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Is The Travel Tradition Of Sending Postcards Dead? One "Nat Geo" Editor Is Trying To Find Out

Is the postcard a dying tradition? That's what Amy Alipio, a features editor at "National Geographic Traveler," wanted to know ... and she has been flooded with answers. Since her plea to the public to prove that postcards are still making their way around the world, she's received hundreds and hundreds of the small cards.

Unsurprisingly, many postcards sent to Alipio are brimming with hometown pride. Such is the case with this artsy card.

"I have lived for close to a decade in NYC and still manage to get lost in this fabulous art-rich place. Today I stumbled upon Pioneer Works Studio and saw glass sculptures by artist Dustin Yellin and even met him in person. When in Brooklyn, visit." -Marlene Acevedo

Boston isn't lacking in representation, either, although the sender of this postcard doesn't seem quite sure about the city.

"Greetings from Boston! As a transplant from Seattle, Boston-and New England-took some getting used to. The winters are terrible and everything in the city had so much historical weight and stodginess that it took me a while to relax and start to enjoy [my new hometown]. One of the first places where I felt real joy and a desire to stay in Boston was in the Public Garden. The Swan Boats are such an unexpected piece of whimsy in an otherwise very restrained city that just seeing them brings a smile to my face." - Erika Larson

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Both the front and the back of the postcards hold so much character and detail.


Amy Alipio

The author's claim that Venice is one of the most beautiful cities in the world is certainly backed up by the intricate and aesthetically pleasing postcard choice.

Thousands of miles away, the landscape and stamps look different, but no less interesting.


Amy Alipio

Ehtesham Hussain sent this card to Alipio from Rawalpindi in northern Pakistan. Despite the idyllically rural scene on the front, this card came from the fourth most populous metropolitan area in the country.

This project is a veritable treasure trove for deltiologists (postcard collectors) and philatelists (stamp collectors) alike.


Amy Alipio

These stamps, and the postcards they're stuck to, are from (in clockwise order, starting from the top left) the Faroe Islands, Latvia, Finland and Australia.

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While Alipio has been posting a smattering of the cards she receives on her Twitter and Instagram accounts, the project is set to hit print this month.


Amy Alipio

Here’s a preview of the article in the August/September issue of the "National Geographic Traveler" magazine. Even though she's published part of the project already, she's still encouraging people to send even more cards to her. If you want to take part, send your favorite postcard to: National Geographic Traveler, c/o Amy Alipio, 114 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 22036.

Via: National Geographic

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