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If picking the most creative postcard images on the 150 Years of Postcards contest was a tough job, choosing three best messages was even harder. All these heartfelt words tugged at our heartstrings and it seemed impossible to put a postcard down, or somehow judge some as “better” than the others… how to choose?!

In the end, the three postcard messages we’ve picked are all different, but special in their own way. So here they are, in no particular order.

Annie from Wisconsin USA, sent a postcard with a very simple message, which neatly sums up our feelings about postcards:

“A postcard is a hug sent through the mail.”
Annie's postcard

We liked this quote so much that we ended up printing it in a big font and featuring it front and center at the UPU exhibition in Switzerland. The other side of the postcard is a quilted masterpiece, featuring both fabric and stamps (see it here).

Juice sent in a postcard featuring her own handmade design of a tree in Autumn (see it here). She wrote:

Juice's postcard
“As someone with loosely-settled roots in many places, sending postcards gives me a chance to spend precious moments with friends, family and acquaintances across the world. I cherish the opportunity each card gives me to pass a little time with another person, across geographic and temporal boundaries, and I find the transformations each card undergoes in the mail, along with the new light each card is illuminated by in the hands and eyes of its recipient, almost inexplicably magical. In today’s world, it is perhaps more important than ever to attend to how and what we communicate. Postcards provide refreshing ways to share feelings, ideas, and time not only with words but also with images, physical objects, and embedded love.”

Well said! We also often think of postcards as time that we spend with someone far away, and imagine our words being held in that person’s hands, bearing the marks of a long journey across the world.

And last but not least, Claus from Germany sent a postcard showing an illustration of a mail carrier in Hamburg (see it here), with beautiful stamps. On it, he wrote a short but delightful poem about postcards:

Claus postcard

"Postcard!

A picture
A thought or two
A stamp
A touch of paper
The beauty of it all.

Out in the open
Close to the heart.

Memories in the making
Memories to keep.

Please, Mr. Postman, come again soon!"


Congratulations to the three winners, who will each receive a box of 100 postcards as their prize!

Next week, we’ll bring you some more highlights from the nice postcards that have landed in our mailbox for the 150 years of postcards celebrations.

By the way, would you like to try guessing how many postcards were received? 😊 Leave a comment below with your estimate (a number between 500 and 2000), and next week we’ll reveal the grand total and send a little something to whoever gets the closest guess first, without going over it. Good luck!

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219 comments so far

itsbf, United States of America
1960 postcard received!
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Gen24, United States of America
Wow! Really cool idea! Thanks for showing us this awesome stuff. I really appreciate all the things you guys do for us, Ana and Paulo! :)
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Gen24, United States of America
Also, my guess is 1520! ^.^
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m0, United States of America
1,027 postcards?
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Ineminemutte, Belgium
Lovely messages! My guess is 1352 :)
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linku, Germany
1832 :O))
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reiselustig, Germany
Thanks again for sharing this enormous creativity - my guess is 1707 postcards :-)
I would love to see more - the fronts and the backsides with the messages :-)
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elenamyasnikova, Russia
1987 postcards
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ned44440, Ireland
1759 is my guess.
Love all the winners above.
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siebe1, Belgium
I guess 1563 postcards.
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swan, United States of America
1019 postcards
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greenskull, Russia
1800 postcards
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Mosli, Germany
I guess 1756 postcards.
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freezeframe03, United States of America
WOW! Blow me away! Thank you so much for enjoying my message! Congratulations to Juice and Claus as well. Amazing love for the Postcard. Thank you.

