I am a collector of postcards, exchanging them on the wonderful website called Postcrossing! The art of collecting Postcards is called Deltiology. Deltiology is derived from the Greet words δελτίον, deltion , diminutive of δέλτος, deltos , “writing tablet, letter”; and -λογία, -logia ).
I really enjoy using a site called Postcrossing. It allows you to send a postcard to a random person somewhere in the world and in turn you will receive one in return. It is interesting to see where cards come from…Mostly the “big” countries, but I did receive a card from Guernsey. Really cool!
Now, it is very hard to find the special cards so I do create my own…though I have a few in reserve for those deadset against it.
I have developed a special blog that lists my postcards. Soon I will migrate the site here, but until then visit: http://po.andeweb.info/. You desire a card, let me know – I gladly exchange.
A QSL card is a special card that confirms two-way communication between two amateur radio stations. These cards often look like postcards, but have a special place in ham’s collections. QSL is derived from the Amateur Radio’s Q codes and means “I confirm receipt of your transmission”. You can also get QSL cards through listening to shortwave radios – and there are some quite interesting cards as well.
Mailer’s Postmark Permit
I also hold a Mailer’s Postmark Permit and am the circulation director of the Mailer’s Postmark Permit Club. A Mailer’s Postmark Permit is quite a unique item, since it is not something many countries have (I believe the US may be the only one). It is a cancellation applied to a piece of mailer by someone authorized by the post office via a permit. The process can be a little lengthy, but is free to any US citizen. The only cost is to purchase a cancellation device. I purchased mine from Bill Porter at Olathe Post.
You can learn more about Mailer’s Postmarks at the Mailer’s Postmark Permit Club website.
Please note, my linking to Bill Porter and Olathe Post is based on my personal experience with him and should not be considered an endorsement of any organization or club that I am part of.
One of the most interesting things about the postcards is seeing the postmarks. One of my fellow Mailer’s Postmark Permit Club members, Tim Schnepp, has a wonderful Postmark site showing his collection. Quite impressive if you ask me.