We received a postcard in the mail the other day from friends who are in Donostia - San Sebastian.
This inspired me to think about the last time I received one...I just can't remember. I assumed everyone used a form of social media these days..Facebook, Twitter or mobile phones.
As a young child, a postcard was an expected and eagerly awaited piece of communication from Mum and Dad.
'Don't forget to send a postcard!' was the last murmured words when departing on beach holidays with relatives.
I also remember spending hours choosing a postcard to incite the most modest pangs of jealousy for my sister to endure. Usually beach-side images did the trick!
Wonder what my children's reaction would be if I asked them to write a postcard, buy a stamp and post it.
In fact, it is not something I would even think about these days
Now-a-days it's ' don't forget your mobile, chat to you on Facebook!'
Receiving this postcard has prompted a bit of research and this confirmed how huge postcard collecting is, all over the world. There is a UK website here where there is so much information on collecting, history and up and coming post card events.
Having two vintage postcards in my collection I bought in an antique shop not long ago, I realise my meagre collection is a far cry from the thousands that I am sure some collectors have.
I thought these were particularly gorgeous because of the roses and sails.
Hand-written Birthday wishes.
I also came across these ...
Did you know that the official name of postcard collecting is Deltiology?
Are you a Deltiologist?