In the case of these envelopes ”recycling” has a different meaning: the raw material for this envelope is not reprocessed paper from waste paper collection but rather that from hot-off-the-press maps that had mistakes on them. Whether it was a matter of contour lines not being accurate or whether the path of a street had been changed is irrelevant because the it is the sheets of paper themselves that, although seemingly and temporarily worthless, are put to good use by punching out the shapes for envelopes and mailers out of them. The manufacturer saves a great deal of energy by using this process (he says it is as much as 95%) while of course also saving a large amount of the raw materials that would be used for making the paper itself. “Well, well!,” the consumer will think, “then the envelopes must cost next to nothing!” But that is not the case, the supplier will reply, the price is pushed up by the fact that there are only small production runs for these envelopes. And we think the actual price is more than reasonable considering that the envelopes are particularly beautiful, look very special and end up stirring up a lot of interest – features not many envelopes can claim to possess!
These envelopes are available in two versions, one with the printing on the exterior and one with it in the interior (the exterior is then white!). In the case of the latter, the map only shines through to the front to a limited degree, which means that any writing on it can still be clearly read. In the case of the version with the map on the exterior, it is probably best that the address be placed in the window!
By the way: envelopes whose flap is on the short side are referred to as mailers.
Please note: the areas depicted on the maps vary. The fact that the map motif changes with each new batch is just part of the game – and we have no control over the motif you end up with.
Envelopes are usually available with three different types of seals. In order to avoid any confusion, here is a short explanation of the most used terms:
- A gummed envelope has a strip of gum on the flap that is activated by moisture (licking).
- A press seal envelope is closed by folding down a flap and pressing the two strips of glue together. No moisture is required.
- Peel and seal envelopes are closed by removing the strip that covers the adhesive on the flap and pressing the flap into place.
What is the difference between envelopes on the one hand and mailers on the other? An envelope on which the flap is on the short side is called a mailer; if the straight or pointed flap is on the long side it is called an envelope.
The most common sizes of mailers are as follows:
DIN C5 162 x 229 mm
DIN B5 176 x 250 mm
DIN C4 229 x 324 mm
DIN B4 250 x 353 mm
DIN E4 280 x 400 mm
Size and position of the DIN window:
DIN C5, B5:
The size of the window is 45 x 90 mm and its position when the mailer is horizontal is on the left (flap on the right) with a 60 mm margin from the bottom and 20 mm margin from the left side.
The size of the window in 55 x 90 mm and its position when the mailer is upright (flap at the top) is on the left side with a 212 mm margin from the bottom and a 20 mm margin from the left.
Because the post office is constantly changing the maximum size and limitation parameters, we refer you here to the hopefully always current Deutsche Post webpage: www.deutschepost.de. There you can also consult the German post office postage calculator (only in German although some info in English can be found on the Internet).
Similar webpages for other countries can be easily found in the Internet