Like last year, the Portuguese Post is doing a special cancellation mark for the World Postcard Day, and making it available to everyone. This year, it is inspired by the official postcard — here’s what it will look like.
In order to have this postmark affixed on your postcards, you’ll need to send them to the Portuguese Philatelic service already written and addressed (inside of an envelope). You’ll need to include in the envelope the same number of IRCs (International Reply Coupons) as the number of postcards you’re sending. Sadly, some countries no longer sell these IRCs, but you’re often able to find them in post offices or philatelic shops. Mail your things to:
Operações de Filatelia
Rua João Saraiva, nº9, piso 1
Don’t forget to add a note stating that you’d like them to use the World Postcard Day cancellation mark.
When your envelope arrives to Portugal, they’ll swap the IRCs for real stamps, put the cancellation mark on the postcards and put them on the mail. The cancellation mark is available throughout the month of October, so your postcards will need to arrive in Lisbon until October 31st in order to have it.
Let me know if you have questions below — I’m happy to help!