I’ve not been writing on Postman’s Treasure recently. After international mail taking 6-8 weeks, when it would normally take 1-2 weeks, things seem to be speeding back up with delivery times. At least, I have received a couple letters from Europe that only took about 10 days. Yeah!
Today I received a postcard from Singapore, through postcrossing, and I loved its focus on the current situation with COVID-19. Note everyone and everything is wearing a mask, and they seem to be keeping some social distance too.
I had a post already about Postcrossing. See here. “The goal of this project is to allow anyone to send and receive postcards from all over the world! The idea is simple: for each postcard you send, you will receive one back from a random postcrosser from somewhere in the world.”
Here is a photo of the 5 postcards I received when I first did this over the summer (my thoughts continue after the photo):
These cards were from the USA, Canada, and Germany.
I’ve not participated again until just recently, and I sent 2 postcards to Russia and Poland.
Someone asked me what type of postcards you send. Well, many postcrossers give a description of themselves (their hobbies/interests) and also share what type of postcards they prefer to receive. Therefore, it is nice to try and choose a postcard that matches the person’s interests or preferences, if possible.
I said that I like to receive postcards that feature a scene of your area of the world – whether country or city. I have received such. However one postcard above, the sender clearly chose it after reading my self description. Among other things, I mentioned that I am a practicing Christian and love butterflies. Look!! They sent me a postcard that featured a butterfly and Bible verse. Wow! I was so touched.
One of the postcards I recently sent to Russia was a perfect match for this person. When I was on vacation on the Atlantic coast of my state in the fall, I bought a set of black and white postcards featuring vintage lighthouse/beach photos from long ago. Guess what? This person in Russia said they like black and white photos and the beach/ocean. Wow – I had some perfect cards to chose from for her!
My last post (in August! where did September go?) featured two newspaper articles from the east coast of the US (North Carolina) about cursive handwriting and typewriters making a comeback. This post features two newspaper articles from the west coast of the US (California) about fountain pens and postcards. These articles were full or multi-page spreads so I could not nicely scan to share with you. However, I have partial photos below. Thanks to a postal correspondent who sent these clippings to me. First one…While the mailing of postcards is at an all-time low, there are still fans of postcards. October marked the 150th anniversary of the birth of the postcard and enthusiasts gathered in various cities around the world. The article mentioned postcrossing, which I had a post about: see here. Something that caught my eye in the article was that postcards peaked during the years of 1900-1915 and billions were mailed. Why did this catch my eye? I possess my grandmother’s childhood postcard collection which is postcards from about 1905 to 1918. Many of them contain brief words of communication about everyday life, as many would today send a text message.
The next article is about fountain pens, specifically a 3 day International Pen Show in San Francisco. Fountain pens are making a comeback!
The article states: “Fountain pens, the things people once wrote with, are getting written with all over again. That’s a fairly revolutionary thing for fountain pens, which for years were locked up in display cases and tucked into storage. Fountain pens are coming out of the closet. These days, people are putting ink in them and not all the ink is leaking into their shirt pockets. It’s the dawn of another golden age, say the hundreds of fountain pen fans who jammed…the Pen Show.”
The article briefly wonders why fountain pens are popular again. “Maybe…it’s a backlash from the fast digital world to the slower world of five digits and a wrist. Maybe everything old is new again, especially to a young person with dough.”
Of interest, there were no fewer than 780 inks to try at the show!
I’ve been familiar with Postcrossing for years, but never got involved until recently. In case any of my readers (not many of you, haha!) have not heard of it, I wanted to share about it. Check out Postcrossing HERE.
From their about: “The goal of this project is to allow anyone to send and receive postcards from all over the world! The idea is simple: for each postcard you send, you will receive one back from a random postcrosser from somewhere in the world.”
I am new, but have sent 3, received 1, and another is on the way to me from somewhere! I’ve sent postcards to Russia, Germany, and the USA (California).
Their organized system seems very successful, and you really do receive postcards if you send some out. It is easy to sign up, and free. So if your mailbox is a bit lonely or you just like the idea of exchanging postcards with random people from around the world – check out Postcrossings!
** I blog inconsistently, but I have several things in mind to blog about – so check back soon!
Below are 3 postcards from my grandmother’s postcard collection. The various postcards in her scrapbook date from around 1905 – 1918. I picked these 3 out to share because each has a letter writing theme. You should be able to click on them to view them bigger.
Sorry if the photos of objects on this blog are not the best. Taking photos of things, versus scenery or people, does not seem to be my forte.
Recently I drove to North Carolina, and upon returning to South Carolina I stopped at the SC state visitor center – which I’d not done in several years. I picked up some booklets and pamphlets to place in my guest room, to update the old ones I had in there. Flipping through the latest Greenville, SC guide, I was pleasantly surprised to find a free postcard inside, along with this note:
“Free postcard – even the stamp’s on us! There’s something about a handwritten postcard. It brings with it greetings from across time zones, continents, and oceans. Its stamp and postmark join the image on the front to introduce someone special to someplace new and exciting. And the message itself – so much more personal than any e-mail or text message can ever be. A postcard is a gift, thoughtful. A connective keepsake that we proudly display on our fridge or desktop. A reminder of simpler times.”
Bravo! To mail it free you just have to stop in the visitor center in downtown Greenville, SC. Greenville is an up-and-coming small city with a lovely downtown.
If you write pen pals, tucking in extra things with your letter is always nice (I’ll post about that sometime in the future!) – But tucking in a tourist pamphlet about your area is always an option.
I enjoy international travel, and I still write and mail postcards. Here are some postal related photos of Iceland, Finland, Estonia, Ireland. I don’t mail as many postcards as I used to. Years ago, I usually mailed a minimum of 20-25 postcards. Now I mail around a dozen. I don’t receive near as many postcards either anymore, as so many share their photos on social media. There is something to be said for tangible postcards though! Mail some on your next vacation! When in Finland, I was able to meet a pen pal that I have written since 1995.
Mailing postcards in Iceland.
Mailing postcards in Estonia.
In cobblestone “old Rauma” in Finland, the mail is delivered by bicycle. The mailboxes were this bright yellow color in Finland and said posti.
A quaint mailbox in the Finnish countryside.
Mailing postcards in Dublin, Ireland.