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Today is the day to thank our mail carriers, and a few days ago we invited you to make something special for these everyday heroes. A lot of you showed us the postcards you had made, and we were in awe of your talent and creativity... so many mail carriers are going to have a super special day because of you!

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You can see all the submissions we've received on this gallery. We had a prize to give to the best one though, so here it goes — the winner is...

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... EmilJohn (aka Emil) from the Philippines, who drew, wrote and decorated the card above. It reads "February 4 is "Thank-a-mailman Day". Thank you and all those who work in order for us to receive our letters. Thank you for delivering my postcards always :) Respectfully, Emil, postcrosser."

Isn't it just stunning? Congratulations Emil on your new stickers.

Now it's time to go and thank our mail carriers, let them know we appreciate their hard work! 📬

PS - A big thank you to Pipsticks for sponsoring this giveaway and making all our postcards a little bit more fun! For those of you who would like to give the service a try, use the code HAPPYMAIL for 20% off the 1st month of any subscription.

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February is just around the corner... which means it's time for another Month of Letters challenge! Are you joining this year?

Month of Letters 2017

On September 2011, Mary Robinette Kowal decided it was time for a break. She spent the entire month offline, and asked her friends to communicate with her through letters. The results of this personal challenge were a revelation:

When I write back, I find that I slow down and write differently than I do with an email. Email is all about the now. Letters are different, because whatever I write needs to be something that will be relevant a week later to the person to whom I am writing. In some ways it forces me to think about time more because postal mail is slower. “By the time you get this…” It is relaxing. It is intimate. It is both lasting and ephemeral.

How so? I find that I will often read the letters that I receive twice. Once when I get them and again as I write back. So, that makes it more lasting. It is more ephemeral because I don’t have copies of the letters that I write and I am the only one who has copies of the letters that my correspondents write. So, more ephemeral.

I know a lot of postcrossers share these feelings — this is part of the reason why Postcrossing exists!

Mary decided to turn February into a Month of Letters, in which she challenges herself and everyone who decides to join to write and send at least a piece of postal mail every day. Here are the rules:

  • Mail at least one item through the post every day it runs. Write a postcard, a letter, send a picture or a cutting from a newspaper... anything goes!
  • Write back to everyone who writes to you. This can count as one of your mailed items.

We can't help but feel that postcrossers have their work cut out for them in this challenge... Nevertheless, we wanted to encourage you all to do it! Write postcards, letters or aerograms or surprise a friend with an unexpected package. Maybe even pick a Facebook/Twitter friend and send them an offline "hello!" or catch up on those "thank you" notes you've been meaning to send.

Are you up to Mary's challenge? Grab your stationery and stamps and start writing! 😊

PS. - Don't forget that February 4th is Mail Carrier Appreciation Day!

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You didn't think we'd forget, did you? 😊 We're getting closer to the remarkable milestone of 40 million postcards... so it's time to launch our popular guessing game!

40! MILLION! POSTCARDS!

If you've joined the project recently, this might be the first time you enter one of these, so here is the gist:

Every member has a chance to submit a bet for the day and time on which they think the postcard number 40 million will be registered. The bets need to be submitted on the contest page.

Naturally, there are prizes for those who guess the correct time, or get really close!

The postcrosser whose bet is the closest to the exact minute when postcard number 40 million is registered wins a neat set of 40 Cardcetera postcards. The 4 next best guesses (before or after the registering time) will also receive a pack of 20 postcards from Cardcetera. Cardcetera cards

Some rules: each time slot can only be chosen by one person, so the first person to pick that slot gets to keep it. You can change it at a later stage, if you want, but only from the available time slots left. We will close the bets when there are 1000 postcards left to postcard 40,000,000. Check the contest page for more details.

Do some calculations on the back of an envelope or flip a coin... but be quick about it as the good slots run out fast! Good luck everyone!

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... and we have a mission for you, if you wish to accept it! 😉 February 4th is Mail Carrier Appreciation Day and every year, we encourage you to make something nice for your mail carrier on this day. They're the ones who walk, ride or drive miles and miles every single day, sometimes enduring harsh weather conditions in order to deliver all our mail... without them, this hobby would not be possible. So it's time to say thank you, and make sure they know we appreciate their hard work.

This year though, we thought we'd give you an extra incentive... how does a $50 voucher from Pipsticks sound like?

All you need to do for a chance to win it is grab a postcard, write a nice message for your postman or postwoman on the back and decorate it. Put your heart into your thank you message, and make use of that stash of crafty things you've been collecting for a while now: your rubber stamps, stickers and all those lovely washi tapes. Feel free to use old stamps as decoration too, if you'd like — these cards are meant to be delivered by hand or stuck on your mailbox for them to find on February 4th (or February 3rd, since this year the date falls on a Saturday). Make it sincere and make it stand out!

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Once you're happy with the result, take a photo or scan the postcard you've decorated and send the image to thank-a-mailman@postcrossing.com until the end of Feb 2nd (GMT). The best submission will win a $50 voucher from Pipsticks. We'll announce the winner on Feb. 4th, and also show you the submissions we've received until then.

I've already started my postcard... but I really want to see yours! 😍 Come on, show us what you've got — and let's make our mail carriers extra happy on their special day!

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Alan (aka MindYerCar) from the UK sent us a tip to a radio series from BBC4 that aired some years ago. The People's Post is a 15 part series of programs on everything Royal Mail: from the early history of the postal service, to reforms and modern day challenges. Most of the episodes are still available on BBC4's website for everyone to hear though, so we thought it was worth sharing with you.

The People's Post

If you have a bit of time, give it a listen! And as always, we appreciate your tips on all-things related to mail — if you know of interesting stuff we should check out, leave a comment or shoot us an email. 📬

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