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Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 23:45:48
Name, age, sex: Rachid, 31, male
Address: MOROCCO
Occupation: accountant
Languages: English, Français, Espagnol
Hobbies: reading, writing, travelling, out going, nature, music
Signal is: nice
Greetings: Looking for female, for a serious relationship.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 23:20:31
Name, age, sex: Jamie, 14, female
Address: Toronto, Ontario, CANADA
Education: grade 10 high school student
Occupation: student
Languages: English
Hobbies: hanging with friends, writing short stories and poems, reading, listening to music, playing soccer, ect.
Signal is: It's a great magazine to find penpals!
Greetings: If you would like to know more about me, become my penpal! I'll never be at a loss for things we can chat about! ;o)

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 22:53:39
Name, age, sex: Chandimal, male
Address: SRI LANKA
Education: advanced level
Occupation: commissioned officer, air force
Languages: English, Sinhala
Hobbies: music, sports
Signal is: nice place to find friends
Greetings: Nice days.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 22:19:56
Name, age, sex: Francis, 34, m
Address: SENEGAL
Languages: English

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 21:59:53
Name, age, sex: Gokha
Address: Rostove on Don, RUSSIA
Education: doctor
Occupation: student
Languages: Pushtoo
Hobbies: walking
Signal is: a beautiful life
Greetings: Wishing all happies.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 21:42:25
Name, age, sex: Daywalker, 12, male
Address: Targu-mures, ROMANIA
Education: school
Occupation: student
Languages: Hungarian, English
Hobbies: swimming, dancing, reading
Signal is: super

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 20:56:05
Name, age, sex: Paul, 29, male
Email: paul
Education: college
Occupation: security and work at a local school
Languages: English
Hobbies: films, music, driving
Greetings: Hi there, let's chat.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 20:05:02
Name, age, sex: Ahmad, 36, male
Address: Ajdabia, LIBYA
Education: P. Sc. petroleum engineering
Occupation: field lead engineer
Languages: English, Arabic
Hobbies: reading, friends making, football, travelling
Greetings: Hope all the best to all the world and peace to all the human been.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 19:12:12
Name, age, sex: Murat, 24
Address: Istanbul, TURKEY
Education: university
Occupation: student
Languages: English, Turkish
Hobbies: swimming, biking, running, computer
Greetings: Hi to everbody, I wanna just a penpal.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 19:05:29
Name, age, sex: N K, m
Address: V. p. s, 274, 3rd Main, Isro L/o, IN-560078 Bangalore, INDIA
Education: graduate degree
Occupation: looking for suitable job in acting field
Languages: English, Hindi
Hobbies: every thing but want penpals from all who help me
Greetings: Be merry, be happy, even give a smile to others.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 19:03:27
Name, age, sex: Ernesta, 18, female
Address: Nevezio 40 B-2, LT-5300 Panevezys, LITHUANIA
Education: student
Languages: English, Lithuanian
Hobbies: sports, music

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 18:53:02
Name, age, sex: Yaduvendra, 25, m
Address: Vaishanavi Provision Store, 274, 3rd Main, Isro Layout, IN-560078 Bangalore, INDIA
Education: B. Sc. , DCM, IIMP, hard & net
Occupation: business
Languages: English, Hindi, Kannada, Sanskrit
Hobbies: penpals with hot girls, potrait, landscape, movies, loves...
Greetings: Love for all.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 18:45:02
Name, age, sex: Abidine, 27, h
Address: Saida, ALGERIA
Education: medecine (7)
Occupation: dr interne
Languages: Francais, Arabe

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 18:28:03
Name, age, sex: Bennett, 29
Address: Plot D 47, Phase 2 Site 1, Kubwa Abuja, COUNTRY???
Education: graduate
Occupation: senior network engineer
Languages: English
Hobbies: soccer, basketball, surfing the web
Signal is: kool

