I have never been a big collector, but Postcrossing and Swap-bot have got me working on a postcard collection!
Postcrossing works in a unique way. You request to send a postcard, and when your partner receives your postcard, your address is then given to someone who requests an address to send a postcard, and you receive a postcard from a surprise location in the world. It is really exciting finding postcards on the doormat from unexpected locations!
So far, I have received these two postcards:
This one is a wonderful native American image from Seattle. It travelled 7,538km in 9 days!
This came from Winnipeg, Canada. It travelled 6,150km in 16 days.
And I have sent this one to Ukraine that has been received:
It took 24 days to travel 1,711km! It takes forever to travel across Europe!
And I have this one travelling 1,973km to Russia:
The recipient of this one loves boats so I sent her a postcard of the Arctic Corsair. Since Hull has such a rich shipping history it would be wrong to not send one!
This one is on its way to China, travelling 7,996km!:
The recipient of this one likes postcards of flowers or unusual paintings so I sent her a postcard of a painting of flowers that is in my local art gallery.
Postcrossing also gives you the option to do direct swaps. This is when you contact a member directly and arrange a swap between you. I was contacted by a member from Turkey, who wanted to arrange a direct swap. He sent me this postcard of his town clock tower:
and in return I sent this postcard of my university:
I have also taken part in some postcard swaps on Swap-bot. I have taken part in the Envelope with 5 Wonderful New Cards and I received these from Victoria in Ukraine:
As you can see, I was sent six instead of five! I love the blue one and the Eiffel Tower one! Victoria noticed that I liked cross stitch on my profile so she set up a private cross stitch kit swap between us. I am still waiting for it to arrive in the post.
I also took part in the 5 Non-Toursity Postcard Swap and received these from Vronica from Netherlands:
I love the cat and the penguins!
These are all of the postcards that I have received so far. I even went and bought a special album to keep them all in:
I love the world landmarks on it and I thought it would be ideal for all of my postcard and letters that I get from my swaps!
I have also picked up some postcards that I have picked myself to add to my collection but I will share these in a later post.
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