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The Friday Photo: Postcard from Old Faithful

A picture of me holding up a postcard with Old Faithful on it, in front of Old Faithful erupting.

Me holding up a postcard of Old Faithful in front of Old Faithful

I have mixed feelings about sending and receiving postcards. On the one hand, I equate sending postcards with rubbing awesome travels in the face of the non-traveling recipient: “I’m currently backpacking in the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains, and you’re stuck at home and can’t be here, but I’ll send you this piece of paper instead!” A picture may be worth a thousand words, but an experience is worth much more.

On the other hand, I highly value anything sentimental; plus, there’s something uniquely heartfelt and artistic about postcards. (If you don’t believe me, just take a look at one of my favorite websites

Having said that, I do occasionally send postcards while I’m on trips, mostly to my mom or to my best friend.

What’s your take on postcards? Love them? Hate them?


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  • Margaret
    July 21, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    I love postcards too. So many times they have such a better photo than you could take yourself. The problem is what do you do with them when you have them and have gone to digital photo albums?

    I was a huge fan of PostSecrets and didn’t miss a Sunday for years. Seems I don’t check back as often anymore. They were in Gainesville Scott’s freshman year. Did you get to go and check it out?

    • Amy
      July 23, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      When I was little, I used to collect postcards from every state I went to and then hang them on my wall.

      Sadly, I didn’t get to attend the PostSecret event, but I wish I had!

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