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Submissions are now open on the World Postcard Day design contest that we’re running together with our friends at Finepaper, and interested designers can upload their designs! So, if you’re artistically inclined, it’s time to come up with ideas that represent this year’s theme “Across the world on a postcard”, and submit them on the contest page. I’m sure postcrossers know better than anyone the feeling of traveling to another place through a postcard… so it should be an easy task to represent this idea trough an image, right? 😇

And let’s talk prizes! Although only one postcard will be the official postcard of this year’s World Postcard Day, the best three designs will all receive prizes:

World Postcard Day prizes: Wacom Tablets and Pantone products

Each winner will be awarded a bluetooth Wacom drawing tablet, plus some neat Pantone products as well! These Pantone goodies were kindly sponsored by Tecnimprensa (the company that represents Pantone in Portugal), and I’m sure they’ll come in handy.

You have until the end of July 15th (UTC) to submit your proposals digitally, and the winners will be announced in mid-August, which should then give everyone plenty of time to download and print the official postcard locally, like last year.

Even if you’re not very artistically inclined, make sure to spread the word about the contest to any talented friends. We are super curious about this year’s designs, and can’t wait to see which postcard will be the official World Postcard Day postcard of 2021! 🎉

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… and so it starts again! 😊

World Postcard Day 2021 logo

We’ve been working behind the scenes on this year’s edition of the World Postcard Day, and today we’d like to announce one of the most exciting parts of it: the graphic design competition to find the official postcard of 2021's events! Last year, we tested by running the contest in Portugal only, together with our friends at Finepaper, a neat printing and design company based in Lisbon. This year, and in the global spirit of postcards, we’re extending the competition to the whole world. So no matter whether you’re a student in Bangladesh, an artist in Argentina, or maybe just someone who really likes drawing, crafts or design — you can participate too!

This year’s theme is “Around the world on a postcard”. The ability to transport us to far away places through the image and words is a really nice characteristic of postcards, and we would like to see this facet featured on this year’s official postcard. How you will choose to make that work is up to you — illustration, photography or some sort of mixed design approach are all valid approaches to the topic. The sky is the limit!

World Postcard Day Contest banner

Will there be prizes? You mean, besides worldwide recognition and the immense satisfaction of seeing your design traveling all around the world? 🤪 Naturally! They’ll be announced on the World Postcard Day contest page soon, along with the rules and juries of the contest.

Digital design submissions open later this month, but we are giving postcrossers an early heads-up so you can start working on your proposals. Gather your pencils or fire up Photoshop, and tell your friends to participate too! The contest will run for around 2 months, and results will be published on the World Postcard Day page (and here on the blog) sometime after the deadline closes. We are really looking forward to seeing your creative ideas pour in!

And if, like many of us, you don’t have a lot of creative bones in your body, this is a good time to start making plans and think how you’ll celebrate this year’s event. While we’re busy poking post offices and big postal museums, you can get in touch with your local libraries, museums, schools or other organizations and invite them to commemorate this date as well! Share your ideas with others in the comments below or in this forum topic — now’s the time to start creating some buzz and prepare to make October 1st the best day in the year!

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Oooooof… World Postcard Day was such a rush! Everywhere we looked, people were posting and tweeting about their postal adventures, showing the pretty cards they were mailing, or giving the world a peak into their happy mailboxes. So many things happened that it took us a while to recover from all the excitement… but here we are now to tell you all about it!

First things first: remember the Stampex Talk we mentioned? It went brilliantly! We had a nice time chatting with Isobel Klempka from Stampex, postcrosser & philatelist Constanze, ABPS chairman Graham Winters, actor and postcrosser Sam West… as well as quite a few of you, who jumped in at the end to show your treasures! We oooh’d and aaah’d at all your stories and special postcards, and had a really good time. If you weren’t at the event, you can enjoy a recording of it below:

A lot more talks about stamps and collecting happened at Stampex between 1–3 October, and you can see an archive of those on the Auditorium of the event.

Singapore Philatelic Museum's event with schools Meanwhile, lots of museums geared up to participate on World Postcard Day! Some showcased the postcards on their collections on social media, others helped spread the word, a few organized workshops or school actions. With the help of the Singapore Philatelic Museum, students in 40 primary schools throughout the country wrote messages of love and appreciation on postcards, to their friends, family and healthcare professionals. For many, this was the first time writing postcards!

World Postcard Day events in Croatian schools

Simultaneously in Croatia, Hrvatska Pošta helped 17,000 students in 500 primary schools throughout the country learn more about mail and postcards with the help of an educational video featuring their mascot, Marko Markica. The students were offered postcards, which they wrote during the class.

