If you're a fan of postcards, and especially sending cards via Postcrossing, you may find yourself looking for inexpensive postcards or even just random non-touristy postcards.
Recently, I discovered Pomegranate, a company out of the US state of Oregon, with quite a selection of postcards. I thought this post may be helpful to some followers of this blog who use Postcrossing or have an interest in postcards.
Pomegranate currently has some sales going on, including this sale of 100 postcards for $14.95 plus shipping, which comes out to about $0.19 per card including taxes. (And, possibly better since I think they gave me a few extra cards. From now until the end of April, the site is also giving an extra 20% off on all items if you use the code "Spring2014".
My random packet included art cards, photograph cards, and even some of famous people like Marilyn Monroe, Einstein, and Mother Jones. I'll probably be posting these cards, but as they don't really have a location, they will probably be posted under the label "Pomegranate".
On Good Friday, April 18, 2014, my 100th card that I sent via the official Postcrossing website was registered. The card was registered by Postcrossing member AI-HSIN on 9 April, 2014 and traveled a distance of 12,172 km (7,563 miles) for 9 days.
The card pictures a native-Indiana deer and was purchased at one of my favorite places to get postcards, Von's Book store in West Lafayette, Indiana.
For the first 100 sent cards, I've so far sent cards (and had them (and had them registered as received) to 24 different countries: the United States (15) , Germany (13), Netherlands (12), Ukraine (8), Belarus (7) Finland (7), Russia (5), Taiwan (5), China (4), Japan (4), United Kingdom (3), Poland (3), Malaysia (2), Latvia (2), Turkey (1), Portugal (1), Slovakia (1), New Zealand (1), Italy (1), Hong Kong (1), Czech Republic (1), Spain (1), France (1), and Slovenia (1) for a total distance sent of 720,316 km (447,584 miles).
Electrical Engineering Building, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
This card, dated April 17, 1939, is 75 years old today! I picked it and a few other older Purdue cards online for a project.
The sender of the card was George Wood, who was on his way back to Chicago and decided to tour the campus and then pick up an application, apparently to attend the university. Assuming he was around 17-18 when he sent the card in 1939, I wonder if he would have been drafted into the service once World War II broke out for the US in 1941.
Yeah, neither I nor the sender have any idea what is going on in this postcard or why anyone would make a postcard of it.
The back actually says, in the senders handwriting, "Who would come up with a postcard like this?!"