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After months and months of waiting, it’s finally World Postcard Daaaay!! 🥳

Several scattered continents with their landmarks are spread out in a map with airplanes flying around and a hand writes the words Hello and World Postcard Day 2021 in the ocean in the center of the image.

Do you feel the excitement in the air too? If you sit still and listen very very closely, you might be able to hear the busy scribblings of thousands of pens gliding across these little pieces of paper… And have you tried licking a stamp today? They somehow taste better than in any other day of the year… it’s like magic!

World Postcard Day is the day we celebrate the joy that postcards bring, by flooding mailboxes all over the world with happy mail. We cannot but smile imagining the puzzled look of postal workers everywhere, when they notice the avalanche of postcards, making its way through their sorting machines!

For those who are just joining the celebrations for the first time this year, we invite you to learn a bit more about the history of postcards. Did you know this is the day in which they celebrate their 152nd anniversary? Yup! Postcards have been around since 1869, when Dr. Emanuel Herrmann suggested that a practical and cheaper alternative to letters should be implemented for shorter, more efficient communications. His recommendations impressed the Austro-Hungarian Post, who put them to practice on October 1st 1869, resulting in the Correspondenz-Karte… and the rest is history!

Postal operators, museums, philatelic associations, charities, libraries and postcard enthusiasts in different countries have all put together a number of events to celebrate the day, so do make sure to check them out too.

Oh, I forgot to mention this on the last post! The best meal for the World Postcard Day (as suggested by Bonnie Jeanne’s aka postmuse last year) is ravioli, because they look like little postage stamps! So, we challenge you to make or grab some on your way home — it’ll be our shared World Postcard Day tradition, part of the day’s lore.

Wherever you are, however you wish to celebrate, we hope you have a brilliant World Postcard Day… and we’ll see you on your mailbox! 😊

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136 comments so far

abbyaguas, Philippines
Happy World Postcard Day everyone! May your mailbox be filled with many cards :D
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RoomMay, Japan
Happy World Postcard Day😊🎂!Greetings from Japan 🇯🇵
Have a wonderful day!😆
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fieldpostmouseYvi, Austria
🎉🎆🎇 HAPPY WORLD POSTCARD DAY FROM AUSTRIA!! 🎉🎆🎇
I am as proud to be from the same country as the inventor of the postcard! 😊💗 Happy weekend to all Postcrossers worldwide!
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elg, United States of America
Happy world postcard day to everyone 🥰🥰🥰
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Irmao-das-Almas, Brazil
Happy word postcard day!
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bao, Taiwan
Happy World Postcard Day 🎉🎉
世界明信片日快樂🎉🎉
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cerres, Estonia
Õnnelikku Ülemaailset Postkaardi Päeva!
Happy World Postcard Day!
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garyow, Singapore
Please consider allowing lifting the limit on the number of simultaneously traveling cards, if sent on World Postcard Day (WPD). For example, you allow 10 more cards, if posted on WPD.
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Daniela2392, Brazil
Happy World Postcard Day!
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journalingrachel, Canada
happy world postcard day! I am sending out 9 postcards, 6 are postcrossing swaps!
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HolyAly, Russia
Happy World Postcard Day! Всех поздравляю ~~
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HookedonPostcards, Canada
Thank you @postmuse for the WPD meal suggestion. Will get some ravioli! Love it!
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Corseuil, Brazil
How wonderful!!! Finally the big day has arrived, happy world postcard day for everyone. Looking forward to sending my cards tomorrow because here in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, we are still on the 30th.😀🇧🇷📮✈🌎
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betslets, United States of America
Love the Ravioli idea -- I'm guessing there will be some international versions of the "original" recipes...great writing prompt...would love to see what types of Ravioli everyone is consuming. Yes, Happy World Postcard Day, everyone. Have a "yummy one".
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3230527290, China
Happy postcrossing.
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dan1868, United States of America
let's nerd out and get our postcard on!
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vembx, New Zealand
Happy Postcrossing! Two going out today here from New Zealand!
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jm1122, United States of America
Exciting day for Postcrossers!
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timmis, Hong Kong
Happy World Postcard Day to All of you !
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msquared47, United States of America
Happy World Postcard Day! I love ravioli!
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Astrophile, Philippines
Happy World Postcard Day, everyone! May your mailboxes be filled with pleasant surprises! Let's enjoy writing and sending more postcards! 📭📮
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MimiCheung, Hong Kong
Happy world postcard day🎊🎉
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Pixiedustlady, United States of America
Happy world postcard day! I did participate last year but something about the wrong time zone left me with no badge. This year I am hoping people with World Postcard day will send me one and I can send them something they would like. Please contact me in private if you would like to send up a world post card day swap! Thank you!!
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Margareth1960, Netherlands
Happy World Postcard Day everyone! 📬📮💌😃
Warm greetings to you all from the Netherlands...🇳🇱🌷🌷🌷
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julian0321, United States of America
Hooray!!🎉 it’s World Postcard Day!! 💌📮📬
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RESHMARESHMA, India
Super excited !!! Happy World Postcard Day 💐
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Anjelikka, United States of America
Happy World Postcard Day from California, USA
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-Cool-, Philippines
Now am wondering --- are there other food that looks like stamps, like the ravioli? a hard biscuit perhaps? Or other kind?
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Maddymail, United Kingdom
Happy WPD, mmmm Ravioli!
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Talika13, Slovenia
Happy World Postcard Day! I am so excited! ;)
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MaryBettyRose, United States of America
Happy World Postcard Day from Florida, USA 📫📮📩 on 01 Oct 2021!!!
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mailfromnanning, China
HURRAY 🥳🥳🥳❤️💙❤️💙❤️💙
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Hats-Off-2U, United States of America
Hats off to postcards. Let the postcards flow! It is only 12:30 a.m., but I have about 100 postcards ready to bring to the post office later this morning when it opens.
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Chasa, Indonesia
Happy World Postcard Day!! 🥰 SO excited!
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makurea, Belarus
Happy word postcard day!🎉🎉🎉
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Yone, Japan
Happy World Postcard Day!

