Postcards celebrate 150 years!

On October 1st, postcards celebrate their 150th anniversary, and everyone is invited to the party!

Introduced in 1869 as a way of sending a simple message, postcards quickly evolved beyond their practical purpose to become the universal souvenir that brightens everyone's mailboxes.

Discover the history of postcards, and join us in celebrating their anniversary this year.

150th anniversary cake
Postcards in back pocket

Surprise someone

Remember that spike of excitement the last time a postcard magically appeared on your mailbox?

Surprise someone with an unexpected postcard and join the #150yearsofpostcards party!

"And none will hear the postman's knock
Without a quickening of the heart.
For who can bear to feel himself forgotten?"

W. H. Auden

Reasons to send a postcard today

Spread good vibes

Make someone smile at the end of a long day, by surprising them with a postcard on their mailbox.

Celebrate milestones

Birthdays, anniversaries, personal or professional achievements are all worth celebrating!

Shorten the distance

Let your far away family and friends know how you're doing and that you're thinking of them.

Support a cause

Show your support to good causes or people doing a remarkable job.

Show postcards some love!

How much do you enjoy sending postcards or finding one waiting for you on your mailbox? What makes postcards special? What do they mean to you?

We invited the world to answer these questions and share what they treasure about the format — on a postcard, of course! The best postcards were showcased during an exhibition at the Universal Postal Union headquarters, in Bern, Switzerland.

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