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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Communicating By Postcard

Other than a postcard reminding you of a dental or doctor's appointment, when was the last time you received one of these little notes of communication in the mail? With the growing popularity of cell phones and email messages, I doubt there are many postcards bought today. A photo can be sent immediately from a vacation spot or a family gathering without going through the delay of the postal service.

Old postcards are interesting to me, especially when there's a message on the back like this one has, sent to a little girl from her grandma, dated 5/10/09:

"Dear, I am coming to see you before long, when Homer comes...We are all well.

This card is very special since it was sent by my mother to her niece:

"Dear Little Robbie Marie, How are you? Did you get a lot of valentines? I haven't got any yet... Did you eat lots of snow? I took one bite from some Junior had..."

These postcards are examples of greeting cards.

This is an example of a photo card. These became available whenever Kodak developed cards that allowed pictures to be made directly from negatives onto a pre-printed back. This card was sent to Mama by her daddy; can you imagine how thrilled she was to get a card of her very own from her daddy?

Even though the message was brief, it was so special to her that it's still with us today. Notice the one cent stamp and the 1928 postmark.

The photo cards also made it possible to send family pictures to folks living far away, who might not have seen the new baby.

And of course there were the scenic cards, probably the ones we're most familiar with, sent from vacation spots or bought as a souvenir, and carrying messages like,

"Well, we made it okay. Everyone is fine and wish you were here with us. Will see you soon." or "We are still driving on our way...It has been a lovely day." And, "Dear Mother and Father,

We've been running around over the park all day.

Tomorrow we're just going to sit and read."

Cards sent from places none of the home folks could ever see any other way, were always welcomed.

Do you have a postcard collection, or do you send postcards? If you're interested in the history of postcards, this is an interesting website to visit:


  1. I always loved postcards, progress has taken several treasures away from us.

  2. Where did you get these? I've never seen them. They are very cool.

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  4. Your post cards are a wonderful collection of memories and history. It's amazing how much love and a bigger message that such a simple card through the mail can mean. :)

  5. I love those old postcards Charlotte. I have a collection of sorts - whenever we travel I buy postcards as remembrances of the trip. Just in case my pictures don't turn out well :-)

  6. These are history...I'm so glad you still have them!

  7. You make me wish I had saved mine through the years.
    I do have several my son recently sent from Thailand.
    Years ago when we traveled I would send them to family.
    Always loved them and really forgot about them :)

  8. These are all wonderful, Charlotte~ I think it's kind of sad we don't communicate by hand-written notes anymore...
    I like the message where someone asked, "did you eat a lot of snow?" *grin*
    Thanks for the postcard link, I'll have to check it out!

  9. I love old postcards and the messages written on the backs!
    Just last week, when we were in California, I bought and mailed some post cards!

  10. Of course I love postcards as well as letters. Don't get them anymore. Your collection is lovely.

  11. I love postcards. I guess you might say that I have a small collection. Someone in the family has a picture of Grandpa when he was young and the back of it is a postcard. I think those are really neat.

  12. I collect postcards,too, especially vintage holiday postcards, etc. I love reading the backs of the cards.
    Great post, Charlotte!

  13. Wonderful postcards-I just love them. I was lucky enough to inherit my husband's Great Grandmother's collection.