When I was in grade school I would occasionally visit my grandmother in northern Wisconsin and an elderly woman named Rose, whom my grandmother was the caretaker for. When Rose learned that I had started a stamp collection, she pulled out a box of postcards she had saved and gave them to my grandmother to send to me in Arizona. The postcard collection was a mix of cards Rose herself had written during her international travels, cards her granddaughter had written to her, and a few from other friends and family. The postcards covered nearly 50 years of adventures.
I was very excited to see such unique and cool stamps from around the globe. I took scissors, cut off the postage, and threw the cards into the trash. That was until one day when I decide to read one of the postcards. The letter written on this particular card was simple and warm, but also a freeze frame of world history. I recognized the country, Iraq, from the news and this traveler’s adventure was impacted by it being in a post war state. I had never traveled abroad, but I cherished the social history and heirloom this card represented. My interest in stamps immediately diminished and was replaced by a curiosity about the world and an appreciation for people’s travel stories. I stopped cutting mail for stamps and started a postcard collection.
Both Rose and my grandmother have since passed away, but I still have 45 of the postcards Rose gave me and they are now part of a collection of over 200 cards I have. The postcards in the collection date from as far back as 1928 and span over XX countries and XX states.
It is a dream of mine to travel the world and recreate these postcards or their images. Until then, I will continue cherishing each of them, their stories, and the people who have shared them with me. I hope you appreciate them as much as I do.
To protect the privacy of our friends and family, we have blurred out some of the mailing addresses on the cards.
We’d love to hear from you on your travels! Send us a postcard and we will add it to the collection!
Acacia and Alan
540 N. Dearborn
P.O. Box #10405
Chicago, Il 60605