Bring back the vintage postcard

Bring back the days when we received postcards from our friends. Holding the card, flipping it to inspect the stamp and postmark, and reading the message the writer had so carefully crafted. viva The Vintage Postcard viva.

The sender had to find the shop, select and buy the postcard, compose the message, dig out the little black address book, buy a stamp and take a walk to the nearest Post Office… and how much trouble do we take nowadays to communicate with our nearest and dearest, our real friends ?

Take a step back into a glorious past when our lives were not ruled by electronic communication gadgets. Resist the temptation to take a selfie at the postcard stand to post on social media for everyone to see (‘friends’ and friends of friends and friends of friends of friends, is there no end to the viral infection/invasion ?) and comment on and judge. Buy a postcard and send it to that special person alone – not Facebook, not Twitter, and not an email with a long address list in the electronic ‘convenience’ world where our ‘friends’ have been downgraded to a name on a long and impersonal list. Take the time to honour the real friends. Next time you want to communicate with someone special look around for a postcard vendor and enjoy the pace.

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Megan and Mike Jerrard have kindly given me permission to reproduce their interview with travel blogger Alli Blair about postcards. Visit Megan and Mike’s website >>

They have just returned from their trip to Antarctica which they will surely write about.

Can we persuade them to visit and write about our beautiful Cape West Coast ?

Megan and Mike interview Alli Blair –

As we travel the globe and send instant online updates, share photos via social media in a second, and click through for international video chat without batting an eye, is the age of sending and receiving the vintage postcard dead? Alli Blair says no.

A young traveler with an adventurous spirit, Alli worked two jobs throughout university in order to save to travel the world, and told her new employers on graduation that she would be using vacation days she didn’t have. To date she has hit 26 countries across 6 continents, and has quite the impressive postcard collection to show.

This week’s inspiring traveler interview: bringing back the age of the vintage postcard with the blogger and photographer behind website “The Vintage Postcard“ by Alli Blair.

What do you love the most about travelling?

I love the feeling of being in a new and unknown culture where I will learn about new foods, new languages, and new customs.

I have a very adventurous spirit and nothing can bring that out as much as travel. I love to explore and discover new things while storytelling my experiences!

What inspired you to start travelling?

My love of antique and vintage maps. One day while I was in university I came across a huge vintage map and brushed my fingertips across it. I realized I wanted to see and do so many things around the world.

I embarked on my first solo trip for six weeks that summer!

What do you love about Vintage Postcards?

I love how inevitably excited I feel when I receive a postcard in the mail. When postcards are combined with my love of antiques and anything vintage, I am so in love!

Handwriting, stamps, envelopes, I love it all.  I love the authenticity of it and the thought and effort that goes behind each postcard.

Is the age of sending and receiving postcards dead?

I believe it is much more “dead” now than in the past, of course. Which is unfortunate because I feel anyone would agree with how much they love receiving a postcard in the mail!

Remember when email first become the new popular, cool thing, and everyone just couldn’t get enough of email? Now I feel that’s how people feel when they receive a note, postcard, or letter in the mail.

Not a bill, not a dumb flyer, not a pizza menu, but a unique and handwritten piece of mail . . . just for you!

Share with us 3 postcards from your most memorable trips abroad.

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Peter Hall

Peter Hall – born in Belfast (N.Ireland). Supports the Blitzbokke and Sheffield Wednesday (who?). Part-time blogger or geek, part-time scribbler, reluctant part-time gout sufferer and occasional curmudgeon. Proud father of talented daughter (triathlete) and son (musician) who live in Australia.

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