World Postcard Day!

Happy World Postcard Day! This is celebrated October 1, which is considered the anniversary of the invention of the postcard (by the Austrian postal service in 1869). You may have seen my other posts about sending and receiving postcards to and from correspondents around the world, through the Postcrossing program. Today, in honor of WorldContinue reading “World Postcard Day!”

Postcards From the World: Brazilian Books

Today I received a Postcrossing postcard from Brazil. The Postcrosser who sent it to me, Marcela, is a college professor in São José do Rio Preto, about 250 miles from Sao Paolo. She loves literature, and asked me on the card if I’ve read any Brazilian authors. (I responded to say I’ve read Paulo CoelhoContinue reading “Postcards From the World: Brazilian Books”

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. OfContinue reading “Postcards From the World: Iowa Dreams”

Postcards From the World: Shepherd Boy

Today I want to show off my favorite Postcrossing card of the ones I’ve received recently. This card, #FI-3952363, comes to me from Finland. The artwork is by Finnish artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931), who worked in realism, romantic nationalism, and symbolism. He painted many characteristically Finnish subjects, like this one, but also studied in ParisContinue reading “Postcards From the World: Shepherd Boy”

Postcards From the World: How To Write

It’s been a while since I posted one of the beautiful, humorous, or interesting postcards I’ve received through the Postcrossing project from Postcrossers around the world. This one arrived a few weeks ago. The sender had not scanned it before sending, and I have finally gotten around to scanning it myself. This wonderful card isContinue reading “Postcards From the World: How To Write”

Postcrossing: My Greatest Hits

In the nearly 12 years that I’ve been a member of Postcrossing, I have sent out more than 5,200 postcards to other members around the world, and have received about the same number. But while I often post images of Postcrossing cards I’ve received, but I’ve seldom displayed the cards I send. The website providesContinue reading “Postcrossing: My Greatest Hits”

Postcards From the World: Feminist Books

I received a great Postcrossing postcard today. This came from a Postcrosser here in the U.S., in Tacoma, Washington. Diane is a brand new Postcrosser, having joined only a few weeks ago. On the card, she wrote about wanting to travel more. She saw in my profile that I have visited all 50 U.S. states,Continue reading “Postcards From the World: Feminist Books”

Postcards From the World: Cool Stamps

Today’s featured Postcrossing postcard is one I received a few days ago from a college student in Hefei, China, about 300 miles west of Shanghai. The picture on the card (right) is cute enough, but what really blows me away is the magnificent stamps, above. The sender tells me the stamps describe “how ancient peopleContinue reading “Postcards From the World: Cool Stamps”

Postcards From the World: Two Old Ladies

Today I want to show off a Postcrossing card I received recently from Terhi, who lives in Lohja, Finland. The card is from artist Inge Löök’s “Merry Aunties” series, often called simply, “Two Old Ladies.” These whimsical cards are wildly popular in Europe, and are especially coveted on Postcrossing. They all show the two charmingContinue reading “Postcards From the World: Two Old Ladies”