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Yup, you read that correctly: postcards are celebrating their 150th anniversary this year! Hurray!! 🎉

October 1st, 1869 was the day the Austrian Post decided to implement Dr. Emanuel Herrmann’s recommendations for a practical and cheaper means of sending short messages. Up until then, letters were the norm, but they were expensive and filled with formal etiquette, taking some effort to write. So postcards were born to simplify things… and the rest is history.

For some months now, we’ve been busy behind the scenes researching the history of postcards and putting together a special website to commemorate the anniversary of our favorite means of communication, and to encourage the whole world to re-discover the joy that is finding a postcard in a mailbox.

150 years of postcards!

We know that October is still some months away, but a sesquicentennial anniversary is a pretty big deal and it definitely deserves a party — which is where YOU come in!

Your mission, if you wish to accept it, is to plan a meetup with other local postcrossers to celebrate the 150th anniversary of postcards. Meet new friends, make some postal-themed activities, or just send postcards together. It can be as small or as big as you’d like — the important thing is to have fun and celebrate the postcard. This is a birthday party, after all! 😉

If you’ve never organized a meetup before, don’t worry, it’s easy! Reach out to other nearby postcrossers via private message or on the forum, and when you’re more or less set on a plan, make a post about it on the forum (here’s a quick how-to guide to meetups). There are already a few meetings being planned for this special celebration, and we look forward to adding lots more to the events page.

This next part is optional, but in the spirit of connecting the world, it would be super cool if these meetings were connected with other meetings happening simultaneously, or with other postcrossers celebrating the day. If internet is available in the place where you’ll meet, consider livestreaming or reaching out to other meetup hosts in advance, to set up a video chat so everyone can say hi! Let us know what your plans are, and we can help spread the word about it.

Ok, I think this is all for now! We’ve written a bit more about these meetups on this forum post, where you can ask further questions.

Come discover the history of postcards on 150yearsofpostcards.com, and spread the word about this remarkable #150yearsofpostcards anniversary — let’s make it a party that the whole world will remember!