My guess 1767 postcards
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ctr, Germany
I guess 1111 postcards (because I am from Cologne - we love everything with the number 11...)
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sinta, Indonesia
Congratulations to all winners!! Dear Claus, what a nice poem you wrote! Very short yet truly expressing your love for postcard and Postcrossing! You really deserve it, very proud of you! ❤️❤️❤️
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fmstrada, Italy
Lovely messages! All the postcards you shared were amazing and show how much love travels around the world through those little rectangles. Thank you Paulo, Ana, the whole team and every Postcrosser! 💙
My guess: 1504 postcards.
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soilian, Finland
My guess is 1954 postcards.
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marijeuk, United Kingdom
How about 1998? Congratulations to the winners, very well deserved
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AlFichka, Russia
Hello! I think 1976 😉
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Kazbug, Australia
My guess is 1956 postcards as I was born in that year & so was my partner. Congratulations to the winners too. Their efforts are especially deserved. I especially love the saying on Annie's postcard. It's one to remember always.
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RozieBee, United Kingdom
My guess is 1973 😁
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CorgiGirl, United States of America
1752 postcards received. I enjoy seeing the postcards! Very creative and heartfelt. All the best.
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GlobeHopper, Germany
Hello! I guess 1875 ...
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denska, United States of America
1980 postcards
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suvimmmm, Finland
791 I guess
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KarineL, Canada
1762
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czuczy66, Canada
my guess is 1789
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Restu_Amalia, Indonesia
Congrats!
My guess is 1883
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sallyanne, United States of America
2534
What creative and special folks Postcrossers are!
Nicely done winners ✨
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sendwashi, United States of America
my guess is 1382 postcards
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DonnaM, Canada
Well done everyone! My guess is 2500
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boskop, Germany
1061 cards
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bookends, United States of America
Wonderful cards and sentiments! My guess is 1444.
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Ramya, United States of America
Such a wonderful post! I’m guessing 1846 were received.
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Krystleseng, Singapore
My guess is 1678
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aspenone, United States of America
My guess is 749
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ezredax, United States of America
HI,

My guess is 2021

Enjoy the day!
Demaris
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dershots, Canada
My guess is 1213 cards
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Navoda, Sri Lanka
My guess is 1800
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zipsgal, United States of America
My guess is 1,444.
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KJ_lillianopal, United States of America
1600 postcards!
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medinav, Canada
623 is my guess
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lilsis, Germany
I'm guessing 1935 were received.
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yudi, Indonesia
1599 postcards
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DauphineNotDead, Russia
Maybe 1713 postcards?
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Inspired_rus, Russia
1290
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NZ_Chris, New Zealand
1423 postcards
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Edmonds, United States of America
599 postcards
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Silvanus_Tauris, Ukraine
1250 postcards received.
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DymphieH, Netherlands
Wonderful :) 1723 i think
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NorthStar1, Turkey
Very candy one atmosphere. :)
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Ysel, Belgium
Thanks a lot for the great opportunity of postcrossing. I guess you received 1956 postcards.
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Hawwa, Spain
1867
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ALFAVIT, Russia
1985
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didou_apple, Greece
Hey!
Lovely cards!
I'll go with 1898 cards I don't know why seems good number and I think we could have reached it! 😊
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Barmaley, Russia
I think this is my almost favorite number 1853 :)
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BevV, Zimbabwe
Lovely messages on the cards.

My number for the competition - 1796
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Sunbird-MH, South Africa
My guess is 1858

Thank you so much Postcrossing for bringing lots of joy into my life!
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Gyuzel, Russia
I think , 1971
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cherlita, Indonesia
These are lovely! My guess is 1812
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yusofharun, Malaysia
My guess is 1983 =D
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mellika, Germany
1449 postcards 😃
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curry-king, Switzerland
My guess is 1276
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saintsjprw, United Kingdom
My guess is 1515
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MileneAlves, Portugal
Hello! My guess is 1857.
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NataKlv, Belarus
What to write? I want to write such one - 1959
Thanks a lot for your job!!!
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thecottonwoods, United States of America
My guess is 1232.
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-Bille-, Germany
Thank you to Annie, Juice and Claus for her lovely words.
Congratualion!
My guess is 1454.
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cartonfamily, France
Wonderful cards ! My guess is 1977.
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siobhan, Germany
I'll guess ... 1537.
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thibcabe, Switzerland
1666 ? ;-)
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hobbymail, United States of America
it could be 1212; the 3 winners were so inspiring!
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Tsarek, Belarus
1400!
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NIDUSKA, Finland
1333
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starrymist, United Kingdom
My guess, 1734
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kssmith, United States of America
1571
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Ilia222, Russia
1367
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melibeth, United States of America
777 ?
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Topas, Germany
1825
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mounten, Italy
Congratulation to the winner, and thank you Ana & Paulo to make all this happen.
My guess is 1963
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beesknees, United States of America
Nice! I guess 1002.
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ZOlga, Russia
1432 cards
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Sanne82, Netherlands
1999 postcards
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wanderingday, France
1988 postcards? :)
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JasonDavid, Canada
855!
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ASawvel, United States of America
Thank for sharing these wonderful cards - so inspiring!

