I’m late in offering my birthday wishes to Postcrossing.com – the website that helps people worldwide exchange postcards. As of July 13, Postcrossing turned 10 years old!
I love Postcrossing and have been a member. I received some of the finest items in the Collection via Postcrossing, including this wondrously odd item:
I can’t figure out why someone (other than me) would want, let alone make, a postcard of people in a public toilet. I love it, of course, particularly as the pink bikini underwear appear on what to be men’s legs (it’s Europe after all).
Here’s the backside, which adds details but doesn’t clear matters up entirely:
“Hello from Finland! You asked for weird cards and here is one! This is by Finnish Army, and the toilets are ‘Computer Business’, the text ‘Sisallotsotteja’ is a profession in that business…! The winter here in Finland has been very now-snowy, we had a black Christmas and it has not happened for at least 40 years. So, we wait for sno! All the best and happy New Year!”
This is my 3ooth post for this blog!
I’m not anywhere close to running out of postcards to blog about as I have many years of my own collecting plus a couple collections I inherited. But as a postcard collector, my favourite way to get new additions to the Collection is having them personally mailed to me. Buying postcards is cheating for me. But over the years, people are sending less postcards than they used to (or I have less people who can stand me enough to mail me!)
A friend referred me to a free website to get more postcards in the mail:Postcrossing.com.
Here’s how it works:
- Sign up and create a profile, indicate types of postcards you like
- Request to send a postcard – the system assigns you a name from its database
- You get a link to their profile to see their preferences and address
- Mail the postcard
- When the recipient receives it, they log it into the system
- Your name now goes into the pool for you to receive one
I sent and received several postcards. I love them all but here’s my favourite:
I indicated that I liked “bizarre” postcards and this sender certainly fulfilled my request with spades! I can’t even figure this one out.
“Hi Glen! Here is Postcrossing card for you. 🙂 It’s the weirdest one I could find. LOL! Hope you like it!
I love how the Internet has enabled this (and the site founder too). Prior to the Net, things like this just would not have been possible. Check it out and you’ll love it – the Finns sure do, as you’ll soon discover.