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Ok, so on the last post we’ve unveiled some of our plans for commemorating the 150th anniversary of postcards later this year. These include the 150yearsofpostcards.com website detailing the historical events related to postcards, as well as inviting everyone to celebrate this milestone together on October 1st.

150 years of postcards

Today we’re putting together one more piece of the puzzle, one in which everyone can participate: a one-of-a-kind postcard exhibition at the Universal Postal Union headquarters, all about our love for postcards!

UPU 150 years of postcards exhibition

Your special assignment is to tell the whole world what makes postcards special to you. What is your fondest memory featuring postcards? What do you feel when you open your mailbox and there’s one there waiting for you?

Pour your feelings into a postcard and send it to:

150 Years of Postcards
Postcrossing — PO box 216
EC Tavira
8800–999 TAVIRA
PORTUGAL

This should be a perfect match for the Postcrossing community, as we all have strong feelings about postcards and are very familiar with the spike of excitement when we open our mailboxes. 😍

There will be prizes for the nicest postcards and messages, so don’t forget to add your email address to your postcard — make sure you check all the details here. The best part though is that a selection of these postcards will be exhibited at the Universal Postal Union headquarters in Switzerland 🇨🇭, during the month of October!

150 years of postcards

We’re super excited about this collaboration with the UPU, which is the United Nations specialized agency for the postal sector. They’ve agreed to lend us a wall in their headquarters, and we look forward to covering it with postcards and show everyone just how much postcards mean to all of us.

This exhibition is a pretty big deal, but for it to happen we need postcards… and we’re counting on YOU to participate with the words and images that we’ll be showing in Bern this coming October. Join us in sharing our love for postcards with the whole world!

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60 comments so far

sonataca, United States of America
Oh my gosh, this is huge! Will send a nice postcard in soon, thank you Postcrossing for this wonderful opportunity.
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panpantastic, Malaysia
Will definitely do 😍
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Jasmoonstar, United Kingdom
Sounds fantastic! Definitely count me in 🎉😊
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ned44440, Ireland
Looking forward to participating in this whether my entry is selected for display or not ☺. Every memory will be special and individual. 👍
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fuziz, Mexico
How would I know if you received my postcard?
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-Cool-, Philippines
Wow!
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meiadeleite, Portugal
@fuziz I'm afraid we don't have a way to personally acknowledge all the postcards we will receive. Keep an eye on the 150yearsofpostcards.com page though — we might share some postcards there! 😊
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juttertje, Netherlands
Love it! I will carefully select a postcard to send.
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beauty_of_russia, Russia
Sounds great! Will you have an Instagram hashtag? I‘d LOVE to see everyone‘s postcards!
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ALFAVIT, Russia
!!!!!!!
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rollmaeppchen, Switzerland
Will there be an event in Berne or „just“ the exhibition at the UPU headquarters?
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zomertje, Netherlands
I am excited and will send one in. Happy 150 !!!!!!!
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swap_bengaltiger, Bangladesh
Its a great chance to explore your feelings about post crossing.
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ljbeelady, United Kingdom
What a great idea. I'll definitely send one in.
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John_Doe, Germany
Great thing, I join in !!!

In which language should the message be written? Mother tongue or english ???
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paradonym, Germany
@john_doe always write in English if you're unsure what language to use.
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Tranchile, Guernsey
I have written my card which is special to Guernsey. A great idea.
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Anneke192, Netherlands
Lovely Idea!
I will send a card for this great project!
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Tet37, Spain
Oooh, muy buena idea
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Carelaine, United Kingdom
What a great idea. I'll definitely participate.
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Knerq, United States of America
So cool!
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SophietheValiant, Kazakhstan
Well I'm not sure, if the meet up is going to be organized in my state but I will try to do my best to celebrate it. :-)
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Demmi, Romania
I will definitely do!
Happy #150years!
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JiangHueiNing, Taiwan
I will join it :)
Happy 150years!
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WiscoFamily, United States of America
Very cool, I'll be on the lookout for an excellent card to send!
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Sfander, Canada
Wow!!! This is exciting and will be sending a card in a.s.a.p.!!
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Crystalinne, United States of America
This is very nice. I am a bit jealous of those in Switzerland who will get to visit the resulting wall of cards in person.
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Xinyiyi, China
I love it is cool and special.
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MissiveMaven, United States of America
Love the IG hashtag idea!
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MissiveMaven, United States of America
Their website says #150yearsofpostcards
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geminiscp, Portugal
Hard task!!! :D But I'm sure we can do it! :)
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Flippie, Canada
150 years off Postcards! Hiep Hiep Hoera! I love the contest, I'm already looking around for the right card to send.
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Cassisia, Germany
This is a great idea! 😃 I'm already thinking about the postcard I want to send... 💕
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RumRiver, Russia
I wish to organize something similar here also, in Siberia ♥
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RunnerE, Australia
How exciting! I will be sure to get involved in such a project.
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vigneshraja, India
Sure - I am keen to send the Postcard too. Will someone acknowledge on receipt ? Please confirm. Likewise, I am keen on organizing the event in Chennai (India). Please advise how to go about it!

Cheers,
Vignesh Raja
vignesh.raja@gmail.com
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xiaozhi, China
oh! pretty cool idea,I'd love to do so.Absolutely meaningful!
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RICHARDGARFIELD, China
Oh man this is awesome!! I'll send my postcard soon !!
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HMAlbert, Malaysia
i already send one 😀
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ChenEE, China
wow!so nice!
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Parkinpeii, China
cool
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Anantharaman, India
very Happy. As I am working in Postal Department,every year October 9 to 14 celebrate postal week with various activities,Today I send a post card
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Miheeka, India
I am super excited, Wish I can visit the exhibition!!!!
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oneday94, Malaysia
It’s interesting!! Can’t wait to send my one together with everyone~❤️
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Gen24, United States of America
I will send a cool art card. Awesome, Postcrossings!
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ashcan0, Bahamas
Sounds like a plan B~)
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foxfires, United Kingdom
Sent!
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Yaroujidai, Japan
Wonderful idea!
I will send a postcard and join this celebration.
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Askas, Czech Republic
A "chain" that connects people around the world! :-)
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ZHAOXIYAN, China
wow .I love it .我一定要寄一张明信片啊啊啊,希望你们喜欢
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Chiaming, Taiwan
Send out ,Passing the beauty of the moment
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iphoto, Australia
Have mine ready to “travel” ... fingers XX it arrives for the Celebrations❣️Have a great party 🥳 will be thinking of you 😉☺️😊
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poojit, India
thanks postcrossing
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tomollivier, France
Just prepared one and will post it tomorrow :)
Thank you postcrossing and postcrossers around the world
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JasmineH, Taiwan
Great! I’ve already sent!
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curry-king, Switzerland
Are there and plans for a meetup at the UPU headquarter?
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Maxi85, Germany
What a great idea! I've already sent my Postcard 😊
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duncanpjames, United Kingdom
Dear all what a great idea. 150 years of postcards. I think the UK is lagging behind with 128 years. But it is the celebration of 150 years of pillar boxes in the UK. As usual, the postal service Royal Mail swept it under the carpet. They prefer to sell high money collections rather than heritage. Anyway will be sending a card (s) to Po Box and wish all Postcrossers to do the same
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honeybee, Austria
I have already sent a postcard. Hopefully it will arrive soon. The postcard is the best invention ever - and of course postcrossing.
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mxp, China
非常好,我已经发送了一张明信片。
Very good. I have sent a postcard.
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