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 17:24:42
Name, age, sex: Habib Diop, 32, male
Address: BP 10376, Dakar-Liberté, SENEGAL
Occupation: teacher
Greetings: I live in Senegal. I'm looking for a woman anywhere in the world for love relationship.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 17:21:58
Name, age, sex: Asim, 24, male
Education: graduation
Occupation: graphic designer
Languages: Urdu, English
Hobbies: friends, music, swimming

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 15:24:14
Name, age, sex: Sunil Kapur
Address: 89 Nayapalli, Bhubneswar, INDIA Education: graduate
Occupation: business
Languages: Engish, Hindi, Oriya
Hobbies: watching movies
Greetings: Hello, longing to meet u all.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 15:16:49
Name, age, sex: Yahaya Fatawu, male
Address: Nsc 587, TL, GHANA
Education: street boy
Occupation: street child
Languages: English
Hobbies: drumming, dancing culturally
Signal is: I want good friends from anywhere.
Greetings: Greetings to all friends out there, I say hi from Ghana, west of Africa...

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 14:52:20
Name, age, sex:
Jonathan Latzoo, 30, black male
Address: 303/3189 King Str East, CA-N2A-1B2 Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA
Education: high school
Occupation: salesman
Languages: English
Hobbies: traveling
Signal is: the best

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 14:31:18
Name, age, sex:
Selvam Nadeson, 30, male
Address: 258, Jalan Seroja 2/7, Persiaran Aman Jaya 2, Bandar Aman Jaya, Sungai Petani, Kedah, MALAYSIA
Languages: English, Malay, Tamil
Hobbies: essay, story and poem writing, singing, art

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 14:31:18
Name, age, sex: Eric Kofie, 15, male
Address: TD 703, Takoradi, GHANA
Education: jss
Languages: English, Twi
Hobbies: reading, exchanging gift, writing litters
Signal is: cool
Greetings: Hi there, a new pal here.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 14:30:49
Name, age, sex: Tina, 19, female
Address: NIGERIA
Education: high school
Occupation: student
Languages: English
Hobbies: making friends, travelling
Signal is: love to be with you
Greetings: Hi lovers !

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 14:28:17
Name, age, sex:
Lemuel Quaidoo, 17, male
Address: MC 653, Takoradi, GHANA
Education: sss
Languages: English
Hobbies: reading, exchanging gift, writing litters
Signal is: great
Greetings: Hi there, a new pal here.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 13:49:56
Name, age, sex: Antonio
Address: ITALIA
Education: high
Occupation: statal office
Languages: Italian, English
Hobbies: Search nice girls, height 170 to 180.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 13:43:55
Name, age, sex: Friday, male
Address: NIGERIA
Education: high school
Occupation: internent
Languages: Igbo, English
Hobbies: readind, exchanging gifts item
Signal is: love and kindness
Greetings: Hello friends.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 13:03:59
Name, age, sex: Kingsley, 27, male
Address: BP 5434, Libreville, GABON
Education: high school grade
Occupation: trading
Languages: French, English
Hobbies: travel, exchange of goods
Signal is: very hopeful
Greetings: Encouraging.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 12:59:49
Name, age, sex: Sridhar
Address: Hyderabad, INDIA
Education: graduate
Occupation: business
Languages: Hindi, English
Hobbies: reading, painting
Signal is: an excellent resource for friendship
Greetings: Hi friends, please let me know if Chinese imported sex toys are available anywhere in India.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 12:57:44
Name, age, sex: Ophelia
Address: PO Box KT 234, Kotobabi-Accra, GHANA
Education: professional
Occupation: student
Languages: English
Hobbies: varying topis
Signal is: romance

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 12:43:17
Name, age, sex: Raju, 42, male
Address: Nileshwar, Kasargod, Kerala, INDIA
Education: high school
Occupation: business
Languages: English, Hindi, Urdu, Malayalam
Hobbies: sports, music, travel
Signal is: good
Greetings: Always smile.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 12:01:55
Name, age, sex:
Zil-e-usman Khan, 19, male
Address: 8/A Usmania Market, Hussain Agahi, Multan, PAKISTAN
Education: doing study
Occupation: student
Languages: English, Urdu, Hindi
Hobbies: travelling, singing, acting, playing, chatting
Signal is: great
Greetings: Good.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 11:59:41
Name, age, sex: Asitha, 23, male
Address: Isuru Uyana, Marawila Road, Nattandiya, SRI LANKA
Email: asitha05@dialogsl.nt
Languages: English
Hobbies: swimming, dancing, badminton
Signal is: good friend
Greetings: Boys, girls, gays are welcome, if you like send me sms...

