So social media is fun, fast and usually friendly, but it has sure wrecked the contents of my mailbox. Occasionally I do get a few pieces of handwritten mail, but even I no longer buy many pretty hand-designed cards or personality-revealing stationary to send like I once did. When did you last get a post card in your mailbox? Probably friends and family visiting in Paris, France or Yellowstone Park, or even floating on the raging Colorado River send you selfies instead!
Post cards have been around since about the 1870’s. The first souvenir post cards were in 1893 for remembrances of the Columbian Exposition in Chicago. I first bought post cards while traveling because in the day of developing film you never knew if the pictures with a camera were good until you were home. It was a way to have a good picture of Mount Rushmore or a lighthouse for example.
Post cards also save history for us, our own and regional areas. How I love now to view picture post cards from the past that show my hometown or a local bridge as it “used to be”.
1916 Era, Warsaw Depot
I have a small bundle of post cards I found in my grandmother’s things. They were trips they took or the Government Issue penny post cards from family members that might have lived a whole 30 miles away! I have one with a post mark from 1898 I think it is. Now they are yellowed and crumbled, but occasionally I dig them out and hold them dear wondering what stories they could tell.
I rarely get a post card these days, but a few years ago, I started my own springtime tradition. I dig through my stack of vacation post cards and sent them to friends at the end of winter. I hope it is a reminder that snow and cold will soon be gone and vacation months of sun and travel are ahead. Tomorrow is supposed to be a cold and snowy day. Maybe I should get my spring mindset on and mail some post cards!