PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS LETTER WAS WRITTEN IN 1984 AND DOES NOT REFLECT THE CURRENT VALUE FOR THIS CARD.

CHRISTMAS 1984 HOLD-TO-LIGHT POST CARD

   Thank you for ordering one of my new post cards. This is the third hold-to-light (HTL) card that I have produced. The two previous cards were made in 1975 for the U.S. Bicentennial.

    I have tried to correct some of the problems that we had with the 1975 cards:

  1.     On the older cards, I printed a black back that "lit" through the windows when held to light. This card has a red back that cancels out when held up to light in most sections.
  2.     There were several dots on the front of later printings of the Independence Hall card. I have tried to correct this from more experience on my printing press.

    The only anticipated variations on this card will be the shades of blue in the sky. The only reason for this is the printing process requires that I add ink every 50 or 100 cards, so the first impressions will of course be "darker" than later ones. On some of the earlier impressions the ink skips over a section of the card and small "clouds" seem to appear in various sections. I could not find a suitable correction for that problem.

    If these cards sell as well as hoped, I will be producing more cards on a continuing basis. I have now got the system together again, but still anticipate possible delays in filling orders as Christmas approaches.

    Please send me your comments! I always need suggestions on how to improve the card, or ideas for new ones.

    P.S. Note that each card is individually numbered on the bottom reverse of the card. The total printing will be somewhat below 5,000.