Postcards From the World: Iowa Dreams

Today’s featured postcard is one of the traditional “Greetings From….” card with the place name in big letters made up of images of tourist attractions. This uniquely American postcard design was first created in the 1930s by a German immigrant printer. They were originally printed on paper that was embossed with a linen-like texture. Of course, postcards like this are now ubiquitous, with many variations in the design.

This postcard that I received a few days ago is a more modern version of the form. This one came to me from a Postcrosser who lives in Des Moines, Iowa, and works at a university. She speaks three languages, loves the Lord of the Rings books and films, has two cats with French names, and is afraid of spiders! I love the way she decorated the back side of the postcard with stickers and colorfully patterned washi tape.

Here’s what the front of the card looks like:

The text on the card references the movie Field of Dreams, about a man who builds a baseball field in an Iowa cornfield. My family and I visited that cornfield once. I’m not a baseball fan, so it was rather lost on me, but my husband and son enjoyed playing baseball on the famous field.

By the way, if you want to know more about Postcrossing, that link above will bring you to an earlier post where I’ve described the Postcrossing concept in greater detail. You can also check out the Postcrossing website at It’s free to join, and it’s great fun receiving postcards from the world, and sending cards out to the world, too.

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