Greetings fellow Postcrosser; my name is Barrie and I live on the Sussex coast at Bexhill-on-Sea. Now retired, my primary interest is philately and I work on a voluntary basis as Assistant Curator of Philatelic Collections for the Royal Philatelic Society London. My own Postal History collection specialises around British Postcard (Routes & Rates), British Postage Dues 1914-1971 and Mail-by-Rail through the County of Kent, including post sent to Europe on the Travelling Post Office trains of the 19th Century.
I also have a great interest in the history of early-20th century Middle East, especially the Hejaz Railway (Damascus to Medina, and of T. E. Lawrence of Arabia fame!), Palestine ~ Syria ~ Transjordan ~ Lebanon ~ Iraq under the Ottoman Empire.
My other passion is World Peace and I am co-founder of the Peace Mantra Foundation, so do visit us at www.peacefoundation.org.uk.
If you're sending me a postcard, please do remember to include your ID, so that I can record its arrival. I enjoy postcards showing:
~ Cathedrals and Churches,
~ Mosques, Synagogues, Temples or places of Spirituality
~ Sacred sites, such as Stone Circles, Holy Wells or Shrines
~ Your home town
NOTHING IN ENVELOPES PLEASE!
I usually send out a postcard of Bexhill, or something to do with Philately, Peace, Transport or a card that matches your profile interests if possible.
So, with all good wishes, Peace and Happiness to you.
POTTED HISTORY OF THE POSTCARD:
Did you know that Postcards were first introduced in AUSTRIA on 1 October 1869 and the first British postcards were issued exactly one year later, on 1 October 1870. Intially, only Post Office produced postcards could be used, but in 1872 the public were allowed to have their own cards stamped to order. Overseas postcards for use to UPU countries were introduced in 1875 in Britain. Although postcards proved popular, their use progressively declined during the 20th century and then came along POSTCROSSING. .................Hurray!