Before the internet, postcards were the easiest way for people to send images around the world. In many ways, they were the precursor to social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. It’s easy to see how the typical “Greetings from…” postcard message has evolved into the instant status updates that fly around cyber space.
Another fascinating thing about the postcard is its ability to illustrate the history of a city or attraction on one side, and at the same time, provide a glimpse into the personal lives of both the sender and recipient on the other. These time capsules have a unique way of breathing life into the past.
Nothing beats thumbing through an old shoe box in an antique store off the beaten path, but finding old postcards on the internet is kind of cool too.