ONLY THE WEB EDITION is available
from 2018 onwards, FREE of course.
Having been publishing the Signal penpal magazine since January 1960 at the age of 16 I've
come to a turning point in this publishing hobby... In 58 years the postman has carried nearly 200.000 letters to my earlier
box address and to my home office street address. And I've personally packed the printed Signal-magazines into almost 200.000 envelopes
and taken them to the nearest post office to send them to you, the readers. The total amount of printed paper Signals is almost 400.000 copies !
The printed Signal magazine - signalpenpals.net - is a one-man-hobby-business. Every word in all the penpal listings has been written,
edited and layouted by just one person, me - Raimo Kaarna. I am 75 years old now...
This older age forces me to reduce my 'work burden' - I have to take it easier. Therefore year 2017 was the last year when the Signal had
two different versions -
this web edition on the internet and the smaller one printed on paper.
From 2018 onwards
ONLY THE WEB EDITION
is available, FREE of course.
If you want to get PRINTED SIGNALS you have to print them yourself with your computer and your printer.
Raimo Kaarna in 1989 at his office in the daily newspaper Etelä-Suomen Sanomat in Lahti Finland
Hundreds of newspapers and magazines around the world have 'killed' their printed editions and gone entirely into the electronic publishing versions only.
I was working in the local daily newspaper called Etelä-Suomen Sanomat - circulation over 50.000 - from 1966 to 1989. My job was to
write ad texts, do the lay-outs, take care of ad space marketing and sales, design brochures and circulars, sales letters, keep up customers mailing lists etc.
Similar work as with the printed Signal or nowadays with the signalpenpals.net, and my other websites.
I have stopped my paid subscription to my earlier employer's newspaper several years ago, even though I am an ex-newspaper professional.
Anyhow I keep reading four different newspapers - the electronic versions - every day. And it costs to me simply NOTHING, the printed versions of
these four Finnish newspapers would cost over 1.000 euros or 1.000 USA dollars yearly.
Keep reading the web edition of the Signal = www.signalpenpals.net - it is FREE !
Also your personal penpal listings are FREE, one ad monthly.
If you prefer international collectors swapping ads go to my other site - www.globalcollectors.net - your exchange wants and offers listed free.
Do you know what kind of printed penpal papers or collectors magazines were issued in the last 50 years ?
Then visit www.penpalclubs.net.
If you speak also the Finnish language look at www.lahtelaista.net - my website about my hometown Lahti - 100.000 inhabitants -
in Finland. Also this website can be google-translated into English and 90 other languages.
SIGNAL READERS BACK IN 1970'S 80'S
Raimo Kaarna, some letters from the readers
Signal had its own offset printing press earlier
Later it was printed on web offset presses
Publisher's ex-wife with two Algerian readers
A cold beer refreshens the publisher
U.S. robot or puppet reader in the 80's
Mr R P Agrawal, Indian businessman searching for...
The publisher resting and enjoying the sun
Happy 50th Anniversary of the Signal
In West Germany a reader glanced the ads
Raimo Kaarna in his Signal office
Leyland K Stoddart in Philippines, philatelist and publisher
Young reader in Hungary, Focht Sandor's son Arpad
In Indonesia Arcole Ary Tandy helped Signal in circulation
The publisher with a few letters, banknotes
India - is this photo from Amritsar?
Readers even in Libya, Kauidder Mekki
Signal's computers in the 80's, excellent
Some of the archieves back in 80's and 90's
Signal has been quite popular in India
The readers had to pay for their ads and Signals
This reader, Wilfried Elsner, is from West Germany
Thousands of Ghanaian Cedis, valueless now
Two personal computers of the past years
The latest tabloid Signals were issued in 2004
Mimi from Indonesia visited Signal in 2014
The Signals were laser printed in color in 2014
That's what the SIGNALs looked like from 1979 to 2004...
The size was usually tabloid, 5.000 copies.
SIGNAL issues from 1969 to 1973 were magazine size. 10.000 copies per issue...
Signals 1988-89, photocopied
Offset printed Signals 1990-91
All Signals 1995-2007 were digitally printed by your publisher
Signals 2007-08 color laser printed
SIGNALs 1960-69 were mimeographed and offset printed, 1.000 circulation, my address the same as now in 2013.
March 8 2018
Friday, February 9, 2018
That's what your publisher looked like back in 1983, thirty five years ago...
Take also a look at THE EDITORIAL of the 24-page multicolor SIGNAL INTERNATIONAL
tabloid issue 60 - 8.000 circulation - 1700 ads worldwide. Read some 'old news' about
Signal's new computers, guess how many letters were received yearly or daily...
Worth reading if you want to learn something about penpal magazine publishing history.
I'll scan more 'old news' from the past Signals for you later.
Happy reading -
Bangladesh calling - Signal on front cover
Happy New Year 2018
to all the Signal readers
This New Year card is changed hourly
All the cards are from 1900's, 1910's and 1920's and
originally mailed to the grand aunties of Signal's publisher, Raimo Kaarna.
January 12, 2018
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