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 11:56:00
Name, age, sex: Des, 19, male
Address: from, now in Saint Petersburg, RUSSIA
Occupation: student
Languages: English, Russian
Hobbies: friendship
Signal is: fine
Greetings: Want to make friendship with any good person.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 11:53:05
Name, age, sex: Eyan, 20
Address: homeland in Asia, studying in Saint Petersburg, RUSSIA
Occupation: student
Languages: Russian, English
Hobbies: friendship
Signal is: fine
Greetings: I am waitting for a good friend, write me pls if you want me a good friend.


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June 12 2004 © photo by Raimo Kaarna AAMULEHTI, the second biggest newspaper in Finland, told about the Signal and it's publisher Raimo Kaarna on Friday June 11 on two full pages of the weekly Valo tabloid (circulation 142.663, 329.000 readers). Thanks to this article you can win more penpals from FINLAND now...

BUT WHEN WAS THE FIRST NEWSPAPER ARTICLE about the Signal issued ? And where ? Read the below story, it was printed in the 32-page mail order magazine called TABLOID AMERICAN in USA already in August 1962 !!!! YES, 42 years ago...

Behing `Signal´

Raimo Kaarna Publishes the Only Mail Order Paper In Finland ...And Sends It Around The World

The only mail order magazine in Finland is published by a 19-year-old schoolboy named Raimo Kaarna.

But what makes Raimo's paper even more unusual is the fact that he prints it in English -- a strange language for him -- and circulates it throughout the world.

His paper is called "Signal" and he explains the origin of the name this way: "The name Signal we found out in the dictionary book just be chance."

In the publishing business, you have to take a lot of chances, so perhaps this method of choosing a title is as good as any other.

One of the first problems to confront the new publication was, as Raimo puts it, the fact that "we have not mail order business in Finland. I mean mail order in the same aspect as it appears there in USA: circular mailing, big mails, commission circulars, name lists, moneymaking folios, advertising papers devoted to M.O., etc. Mail Order is just unknown business here."

So the young publisher propably was making a smart move when he decided, along with his friends, to print the paper in English rather than Finnish.

Finnish is an easy language if you happen to be a Finn, but it is unlike almost any other language on the face of earth, except possibly Estonian.

"Signal was founded in January 1960, by me and one of my schoolfriends," says Raimo. "We wrote to some foreign publishers and asked some advice how to establish an advertising sheet of hobbyists.

They sent us about 20 names and addresses of young people from different countries. We added our own names and hobbies to the list and took it to be duplicated. The 1.000 copies of Signal's first issue we sent to mailers in many countries for distributing."

The publishers announced that they would accept, in exchange for advertising space, such items as used stamps, matchbox labels, viewcards, magazines, books, etc., and the ads started coming.

"Soon we had to issue Number 2," Raimo recalls. "It had ads on both sides (mimeographed like number 1,
1,000 9x12 copies). Because my name was mentioned as publisher, I began to receive big mails and sample copies of other hobby publications. From them, we got new ideas for our own adsheet.

"We took one co-partner more and issued Number 3 as soon as we got enough ads for it. At that time I noticed that money was lacking of me and sold my share to the shareholders. They issued number 4 together but numbers 5 and 6 were issued by one of them only. Number 5 was the first issue that could be co-published.

"I bought Signal back to me in summer 1961 and have issued it myself (with some co-publishers) since number 7.".
With the publication of the seventh Signal, the paper assumed its present size and shape.
"I enlarged both the circulation, size and amount of ads," Raimo says. More important, it has been regularly printed.

