Last Updated on December 23, 2021
Postcards are so 2000 and late. Wrong! Some trends will always stay in fashion. They might reform from time to time, but advancements can never wipe them off from existence. Writing postcards is a beautiful way to express love and sincerity.
Even though social media has replaced many traditions, I feel this is one that you should always keep intact. It encourages a fascination or curiosity for everything vintage and classical.
This article will teach you how to write a postcard the classical way! We’ll also talk about essential bits of information before we get to the tutorial.
P.s: here’s a relaxing ASMR video on postcards!
What Is a Postcard Anyways?
A postcard is simply a post without an envelope. Think of it as an unwrapped letter. However, unlike letters, a postcard has scenic pictures and fewer lines. So you get to express your feelings through a photo and a few short words.
I know many people who would prefer reading a postcard over a letter just because they are so concise and a joy to read. And did I mention how visually appealing they are!
A Dive into History: How Postcards Made their Debut
The first-ever postcard was created in 1840 by the English writer Theodore Hook. He was known as ‘the man of letters’.
From 1865-1880, postcards started gaining popularity and gained active usage. However, the golden era for postcards emerged in the 1890s and lasted till 1915. Popular sites like the Eiffel Tower and Official Souvenirs started making their way onto postcard fronts.
The decline in their popularity marked its way after World War I.
Step by Step Guide: How to Write a Postcard Properly
Select Your Postcard
Pick your favorite one from the lot. Usually, the postcard should show the recipient’s hometown or a picture that would bring them joy, such as their favorite food or country. Alternatively, you could send a postcard that represents your current travel destination.
Remember, the image is the first thing the recipient sees, so make sure it’s impactful.
Address the Recipient
The back of the postcard has lines. On the right-hand side, you have to add the recipient’s address.
Write the Date
Mention the date on the right-hand corner of the left side of the postcard.
Greet the Recipient
On the left-hand side, you have to address the recipient affectionately. You can start by writing ‘Dearest Lilly’ or ‘My lovely friend Lilly’. If you’re writing to a teacher or someone who shares a formal relationship with you, you can write ‘Dear Miss/Mrs. Lilly’.
Write Your Message
The blank space on the left-hand side of the postcard is dedicated to the message you wish to send to the recipient. You may write about anything; your travel experience, learned lessons, quotes, or even a favorite memory. Make sure to summarize the message before writing to suffice the lines provided.
If you need ideas for writing the message, stay tuned for the sections below.
Glue a Stamp
In my opinion, this is the most exciting part about writing a postcard. I love collecting stamps, so this bit hits home!
Paste the stamp in the upper right-hand corner of the postcard, next to the recipient’s address.
Time to Mail
Your postcard is now ready to fly!
Brilliant Postcard Message Ideas
Are you out of ideas and don’t know what to write about in the message section? Don’t worry; we can suggest some super cool topics that you can write about!
Talk about your travel experience.
The recipient would want to know where you went and what you did on your trip. Tell them about what you found unique and different about that place. Cultures and traditions of your travel destination are exciting topics to discuss.
Let them know what you’re doing currently
Excerpts from your daily life are an excellent way to swiftly update the recipient about your whereabouts.
Talk about the cuisines and taste tests
If the recipient is a foodie, start by telling them about your food experience-all of it! The good, the bad, and the ugly!
Describe the weather
Some weathers are romantic; soft and cool wisps of air infused with floral aromas. Others are dry or humid, and some fall in between.
Share an important life lesson
Traveling teaches individuals essential virtues and lessons. Take the recipient through an exciting process of change and reforms associated with traveling.
Talk about the heritage or fun facts
Short liners are the best. State some mind-blowing facts about the destination or describe aspects of the majestic heritage.
Mention deep quotes and sayings
The addition of quotes and perky phrases lifts the reading experience for the recipient.
Ask Away: The FAQ Section
Do postcards need an envelope?
Postcards are mailed without an envelope.
Who invented the first postcard?
Theodore Hook, an English writer and a ‘man of letters’ invented the first postcard. However, there are many claims on the internet about Dr. Henrich Von Stephan from Russia developing the first postcard in 1869.
What is the standard postcard size?
The standard postcard size is 4×6 inches.
When did postcards cost 2 cents?
November 1917 to June 1919.
When was the golden age for postcards?