Out of the 181 blog posts I’ve made (182 if you count this one) only three came from 2016. Three! What a pitiful, sad, little number! I know what you’re thinking… surely Sean received many more postcards during 2016. Alas, it’s true I’ve received and sent several postcard during the last year but I’ve become a rather lazy blogger. In 2017 that’s all going to change. I’ve made a little wager with my blogging friend, Karmen, that we’ll each post at least once every two weeks with an entry of at least 200 words. The motivation, the wager if you will, will be a drink for every missed two week window or a bottle of booze – to be honest the logistics are a little fuzzy and we’ll probably end up getting drinks anyways.
To kick off the new year, the beginning of the blog-or-booze initiative, and to getting caught up I’ve decided to do a housecleaning post. Here are 50 postcards that I’ve yet to post. This is their time to shine, each in 1/50 of the spotlight. I’ve set aside eight additional postcards to write full posts about then we’ll be all caught up.
(Cached Card Cleaning 1 of 9)
There comes a time when one becomes overwhelmed, where one feels like they might drown on the amount of postal love they are receiving. That is the case with these last 16 postcards that Karmen sent from her first span in Australia. I thought I should just get them all posted that way I will be all caught up and I will no longer feel guilty! To honor these cards I have assembled five interesting facts about Australia that you might not know about along with my deep thoughts.
SEAN PRESENTS: FIVE INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT AUSTRALIA THAT YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT ALONG WITH HIS DEEP THOUGHTS
1. In 1954, Bob Hawke was inducted into the Guinness Book of Records for drinking 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds. Hawke, went on to become the Prime Minister of Australia. Party on!
2. Australia was the second country in the world to give women the right to vote in 1902. Way to go Australia!
3. Approximately 1.35 trillion bottles of wine are produced by Australia. I’m booking my flight right now.
4. Australia is the only place in the world where you can find the lung fish which dates back to the Triassic period. I wonder how that tastes?
5. When the British first saw a platypus they thought Australians were playing a joke on them by sewing a duck bill on a rat. This isn’t Frankenstein!
Other Party: Karmen M
Card Number: 0141-157
Average Color: Unavailable
Date Sent: Unavailable
Date Received: Unavailable
Sender Location: Unavailable
Receiver Location: Platteville, WI
Distance Traveled: Unavailable
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This postcard made its’ way into my collection from my grandmother. This one is definitely worth sharing, that is why I have decided to start posting some cards that have never been in circulation.
Because this is a unique postcard I have decided to do some research into the origins of postcards. Warning, this post contains some educational deliciousness.
A Brief History of Postcards
American postcards were developed by the Morgan Envelope Factory in Massachusetts in 1873. However, the United Sates Post Office (USPS) was the only group allowed to print postcards until 1898. After that the USPS prohibited private companies from using the term “postcard”, the cards printed by other organizations were known as “souvenir cards”, these cards were required to be labeled “Private Mailing Cards”. This restriction was abolished in 1901 and the term “postcard” could be used by any one.
Originally postcards were one-sided, customers were only allowed to have their correspondents on the front of the card while the address and stamp were on the back. In 1907 the postcard took on a more traditional divided-back format when the Post Office allowed citizen to write on the address side of the card.
First Day of Issue
The card above features the line “first day of issue”, this is used to designate the first day the item is authorized for use. The first day of issue postmark generally features a pictorial or text cancellation which indicates the city and date where the item was first issued, in this case it’s Mineral Point, Wisconsin on July 3, 1986.
The modern postcard, in all of it’s glory, appeared in the late 1930s but did not gain massive popularity until the 1950s.
There you have it, a brief history of postcards!
Card Number: 0091
Average Color: EBE2D9