While writing the address is one of the simplest things when it comes to sending a postcard, it is sometimes not clear "where" to put it. For this reason it is essential to think about it before writing the message. For those times when you've forgotten to enter the recipient's address before jotting down your long, wordy message, there is always a way to fix it.
Part 1 of 2: Write the Address Correctly
Step 1. Identify the area dedicated to the recipient's address
It is usually found on the right side of the postcard, in the lower half. Typically, a vertical line is printed separating the left field from the right field. If not, imagine there is a line in the center and use the right half to write the address.
Many postcards print horizontal lines showing where to enter the recipient's address. However, this is not universally valid, so consider the right half as the best place to report that information
Step 2. Write the address respecting the correct format
If you are making a postcard with a photo or image or have purchased one without horizontal lines, then you need to organize the spaces on the back yourself. Ask the post office for more details about the special requirements for postcards. In general, these are the rules you must respect:
- The back of the postcard should be divided into two portions, one on the right and one on the left, with or without the presence of a vertical line. The area on the left is dedicated to the message.
- The destination address, the postage stamp and any other postmark or endorsement must be in the area to the right. This must be at least 5.3 cm wide (from the right edge of the postcard).
Step 3. Draw a neat square around the address to highlight it
This helps the postal employee to notice the address and minimizes the possibility of error.
You can also write all the way to the edge of the perimeter of the square without worrying about the message confusing or overlapping the address
Step 4. Paste the stamp in the upper right corner
This is the standard position for all stamps. Sometimes you may need to add more than one, depending on where you are sending the postcard.
Part 2 of 2: Fixing Errors
Step 1. Consider writing the address first
In most cases, postcards have dedicated lines right at the address of the recipient, but there are some that are completely blank. Make it a habit to always write down the address before writing the message, to make sure you don't fill all the space with it.
Step 2. Paste the address on the postcard
If you wrote it with a wrong ballpoint pen or even forgot to insert it, then take a piece of paper and draw a rectangle the size of the postcard. Write all the information on the back of the postcard on this rectangle, not forgetting the address. Now cut and glue the new "back" onto the existing postcard.
Even if the post office clerk will not appreciate your decoupage work much, he will still do his best to deliver the postcard
- When it comes to postcards, the rule is to be short and concise. If you respect this advice, you will not have problems with space to write the address.
- Generally, the sender's address should not be written on the postcard, especially if you send it while on vacation; however, if you are at home, you can write your address in the upper left corner.
- Write clearly and precisely. If you make a mistake or the post office clerk can't read what you wrote, the postcard will probably not be returned to the sender unless you have added your address.