PAPER SIZES including Business Cards

 ISO Standard

  Millimetres Inches (Nearest Fraction) Decimal Inches
 A0 841  x  1189 33 1/8  x  46 3/4  33.11 x 46.81
 A1 594  x  841 23 3/8  x  33 1/8   23.39  x  33.11
A2 420  x  594 16 1/2  x  23 3/8  16.54  x  23.39
 A3 297  x  420 11 3/4  x  16 1/2 11.69  x  16.54
 A4 210  x  297 8 1/4  x  11 3/4   8.27  x  11.69
 A5 148  x  210  5 7/8  x  8 1/4   5.83  x  8.27 
 A6 105 x  148  4 1/8  x  5 1/8   4.13  x  5.83
 A7 74  x  105 2 7/8  x  4 1/8   2.91  x  4.13
 B5 182  x 257 10 1/4 x 7 11/64 10.12 x 7.17

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 American

  Millimetres Inches
 Letter 216  x 279 8 1/2  x 11
 Legal 216  x 356 8 1/2  x 14 
 Executive 184  x 267 10 1/2  x 7 1/2  
Foolscap 203  x 330 13  x 8 
 Quarto 203  x 254 8  x  10 

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 Envelope Sizes

  Millimetres Inches
 DL 110  x 220 4 5/16  x 8 1/16 
DL can accomodate an A4 sheet folded in three or an A5 sheet folded lengthwise in half  
 C4 229  x 324 9  x 12 3/4
C4 is designed to take an unfolded sheet of A4 paper or an A3 sheet folded in half
C5 162  x 229 6 3/8  x 9 
  C5 takes an A5 sheet unfolded or an A4 sheet folded in half

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 Personal Calling Card Sizes

  Millimetres Inches
 International Standard Size 85.60 × 53.98 3.37 x 2 1/8 
 United States 89  x 51 3 1/2 x 2
UK 85 x 55 3.346 × 2.165
Japan 91  x 55 5.58  x 2.17 

Notes:
Cards cut to A8 paper size can still sometimes be found

In Victorian times a Visiting Card would vary between 3 3/8" x 2 1/2" and 2 1/4" X 1 3/8". The size and use of such cards was very dependent on Gender, Marital Status and other factors.

The specification for International cards is ISO 7810 ID-1, this is the same dimensions as a standard credit card.

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Folio, Quarto and Octavio: These are paper size terms indicating half-size, quarter size and eighth size respectively.

Foolscap: The reason why Foolscap is so called is that for several centuries many papermakers produced paper of this size with the watermark of a Jester's head. Strictly speaking what we normally refer to as Foolscap should be called Foolscap Folio. Foolscap at 81/2 X 131/2 is only slightly smaller than the US 'Legal' size. Foolscap is a lot less common in the countries where it was mainly in use; Europe, the UK and the English speaking nations excepting the USA.

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