Who still sends postcards? When I was a child I used to go through my mum’s picture postcards box and daydream. Those postcards were my Pinterest and Instagram combined. The postcards my dad sent from his concert tours around Europe, the postcards from distant family members who moved half a world across, the blank postcards from family holidays. That box was my treasure trove. So when I started to travel I sent postcards to my mum and dad and sometimes to my friends too. But I’d also buy several postcards for myself and I’d bring them home. Wherever I went, I bought postcards to take home. They were my most precious souvenirs. It didn’t matter that I took a thousand photos of Paris or Rome or London. I had to buy a postcard too. I don’t remember when I sent my last postcard. It was before I got my first smartphone for sure. What’s the point of waiting for a week or more to get a postcard from someone when you can send a photo via Viber or upload it on Facebook and everyone can see it immediately? But there’s no anticipation and romanticism in Facebook pictures. You can’t store them away in a box for your children to see one day.
I’ve got my own postcards box now. I’ve collected all the postcards I was sent to by my family and friends and the postcards I bought on my trips. My husband also has to bring me back a postcard from his skiing trips. Last year he went to Essen to attend the biggest board gaming event in Europe and of course I expected him to send me a postcard from Essen. He searched and searched but couldn’t find any. However, he met some German guy and left him our address and asked him to send a postcard when he finds one. And I got my postcard from Essen!:)
A year ago I came across a postcards exchange initiative on a travel blog I used to read. I happily signed on and dutifully send my postcards to four other people. But I only got postcards from two people. I even didn’t get a postcard from the postcards exchange initiator. That made me sad. What do you think? Would you be interested in postcards exchange? Maybe if three or four of us agree to send each other postcards? From your travels or from your hometown? If you’re interested send me an email ( email@example.com) and I’ll see whether I get enough emails to actually organize a postcards exchange. 🙂 Maybe we could agree to send a postcard during a set time period? Instead of bills you’d find a nice postcard in your letter box. Wouldn’t that be great?
So are you in? Would you like to send and receive pretty postcards?