1235 cards!
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Dashe4ca, Russia
1984
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Mosshumla, Sweden
Oh, I would love to receive postcards with such beautiful and thoughtful messages! Congratulations to the winners!

I think that you received 1676 postcards.
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Moekje, Netherlands
Congratulations to the winners. Well deserved too!
My guess is 1798 postcards received.
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shui, Taiwan
Howwwww beautiful these messages describe a postcard ! ! : - D
Thank you very much for sharing this and Congratulations to the winners !
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queenofc, Germany
You received exactly 2000 cards, right ? :-)
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Regndroppar, Finland
1555
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KAS, Norway
1889
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surfclub66, United States of America
I guess 562. :)
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foysalratul, Bangladesh
I think about 723 cards
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Liudmila0304, Ukraine
My heart's congratulations to the winners. My postcards lost this contest, I'm sad, but I'm happy for these six winners. :). My guess: 936 postcards.
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Flippie, Canada
My guess is 1964! It's my birth-year... You never know, right?
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heimaey, Finland
1854
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chelsahdarling, Canada
1874 post cards you received !
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Norway_girl, Norway
I guess 1771
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IzzyB, Switzerland
I say 1587!
Whatever the number good job and thank you so much for making it possible to share our passion for postcards :-)
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Eleanor11, United States of America
My guess is: 1119 cards.
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AnnElliot, Russia
1341
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Treasure, Spain
Congratulations to all winners! My guess is 1792 received postcards.
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Roxanne, Germany
I guess 986 cards
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RedQueen, United States of America
I'll guess 1622. Congrats to all the winners!
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Kot12, Russia
1870
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nawlins8, United States of America
1,247
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lgunia, Russia
Чудесно 1921
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UknowAn, Singapore
1986... 😜
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imbrito, Portugal
1742 is my guess.
Beautiful messages by the way, your hearts must be full with love! 🥰😍😍
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Zaara, Finland
2020 :)
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nikos8109, Greece
1684 postcards

Amazing messages!!
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Mirfi, Australia
I'm thinking 2150 cards received>
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CharlottePia, Germany
1389
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see3, United States of America
My guess: 1345
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Demmi, Romania
Just amazing!
1976 :)
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Marinka-mandarinka, Belarus
1966
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grandie, Germany
1808
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Herkenbe, Germany
1773
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weesnet, Luxembourg
1203 card?!?!
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Fire110405, Russia
I think 1844)
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SUNyj, China
1380
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alison41, South Africa
I love Annie's simple message: it says it all. A clear winner! and the front side of the card is beautiful - what a lot of work went into that card. Thoughtful creativity at its very best. Thanks for sharing the card with everybody. It's inspiring.

Number of cards? 1029
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Michael_Urrey, Germany
I think 1024 :-)
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mommafox, United States of America
Thank you so much for sharing these! And thank you for starting postcrossing for us all! My guess is 1754.
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ThePostCat, Italy
1287? 😁
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sweta86, Germany
1589 postcards
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Howl, Taiwan
1895 postcards received!
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Rohland, Germany
Rohland - 1960 Postcrd
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Krookus, Finland
1246 postcards
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Kahvisieppo, Finland
999 postcards :)
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carlafed, Italy
Great !! My guess is ... 1637
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fisherman, Ireland
My guess 1408
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nothlitHAWK, United States of America
My guess is 684 postcards!
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Chirp2lou, Canada
I think there were 1577 postcards
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Sarah2, United States of America
1732
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mrsandman, Finland
Perhaps 1777 postcards?
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chinhxitrum, Vietnam
I love the wonderful small poem! My number is 2345 ;)
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werewegian, United Kingdom
My guess is 1819. :)
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Weinuo, China
Perhaps 1385 postcards
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piavano, Netherlands
I hope 1970 ;-)
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Tuermerin, Germany
My guess would be 1956 cards! :)
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picketfence4, United States of America
Thank you for a fun interactive share. To think you sorted through more than 500 cards at least....! You guys are amazing!

How about 1971, it was a good year!!
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wels19602012, Germany
HELLO, GREETINGS FROM GERMANY. MY GUESS WOULD BE 1960!
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Mamasch, United States of America
I’m guessing 1811 😁
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morawless, Russia
1632
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Ina_Alberto, Italy
1992 postcards? :)
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WilmaT, Netherlands
1728 :)
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Dimble, United Kingdom
I guess 1438 😁
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keyrs10, Canada
I'm going to say ... 1809
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MarinaLi, Sweden
1777 postcards received
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Florallle, United Kingdom
1237
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shymi, United States of America
1689
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Sfander, Canada
1,150 postcards received.