The Signal still exchanges ad space with other publishers, which helps publicize the paper but does not pay the printing bill.

To solve this financial problem Raimo says: "I have got money for the Signal in many different ways. Last summer I had a job and earned money. In autumn I sold my phonograph records and book shelves and this winter I sold nearly all my stamps in order to get Signal printed."

But with youthful optimism he adds:
"I hope the next issue will be paid by advertisers and co-publishers."

Signal is published by Raimo Kaarna at Purokatu 18, Lahti, Finland. Lahti is a city of 70,000 population which, Raimo notes with pride, was the scene of world champion skiing and jumping rivalry in 1958.

"We have here 7 cinemas, one theatre, some 10 secondary schools and about 20 elementary schools and some other schools.

"As you know, Finland is the country of 60,000 lakes. I go at a secondary school and have one year left if I succeed in this term. After that I had to continue studying in one of the universities or high schools in Finland or abroad. Because I would like to know English perfectly, I'll try to go to England or perhaps USA and stay some years there."

Raimo's mail order hobby brings him a few problems. "I have also the same interests as any youngster in the world has," he says. "I like dancing and movies and have a girlfriend, too. Often I play records, most I like jazz and hits. I told mail order to be my main hobby besides my girlfriend and school.

It is unusual for a young man like me in Finland to be publishing a mail order paper printed in English and circulated in USA and all over the world.
Also most of my friends cannot help wondering this hobby of mine.

"I must recognize that mail order is just an odd hobby in Finland. I have sometimes heard about some Finnish stamp and correspondence clubs which issue their membershiplists in English or German and distribute them among the members in Finland and abroad. But I have not seen any."

Raimo's kind of mail order operation is totally unknown to Finland. However, certain types of business do sell by mail in that country, but this mail trade is mainly in merchandise.

He is now trying to make Signal more interesting. "Especially I want to have export/import, mail order, circular mailing, big mails, pen pals, namelists, stamp exchange, sales, etc. ads to Signal. But naturally I cannot accept those ads boosting art, nude, nudist, etc., items. I think pornography to be illegal in most countries and want to keep the international rules."

He has stopped taking stamps in payment for ads, and now requests cash or International Reply Coupons. "This," he notes, "is caused by the high printing payment."

His printer is located in Lahti but Raimo admits: "I've often been dreaming of my own printing press where I issue my own international advertising magazines: one for real exporters and importers, one for mail order dealers, one for stamp dealers and stamp collectors, one for correspondence and hobbyists, etc. Then I would establish some advertising mediums printed in Finnish and distributed in Finland. That is a great dream but I hope it isn't too great".

Raimo currently gets three cents a word for classified ads and $2 an inch for display ads under 50 words. His other rates include big mail listings at 30 cents, pen pal listings including name, address, age, interests, occupation and languages for 50 cents, and a Stamp Exchange listing for 50 cents.

He will send a sample copy of Signal and co-publishing details for a dime or one IRC which can be obtained at any post office. For a dollar, he'll send Signal all year, and throws in some side benefits such as a 25-word ad free and four "big mails" from Finland.

Raimo hasn't much time for correspondence, but he gets 60 to 80 letters a month, from people all over the world. He has one penfriend in U.S. who has sent some 140 phonograph records in exchange for stamps. "I will never give up from him if possible." says Raimo, who knows a good deal when he sees one.

To this young Finnish publisher TABLOID AMERICAN says "Good Luck."

Maybe one day he will own that printing plant, and all those publishing dreams will come true.

TABLOID AMERICAN was not surviving for very long time. It faded away in a few years, possibly less than half dozen issues were ever printed. Anyhow it was the first mail order tabloid by real professional journalists in the 60's. I got some 20 copies for distribution but have lost them all..

