So here’s a question
A lot of people send postcards that show not necessary a lace they live in, but just a cool picture — which is absolutely ok.
I was thinking, if I travel, do you think it’s okay to send a postcard from the country/city you travelled to and send to someone?
Many cards are anyways printed somewhere else than where those are sent. So, to me it’s not a problem to receive card from travelling postcrosser. Only case when it makes sense to send card exactly from the same place it represents, it’s typical tourist cards with country’s name and quite new picture(s) of the country or city on it. Vintage ones or old travel ad’s, in my opinion, doesn’t matter where those are sent.
If I make a trip to somewhere I am super excited about (like Scotland or New Zealand) and it’s the trip of a lifetime, I do pick up cards both for me and for sending when I get back. But when I get home and send the card that was purchased in a different country than where I’m mailing it from, I explain that in the message. I think it’s neat to have a card bought in one country, mailed from another, and sent to yet another.
The only thing I wouldn’t do is buy a card in another country and then send it back to a Postcrosser who lives in THAT country. They’re lucky enough to get to see that awesome place already - lucky devils!
I was in Maine and bought a bunch of great cards, then pulled some official addresses. Sadly none of the cards (ocean, puffins, seals, moose etc) fit the wish lists so most ended up coming home and I still have some. So its not always successful.
I often cross the border into a different country (USA) and buy postcards. Of course, the sights on the cards are exactly the same as here in my home. The country just has a different name. I don’t see anything wrong with this.
On this point I don’t agree: the card should be a memory, a “piece” of the visited place, in this way the travelling postcrosser is saying to me “I’ve had a nice experience here, I want to share it with you, sending you something that is from here”.
So, it should be sent from the original place, otherwise it sounds a bit artificial.
Of course it’s only my feeling
I have a few postcards left from other countries, mostly where I lived. I recently started sending them because they are pretty art, animals or landscapes. None of them are famous monuments or other country-specific images. I send them to people who seem to me like they could enjoy pretty postcards in general, not just from my country. I have only had positive reactions so far!
I also have two flag cards, which I am significantly more anxious to send. But if I see a profile of someone who collects them, I would send them one and hope they won’t be mad about receiving a rare country instead of a common one
And as I was writing this, I realized I have a Disney card travelling to the USA What a fail. I chose it based on the subject in the picture so I hope the receiver won’t mind
Why would that be a fail? I’m from Canada and have received a couple of cards of Canada sent from other countries. I think that’s really neat. The senders told me about the time they spent here in my beautiful nation. I really appreciated them.
Well I think receiving a postcard from your own country is weird I don’t think I would appreciate receiving a Little Mole or Alfons Mucha postcard even though I really like them. If I wanted them, I could simply buy them. Maybe I even already have the postcard in my stash. I don’t know how to best describe it. Maybe it feels like being introduced to something that is your own? I don’t know. I always try to avoid sending cards back to their origin.