Postcards From the World: Rush Hour, Germany

It’s been months since I’ve posted here about a card received from a Postcrosser somewhere in the world. I have not been sending (and, therefore, receiving) as many cards as I used to, with recent increases in the cost of international postage. But I have still been sending and receiving a few postcards every month.Continue reading “Postcards From the World: Rush Hour, Germany”

Postcards From the World: London, 1958

Today’s featured postcard shows a photo taken in London, but the card comes to me from a Postcrosser in New York. The photograph is dated 1958; unfortunately, there is no other information on the card, except for the name of the photographer: Frank Horvat. He was an Italian photographer who spent much of his careerContinue reading “Postcards From the World: London, 1958”

LetterMo Update

I mentioned earlier in the month that I’m taking part again in the Month of Letters, or LetterMo, the annual challenge to write and send a piece of mail every day the post office operates in February. After having neglected to post since then about what I’ve been mailing, I guess it’s time for anContinue reading “LetterMo Update”

Postcards From the World: Death’s Garden

Today’s featured postcard is from a Postcrosser in Finland, and it’s a wonderfully weird one! The artwork shows Death taking care of plants, and was painted by Finnish symbolist artist Hugo Simberg inn 1896. It’s a strangely charming image, with Death as a gentle character carefully tending plants that symbolize human souls. The card comesContinue reading “Postcards From the World: Death’s Garden”

Postcards From the World: Calendar Girl

I received a Postcrossing card in the mail this evening that, for a moment, had me stumped. The sender, Emma, in the northern part of China, began her message on the card by complaining about the hot summer weather. Of course, it’s February. Then I looked at the date, and saw that she mailed thisContinue reading “Postcards From the World: Calendar Girl”

Postcards From the World: Mother of Lighthouses

Today I am spotlighting a postcard that arrived here yesterday from a Postcrosser named Siriku in Helsinki, Finland. The moody, dramatic photo shows Bengtskär Lighthouse, which Siriku says has a very stormy history involving treacherous waters and a World War II battle with the Soviets. According to the lighthouse’s own website, “Bengtskär is the mother,Continue reading “Postcards From the World: Mother of Lighthouses”

Postcards From the World: Un Trullo

Today I want to show off a postcard I received yesterday from an Italian Postcrosser named Francesco. He lives in Bari, in the southern Italian region of Puglia (also called Apulia), on the Adriatic coast. The picture on the card shows a historic type of house called a trullo that is unique to the area.Continue reading “Postcards From the World: Un Trullo”

Postcards From the World: Spicy Peppers

Today I’m highlighting a Postcrossing postcard I received this week. From the image, you might assume it came from Mexico or South America. But no, it’s from a Postcrosser in the city of my own birth, Seattle, Washington. her name is Tara and she also has a teenage son. That’s not all we have inContinue reading “Postcards From the World: Spicy Peppers”

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”