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!!


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From Maria in Belarus

I recently received this cute little postcard from Maria in Belarus. It took 55 days for it to reach me!

This may have been a hand made postcard, as it felt very thin and like a photograph. Either way, the sleepy little fox was adorable and I really appreciated it!


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

To Aksana in Belarus

I got quite a lot of postcards while vacationing in Boston recently. I chose to send a postcard showing a beautiful night view of the city of Boston to Aksana.

I wrote to her about my love for the city and it’s mix of the old city as well as new and modern elements. She enjoyed this postcard and I noticed a random Postcrossing user called Sunnia added it to her favorites!


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New U.S. Stamps – The War of 1812: Fort McHenry

Today the United States Postal Service issued a new stamp, The War of 1812: Fort McHenry. This is a Forever stamp, currently at 49 cents. The description is as follows:

The War of 1812, sometimes called “the forgotten conflict,” was a two-and-a-half-year confrontation with Great Britain that brought the United States to the verge of bankruptcy and disunion. With The War of 1812: Fort McHenry Forever® stamp issuance, the U.S. Postal Service® continues its commemoration of the bicentennial of a war that ultimately helped forge our national identity and gave us our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The stamp’s subject for the third year of the war is the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland, in September 1814. Using mixed media, stamp artist Greg Harlin, a specialist in historical paintings, depicts the battle from the vantage point of a group of soldiers manning a cannon in defense of Fort McHenry. The stamp art also gives prominence to “the rockets’ red glare” that Maryland native Francis Scott Key wrote about in “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

A portrait by Rembrandt Peale of the fort’s commander, George Armistead, appears on the reverse of the stamp sheet (courtesy of the Maryland Historical Society). The selvage engraving on the front of the sheet is a black and white version of a painting by Percy Moran depicting Key aboard the ship from which he witnessed the battle. The stamp sheet includes verso text and selvage text.

For some 25 hours beginning on the morning of September 13, a squadron of the Royal Navy fired more than 1,500 rounds of shells and rockets at Fort McHenry, which was designed to protect Baltimore from attacks by sea. Key witnessed this massive display of firepower from the deck of an American flag-of-truce vessel, where he had just completed negotiations with the British for the release of an American prisoner.

On the morning of September 14, Key realized the bombardment had been a failure when he saw the British squadron withdrawing downriver. He was moved to write “The Defence of Fort McHenry” to the tune of an old English song, and it quickly gained wider recognition under the title “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Greg Breeding served as art director and designer for the stamp.

To Richard in the United Kingdom

Richard mentioned in his profile that he liked historical architecture. I enjoy this as well, so I figured I could find him a nice postcard. I ended up choosing a postcard I got a thrift store showing a nice building in California.

I don’t quite remember all of the details, but I believe this building was built in the 1920s and is now used as a government building. The style is very unique to that part of the country, and I thought Richard might think it was interesting.


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To Menno in the Netherlands

In honor of Patriot Day, I chose to write about a postcard I recently sent off to Menno in the Netherlands!

I got a few copies of this postcard while vacationing in Boston, Massachusetts. I just think that it is so fun! Menno also thought it was a great postcard, as he added it to his favorites on Postcrossing. It shows so many iconic things about America and different parts of the country without being too obnoxious like some patriotic illustrations can be. I really like this one!


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

From Eira in Finland

I have sent a few postcards to Finland, but this was the first postcard that I have received from the country.

It is a wonderful night city view, and I do love getting postcards like this! I find it fascinating to see new places around the world. I may never get to travel, so this is the next best thing!


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