From Liset in the Netherlands

I’ve had a bit of a postcard drought lately! But I just got this adorable postcard from Liset in the Netherlands and it made my day!

Liset wrote on the back that autumn is setting in where she lives. It’s the same here so I know how she feels. Here’s how she described it:

Nights are getting colder, the air becomes humid, and I really, really don’t feel like going outside. I prefer staying indoors with a big mug of tea and with the heating turned on!

I feel the same way in autumn and winter Liset!!


Postcards primarily sent via Postcrossing, an online community that allows people from all over the world to send and receive postcards.

From Cici in China

Cici is a 9 year old girl in Guang Zhou, China who (probably with the help of her family) sent me this adorable postcard.

What a cute dog! She also drew on the postcard some flowers and what I believe is the character Totoro. This was very sweet. I love it when Postcrossing becomes a family affair!


Postcards primarily sent via Postcrossing, an online community that allows people from all over the world to send and receive postcards.

From Yoyo in Taiwan

Yoyo chose to go cute and quirky with the postcard she sent me from Taiwan.

I have no idea what the text here says and she didn’t translate for me. Anyone who knows, please feel free to comment! It almost looks like a holiday postcard, but I can’t be sure.

Either way, it is adorable! Thanks Yoyo!


Postcards primarily sent via Postcrossing, an online community that allows people from all over the world to send and receive postcards.

What Happened to the Pony Express?

The Pony Express seems to be something of legend these days. But it was a real means of delivering mail for a short 18 months before being put out to pasture by the telegraph system.

The Pony Express was founded on April 3, 1860 to deliver mail from Missouri to California. At the time, there was no railroad out west, so it was a quick way to deliver mail and small packages via horseback.

The route was set up beginning in St. Joseph, Missouri and heading out west through Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Nevada, and California. This journey could be up to 100 miles a day for the rider. Horses were changed via relay points every 10 to 15 miles.

The first mail delivered by Pony Express took ten days to deliver. The fastest delivery was President Lincoln’s Inaugural Address which took a little under 8 days.

On October 26, 1861 the Pony Express was out of business. The transcontinental telegraph line proved to be a quicker and more efficient means of transporting messages, making the Pony Express obsolete.

 

 

From Walter in Sweden

Walter sent me this lovely postcard with views from Sweden! It was my first postcard from Sweden!

He wrote in his message that he loved Sweden and the nature. It does look wonderful! He also wrote a small phrase in his language that it difficult to read because of the postmark, but I believe it says “Många hälsu ugat.” Right before he wrote this he said “Many greetings” so I assume this is what it means. To be sure, I went to Google Translate!

It turns out I just couldn’t read his handwriting, but I was close! The actual Swedish phrase should read “Många hälsningar.” Now that I look again, what I thought was a “u” does actually look like the other “n” characters that he made. Thanks Walter for teaching me this phrase!


Postcards primarily sent via Postcrossing, an online community that allows people from all over the world to send and receive postcards.

From Evgeniy in Russia

Evgeniy sent me a beautiful postcard showing St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, Russia.

This is gorgeous! I love the building and it is so iconic as a part of Russian culture. The photo is also lovely, with the lighting and angle. It is almost eery as well as wonderful. Thanks Evgeniy!!


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To Sinela in Italy

Sinela did not have a special request for a postcard, so I really just chose one at random. I thought this postcard was cute with the tiny turtle, and hoped she’d like it!

Turns out she did think it was cute! In her receipt message she said, “Thank you so much for the beautiful postcard. It’s so cute the little turtle. I really like it.” I’m glad this was a good choice!


Postcards primarily sent via Postcrossing, an online community that allows people from all over the world to send and receive postcards.