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37 comments so far

nikos8109, Greece
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nm_rockhound, United States of America
Cool!
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vlada_123, Russia
Really cool!
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John_Doe, Germany
Unfortunately, I do not have the time to really take care of such an organization, but I'm sure I'll attend a meeting near me.
Great idea, meiadeleite
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Moonlight1978, Germany
We'll have our huge meet up in Bielefeld. :)
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ned44440, Ireland
Meetings will be a great way to celebrate 150 years if postcards πŸ‘. Think if the great meeting cards that will be designed and sent around 😁
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panpantastic, Malaysia
Yeay! Please someone organise one in Sabah, Malaysia πŸ‡²πŸ‡Ύ
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rinadutoit, South Africa
Would love to organize a get-together in South Africa....will do an invite as your guide suggests but fellow South Africans can contact me in the meantime...will do one at the beginning of Oct in Jeffreysbay vicinity and end of October in Pretoria vicinity!
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hogpet, Finland
I will definitely join a meeting near me πŸ˜ƒ
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GoCindy, United States of America
Chicago meetup - contact me!
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cotorra, Czech Republic
Cool! I was born on 1st October 😍
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Luziaceleste, Brazil
Yuppie!
In Brazil we will also celebrate this great date.
We will send info, and thanks for helping and cheering all world together.
Luv u PC! β™₯
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sacdalton, United States of America
What a great idea! I'm going to look into hosting a meet up here in the area. Sounds like my kind of celebration!
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sonataca, United States of America
Anybody up for a meeting in SF bay area, get in touch with me please.
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SunWenjun, China
Thank you for every lucky postcard.πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸŽŠ
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MUSTARI, Indonesia
Awesome, makassar meet jp contact me πŸ˜πŸ˜€ indonesia here
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monsoon, China
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_beatrix_, South Africa
I shall be visiting family in London the whole month of October, God willing, and would like to meet postcrossers there
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boricky770, China
That's cool, hope we can meet on the future!!!
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chrisskywalker, Germany
A international meetup will take place October 4th. and 5th. in Chisinau/Moldova where I'll attend :D
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Flippie, Canada
Hi Everyone, I'm living on Vancouver Island, Victoria BC, love to go to a meetup in October. Is there someone how love setting up?
Thanks, Anneke
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ChaelaMonstah, United States of America
I'm hosting a meet-up in Washington, DC on September 28th - I'm planning on incorporating the 150-year celebration into that meet-up. :D
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Handrejka, Isle of Man
Would be nice to have an Isle of Man meet. If any other Manx based crossers are interested, let me know.
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KristinaGisela, United States of America
The Universal Postal Union has also designated 9th October as World Post Day. Unfortunately, it’s on a Wednesday this year. But, there might be opportunities to tie it in with your Postcard anniversary celebrations.
https://flic.kr/p/2gD8dou
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BillKang, China
This is so cool!Come to Guilin and join us:)
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dollart, Finland
Definetly deserves meetup that shows beaty and history of postcards and how postcards bring people together. JyvΓ€skylΓ€ region is always ready for meetup please join us 1st of October :)
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Demmi, Romania
Cool! My favourite month!
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geminiscp, Portugal
Lisbon area will have its meeting on the 6th October, in one of our new Unesco sites, Mafra Palace: https://forum.postcrossing.com/viewthread.php?tid=124528 Feel free to join us! :)
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OksanaVS, Ukraine
Hello friends, Ukraine, Kyiv, you can meet at the main post office! How many of us? Let's decide how we will celebrate ?!)
October 9, 1874 in Switzerland, representatives of 22 countries, signed the Berne agreement, which establishes the basis of the General Post Union. In 1878, the union changed its name and became known as the Universal Postal Union. To date, the World Postal Mail has 189 countries in its composition. Worldwide October 9 is celebrated as World Mail Day. This event is held during the week, called "International Week of the Letter".
World Mail Day or International Postal Service Day is one of the international days celebrated in the United Nations system. Conducted by the decision of the XIV Congress of the World Union of Postal Affairs on the day the Union was founded in 1974.
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BaileyQuinn, Canada
Fun piece of news! It will be interesting to learn more about the history of the postcard. And if someone is willing to organize something for the Ottawa/Gatineau postcrossers, I'll go!

In the meantime, I thought of another little way to celebrate, by myself : I used the online phone directory for the whole of Canada (canada411.ca) to find the address of one person in each province of the country who is completely unrelated to me but has the same last name as me (I'm lucky enough to have a Scottish last name that was brought to Canada by the settlers a couple of centuries ago, so the most difficult thing was chosing just one lucky recipient in each province!). I'm planning on sending each one of these strangers a postcard from Ottawa/Gatineau, explaining about the postcard's 150th anniversary and what I decided to do to celebrate it. I'm hoping that the recipients of my postcards will be thrilled about finding a little surprise from a total stranger in another part of the country in their mailbox!

Oh, and while I'm at it : if there are postcrossers from Scotland whose last name is "Ross" and who'd like to do a swap for the occasion, feel free to email me! Alternately, if you know someone with the surname "Ross" who lives in Scotland, email me : I'd gladly send them a postcard too!
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Zi_Jun, China
Its very cool!!
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BlacksburgLibrary, United States of America
Sounds like a lot of celebrations planned for the first two weeks of October! I wonder if I can get something approved by the library in time...
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Juanjo1965, Spain
I'm going to visit Moscow from 10th to 20th August.
I'd like to meet with some postcrosser there
Have a nice day
Juanjo
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lizhengqi, China
This is very, very exciting news.
There are similar activities in my city (Zhengzhou, China)

Welcome the Postcard Lovers of the World

Happy Birthday to the 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Postcards!!
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Yullie, Indonesia
Happy birthday ,Postal services....for one and a half century.....
WIsh my students (in ID )can send more postcards to whom are willing to reply...
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Parkinpeii, China
cool
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MaiaO, Philippines
Cool! 150 years of postcards! Definitely time for a PARTY! πŸŽŠπŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰
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