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”

Postcards From the World: Deux de France

I know I just posted about a recent Postcrossing card I received. But an envelope that just came in the mail was noteworthy enough to deserve another Postcards From the World mention. The envelope came from France and contained not one but two postcards. They are from Sandra and Olivier, who live together in Alsace.Continue reading “Postcards From the World: Deux de France”

Postcards From the World: Books from Germany

Today I’m featuring a particularly nice card I received this week. This Postcrossing postcard comes from Ines in Germany, in the city of Chemnitz, which is a little southwest of Dresden. Like me, Ines loves to read; hence, the postcard covered with bookshelves. Her favorite kinds of books are crime stories, fantasy, and books setContinue reading “Postcards From the World: Books from Germany”

Still Going Postal

A few days ago I posted about the Month of Letters, also known as LetterMo. This is a challenge I undertake every year; it encourages participants to write and mail at least one letter or postcard per day (every day that the mail runs) during the month of February. It’s time for an update. SinceContinue reading “Still Going Postal”

60 Million and Counting

Yesterday morning at 5:17 EST, a Czech man named Tommy registered the 60 millionth Postcrossing postcard. The card came from Veronika in Belarus, and showed two cartoon characters. That’s it on the right. This milestone means that since the project began in 2005, Postcrossing members like me have received 60 million postcards from each other,Continue reading “60 Million and Counting”