Well, sort of…you remember them, the thing you fetch from your mailbox, then magnetize them to your refrigerator. The printed cardboard memento whose picture is overlaid with fanciful text of a meaningful place. Or is it just cheap generic crap tourists buy or the memento that captures the essence of the experience? I guess it can be either.
Take a moment; when was the last time you sent a postcard? And when was the last time you actually received one? I bet you haven’t seen one in the mailbox for quite a while. We seem to take snail mail for granted nowadays.
While the travel image could easily be posted to FB or Instagram and printed out, it is just not the same as when the postman visited with that shiny cardboard image and warm note. I never got the warm fuzzys from an Instagram of FB vacation photo. For that matter, a blog post is not all that warm either, but thanks to the internet most of us are documenting our travels via the web, me included.
Funny thing. Both the internet and a postcard are a chance to see the world for others without the price of a plane ticket. One is like a jet-propelled rocket while the other is like a slow hot-air balloon. But the balloon ride would be a romantic way to see the world.
Postcards are still found in all the tourist spots like here in Niagara Falls, but where are all these postcards people are buying going?
Friends and family can read daily travel entries on a blog but also respond, to become part of the journey in a way. That is a plus. Postcards have a fond attachment to tradition though, where the sender takes that extra effort to select it. They personalize it by physically writing on it, then take more time and a few cents to send it off. Technology makes photos, posts and texts instantly happen.
I made all the images in the post the standard 4 x 6 inch size. If I wanted to, there are post-approved, adhesive postcard backings you can buy, made from heavy postcard stock. But why bother?
I suppose if I wanted to mail my images, I could just print them on glossy, heavy stock, one side with the photo, the other matte side designed like a postcard.
But who do you mail them to? Do people appreciate them anymore?
I think the majority of people who buy postcards do it for the memory of the place and as a keepsake. It is not unlike taking photos and making a photo book.
My, have times changed? It used to be easier and time-saving to buy and mail a postcard than to take a photo, develop the negatives and get the image printed. Now things are reversed.
Has travel changed as much? Well, a few things come to mind. Now we are all wired and connected, especially when getting money at an ATM. English is spoken fluently by so many in different countries. Speed trains get you all across Europe and now border crossing is so simple because of the Schengen Agreement and Area. I guess things have changed.
I know postcards changed. Remember those old vintage ones? I recreated one of my photos of the Falls into a vintage look postcard back in 2012. Do you still send postcards?
Next, a few posts I did many years ago. Things I made for Christmas. I will be missing for a few weeks or more, so if in the event I am not back blogging by Christmas, I wish you all a most happy, healthy holiday season.