I say “send me a postcard” with an easy flair whenever someone asks if I want anything from [insert country they’re travelling to]. It’s been a nice souvenir and tradition that hasn’t grown old – if anything it’s considered much more of a gem in the digital age. Postcards are a collection of my friends’ travels and I have received five from my best friend who is (still) travelling across Europe.
Postcards are cheap, convenient, easy, and they carry an air of spontaneity with them. By the beach? Tell your respondent about the annoying seagulls that creep up on your fries when you’re distracted writing. At the local post office? Make a note about the lady who is side-eyeing you because you’re hogging the one pen in the whole post office.
One Twitter account collects these memories. PostcardFromThePast pairs old scenic postcards with real messages from the back of the postcards. Read out of context, they come across as weird, funny, and truly heartfelt messages. It evokes an odd sense of connection with the writer, despite the anonymity, decades gone, and distance apart.
Tom Jackson of PostcardFromThePast compiled these postcards into a book, which you can purchase here.
“Sammy, Jane and Tim have all had injuries.”