Thank you for making the 150th year of the postcard, so much fun.
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afrique, United States of America
1672
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Butterfly28, Canada
1872 postcards
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masha_pech, Russia
1869
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QED, Belarus
1969
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Natalya12041984, Russia
1975
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geralda, Netherlands
1969
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Avani, India
Is it 1850?
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Chia-Cheng, Taiwan
1909?
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Acilim13, Serbia
1778 :)
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Luziaceleste, Brazil
2525 special postcards
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WiscoFamily, United States of America
999 cards
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prav, India
1234
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Maksims, Latvia
1300 cards
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Glorip, United Kingdom
Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone who sent a postcard. My guess: 1687
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konfuzedwithaK, United States of America
1374 postcards received
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geminiscp, Portugal
Congratulations to the winners and good luck everyone participating in this new contest! :)
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OceanofClouds, Canada
These are all lovely! I'm going to guess 1732 were received. Congrats to the winners, hope your enjoy the postcards!
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niacarnelio, India
1789 postcards!
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betslets, United States of America
1949 is my guess. . .I'm sure Postcrossers came through Big Time in sending cards...this kinda reminds me of our t.v. game show -- The Price is Right!
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saikat_das, India
1920 is my guess... Congratulations to the winners.
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coolshiv, India
My guess is 1230 postcards.
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Millefolia, Germany
1250 i hope
Happy Postcrossing! :)
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konradhh, Germany
1898
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nisnoopy3, Malaysia
My guess is 1188
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justinevbe, Belgium
1209 postcards 😜
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Franzi-ska, Germany
beautifully written postcards! Congratulations!
I think 1996 postcards arrived
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Verunslv, Russia
Let it be 1717 :)
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scutso, United States of America
1815
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mariszka, Moldova
Maybe 1991?!
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Sarahi_Segura, Mexico
Hiii, maybe 1785 postcards
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readingissexy17, United Kingdom
1500
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stampraider, Canada
1719
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Nytetears, United States of America
1226
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Elisabeth_and_kids, Austria
My guess: 623
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kirakiraonthewall, United States of America
1433!
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Tenar, Portugal
Such nice messages :)
I would say 921!
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livi16, Spain
Congratulations to all winners! I think 1966 postcards arrived.
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dreamqueen23145, Poland
1821
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macrn0320, United States of America
1975 postcards
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Heepy, United States of America
1776 :-)
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Srunolfson, United States of America
1,757
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heleen3824, Netherlands
1469 postcards!
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dlchenev, United States of America
1948
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niyem09, Indonesia
1754 poscard
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afcbird1, United States of America
1492
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Izumiko, Japan
All were wonderful messages.
My expectation is 1199!
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shc, Indonesia
1819!

really like the first message! ofc, other two are beautiful too!
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Nancyjb, United States of America
1952. Enjoyed the winning cards!
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Eef_NL, Netherlands
1831
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maripe92, Germany
2222 😁
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simuke, Lithuania
So beautiful initiative!!! Thank you for organizers :) My guess is 1652.
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PatiNoel, France
1991! I am sure!
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radiofan, Austria
Thank you for showing the wonderful cards :)
My guess: 1527
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Jillz92, Netherlands
I guess you received 759 cards
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ElizabethKhokhlova16, Russia
Думаю, что вы получили около 1638 карт!!!)
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Bogah, Russia
1914
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Lila20, Australia
1727 - I love postcrossing - so many pleasures - buying postcards, choosing just the right one for the receiver, choosing the best words for the receiver, receiving cards, organising collections, looking at favourites over and again.
Thank you to the hardworking organisers.
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Sannieey, Netherlands
I guess 1378
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petrini1, United States of America
1402 cards
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Braam, Australia
Congratulations for so many beautiful cards & messages. I like how Claus signed off with " always postally yours " - I'm going to use that myself! My guess is - 1999 cards altogether. WOW! Cheerio, Bev Braam, Sydney xxx
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tannic, Australia
1114 cards
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Pulmu, Finland
1012 cards
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Tera_Ecau, Germany
My guess is 1322 cards.
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