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 11:03:42
Name, age, sex: Nael, 23, male
Address: Stret12, JORDAN

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 10:21:28
Name, age, sex: Asim, 26, male
Address: Dhaka, BANGLADESH
Education: graduate
Occupation: designer
Languages: Bengali
Hobbies: writing, reading, photography, traveling
Signal is: better
Greetings: Best of luck.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 09:27:40
Name, age, sex: Dav, 35, male
Address: Colombo, SRI LANKA
Education: professional
Occupation: executive
Languages: English, Sinhala, Tamil
Hobbies: photography, music, movies, net
Signal is: love and friendship
Greetings: I am looking for pals from all over the world and Sri Lanka.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 09:10:49
Name, age, sex: Edwina, 16, f
Occupation: student
Languages: English
Hobbies: play, watch tv, listen music, read Signal is: cool

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 09:01:15
Name, age, sex: Shiva
Address: Tamilnadu, INDIA
Education: B.A., B.G.D.C.
Occupation: business
Languages: English, Tamil
Hobbies: reading, trekking, singing, dancing
Greetings: Hi, I am waiting for u. Want to 40 plus females, tall and heavy, particularly black females.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 08:12:49
Name, age, sex: Kwadwo Duodu
Address: ENGLAND
Languages: English, Akan
Hobbies: reading, sports, country music

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 07:37:34
Name, age, sex: Wais Omar
Address: INDIA
Education: graduate
Occupation: student
Languages: English
Hobbies: like to make friendship
Signal is: good
Greetings: Mail me, I must answer.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 07:22:41
Name, age, sex:
Norma Fletcher, 28, female
Address: 283 Junction Ave Apt J, Livermore, COUNTRY???
Education: high school grad
Languages: English
Hobbies: like swimming

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 07:10:21
Name, age, sex: S. K. Dev, 35, male
Address: Beypore, Calict, Kerala, INDIA
Education: post graduation
Occupation: mediaman
Languages: Malayalam, English, Tamil
Hobbies: looking for partners
Signal is: good
Greetings: Best wishes.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 07:04:56
Name, age, sex: Eddy
Address: Beirut, LEBANON
Hobbies: music

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 06:29:08
Name, age, sex: Shoaib, 28, male
Address: Dhaka, BANGLADESH
Education: h. s. c. (over)
Occupation: computer operator
Languages: English, Hindi
Hobbies: meet with me and share with me for build good career together
Signal is: helpful and great
Greetings: I need a foreigner girl friend and everybody together.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 06:26:33
Name, age, sex:
Selvam Nadeson, 30, male
Address: 258, Jalan Seroja 2/7, Persiaran Aman Jaya 2, Bandar Aman Jaya, Sungai Petani, Kedah, MALAYSIA
Languages: English, Malay, Tamil
Hobbies: essay, story & poem writing, singing, art
Signal is: excellent
Greetings: Welcome all letters.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 05:27:33
Name, age, sex: Karoline, 38, female
Address: USA
Education: graduate
Occupation: computer operator
Languages: English
Hobbies: photography, traveling
Signal is: a gateway to international friendship
Greetings: Let's exchange ideas and share knowledge.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 04:26:14
Name, age, sex: Sebastien, 27, male
Address: 09 BP 4448, Abj 09, COTE'IVOIRE, IVORY COAST
Education: business administration
Occupation: student
Languages: English
Hobbies: swiming
Signal is: fantastic
Greetings: I love you all.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 02:53:54
Name, age, sex: Wafy
Address: SYRIA

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 02:27:49
Name, age, sex: Ike Vince, 21, male
Address: 2 Ihe Street Achara Layout, Enugu, NIGERIA
Education: college
Occupation: student
Languages: English, Igbo
Hobbies: playing, watching movies, exploring life, style, making friends
Signal is: quite interesting
Greetings: Hi friends, I am looking forward to having a love and caring girl or lady who can take each other to the top.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 00:23:01
Name, age, sex: Lumi
Address: ROMANIA
Education: highschool graduate
Occupation: student
Languages: English, a little of Spanish, Italian, Romanian
Hobbies: swiming, reading, watch tv, go out, movies, music
Greetings: Hope to find my match.