Stumbled upon the 150 Years of Postcards celebration and oh, boy, do I need to sit down for this.
Alright, as someone who caught the tail end of the postcard-swapping years in the late 1990s (you know, before AOL and Yahoo Messenger had us hooked), this is incredibly nostalgic. I remember the charm of handwritten letters on scented stationery, pretty postcards with short, sweet notes on the back, and cool stickers that you mail to friends both near and far. And then there’s the thrill of the wait to receive a reply from them. Ahh, fun times.
Eventually, snail mail had to bow out to give way to faster, yet sadly impersonal means of staying connected. Don’t get me wrong; emails and instant messaging apps are lifesavers. They are fast, efficient, and accessible – exactly what we need today. Ironically, there’s growing evidence that we need to disconnect from these tools from time to time. When things become overwhelming, it’s a good idea to unplug, put down that smartphone, and reconnect with people in a more old-school tactile way… like postcards.
I think it’s perfect timing that I recently joined Postcrossing.com. I’m not sure if everyone’s familiar with that site, but it’s worth checking out if you haven’t yet. What Postcrossing does is help you kick off your postcard snail mail goals without any pressure. It’s easy: you just write a postcard, post it, and wait to receive one in return from anywhere in the globe. You can even mail as many postcards as you like, which is exactly what I’m planning to do.
Since I don’t want to send out store-bought cards, I’m thinking of printing my own using some scenic shots from my last vacation as part of the design.
As for the printer, my relative’s office in LA uses a company called NextDayFlyers for various printing orders and that goes for postcards, too. They’re a breeze to work with so, no-brainer there. I’ve heard good things about UPrinting, too, so I might check them out as well for postcard printing.
This is all so exciting, and I can’t wait to get started. I think I’ll send a hundred postcards next year. You know what? I really should get started.