The Signal has been issued since 1960
by Raimo Kaarna in Lahti, Finland !
Every single penpal listing has been 'composed' by Raimo already for 57 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.
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...
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 57 years - some 382.000 copies - have been stuffed into envelopes and taken to the local post offices just by one man, Raimo Kaarna.
Now the work burden has become a bit lighter as the main circulation media is the web,
internet, information highway...
This publishing system also lessens the very expensive and heavy postal expenses a lot. In all the Signal has
paid far over US$ 50.000,00 *) for postage stamps alone,
not to mention the high costs for web offset printing, or the ink and paper when printing the Signals myself, envelopes,
Raimo Kaarna, the publisher
P.S. The above text was written almost ten years ago. Some machinery has been bought thereafter,
several computers, scanners, laser printers etc.
*) At current postage rates the cost of mailing 382.000 Signal copies worldwide
- the total cost would be 382.000 x US$ 1,50 = over 500.000,00 USA dollars...
Signal's publisher and some of the letters received from the readers in 1983
Click the below links to see the front pages of all Signal issues with full information.
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.
This page will be continued later as I have time...
MORE PHOTOS, MORE HISTORY OF PENPAL PUBLISHING :
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.
PENPAL MAGAZINES OF THE 2000'S BY COUNTRIES
WORLD'S PENPAL PAPERS, COLLECTORS PUBLICATIONS,
MAIL ORDER MAGAZINES OF THE LAST CENTURY, 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