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Sunday, 8 July 2012

The Delights of a Postcard

When was the last time you sent a postcard? Odd are, it probably wasn't that long ago. Even in the current age of social networking, email, instant messaging and text, there's something about writing, and sending off a pretty picture of the place you're visiting that still appeals to us.

I definitely think there's a pleasure in poring over the options, eventually choosing one and then finding a way of putting the most information in a very small space, without the need for the recipient to be holding a magnifying glass in order to read your holiday prose!

And of course, there's the joy of receiving postcards! Whose face doesn't light up when they see a brightly coloured card tucked in amongst all the white and beige envelopes that collect on the doormat each day. It's a break from the routine, and brings pleasure to us, knowing that whoever sent it took the time to sit down and write to us personally. It is for us alone, and not for the plethora of people who 'read' a Facebook wall. These words were thought up for us, written for us, and sent to us.

Let's hope that the postcard continues to live on, and continue to bring joy to both senders and receivers. And next time you're out, even in your own town, pick up a postcard and send it to someone, thereby brightening both your day, and theirs.

Are you a postcard fan? Please leave me a comment and let me know!


  1. I don't think the postcards that you can get now are as good as those that were around when I was growing up and sending postcards from the summer holiday trip.

    I have a box for keeping postcards I've bought or received over the years, and they're great for inspiration too.

    1. I agree, Carol. I think more effort could be put into the production. We went to Brighton Pavilion last year and there were none of the amazing, opulent interiors. Definitely missing a trick there!
      Keeping them as inspiration is a great idea too.

  2. I used to collect postcards as a kid and now I always send one to my Nan, even when I go to an NT property for the day. Can't remember when I last received one though.

    1. I do the same thing, but to my Godparents. We used to travel a fair bit and I enjoyed sending back a snippet of a far flung destination. They've saved them all, which was lovely to see - not something that could be said of FB messages! Hope someone sends you a postcard soon :)


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