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Discussion in 'WW2 Forums/Forces Postal Service' started by Otto, Oct 23, 2015.

  1. Otto

    Otto No More Half Measures Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    I've been inspired by the reddit postard system to try something similar here.

    For those brave enough to make a tangible connection with the WW2 forums, report in by sending us a postcard! Send a message to me, other Forum members, or even the entire site. I'll collect them, scan them, and post them on the site. The originating locations of all cards will be pinned on this map:
    WW2 Forums/Forces Postal Service Map

    Here is the address of the WW2 Forums/Forces Postal Service:

    WW2F/FPS
    4044 N. Lincoln Ave
    Bunker 508
    Chicago, IL 60618


    Although WW2 content is always appreciated, neither the card nor the message need be WW2/military related. Feel free to send whatever comments or sentiments you like, but be sure to include the following information:

    A Your WW2F.com username in a clearly indicated format. For example if I were to send a card, I'd include the following line of text:
    username: Otto
    B The location you are mailing the card from, which is not necessarily where you live. For example:
    Sent from: sitting on the wall in Rothenburg, Germany.

    Here is an example of the basic info to put on a card if I sent one in, all I would need to add would be a witty message and a stamp. Obviously, your username and the postcard's location of mailing would be your own username (not Otto), and the location you mailed from (not Chicago).
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    Remember, by sending in a postcard to the WW2F/FPS address, you are giving permission to have both sides of the card posted publicly on the internet. Do not include any personal info on the postcard such as a return address or real name unless you want to share it with the internet. All we ask is your WW2 Forums username and the city/town you are sending from, again please do not include your full address. For now I'll scan any postcards I receive and post them in this sub-forum, eventually we'll have more interactive system like reddit's.

    So, if you want a real world, non-digital link to this digital site then send in your postcards, if you dare.
     
  2. Otto

    Otto No More Half Measures Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Based upon some feedback, I decided to create a dedicated area for these postcards, one where members can respond to threads. After all isn't a discussion forum for discussion?

    This thread will remain locked, bot each postcard will receive a dedicated thread and be open for responses.
     
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    Otto No More Half Measures Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Thread opened. I realized you ladies and gentlemen need a place to ask questions and post updates without jumping on other threads.

    Future plans include an interactive site like reddit's and a map detailing all the locations from which I've received postcards. Any users sending from WW2 Museums would be a great addition to the collection.
     
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    Otto No More Half Measures Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Just added a map pinning the location of sender locations, I'll update as they arrive.

    FYI, There are a few changes in the queue for this site in 2016, among them is a small benefit to members who participate in the WW2F/FPS.
     
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    Otto No More Half Measures Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Slipdigit Good Ol' Boy Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    You should have gotten one from me.
     
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    Otto No More Half Measures Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Picked it up yesterday afternoon. Lightning destroyed my computer setup, so no scanning 'til I get one of them repaired and the scanner connected.
     
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    How much is a stamp for a postcard in the US ?

    Keep meaning to send one but not paying £1.05 to post it from UK.

    edit; OK found it.
    April 2016 Update! Postcard rates will decrease from $0.35 to $0.34.
     
  9. OpanaPointer

    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Got a cell phone?
     
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    Otto No More Half Measures Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    I could easily have snapped photos, but I prefer the scanner as it provides a much better image. Much easier to edit in Photoshop and add shadows too.
     
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    There is one in the US postal system already & I've just written another to post tomorrow.
     
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    Sent my 4th postcard today. Hope to see them all on here soon. They'll remind me of my holiday to USA.
     
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    Otto No More Half Measures Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    I'm told I received a postcard with a dawing of a moose on it, so I'm assuming that's from you O. Unfortunately I'm out of the country right now, so I won't be able to add them to our system here until I return to Festung Chicago.
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    I've copied many thousands of pages of documents, including those with that damned green dot (Reference, Non-circulating). A 14-megapixel camera is faster and sharper than a scanner. I use a home-made stand to hold the camera and with that I can take "scans" as fast as I can turn the page.

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    Slipdigit Good Ol' Boy Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    I'm going to do some testing. I have a good twenty years worth of 4x6 photographs in binders that need digitalizing. Scanning takes forever.
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    When I was shooting with that stand I'd do a 300 pages an hour without hustling.
     
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    ah wondered if you'd got them yet or you were away yourself.
    Back home now but that one with the moose pic was from NYC.
     
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    Otto No More Half Measures Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Opana, is there any distortion on the images? I suspect the camera images might have a slight fish eye effect, or am I incorrect in that?

    I like the scanner as the result is a faithful, flat representation of the original. I know it is slow, but I've not yet seen a camera rig that give me a perfect flat copy. Hopefully your mythbusters rig can help me with this.
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    If you get a decent camera there won't be. I use a small Nikon, P520 model IIRC. Good investment, it was $250 four years ago and is still taking excellent pictures. Came with a 40X zoom. I have "close up" of a bison's eye somewhere in this rubble.
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    BTW, if you're getting fish-eye with your current camera, shoot from farther away. With a 14 megapixel camera I could shoot a postage stamp on the floor with that rig and get a good image. Imagine a tic-tac-toe game with the center square as your target image and the others as being on the edge of the picture. Then just crop with a picture editing program. Office Picture Manger works adequately for this.
     

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