Hello everyone! I’ve been here on Postcrossing for a little over 2 months and I’m loving it. Although my sent/received numbers are low because I am just starting, I have sent and received close to 200 cards through various tags, swaps, lotteries, and round robins. I’d like some feedback as to why vintage cards are not well liked on this website.
It seems many of the forum activities specify or recommend no vintage cards. I don’t understand why. I am not talking about a vintage card in terrible condition, that is falling apart, smells bad, etc. From an environmental perspective its better to use an already printed card. It’s also so interesting to see how things looked in the past, not only by what’s on front of the card, but also how postcards themselves were designed- where the address lines are put, what the borders look like, what type of film was used, the paper, etc. I also don’t understand if we don’t put limits on the subject matter of what people send in a forum activity, why do we care so much how old the postcard is? Maybe I am missing something, I hope you can enlighten me.
I find vintage postcards interesting and when I think it’s appropriate, I send them (I also send new postcards too), but I’m surprised how in the gallery I hardly see them. I thought a lot of deltiologists (postcard collectors) would be involved here but it seems they are not. For newbies, it is also easy to get a lot of older postcards cheaply making it easier to send more and get more involved if you use older postcards. Thanks for your insights!