I counted, and I'm sending 19 cards of this year's design today! 2 to my family, 16 to coworkers and friends, and 1 over Postcrossing.
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Lailahelen, Finland
Happy World Postcard Day from Lahti, Finland.
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Kushboo, Netherlands
Happy World Postcard Day to All! I'm sending 3 today. Have a nice day!
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Marta_ms, Spain
Happy World Postcard Day from Totana-Murcia 🇪🇸
and thank you, your postcards fill me with happiness! 🥰
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sienemien, Belgium
Happy World Postcard Day from Sienemien, Belgium. Let's celebrate our friendship by sending postcards!
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eeyoreinoz, Australia
Happy WPD everyone!
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Gekem, Netherlands
My first World Postcard Day. I will start this morning sending some postcards. Happy WPD to everyone!
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oneday94, Malaysia
Greetings from Malaysia !! Happy World Postcard Day to everyone~ ❤️
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drama_SC, Canada
Happy world postcrossing day from Canada 🇨🇦 @drama_sc
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enola, Austria
Happy World Postcard Day! Greetings from Vienna, Austria 🤗
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simi12, Germany
Happy World Postcard Day! Have fun with writing and receiving postcards today! :-)
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Photoshoot, United Kingdom
Happy Postcard day from Derby in the UK. Two cards sent today - one to Germany and one to the USA.
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TuxTofu, Germany
Happy Postcard day to everyone!
Sadly I have all my cards traveling and no free space :(
What about you give one more slot on WPD to send a postcard, which then will be removed when the postcard arrives? (or something like this. So people get the chance to send something on WPD)
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Talal90Ahmed, Iraq
><><>cooooool great- lovely-<><>
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Penguin123, United Kingdom
I'm sending 2 cards today on my first WPD with Postcrossing, only joined on 6th September and loving the community.
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Marie_Trebic, Czech Republic
Happy day greeting cards. I couldn't get a free address last year. This year I kept one free, the other was created at night. So I send postcards to Germany and Texas in the USA.
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ElenaEVA, Russia
I also waited for the night Addresses pulled out in 1-30 minutes on October 1 - and it is worth sending on September 30 - what's this? At this time, it was already morning in the east of Russia
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WuLeike, China
yes,happy world postcard day!
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ogait, Portugal
Happy World Postcard Day... i wish you have a full mailbox today.
📮🌍🥳
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meiadeleite, Portugal
@ElenaEVA Don't worry — if it was October 1st in your timezone, it'll still count for the badge. :)
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guy222, France
Happy World Postcard Day from Eastern France Nicole
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AlexisAhotep, Portugal
HAPPY "World Postcard Day" to all the Postcrossing Family ❤️ !

