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

Every single penpal listing has been 'composed' by Raimo already for 60 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 at present, earlier also as pdf-files when web offset printed.

All the Signal magazines printed in the last 49 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 new 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, circulars etc.

Below you see some front pages of the Signal with information about each issue. I hope you'll find this "Signal history" worth reading !

Raimo Kaarna, the publisher



NOW YOU CAN ALSO READ
ALL 1960-2000 BACK ISSUES OF SIGNAL MAGAZINES
IN ACTUAL SIZE & COLORS

as they were printed on paper
in those 40 years - over 100 separate issues, 50.000 penpals and photos, collectors, mail order ads, penpal clubs far over from 100 countries, news, editorials...
1960-1969 = 6.500 penpals
1970-1979 = 10.850 penpals
1980-1989 = 16.700 penpals
1990-1999 = 18.400 penpals
SIGNALPENPALS.NET 1997-2017
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 |
READ ANY PAGE OF SIGNAL 1960-2018
- - - PRINTED SIGNALS NO LONGER AVAILABLE - - -


Have you ever wondered what is

WORLD'S LARGEST PENPAL MAGAZINE !!!!!!

Now you can read every page of this
GIANT color tabloid issued over 30 years ago. Click the front page and it opens in a separate window for you. In fact all the 40 pages are open for you to read,

Just remember the ads are NOT valid any longer, most addresses are NOT valid but you will see what the print media was like in 1985. The printed Signal is NOT available now in 2018.

RAIMO KAARNA, THE PUBLISHER

www.signalpenpals.net
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www.signalpenpals.net



This page will be continued later as I have time...
More photos, more history of penpal publishing.
Also other international penpal papers' photos will be seen here in the future.

Raimo Kaarna, the publisher
YOUR COMMENTS ON THE SIGNAL BELOW, PLEASE !!!!