Lithuanian World Postcard Day events

And still on the topic of schools, we lost count of the number of times the lesson plan was downloaded! Postcrosser Dovilė (aka VaDovi) challenged her former primary school teacher to participate in the event, which she promptly accepted. They used the lesson plan, postcards were printed, more classes joined and when the day came, 150 students at the Mažeikių Kalnėnų Progimnazija participated in the event, learning about mail, how and what to write on a postcard, where to stick the stamps, etc. Hurray!

The Postcardist logo

Frank Roche (aka Postcardist) put together a special episode of his Postcardist podcast, where we hear about people’s plans for World Postcard Day all around the world. A few postcrossers chimed in to share their plans, and we especially enjoyed hearing about BonnieJeanne’s (aka postmuse) plans to make ravioli for dinner, because they’re often shaped like postage stamps — what a neat idea to celebrate a postal-themed day!

And last but not least, some of you have already started to receive your World Postcard Day badges on your profiles, as the postcards you sent on October 1st slowly arrive to their destinations. A grand total of 45453 postcards were sent on Postcrossing that day — one of the best days ever in the project!

By the time October 1st came to an end, we were overwhelmed with joy and gratitude for all the enthusiasm with which the Postcrossing community embraced the launch of the World Postcard Day. Thank you for spreading the word, sending postcards and helping put this day on the calendar! 💙 It was such a lovely highlight in this gloomy year.

We’re already buzzing with ideas for 2021… but we would love to hear your thoughts too! Got any cool suggestions or plans for next year’s World Postcard Day? Let us know in the comments!

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Hurraaaaaay! 🥳 The World Postcard Day is here at last!

What started as a small idea last year, slowly grew into a real worldwide campaign that connects not just postcrossers but everyone that is happy to find a postcard in their mailbox at the end of the day… which is basically everyone we know! The humble postcard celebrates its 151st anniversary today, and so this is the perfect date to throw a party in honor of our favorite means of communication.

A bunch of World Postcard Day themed postcards, next to stamps and a pen

So many of you have enthusiastically welcomed the idea of a World Postcard Day, and it’s been a joy to see it come to life. The #worldpostcardday hashtag on Instagram is brimming with pictures of all the lovely postcards and activities you’ve put together. Lots of you have printed Leandro’s postcard which we’ve made available last month. Teachers everywhere have been downloading the lesson plan which is now available in several languages thanks to helpful postcrossers. Who knows how many children will write their first postcard today!

Even on this atypical year filled with lockdowns and social distancing, a few postal services, museums and libraries joined the initiative issuing special postcards and cancellation marks, showcasing postcards online, or finding ways to safely involve local communities in the festivities — you can find more details about them on the Events page. Some of these events take place online, so do check them out!

Whichever way you choose to celebrate the day, make sure to send a few postcards and brighten someone’s day. We wish you all a very happy World Postcard Day — the first of many to come! 🎉

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Have you ever been to a stamp show? It’s a bit like being in a magic wonderland, filled with (postal) treasures to be discovered! Although we are not collectors ourselves, browsing the stands brimming with old postcards or curated sets of stamps is irresistible, and we are always pleasantly surprised by how knowledgeable and patient the vendors are… even to clueless newbies like ourselves. 😅 There are also exhibitions on interesting philatelic topics or rare stamps, and often also talks or seminars on different themes.

The biggest stamp show in Europe is Stampex International, which takes place in London twice a year… but, in this atypical year, they’re doing something new and turning its Autumn edition into a virtual show! Everything will happen online: the talks, the exhibitions, the perusing of catalogues and even the chatting with the vendors. This is unprecedented but definitely good news, as it gives everyone the possibility to safely participate no matter where they are in the world.

A virtual auditorium filled with people looks onto a screen

Which brings me to the topic of this post: October 1st is both World Postcard Day and the first day of Virtual Stampex — and we will be there!

Paulo and I will be participating in a Stampex talk, in which we will talk about Postcrossing, the World Postcard Day and why we love postcards. We’ll be joined in this conversation by Constanze, who is both a postcrosser and a philatelist, and Graham Winters, chairman of the Association of British Philatelic Societies, who will show us some special postcards from his collection.

We’ll then open the mic to everyone who would like to show their favorite postcards… which means YOU can participate too, if you’d like! We invite everyone to register for Stampex and join us there on October 1st at 4pm (London time, GMT+1), on the Spink Auditorium for an hour or so filled with postal fun.

Don’t forget to bring your favorite postcard to show & tell!

PS – Graham from the Exploring Stamps Youtube channel did a great video to show everyone how Virtual Stampex will look like, and ran into our World Postcard Day booth. 😍 Check it out:

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