This is my first time sending some postcards to celebrate the date and I'm pretty happy to do it :)
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bluecristi, Romania
Happy World Postcard Day from Bucharest, ROMANIA !
Many, many postcards sent and received :)
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lgunia, Russia
Всех в =с праздником поздравляю!!
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MiaFisher, Israel
We want to send a postcard but we are all maxed out
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Niikachan, France
Happy world Postxing day to all 💕💕💕🥰
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figtrees, United Kingdom
✨ Happy World Postcard Day everyone! 🏤 ✨
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OLEA, Ukraine
Going buy ravioli !!!))) With World Postcard Day !!! 💜🧡💙💚💖🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️
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shui, Taiwan
Happy World Postcard Day ! \(^o^)/
Just sent 40 cards to the temporary post office yesterday to obtain a special postmark on them, and will request some more addresses and prepare the postcards to enjoy the rest of the day. : - D
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felisity, United Kingdom
Happy World Postcard Day! As a creator and sender of postcards, today I have double reason to celebrate! Thanks for all you're doing to keep postcrossing alive :)
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ChattyCathy, United States of America
It's finally here! Postcarders unite! Let's all send happy greetings world wide, Happy Postcrossing Day!
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shirley64, United Kingdom
Happy World Postcard Day. Just posted two postcards this morning.
Thanks for all the great postcards sent.x
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Weisserose, Germany
Happy World Postcard Day everyone! I wish you a great day with a full mail box, many stamps to lick, and tasty ravioli - after licking the stamps, right?... ;-)
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Anyuta2021, Russia
Happy World Greeting Card Day to everyone! Happy postcrossing !!!
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kdpop2021, Taiwan
Super excited !!I'm sent 4 card today~ Happy World Postcard Day!!
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sing613, China
Happy World Postcard Day
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aerobear, United States of America
Hooray! Happy World Postcard Day, everyone!
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ThePOSTCARDPerfect, United States of America
Happy World Postcard Day everyone!!!!!
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Just_Bethy, United States of America
Happy World Postcard Day!! Up super early to send mine off in time to get a Oct 1st postal mark! 📮📬📮
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trillianastra, United States of America
Happy World Postcard Day and I love the ravioli idea! Although right now the saddest message is occurring when I try to send: "Sorry! Sending postcards is temporarily disabled. Please try again later." Oh Noooooo! Not today!!!!
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GabrieleEdith, Germany
Happy World Postcard Day. Hopefully I will be able to send a postcrossing postcard because the address I picked tonight at 1 am is shown as 30 September. Now sending postcards is disabled 🙁 But I have sent some private postcards as well so I definitely participated 😊
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dershots, Canada
It is a Happy World Postcard Day!! The system came back up in time for me to get 15 addresses and even better - I get to send one to meiadeleite who wrote this post!
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BeckyS, United States of America
Ravioli for lunch!
Happy World Postcrossing Day!
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ericabella, United States of America
Happy World Postcard Day, all!
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ALFAVIT, Russia
Happy Holidays, everyone. Hooray! My postcards from October 1 are going to Germany and the Czech Republic. Looking forward to adding the WPD annual badge.
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Sandristica, Spain
Congratulations, postcrossers!
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vernonsqr, India
Happy World Postcard day from India! May your inbox be full of wonderful mail on this special day! :)
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Mamasch, United States of America
Woohoo! Happy World Postcard Day from Pennsylvania, USA! 🇺🇸
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MininaOlga, Russia
Congratulations!!! I’ve just returned from post office. My postcards are gone to Germany, Finland, Russia and Canada.
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natha_md, Chile
¡Felicidades! Justo ayer expiraron 10 postales, tengo muchísimas más oportunidades para apretar el boton "Enviar postal" ¡YUPI!
Saludos desde Chile.
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aning0918, Taiwan
Happy World Postcard Day!!
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plb, United States of America
World Postcard Day, how exciting! I have a pile of cards I plan on mailing today! I hope to receive some as well! Cheers!
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plb, United States of America
My postcards are going to: Russia, Finland, Germany and USA!
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Inkspell, Canada
Happy World Postcard Day!
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koyaaniskatze, Germany
A glass of riesling wine or grape juice for everyone in the community :-D happy postcrossing... živjeli...prost...cheers 🥰
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mamie_nsk, Russia
Happy world postcard day! I've sent 19 postcards💌📪 😁
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Dan0509, Germany
Today it is the first time I celebrate this world postcard day.
Best regards to all of you
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parco18, Hong Kong
HAPPY WORLD POSTCARD DAY !!! =)
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heidiblooms, United States of America
Happy World Postcard Day from Texas!! Sending out 8 Postcrossing cards today to Russia, Japan, Finland, Australia, India, Belarus, Lithuania, and Germany!
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MarcoB, Italy
Happy World Postcard Day from north Italy my friends! 📫
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HM, Netherlands
This morning was the counter at 368k to 412k now.

