I’m not particularly choosy when it comes to collecting and adoring postcards. I love many types and genres and from any destination. But items have to be a proper postcard.
Here’s a sample of a recent postcard below that stretches the boundaries of a postcard versus cool envelope.
It is an example of a foldout postcard in that it is one large sheet of paper that has been folded into three components that fold into one standard size postcard for mailing.
Here’s the interior component with a message:
“Hi Glen. I got this in the mail. It came in an envelope, however it does have space for a stamp in the back. Maybe it was originally intended to be sent with no envelope?
In any case, I removed the original message (a simple thank you for a referal) and sent it to you. Hopefully, this can find a place in your collection. If not, let me know and I’ll send you another cool postcard as soon as I find one.”
Below is the back side of the postcard – with another message and stamp (making it a postcard):
“Hi Glen. Not sure if this counts. But I did write you a message inside.”
This does meet my definition of a postcard – very happy to add it to the Collection!
I don’t like sending Christmas cards. Receiving them is okay. But I LOVE Christmas postcards! Christmas postcards used to be more common around the turn of the last century, but I almost never get or even see ones today.
So here’s a particularly awesome postcard from my great-grandfather’s collection, below. It was never mailed, but it is likely from his time in Buxton, England during World War 1 (here’s others from his time stationed in Buxton).
Caption: “With hearty Christmas greetings from our hotel at Buxton”
I love such antique postcards, but I love this one particularly as it has such a great gimmick. The postman’s satchel opens up to reveal a series of photos of Buxton:
This is the only postcard that I have seen that has this type of gimmick and its so clever – it’s an amazing Christmas gift!
In researching for earlier posts I cam across a great glossary of postcard terminology. I encountered the terms “folder” and “foldout” for postcards that are printed on a very large piece of paper and are folded into the standard size for mailing. A folder folds accordion style and foldouts are a triptych style.
I loved this style as a kid (it was so deluxe!), but haven’t got one in years. Within a couple days of learning the official terms, this fine specimen arrived:
That was the front side of the postcard. Here’s the foldout. Click on the picture to see it full-sized. It’s a bit odd as instead of a panorama as might be expected it’s actually a collage of three images:
Here’s the message sides and back sides:
“Hey Glen. I was very excited when I saw this extended view card and had to get it for collection. This place does not disappoint! Cheers.”