Thursday Link Love: Postcards for Good

Postcards for Good is brand new website where communities and institutions can apply to have postcards sent for a particular cause or beneficiaries. Founder Russ Romano’s intent is to give postcard senders a a resource to find recipients who could use some happy mail and/or word’s of encouragement – military, schools, assisted living facilities, medical facilities, etc. As he says, “Doing good, one postcard at a time.”

If you know someone who could use a postcard to cheer them up, there is an application on the website. OR if you are in the mood to send some postcards, there is a link to addresses. He even included some postcard guidelines with writing prompts and a curriculum page if you are a teacher.

Thanks Russ, what a great idea – and such a thoughtful website! I already sent a card to the first recipient!

Happy Mail Man Day

Many of you have heard me talk about my fabulous mailcarrier Andrew. He sends me postcards when he goes on vacation and he sent me this awesome lenticular Divine postcard for Christmas. He is extra careful when putting the postcards through my mail slot so they don’t bend, and he keeps my mail safe when I am on vacation. I am so lucky to have a great mailcarrier! (There’s a picture of him on my Instagram feed.) He likes tattoo postcards, just saying 🙂

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Sunday School: Rocket Post and Tin Can Mail

Many people have heard of Tin Can Mail, BUT, have you heard of Rocket Post? In Niafo’ou (Tonga) around the turn of the 20th century, mail was delivered to the island of Tonga by ship. The water around the island was too shallow for the ship to get close to the island, so the mail was placed in biscuit tins which was dropped into the water and retrieved by swimmers, who carried the tins to shore. Around the 1920’s, rubber stamps were created and used to postmark the mail as “Tin Can Mail” to document its arrival method. These mail items are popular among collectors because of their perceived rarity. Eventually the letters and postmarks became a bit of a philatelic gimmic because Cruise Ships would purposely take passengers to witness the “mail system” and collectors from around the world would send their mail to Niafo’ou to get the special postmark. The practice of retrieving mail by Tin Can ended in 1983 when the airstrip was built on the island.

Rocket Post was the precursor to Tin Can Mail.  As early as 1897, ships bringing mail to wealthy plantation owners tied the mail in bundles to rockets and fired them from the ships.  It was not a very successful means of transporting mail and therefore it was a short-lived practice.  The rockets were not very consistent in hitting their target – they overshot the island, fell short and landed in the water, or combusted with their cargo mid-flight. Rocket Post was replaced by Tin Can Mail which was more reliable, as long as there were swimmers that could spot the tin.