The Signal has been issued since 1960
by Raimo Kaarna in Lahti, Finland !

And you can read EVERY PAGE of all the
Signal Penpal Magazines of 1960 to 2018...


I've been scanning thousands of pages of the old Signals in July 2018 and got finally the work done, take a look now !

YOU CAN NOW READ ALL SIGNAL PENPAL MAGAZINES
of 1960-2000 printed on paper in actual size & colors

as they were issued in those 40 years - over 1 0 0 separate issues, and thousands and thousands of penpals and photos, collectors, mail order ads, penpal clubs far over from 100 countries, interesting news and editorials...
1960-1969 = 6.500 penpals 1970-1979 = 10.850 penpals
1980-1989 = 16.700 penpals 1990-1999 = 18.400 penpals

signalpenpals.net 1997-2018 on web already for 20 years...
1997 | 1998 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 |


Raimo Kaarna in Signal's office in 1974. It takes several machines to publish the magazine - the Gestetner 200 offset printing press, a paper cutter, the Morisawa Headliner, IBM ball typewriter, a plate making machine, a photocopy machine, a manual typewriter, shelves for the archieves...
Every single penpal listing has been 'composed' by Raimo already for 58 years. He has made the all the lay-outs and printing originals, even printed several issues back in the 60's, at first with a manual Roneo mimeographing machine and two electric Rex Rotary stencil duplicators, in the 70's and 80's with Signal's own Gestetner 200 and 210 offset printing presses.

In the 80's and 90's most Signals were printed on high speed multicolor newspaper web offset presses, like Signal issues 1/2004 and 2/2004. The Signals of late 90's and this century 2000's have been printed mainly with two digital Ricoh Priport duplicators.

At first the texts were written with manual typewriters, later with electric IBM ball typewriters, Varityper cold composing machine, then with IBM 72 and IBM 82 electronic composing machines and Morisawa MC-201 Photo Typesetter headliner... Signal's first computer was Orborne I bought in 1986, later it was upgraded into a Goldstar 286, Tandy 386, Huyndai 90 MHz Pentium, the newest computer is Targa Visionary multimedia pc. The printing originals are made with the computer and laser printers, or at present as pdf-files when web offset printed.

All the Signal magazines printed in the last 58 years - some 382.000 copies - have been stuffed into envelopes and taken to the local post offices just by one man, Raimo Kaarna. At the current postage rates the cost of mailing 382.000 Signal copies worldwide would be 382.000 x US$ 1,50 = over 500.000,00 USA dollars...

Now the main circulation media is the web, internet, information highway... It is faster and cheaper for all the magazine or newspaper publishers in the world. This publishing system saves lots of money also in the high printing costs of multicolor tabloid Signals, or ink and paper costs of the smaller Signals, circulars etc. Not to mention the time and trouble saved...

Raimo Kaarna, the publisher

Signal's publisher and some of the letters received from the readers in 1983

Robertas Cerskus from Lithuania visited Signal's publisher for a few days in 1991.
Also several other readers, Gottfried Novak from W. Germany, Johnny Jaros from Czechoslovakia, Kit Seyd from Great Britain, an old couple from Leningrad in USSR, a young man from Uzbekistan, two youths from Algeria, a young student from Korea and a young lady from Indonesia have visited Signal in the past.


ON FRIDAY JULY 15TH 2011
THE SIGNAL GAVE AWAY OLD PUBLISHING MACHINERY

- 3 offset printing presses, two Gestetners, one Roto
- 3 digital printers, Ricoh Priport
- 1 Morisawa Photo Headliner
- 2 electronic IBM Composers
- 1 NuArc repro camera
- 1 paper collator, 1 paper folder
- 20 desktop computers
- 6 computer monitors, 2 scanners
- 4 black & white laser printers
- 3 electronic typewriters
- 4 refrigerators, 1 color-tv, 2 phones...
FOUR MEN WERE LOADING THE LORRY FOR 4 HOURS. BUYING PRICE US$ 30 000 - 50 000 IN THE LAST 40 YEARS - NOW I HAD TO PAY 50 EURO TO GET RID OF THEM ! FUTURE SIGNAL ISSUES ON THE INTERNET AND PRINTED ON LASER PRINTERS...






ALSO THE ADDRESS WAS CHANGED ! NEW ADDRESS:
RAIMO KAARNA, PUROKATU 18, FI-15200 LAHTI, FINLAND

Do NOT use the old PO Box address, it is NOT valid


PENPAL MAGAZINES OF THE 2000'S BY COUNTRIES

AT-GH - GI-IN - IR-NP - NZ-US - US-ZA - I swapped advertising space with these publications earlier, many have faded away... Use GOOGLE to search the name of the publisher or the publication to see if they still are alive.
WORLD'S PENPAL PAPERS, COLLECTORS AND MAIL ORDER MAGAZINES OF 1960-2015 Look at the past - see the front pages, info about almost one thousand papers and their publishers. - Some additional front pages of Mail Order and Correspondence magazines from the 1960's