Today there are almost 45 000 postcards sent until now!

This afternoon the website was slow and I could register cards in slowest gear. It is busy today.

Happiness on World Postcard Day!
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doryfera, Canada
Love the ravioli idea -- that's adorable!
I only have 1 slot left today (Oct 1) BUT there are 3 cards I was a little slow writing, so 4 will go out today from British Columbia, Canada to Ukraine, Germany, Serbia and the U.S.A.
Happy Postcrossing Day, everyone, and eat your ravioli! ❤️
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APostcardFromRussia, Russia
Happy World Postcard Day! Sending two postcards (Germany and the UK), and going to have them hand-cancelled so that the cancellation date is October the 1.

PLEASE consider giving us a spare slot tho send an additional postcard on this special day next year 🥺
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LieveS, Belgium
Happy World Postcard Day from Belgium !
Yesterday evening, my mother (80 years young) gave me a bunch of (selfmade) cards that she wrote for people living in the elderly home where I work to give it to them today, and she planned to post some more cards to friends of her. She never heard of World Postcard Day, so what great a coïncidence !!
I wrote and posted some postcards this morning, will write some more now.
Warm greetings from Belgium.
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jam570, United States of America
Happy World Postcard Day!!
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reiselustig, Germany
Happy world postcard day!
I wrote many postcards to friends the last days with the intention that they receive it today - and I write now officila postcards with the official postcard image during postcrossing.
@meiadeleite would it not be a nice idea to have a survey in a month or two to ask how many people received the official world postcard imgae?? I would be really curious about that!
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meiadeleite, Portugal
@reiselustig! Yes — good idea! Maybe we'll include it in the end-of-year census! :)
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selintuncer, Turkey
Happy World Postcard Day from İzmir, Turkey ✨
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mezzanine2, Canada
Partly sunny weather in Vancouver, Canada means it's ideal conditions for sending and receiving postcards for World Postcard Day here in this corner of the world.

