As the busy travel season gets underway, we thought we take the opportunity to share a whole bunch of the postcards y’all have sent us. In this electronic age, we love going to our post office box and seeing hand written postcards from readers like you who have literally traveled all over the world.

Our readers have sent us postcards from all over the world.

Our readers have sent us postcards from all over the world.

We’ll be posting pictures this summer on our social media outlets (Facebook and Twitter) of some of the more than 150 postcards we’ve received. We hope they give you some ideas of new places to go and things to see and do. And, if you’ve been to one of the places we post about, please let us know what you like to do there.

And we’ll throw in a few of the postcards we’ve sent home to ourselves and displayed in our postcard jar. Yes, we really have a postcard jar that sits on a table in our front entry.

Our postcard jar that sits on a table in our front entry.

Our postcard jar that sits on a table in our front entry.

In case you’re new here, here’s how we our postcard jar began and why we named our blog after it.

Why Postcard Jar?

I read a home decorating blog post on Young House Love about saving postcards from places you visit and displaying them in a glass vase. I loved the idea and from that point on in May of 2011, whenever we traveled together we’d send a postcard back home.

The first postcard we sent home was from the home of our first U.S. President, George Washington. We jotted down highlights from our visit on the postcard, including the view from the rocking chairs on the back porch overlooking the Potomac River and the Maryland shore.

The first postcard we sent home was from Mt. Vernon

The first postcard we sent home was from Mt. Vernon.

Since we got married in 2011, we’ve added more than 100 postcards to the jar which adorns a table in the entryway of our home. Our postcard jar is a constant reminder of where we’ve been and the things we’ve experienced together and we couldn’t think of a more fitting name for our blog.


If you’d like to send us a postcard, you can mail it to: Postcard Jar, P.O. Box 334, Crete, NE 68333.

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www.postcardjar.com is a blog about extraordinary travel for everyday people.

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