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Does anyone send postcards anymore?

When I was a kid, I used to love postcards. I’d ask anyone who was going away to either send me one or bring one home. Then I used to send them home myself when travelling. While today there are plenty of places that sell them, I wonder, does anyone send postcards anymore?

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Blast from the past

Recently as I was going through our stuff, I discovered an album full of old postcards. Many were from people I’ve lost contact with, others from friends I haven’t seen in a while. Some were from family, others I sent myself.

It was as if a wave of years gone by suddenly rose from those old cards and smacked me right in the face. I felt part nostalgic and part excited as I read them. Talk about a walk down memory lane. Some memories were good; some made me sad for various reasons. However, they all reminded me why I collected them in the first place.

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Taste of the world before social media

Before there was social media, it was harder to get an idea of what places looked like. The Internet didn’t have as much information and it was limited in quality. Postcards were a way to see a place and a great memory of travel. Let’s be honest, a postcard guaranteed a nice shot of that vacation spot in case the photo didn’t come out. What a sad life it was before digital cameras.

I used to buy postcards from the places I’ve visited. Sometimes I didn’t get a chance to see certain things or wasn’t there at the right time. Getting a professionally done photo on a card guaranteed that a memory of that place stayed with me. There were times when it was hard to choose just one!

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Discover new places

I’ll admit I loved buying postcards. Yet, when I got ones from places I haven’t be to, it was even more exciting.  Sometimes they were from places I’ve never seen. Other times, they were from places I’ve wanted to visit.

Letters, in all their glory, provided an outlet for more descriptive experience. But, it was the postcard, with its limited space, that forced the sender to be creative. The snippets, scribbled in haste and often revealed the moment in which they were written.

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Personality in postcards

I truly believe that the content on the front of the card can say a lot about you and/or the sender. There are funny cards – either with a local joke or one related to the location. Then there also ones of the iconic sites, alone and in a collage. Some people like local stuff like art, crafts, etc. While some of my favourites include panorama or aerial shots. I wouldn’t be able to take that myself. At least in the pre-drone days.

The type of a card you select also said something about you. I always wanted the recipient to get a taste of where I was. It was something I wanted in cards, so figured it worked for them too. Some people came up with great choices while others seemed boring and plain. That was the downsides of sending multiple cards.

Singles and sets

As I’m writing this, I am amazed at how varied the cards I have really are. I usually bought one or two postcards while travelling, but I do have a couple of sets that stand out. Looking at them, I’ve realized that the cards in sets weren’t always as good as the singles. It was almost as if they took the uglier cards and bunched them together with a nice one.

For those that collected them, it was a better deal to get a set instead of buying individual ones. I’m sure that I wouldn’t waste my time on less than great postcards ever again. Then again, I haven’t bought one in years.

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Then vs now

I used to collect cards to remember places and to give me inspiration. Each new arrival brought a certain amount of wistfulness and longing to visit there. For the places I have visited, sending a postcard home allowed me to share my experience with friends and family back home. It was also a great way to keep those memories going when I got home.

Looking through the cards made me happy to realize I’ve visited many of the places I longed for. People who went there before me inspired me and gave me a visual of what to expect. Then there are the unsigned postcards from places I’ve yet to visit. I honestly have no idea how I got them, but they intrigue me. I kept them for a reason and someone must have got them for me, so that’s something.

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So does anyone send postcards anymore?

When I think about it, they sell postcards everywhere. Do people actually buy them? I would assume that if they sell them, someone must buy them. But, does anyone send postcards anymore? Do people buy them as keepsakes? Do they send them back home to loved ones? I think I will need to investigate this next time I’m in a touristy are.

I haven’t thought of buying postcards in ages. After all, that is what social media is all about. I take many photos so the idea of buying a postcard is just unfathomable. Or is it? Looking through my old postcards, I thought about the places I have been to in the last few years. I might have enjoyed sending myself a memory written on a card.

Old is new again

As everything else, are postcards making a comeback? One of my Instagram friends recently shared a post about sending postcards. It was then I realised that I don’t know anyone who does send postcards anymore. She quite happily offered to send me one and I am actually quite looking forward to it.

I’ve gone through my collection and decided to chuck a lot of them. The ones I don’t like and ones that bring on bad memories. I think it’s about time I make new ones. I might even start sending cards home when I travel. There is something exciting about it.

How about you? Are you a postcard aficionado or is that a foreign concept to you? Let me know!

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22 thoughts on “Does anyone send postcards anymore?

  1. SueT唐 梦 琇

    I always send three: best friend, nephew and 92 yo neighbour. They have been sent from as far as Nth Korea (three months to arrive) and Africa (two months). I only received one from my best friend this week from Las Vegas. I loved receiving it.

    1. kasiawrites Post author

      There is an element of excitement when one arrives I think. It seems that quite a few people still send them. 😀👍🏼

  2. lesleyconnor

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    My family all send them to my elderly father. We have a fabulous board in his nursing home room, where we can travel with him through their eyes.

  3. thewonderer86

    I send one to my mum sometimes – she doesn’t do e-mail! I used to collect them when I was a kid. Sending someone something through the post says you thought about them specifically I think.

  4. runningtotravel

    I used to send postcards when I was a kid and I loved when I received them from friends. My daughter (she’s 12) will send one to a friend or her grandmother sometimes when we’re traveling. It seems to be a dying trend though.

    1. kasiawrites Post author

      Exactly! I don’t know any friends who send them. Then again I’ve stopped sending them too. It might be time to get back into it! I think that’s awesome that your daughter sends them 👍🏼

  5. FebruaryCircus

    I still like sending postcards and I also value it a lot when someone takes time and effort to send me one 🙂 While we share so much on social media, I still like the old fashioned way of letting someone know about your holiday.

    1. kasiawrites Post author

      That’s great to hear. I think I’m going to start sending cards again. They are great reminders of any trip 😁

    1. kasiawrites Post author

      That’s awesome! I have a number of them from Greece long before I ever went 😁

      1. kasiawrites Post author

        That’s awesome! Seems like quite a few people still do. I might have to get back into it as well 😁

      2. foodzesty

        Absolutely!! Most of my friends send me cards 🙂 Digital is great but sometimes you just need that old school type of thing 🙂

  6. Angela Ballard

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    I love postcards! And I loved seeing your collection! On our trip around the world, Mike has been sending postcards back home to a lady who works at our bank. He shares them on our site, too, at wemarriedadventure.com. You can see them all on Instagram, too, by searching for #postcardstowanda or following @michaelsballard. 🙂

  7. asiajottings

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    No. I’d guess sending postcards is not that fashionable particularly for those under 55 yrs old. I certainly haven’t sent one in 20+ years. I will buy a bunch from my hometown and hand them out to poor school kids in Asia and that go’s down well. 🙂

    1. kasiawrites Post author

      I hear ya. I can’t even remember the last time I sent one. I love the idea of handing them out to kids! They probably get a kick out of it too 🙂

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