"Instagrams are satisfyingly instant - taken, filtered, tagged and sent to the world in less than five minutes if you’re adept. Postcards have to be sought, and bought, and written on and then stamps and mailboxes have to be found. But that’s the point, really.
Later, I unveiled another layer of enjoyment of Postcrossing. My observant eye noticed all these bits of alternate information that the person writing the postcard was not aware that was sharing with me. I am referring to all those little details of received postcards, be it the senders unique calligraphy, the choice of stamps, or the adorable, tiny drawing on the corner of the card.
“I can’t visit a new city without trying to locate where I can buy some postcards. Usually I find cards in bookstores or at the postoffice here in Denmark, but sometimes I find a random store and is lucky. Most cards up here are the usual touristcards, the artmuseum have some artcards, but other than that there isn’t much to choose from.”—From Dorthe’s spotlight interview, now on the blog!
Eight years ago, Paulo launched Postcrossing to fix the problem of his empty mailbox. He recruited his friends, which told their friends, and they told their friends… and what do you know - it seems like lots of other people had the same eagerness to fill their mailboxes with postcards from around the world! :)
In theory, we all know what happens when something goes through the mail: it is picked up, put in crates and boxes, gets sorted more or less automatically, and is finally delivered by the hands of the local postman. If you’ve ever seen a mail sorting center before, you know that there are hundreds of meters of conveyor belts involved, and all sorts of complicated sorting machines… but what does it look like from a “parcel’s perspective”? How many people touch it? How long does it sit around just… waiting?
“You can get more information from the Internet than you could get from the mail, but it’s different to be able, especially for kids, to touch this postcard that traveled thousands of miles and look at the stamp,” she said. “It’s something that it’s easier to relate to because it’s something you can touch.”
Would you like to be able to exchange more postcards at the same time? If so, then we might have some good news for you!
If we could just choose, we would love to allow everyone to send as many as they wish. However, limits are necessary in Postcrossing to keep the system balanced for everyone and also to keep the project safe. But we know that the current limits are particularly hard on new members who want to get started quickly and must wait for their limits to grow slowly. So, we have…
You might have seen these stamps and postcards around… they’re part of USPS’s GO GREEN program, meant to draw attention to the little things that you can do to make a difference and have a positive impact on the environment:
Out of milk? Walk or bike to the store. Repair that drippy faucet—the noise was driving you crazy, anyway. Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs. Put on a sweater instead of turning up the thermostat. Sun dry your sheets—they’ll smell wonderful!
Meet Amit Gupta. He’s the founder of Jelly and Photojojo, with who Postcrossing had a long lasting partnership. Amit found out some weeks ago that he had acute leukemia, a very serious condition. He needs a bone marrow transplant by the end of the month.
Yes, you read that right! On October 14th, PostNL will launch a real stamp, featuring Postcrossing! How awesome is that?
For us, it’s a huge honour that the project was deemed worthy of being featured in a stamp, and we’re very grateful to PostNL (the Dutch postal service) for making this dream come true. We’d also like to thank postcrosser Raymond68 - the Postcrossing stamp exists because of his efforts and persistence.
The stamp was designed by Garech and Declan Stone, and…
Today on the spotlight we feature bodrumlu (aka İbrahim), from Turkey. He’s an avid gamer and loves his first place on Turkey’s ranking of postcrossers!
Here is what he had to say:
How did you come across Postcrossing? What got you hooked?
In 2008, when I was a very active member of CouchSurfing, I had been looking for some websites to exchange postcards and stamps. I had seen a topic about postcards on that website and one of users mentioned Postcrossing. I clicked the link…
For the second post of the Stationery makers series, we’ve talked with Liz, from dicky bird. We found her online shop by accident, but were immediately drawn to her fresh and eye-catching illustrations. Her collection of greeting cards put a big smile so big on our face, so we knew we had to feature her on the blog :)
Liz started her stationery business a year ago, but says that it was years in the planning in her head! She creates the illustrations on her Mac and then the cards are…
Another exciting report from our dear little mail carriers! Australia is so big that they’ve decided to stay a little longer there, and visit another friendly postcrosser, Smileyfflagge! Meanwhile, they’ve been on newspapers headlines and gave radio interviews… seems like everybody wants to meet them! :) Read their story below:
We left Mundoo in South Australia on Thursday 23 June 2011 and arrived in Coffs
Harbour NSW on Monday 27 June
2011. Smileyfflagge got a big