The Seven Left Hands of God MultiMedia Correspondence Format

Weapon of Choice: “Jubal Harshaw” 1956 Olympia SM3 #785328 The first iteration of the format. Not quite what I’m looking for. The folding template for the envelope. Instructions:
1) Take 8 1/2 X 11″ sheet and from top left edge mark top at 3″ and 6″ in.
2) turn page 90 degrees anti-clockwise and from left top edge mark at 4 3/4″ and 5 1/2″ in.
3) turn page 90 degrees anti-clockwise and from left top edge mark at 3″ and 6″ in.
4) turn page 90 degrees anti-clockwise and from left top edge mark at 4 3/4″ and 5 1/2″ in.
Now turn page 90 degrees anti-clockwise again to return to where you started, and begin folding in on each line shown in the same order as the marking. The inner folds will meet exactly in the center of the page with no overlap. The outer folds will overlap at an angle, and they can be glued or taped in place for sealing. My last un-used stamper platen. Hopefully I have the right left-over letters to make a CD stamp. Yep, that works! (: Check it out! Heat activated embossing – stamp the design with the embossing ink, then coat the stamped image with the embossing powder so it sticks to the ink, then run a heat gun over it to emboss. (: For the second iteration of the design, I’m using internal double-sided tape to seal the envelope flaps. Gold wax seal! Nice – I’m calling this design iteration the “The Seven Left Hands of God” Four test mailings, three to US Correspondents, one to Canada. For mailings within the US, under 2 oz but over 1 oz, non-machineable First Class, we need a $1.06 Non-Machineable “Butterfly” stamp, and a 24 cent “Additional Ounce” stamp, or $1.30 total equivalent. For mailings to Canada, under 2 oz (you get up to 2oz with an international “Forever” stamp to Canada, so no additional ounce stamp needed) plus 40 cents equivalent for the “Non-Machineable” surcharge – which means 4 10 cent stamps because apparently the USPS does not make a forever stamp that either includes or is worth the 40 cent non-machineable charge. I can’t imagine why not. In any case, that’s a total of $1.85 for a “Seven Left Hands of God” mailing to Canada, just 55 cents more than a domestic mailing! Bargain! :D What it would cost to some country other than the US/Canada, I don’t know. It appears to depend on what country you send to, because it’s over 1 oz, and no other country gives you 2oz for a forever International stamp. It would be difficult to keep stamps on hand to account for the variables in those cases. Don’t forget to add a “Non-Machineable” label on the envelope so the postman knows to hand-cancel it!

Why “Non-Machineable”? For at least 2 reasons:
1) The envelope ends up being 6″ X 5″ and USPS wants the width to height to be a ratio of at least 1.3 to 1 – 6/5 = 1.2 to 1, so just under the acceptable ratio for machine processing. The robot thinks it’s square, so don’t know which way the address label is running.
2) We’re shipping a CD/DVD, so we don’t want the robots bending it.
and if applicable, as it is on “The Seven Left Hands of God”, it has a wax seal on the back – which is a third reason for the robots to keep their oily mitts off.

Currently in the earholes:

We Melt Together Like Tygers

Updated: August 14, 2023 — 3:14 pm


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  1. Wow! You’ve suddenly upped the correspondence game another notch!

    1. The conditional factors of supply (I have a lot of regular sized CD/DVD blanks) lead me to be more creative in transport methods. (:

  2. Way cool! I like the gold wax seal.

  3. Caveat Emptor:

    It’s a good idea to ask the recipient to write back with the condition of your package. Even with the “Non Machinable” stamp affixed, sometimes a postal clerk will happily hand cancel, mark non-machinable in giant red letters and yet, some handlers will pass the packet through the machine anyway.

    Voice of Experience

    1. But I must have faith in the gentle human touch of the postman – I have paid the tolls and spun the spells. Surely that is meaningful in the 21st Century?

  4. Received it in the mail in seemingly pristine condition! Thank you so much. What a nice surprise. Haven’t delved into the DVD yet, but will soon.

    1. Excellent! You’re the first to report back! (:

  5. Received in Ottawa on Thursday, August 24th (found this morning only) with half the original seal present.

    1. Contents good, though? (:

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