Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Vintage postcards and the dead art of letter-writing


My mum has this great collection of old postcards which have been passed down the family. I love looking at these. Most of them are from the early 1900's. At that time they were used as a means of communication - the sms text message of their time! The post came twice a day back then so you could receive a message in the morning and return your reply in the afternoon mail.


Also, some people collected them because of the images on the front. Although I have to say, some of them are just plain odd.


I think I was born in the wrong era because, although I love blogging and social media, I do yearn for a time when people wrote on paper. I used to be a prolific letter-writer as a kid, and I will still sometimes write a letter-style email to friends when I feel the urge. But it's not the same, is it? I would love to say that I will take up letter writing again but who am I kidding? I do still love sending and receiving snail mail though but I think the true art of paper correspondence is a thing of the past. Or maybe it will make a come-back, like sewing, knitting and craft has. Who knows. I'd like to think so...