and Cooper especially focused on scenes of small towns, mineral springs, agricultural and forestry activities, and railroads. The cards span the years 1892 to the 1940s and depict people and places from seventy-seven of Mississippi's eighty-two counties, and even three other states (Illinois, Massachusetts, and Tennessee). The cards were scanned in the roughly geographical order into which Cooper arranged them.

In 2016, the Curt Teich Postcard Archives Collection was transferred to the Newberry from the Lake County Discovery Museum in Wauconda, Illinois. Totaling more than 500,000 unique postcard images, the collection is a treasure trove of 20th-century visual culture.

The collection includes over 300,000 views of cities, towns, natural wonders, and other sites of interest in the US, as well as thousands of images of sites in Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean, especially from 1900 to 1970. The midwestern US is especially well documented thanks to our collections of the Curt Teich Co., Detroit Publishing Co., and V. O. Hammon Co. postcards.

Rich documentation of popular culture is available across the collections, including humorous comic-art postcards and thousands of postcards for restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and other amusements. Specific topical collections focus on Route 66 tourist attractions, sports postcards, expositions and world's fairs, amusement parks, "tall-tale" postcards featuring exaggerated imagery, and African American short-wave radio DJ postcards. 041b061a72

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