@agapara, a few days ago, gave me an extremely cool idea. She has a map with all the places she’s received a postcard from, and it’s just such a neat idea! The official website itself already has a similar concept; however, it doesn’t show all the postcards one has – just the ones that have been registered through the website itself.
Click here to see my map (it took me a few hours to make it, but it was fun to go through all my postcards…)!
I sorted everything by colour:
– Blue: Postcards sent by myself to myself (I know it sounds sad, but I actually keep a diary which I call a “postal diary”, whereby all my trips are neatly recounted in the form of mailables!)
– Red: Postcards sent by people I personally know (relatives, friends and acquaintances)
– Green: Postcards sent by people I don’t know (official Postcrossing cards) or by online acquaintances (swaps and cards I get from people I talk with but haven’t met in real life yet).
Please make your own maps as well! It’s so satisfying to see a map full of dots and, moreover, you can also easily see where you’d like your new card to come from… Also, it makes popular countries such as Germany and Russia interesting as well, because you can see whether you’ve already got a card from a certain city or not. Moreover, it’ll be super fun to see what your northernmost or southernmost cards are, and single out more special cards based on their location.
(The perfect project would be that of linking each dot with a scanned image of the postcard it refers to – both sides would be even better… However, this would be such a time-consuming job that I think I’ll just postpone it ad infinitum!)
In order to create a map, you just need to use “My Maps”, which is a service offered by Google Maps. I have around 400 postcards in my collection, and it took me a little bit over two hours. If you’re one of those pros with 1,000+ postcards, making a map should still be an achievable endeavour – just spread it over a few days!