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What is a Postcrossing postcard?

What is a Postcrossing postcard?

What is Postcrossing? It’s a project that allows you to send postcards and receive postcards back from random people around the world. That’s real postcards, not electronic!

How does Postcrossing work?

Postcrossing selects a random member for you to send a postcard to. Their address and some profile details are shared with you. A Postcard ID is also provided: that’s an unique code (eg. US-12345) that identifies the postcard that you are about to send.

Who started Postcrossing?

Paulo Magalhães
The Postcrossing project was created in 2005 by Paulo Magalhães as a side project when he was a student in Portugal. Paulo loves to receive mail and postcards in particular; from friends, family — or from anyone in the world.

Do postcards get ruined in the mail?

A long mailing process can result in mail damage even if paper surfaces of the printed image have high quality. Each time an unsuccessful delivery is made – and that could be eight times or even more – another set of hands and machines come into contact with the card, increasing the potential for wear and tear.

Is there a Postcrossing app?

Postcrossing Blog If you a have a smartphone, look for it on your Android or Apple app store!

What are direct swaps Postcrossing?

Some members exchange postcards directly between them — we call those direct swaps. They are organized by the members themselves, often in the forum. Since they are not tracked by Postcrossing, they do not have Postcard IDs associated with them.

Which country sends the most postcards?

Last updated: users – Feb 25, 2022; sent cards – May 21, 2021….Users distribution.

Rank Country Sent postcards
1. Germany 9,864,245
2. Russia 7,377,298
3. United States of America 6,942,147
4. Netherlands 4,641,870

What are penny postcards?

Since they were lighter in weight and not a full long letter, the U. S. Postal Service delivered them for the cost of one cent, anywhere in the country, so known as Penny Postcards. That rate changed to two cents from 1917 to 1919 and from 1925 to 1928.

Do mailmen read postcards?

More than that: it exposes both sender and recipient to the most genuinely subversive and exciting aspect of the postcard, which is that anyone – the postman, the sorter, the recipient’s flatmate or partner – can read it.

How do I protect my postcards in the mail?

Choose UV Protective Coating (for Postcards) The most effective way to prevent direct mail damage to postcards is to use a protective coating on the front and back. A UV protective coating adds a smooth, protective layer that helps the postcards slide through the sort machines smudge-free.

How do I send postcards to strangers? is a postcard swapping project that allows anyone to send and also receive postcards from different places in the world. You can send postcards to different postcrossers (AKA members) all around the world.

How do I find a swap partner?

Also, one of the easiest way to find swap partners is to join the Postcrossing Forum which has an active postcard swapping community. On the forum, swaps are also referred to as trades. Find the appropriate trade section and read through the message threads or create your own.

Are postcards still popular?

Although writing postcards is now popular across the globe, they had a humble beginning. The earliest postcard dates back 177 years to 1840 when an English man named Theodore Hook sent one to himself.

What is the most valuable postcard?

Age. The oldest known picture postcard sold in 2002 at the London Stamp Exchange auction for just under $50,000 dollars. Posted in 1840, the postcard’s value lay in its significant age, as well as the fact that it was among the earliest cards printed and mailed.

How much did penny postcards cost?

Production was slowed during World War II, however, because of supply shortages. But after the war, they dominated the postcard market, becoming a tourist staple. The Postal Service doubled the cost of mailing a penny postcard from one to two cents on Jan. 1, 1952.

Is it illegal to read a postcard?

The Postal Service must preserve and protect the security of all mail in its custody from unauthorized opening, inspection, or reading of contents or covers; tampering; delay; or other unauthorized acts.

Can you put money in the mailbox for a stamp?

Yes, as weird as it may sound, in the United States it is, in fact, totally possible to send a letter by simply attaching money equal to the value of the required postage for a given letter and still have it delivered.

Do you put your own address on a postcard?

Write the recipient’s address on the right hand side of the postcard. The back of a postcard is split into two sections, the right side being the destination for addressing the card’s recipient. Most postcards will have three lines in place for you to write the address in.

Does the stamp go over the barcode on a postcard?

It’s best to keep this area blank; if they can’t print directly on the area, they’ll instead put a sticker over the bottom with a readable barcode. Any information or imagery will get covered up in that case, so avoid putting anything important in that area.

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