I spent an hour or so down a rabbit hole. I was so certain that I could find exactly what I was after. Alas I gave up and then later discovered an example of today’s topic.
The iconic post card. That ultimate perfect picture of the location that speaks to the heart. The reason you embarked upon the journey.
The one picture, that no matter how flipping hard you try; you can’t get the same view or the same lighting. Or even worse you can’t get it without people in it. Or you aren’t in season to see icebergs and puffins but that’s a whole different story about why you travel to some locations on peak season and not when the whole place is closed. Oops – back to topic!
“Wish you were here”, “having a great time”, “so much to see and do” and the list of regular sentences on a post card goes on. I can remember our first trip to Australia, back in 1982/83, sending postcards galore. Other than two collect long distance phone calls that was it for several months. A glimpse into a different world. I used to use every last stitch of space right up, wordy person that I am!
Postcards have been around for a significant length of time although I couldn’t seem to find a consensus but circa 1850. Numerous countries claim to have been “first”. They are still available today in most tourist locations and I often pick up a few for the photo album. Occasionally, even now, one still receives a postcard and it’s always an exciting feeling.
My best friend growing up sent me a post card every summer when they were on family vacation. As a farmer’s daughter summer vacation was not a thing we did so I remember how excited I was to receive these postcards. Alas I did not find any of them in my rabbit hole time but I did unearth a few others.
It’s been a time honoured way to keep in touch with family and friends. In the series below our young English cousin (whom we had just met a few months before) sent us a postcard asking for our email address (a sign of the changing times). Her great grandmother used to send postcards to her brother (my grandfather) but sadly I don’t have any of them. I do, strangely enough, have postcards from other branches of our combined family trees. It’s interesting that you could get a postcard of yourselves printed up to mail home. Whether home be England, Canada or points beyond. I feel blessed to have these snippets of past lives (and one day cousin R I am indeed going to sit down and get to it!)
The important aspect of postcards and indeed, all correspondence, is that we think of others and keep in touch. I would say it’s especially important right now during the pandemic when people are feeling isolated. I’ve done a round of emails but perhaps it’s time to dust off those stamps.
I mean who doesn’t love mail and a postcard is just a visual hug. Let this post inspire you to send some mail.
Oh and bonus points if you can figure out the significance of the cover photo