Sending Postcards to friends/family

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1. Posted by Cottonwood (Budding Member 106 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

When you travel, do any of you still send postcards from where you travel to? I try to on every trip i do, even the short weekenders. My friends and family joke about how many cards they have gotten from me over the years. My own mother has even shown me the cards she saved in a shoe box(s) I have sent going back to when I was 10 at summer camp back in 1980.

What about you?

2. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1394 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Yep - as you know! To my mother and to the out-laws.

3. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 422 posts) 1y 2 Star this if you like it!

Very few. To one or two friends, and to my parents.

I used to write a lot of postcards while Grandma was still alive: She lived in an old people's home, and every day after lunch the tablemates would grab their walkers and procession to their letter boxes to pick up their mail. After I had learned that there was some sort of undeclared competition among the six old ladies who receives the most, and that Grandma loved to brag with the postcards she got from her only grandchild (=me), I sent her at least one from each and every trip I did, even if it was just an afternoon visit to a neighbouring town. She collected them all. After her death we found the big pile in her room.

4. Posted by woinparis (Inactive 145 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hardly ever. Sometimes we write postcards and bring them home and give them later.
We do it for the school of our last one. Teacher likes to get postcards.

5. Posted by Sarahelainecp (Inactive 34 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I rarely do any more, but I think it's a wonderful thing. It put me off how few places seem to stock stamps any more, as queuing in a post office seemed to take a big chunk out of my day, but maybe that's laziness on my part. Maybe I should make more of an effort :)

6. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1048 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Very rarely these days, though I may send a couple from the VT Euromeet (starts tomorrow!!) to friends who would have liked to attend but cannot. I used to send them to my parents when they were still alive, of course.

In recent years I've discovered the ease of use of the apps that allow you to use one of your own photos, write a message and for a reasonable fee they turn that into a postcard which is sent to your chosen recipient. Much easier than trying to find a post office and spend time queuing there as Sarah describes it. Thanks to the app I now send a few more postcards than I had been doing :)

7. Posted by Fransglobal (Budding Member 11 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

To follow up on Toonsarah, I have been using this App in recent times. You can use one of your own photos to make the postcard and it will post the postcard for you.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.mypostcard.app

[ Edit: Edited on 23-May-2018, at 07:00 by Fransglobal ]

8. Posted by Dymphna (Full Member 187 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I have a time or two. If your mom is saving them, they mean something to her.

9. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1309 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

When I was traveling in 1964, I carried address labels with me with the addresses of the people I should send cards to printed on them. I send cards to my children from each place. My mother would send cards to my children, and I try to send cards to the little kids when I travel. I have about 8 shoeboxes full of postcards -many of them from the early 1900's that my grandparents and great aunt saved. I don't do it so much anymore although my sister still does.

Apparently I can't use that ap because I don't have an Android phone.

[ Edit: Edited on 23-May-2018, at 07:39 by greatgrandmaR ]

10. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1048 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting greatgrandmaR

When I was traveling in 1964, I carried address labels with me with the addresses of the people I should send cards to printed on them. I send cards to my children from each place. My mother would send cards to my children, and I try to send cards to the little kids when I travel. I have about 8 shoeboxes full of postcards -many of them from the early 1900's that my grandparents and great aunt saved. I don't do it so much anymore although my sister still does.

Apparently I can't use that ap because I don't have an Android phone.

I have an iPhone and iPad and I use TouchNote on the latter. It would work on the former too I think, but I prefer to use the photos I download to the iPad rather than those I take on my phone.