Get any postcards lately?
Admit it, you really do like to get post cards, even those that make you envious signed with the slogan “wish you were here”.
However we live in an age when postcards are largely a thing of the past. In an era of
e-mail, smart phones, Instagram, and Pinterest, postcards have definitely taken a back seat. Still, each year literally billions of postcards are sent around the world communicating messages of news, advertising, vacations, and personal adventures.
Depending on your age and personal style of communication, you probably have sent or received at least some postcards from exotic locations and adventurous travelers from many interesting places throughout the world.
I don’t know about you, but there is something special about receiving a postcard from somewhere I have never been but dreamt about going to. The thought that a simple piece of cardboard with a photo or illustration of a distant local somewhere on the planet traveling many times thousands of miles to your own mailbox is still very intriguing to most people.
Postcards with messages have been sporadically created and posted by individuals since the creation of postal services.
The first known postcard.
The earliest known picture postcard was a hand-painted design, posted in London to the writer Theodore Hook in 1840 bearing a penny black stamp. He probably created and posted the card to himself as a practical joke on the postal service, since the image is a caricature of workers in the post office.
Chrome Era Postcard
The last and current postcard era, began around 1939, is called the “chrome” era. These types of cards did not begin to dominate until about 1950. The images on these cards are generally based on colored photographs or illustrations, and are identified by the glossy appearance given by the paper’s coating. These types of postcards made the reality of the persons, places or things on them come to life to those receiving them.
Modern Era Post Card
And finally are the modern era postcards of which we are familiar with today. The variety and style are virtually endless.
So now what? Thanks for the history lesson on postcards, you say. We say don’t forget to write when traveling or on an adventure. No e-mail, No Pinterest, No Instagram, just send a postcard the next time you having an experience you would like to share.
Make sure though you rub it in with a “wish you were here”. Maybe, just maybe you will help to instill some of your adventurous spirit in someone else and that’s a good thing.
Explore the Adventurous Life
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