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    Postcard Titles

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by redroverredrover, Jul 27, 2012.

    I am making some custom postcards and was wondering about how the titles should be punctuated on the back of the cards? The space allowed for the titles is limited. The titles can include the following elements, but this will vary as some are unknown.

    Location:
    town & city
    state only
    general region (i.e., Western America)
    country

    Date:
    specific year
    decade
    general era (i.e., early 20th Century)

    Event:
    specific event
    general description


    Example:

    Smallville, Minnesota, 1967: Geneva County Centennial Parade

    If the town and state and event were unknown then it might be written:

    Midwest, 1960s: Parade

    or

    1960s: Parade

    I am wanting to develop a consistent style among the various titles whose content will vary.
     
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    there's no 'should'... just choose an arrangement that you like and stick with it... the more info you can provide, the better, imo... it always annoys me to see any photograph without pertinent info in the caption... i hate having to wonder where it is or when it was taken...

    are you going to be printing/selling these on your own?
     
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    Thanks,

    I was wondering about the colon in "Smallville, Minnesota, 1967: Geneva County Centennial Parade". Should I just use another comma instead or perhaps a hyphen? The specific event will not always be there so I am looking for punctuation that says "here's" more information, but which should not be expected for every item.

    These will be printed and sold by a 3rd party from my designs.
     
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    i'd advise using two lines... one for the location and year/date and the other for event/description... that will take care of your concern that the event won't always be mentioned...
     

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