Happy World Postcard Day to all.
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-Indigo-, United States of America
So much sharing and worldwide friendship today! Wishing everyone the happiest World Postcard Day!!
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Nells250, United States of America
I'm just about to click and get some addresses for The Day! I actually made a little flier and put it on a telephone pole by the house... not sure if any of the local school kids even know what a postcard IS, but HEY, I tried! ;-)
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NIDUSKA, Finland
Happy World Postcard Day
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mysweetlife63, United States of America
Happy World Postcard Day Postcrossing family! It was a busy morning.
I'm sure if we could lick stamps in the old US of A they would taste like chocolate!
Enjoy!
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Mariaphoebe, Greece
Happy postcard day!!! This is an amazing community and I am very happy I am part of it.
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Schwobi, Germany
Alles Gute zum Weltpostkartentag!
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Edpe11, United Kingdom
Happy World post card day. All well and true, however, a little disappointed that my postcards do travel so long/never arrive and expire. I send correspondence to my home country and it arrives withing less than a week and my postcards there never arrive???
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chickalettasw, United States of America
YAY! I sent ten postcards today!
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AnkaOver, Ukraine
Happy World Postcard Day to everyone! It’s so great to be a part of this movement!
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snailmailingnancy, New Zealand
Happy World Postcard Day! Whohoooooooooooooooooo
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tassiepenny, Australia
I will be honest...it was quite difficult 'holding back' from sending postcards for a while so I had a small amount of postcards to send on WPD, but I’m glad I did. Ravioli for dinner tonight and a glass of wine to send cheers to my fellow postcard enthusiasts across the globe. ❤️🇦🇺
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ElenaTravel, United States of America
Wow, I almost missed it! Good thing I mailed a postcard today - a nice drawing of snow geese by David Allen Sibley. The postcard went to Daniel in Northern Russia. Happy world postcard day everyone! 🌍🌎📬
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adriennefriend, United States of America
Happy World Postcard Day!! I was so worried I wouldn't have slots available for today, so I waited a week to draw any new names. It worked out! I drew and sent 21 official cards today, and one additional postcard. I didn't have to work today and spent the whole day writing postcards and playing with my cats. It was awesome!
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Waldo, United Kingdom
YAY!!!!!!!
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ManonGarden, Belgium
Happy Wold Postcard Day! Thanks a million to our gorgeous Postcrossing team :) Now they can breath!
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simplydeep1, Korea (South)
Happy world postcard day!
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RoxyExtreme, Belarus
I haven't received special badge yet regarding world postcard day
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JessicaSnailMail, Brazil
Feliz Dia Mundial do Cartão Postal 🌿
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beesknees, United States of America
The best part about postcrossing is.............. everything!
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MerlinM, Germany
Wow, I received my special badge because the first card was registered.
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Flippie, Canada
Hi, I did send cards on Oct.first but when I requested addresses Oct second showed up while it was around 6pm on the west coast in Canada where I live!
So i hope that I still receive my special badge. I missed out on this also last year.
So let cross fingers for me.....
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Margareta, United Kingdom
I requested 4 cards on 1st of October but the system write 30th of September date. :/
Btw they are on the way and I hope they will be happy with them! 😊
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MerlinM, Germany
@Margareta: As far as I understood it counts if it is October 1st in your time zone.
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Anibal, Spain
Hola a todos desde España,el dia 1 le dí 4 veces a enviar postales, no pude darle más porque el 30 le había dado otras 5,espero hacer felices a todos ellos-as,a mí también me lo hizo mientras les escribía.Muchos besos a todos desde la distancia en el norte de España..
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irinapokrovskaya, Russia
I joined the project recently. But it turned out to be interesting. Receive postcards from different countries of the world. But the most wonderful thing, of course, is to send postcards: to select a card for a person so that she likes it, stays in her memory, gives you a piece of what is dear to you. This is a very good project! Thanks!
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p2002, Poland
Happy World Postcard Day! ✉🥳 This is my second time celebrating it on Postcrossing 😊
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KaiqingZhao, China
Happy World Postcard Day!
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Jetske, Netherlands
Woah I never realized that one of my favrourite foods looks like a stamp! But it's true so from now on my ravioli will taste extra good
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GeertS, Netherlands
I hadn't send cards for a week, so I saved adresses, I have sent 50 cards on Oct. 1.
Now I am waiting for the first card to arrive!
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pamilajo, Korea (South)
I sent out one card for post crossing (only one was available to me). But I sent out a bunch of others in a painting postcards group. Woop woop!
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doryfera, Canada
I had only 1 slot available to me on October 1st, and I drew someone in Serbia -- first time I have had that country! Yay! Hopefully she will receive it safely and will also enjoy getting one that was posted on that super-special day. Happy (belated) World Postcard Day, everyone!
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ipuenktchen, Iran
Hi to everybody and very Happy belated World Postcard Day!!!! I wasn't able to Take Part in sending in this Special day, but I was able to create my own Handmade Card - although without a Badge, but this was fun, too!!!!
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