The thousand postcard project

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Would you like to receive a vintage postcard in the mail? Something with a short story hand-written on it? 

In January 2017, my husband bought me a present: a thousand unused vintage postcards, dating anywhere from 1900 to 1970, and he challenged me to send every one of them out into the world. Not for any reason or agenda, other than to give them life and spread joy, one letterbox at a time.

So now I have exactly one year to send a thousand vintage and antique postcards, each with an individual story on it: a funny, touching or surprising moment from my life; a passage or poem from a book I love; thoughts and goals for the year; maybe even a drawing of some sort… it could be anything, but I promise it will be meaningful. 

If this sounds like something you’d like to discover in your letterbox, I’d like to send a postcard to YOU. You don’t have to do anything, pay anything, acknowledge receipt or reply. All I ask is that you share the snail-mail love by writing something to somebody else, just to make their day. 

(Please remember that I can’t guarantee the aesthetic beauty of each postcard – many of them are definitely more kitsch than classic, and some of them are hilariously bad – and each postcard I send will be selected at random. After all, I don’t think I’m up to matching a thousand postcards to a thousand sets of interests or desires. If you are hoping for something from 1905 and instead receive something from 1975, I am sorry. But the mystery is part of the fun, isn’t it? Like a lucky-dip at the school fete…) 

Simply fill in the form below to send me your postal address. I’ll never share it.

Use the hashtag #thousandpostcardproject on social media, so we can follow the journeys of all these postcards around the world.

ps. If you’re new to this blog and would like some more snail-mail inspiration, my monthly emails contain original, hand-drawn mail-art templates for you to colour and use, as well as snail mail tips and inspiring projects from around the world. When you sign up for them, you’ll also receive my e-book Making Mail for free. A list of all my snail-mail related projects and activities is here