An unusual acquisition for ReHouse, 2746 antique and vintage postcards, was checked in this week filling almost 6 drawers of an equally unusual file cabinet. Someone had obviously been an avid collector of places and stories, and perhaps there are others like him who will be interested in leafing through to find the missing piece for their own collections. Certainly no one will be sending these artifacts through the postal service again. Or will they?
Do not doubt the power of personal snail mail in this day of instantly received e-mails, frequently updated Facebook pages, and gone-in-an-instant Snapchat posts when the only mail in the mailbox that actually has your name on it is a bill or a bank statement. I don’t know about you, but even those exciting notices go to my inbox rather than my mailbox. When was the last time you received a physical piece of mail that was not typed or mass produced? Your birthday? Or was that via Facebook too?
When was the last time you received or sent a card or a letter to a friend, colleague, or loved one? Can’t remember? That’s what I thought. Here is your chance to spread some joy along with me, and you can choose how to participate.
1. Inspire a Friend, Colleague, Loved One
Choose one or more postcards (I know where you can get 2746), write a quick note of inspiration, and then allow the mailman the pleasure of delivering it to someone important to you.
Supplies per card: 1 card, 1 postcard rate postage stamp, pen or pencil of choice.
Cost: $2.34 each
2 cards might be in a collection focused on Rochester History
2. Add to a Postcard Collection
If you know a postcard collector you can choose one or more to surprise them with to add to their special collection. Find out about what and how they collect. Our cards are divided by state, country, topic, etc. so you will have an easy time finding one to fit their individual collection. Most are already in protective sleeves which collectors love, but if you plan to mail these, consider placing up to 3 in an envelope. Many collectors of antique postcards do not like new writing on their specimens.
Supplies per card: 1 card, 1 first class postage stamp, 1 envelope
Cost: $2.50ish plus $2 for each additional card you include
2 cards made by local artist and ReHouse employee, Julie Wasson
3. Create a Piece of Mail Art
Get inspired by the art of Nick Bantock
, artist and writer of the Griffin and Sabine
book series, and create your own mail art. Use your favorite permanent glue to adhere images, words, phrases, or photos to your original postcard. Cover with a layer of Mod Podge
or thinned Elmer’s School Glue to protect your work. Make sure your card is still 2D and will not fall apart on its journey through the postal service. Use a regular First Class Stamp to account for the possible extra weight of your additions. Send your creation out into the world to inspire others.
Supplies per card: 1 card, 1 first class postage stamp, words and images cut from magazines or other mail, etc. glue, a pen or pencil of choice
Cost: $2.50 is the base price per card. Actual cost will vary based on your materials. How would you even estimate the cost of magazine clippings?
Still not convinced of the versatility and usefulness of The Postcard? Visit our new Pinterest page, “Postcards: Repurposed” or simply search “postcard” to discover these and other amazing ideas for salvaged postcards.
- postcard covered walls
- postcard travel journals
- altered postcards
- postcards as story tellers
- postcards as historical documentation
- encouraging postcards
- postcard garlands
- postcard pendant lamps
- postcard borders around doors and windows
- postcards and summer fun
- postcards as geography lesson
- neat and tidy postcard displays
- crazy chaotic postcard displays
- postcards filed in boxes
- postcards in window frames