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Greetings from Boston Library's Collection of 25,000 Vintage Postcards

April 25, 2014 at 5:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last winter, the Museum of Fine Art in Boston mounted one of our favorite travel art exhibitions ever, "The Postcard Age."

While that has sadly ended, Boston continues the postcard fascination this year with the release of the Boston Public Library's extensive collection of US state tourist cards from the 1940s-50s, all onto Flickr. The collection includes 894 from Texas, a staggering 3,000 from Florida, and a hometown variety of 808 from Boston itself. Almost all states are represented, each with their own Flickr gallery and Creative Commons permissions to allow for greater sharing.

[Images: Boston Public Library]

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International Travel 101: How to Mail a Postcard Home

May 6, 2013 at 10:46 AM | by | Comment (1)

Who doesn't love opening up the mailbox to see a postcard in the mix of bills and Bed, Bath & Beyond flyers? The exotic postmark and some lovely snippet of scenery is good for at least a few minutes of travel daydreaming, and it's like—"hey, I have cool world-traveling friends who care enough about me to send a postcard!"

Return the favor and send postcards when you travel. Be that cool friend. Just make sure to do it correctly or risk your awesome postcard arriving weeks late or not at all.

We probably mail 50 postcards total every year from 15-ish countries, but our father worked with the US Post Office for over 35 years, so we grew up with his griping about mis-addressed mail. Suffice it to say that the proper way of addressing mail is drilled into our brain.

Without further ado, our top tips for mailing postcards:

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Blast from the Past: Real Photo Postcards

November 10, 2011 at 1:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

Walk through Times Square and at almost any of the cheapie souvenir shops in the area, you'll be able to score 10 postcards for $1. A steal for sure, but a closer look at the cards reveals that they're often outdated, faded or—worst of all—boring.

Travelers from the 1900s through the 1960s would have had a heart attack over this, since back then sending a postcard meant something. It was almost required of you to mail postcards from your destinations to your family, friends and neighbors, and the quality of the card was important.

Real Photo Postcards were popular for this reason. Printing on photo paper meant the picture would be solid, with no printing dots or gradients; it was as close to actually being there (except it was black & white). We were recently presented with this photo postcard from the heyday of the first Cunard liner Queen Elizabeth. At 724 feet long and 85,000 gross tons, she was the largest ship in the world and sailing on her meant you'd be sending a slew of photo postcards.

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Rolling Back Decades with the Postcards of Rural Nevada

September 19, 2011 at 10:49 AM | by | Comments (0)


So you expect things to be a little bit backward when you leave the bright lights of Vegas for the expanse of nothingness that is the Nevada desert—but 30 years backward? 40, even? That comes as a surprise.

But that's just about how old these postcards of the Las Vegas Strip are that we found on sale in Beatty, NV. Two hours northwest of Vegas on the 95, Beatty's best known for its proximity to Death Valley, its neighboring ghost town, Rhyolite, and its brothels.

What we didn't realise till we got there is just how tiny it is. Scarily tiny. Bad-things-might-happen-to-you tiny. Luckily, a Reno native had advised us to stop at the candy store, so we did. The candy store, by the way, is called Eddie's World and has a massive photo of Eddie the owner on the gas pumps outside. FYI.

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Postcard Travel: Delta Says Hi from Argentina

December 26, 2007 at 11:00 AM | by | Comment (1)

Who says email killed the written postcard? We just got this one from Jacob over at the official Delta blog, Under the Wing. He hopped on a cruise from Buenos Aires to Valparaiso but found a minute to drop us a line, which is really cool.

Among the stops Jacob made were Montevideo (in Uruguay) and Puerto Madryn in Southern Argentina. And along the way, he passed through the Chilean fjords, where the Amazing Race made a stop last season.

On the front of the postcard is the Obelisk of Buenos Aires. The modern monument was built to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the city in 1936. You'll find it at the intersection of Nueve de Julio Avenue and Corrientes Avenue in downtown BA.

Post-click, the front of our postcard and the Obelisk, Google mapped.

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Aussie Big Things Turn Stamp-Sized

Where: Australia
April 18, 2007 at 10:01 AM | by | Comments (0)


We can't get enough of ridiculous Australian big things. And soon, if you're holidaying in Oz and want to send a postcard home, you can help immortalize your favorite Big Thing by using a postage stamp.

National postal agency Australia Post has seen it fit to make the Big Things small. New designs painted by the ultra-cool Reg Mombassa feature the Big Banana, the Big Pineapple and the Big Golden Guitar, among others. But our personal fave, the Big Potato (the one that more closely resembles dinosaur poop), hasn't made it onto a stamp. We're not happy. Big Things postage stamps are due out June 5, so listen up, Australia Post: we want the Big Potato stamp. Please.

[Photo: SMH]

Related Stories:
· Icons Have Australia Post Licked [SMH]
· Fossilized Dino Pool Down Under [Jaunted]
· Stamp Bulletin 287 (Big Things) [Australia Post]
· Big Banana Just Got Bigger [Jaunted]

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Rio's Saucy Postcards Over

October 27, 2005 at 10:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Apparently Rio thinks its postcards that tourists buy in stands along Ipanema and Copacabana are too racy. The photos of women scantily clad in bikinis that are sent home every year have been banned by the state assembly. The governor hasn't ratified the ban yet, but many say that the images contribute to the city's image of cheap sex and prostitution.

Um, ok, we totally see where they're coming from, but wouldn't this mean a ban on Brazilian bathing suits also? After traveling to Rio this year, we noticed that um, the postcards, they don't lie. It wouldn't take much for a tourist to whip out a camera...

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·   Sexy postcards won't have stamp of approval? [Reuters]