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An old trick we used for mailing dylux proofs was to pre-print on the outside of the envelope for the post office to hand-stamp ... use something along the lines of "pressure sensitive material - please hand-cancel" and the always important - 'photographic material - do not bend' This also makes people sit up and take notice when going through the mail -' who is sending me something this important?' HTH - Ann K ----- Original Message ----- From: "Larry Gustafson" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: <email@example.com> Sent: Friday, January 21, 2000 6:12 PM Subject: Damaged prints - US Postal Service - Prevention > This Christmas, delighting in the possibilities of my Epson 1200, I decided > to make my own Christmas cards. I printed about 100 Christmas cards from a > drum-scanned 4x5 negative, using the Epson 1200 and Epson ink. I printed > on Red River scored card stock (58 lb Denali Matte-Coated) using a standard > Epson quadtone curve. The images were stunning. > > A few weeks later the postal service returned some of my cards because of > out-of-date addresses. I opened the envelopes with the idea or sending the > cards back out to correct addresses and saw, to my surprise, that the > images were completely trashed. They looked diseased with white blotches > all over the image. It was like a white algae had formed on them. At > first I thought the cards had gotten wet in the mail, but I had cards from > different parts of the country with the same problem. > > On further investigation, it appeared that there was a pattern to the > blotches. I looked at the outside of the envelopes and could see the same > pattern. Where a dirty line had been formed on the outside of the > envelope, through some pressure roller in a postal machine, I could see the > same line formed by blotches on the image. When I put the card back into > the envelope the marks on the envelope matched up with the blotches on the > image. Apparently, the postal machine that cancels the stamp or puts the > little bar codes on the envelope applies so much pressure to the envelope > it rubs off parts of the image inside. > > I'm going to do some experiments by mailing cards to myself to see if I can > stop this from happening in the future. I would appreciate any comments or > suggestions. Would a clear acrylic spray protect the image? Would a sheet > of tissue paper over the image inside the envelope help? Perhaps a card > insert between the image and the envelope? I appreciate any suggestions. > I'll let you know the results of my experiment. > > Larry Gustafson > firstname.lastname@example.org > > > - > Please turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use > accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for instructions. > - Please turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for instructions.
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