The sending and collecting of postcards is anchored in the history and culture of the whole world. Postcards not only played an important role during major military wars, where they enabled soldiers to stay in contact with their families, but have come a much longer way. On July the 16th of 1870 the first “Correspondence Card” was sent in Germany by the bookseller August Schwarz from Oldenburg. Soon many people recognized the added value of this small gift and the postcard became a sensation. To celebrate the 30th of July – the World Postcard Day – we found some bizarre facts about the postcard. You can read the long and interesting story behind the analogue greetings in our blog article.
A hymn to all postcard fans
Lovers of stamps and other postal documents, also called philatelists, are apparently also very music-loving people. The famous Berlin operetta composer Paul Lincke composed the “March of the postcard collectors” in 1898, a time when collecting postcards was very popular. We have discovered another bizarre fact about postcards in Bhutan. There philately was associated with music in a new way. Stamps were produced which could be put on a record player and then played the national hymn of Bhutan. With our Postando Postcards App we even go one step further. You can not only add audio to your postcard, you can even send your personal video by using a QR code.
Postcard 47 years on the road
Here is a bizarre fact about a postcard that appeared in Saxony in 2019, which probably got tired of travelling. Christa Lehmann, now over 90 years old, sent her holiday greetings from Czechoslovakiato a friend. After her postcard, sent out in the 1970s, was circulated around the world several times, it could finally be assigned thanks to a newspaper appeal. And this after 47 years! However, the sender herself receives her postcard, as the recipient has already passed away.
The most expensive stamp in the world
It took only two minutes before the magenta-coloured one cent stamp from British Guiana was sold to an anonymous bidder at a New York auction for 9.5 million dollars (about 7 million euros). The stamp, measuring 2.5 cm x 2.5 cm, bears a three-masted ship and the colony’s motto: “We give and expect something in return”. This collector’s piece first came into circulation when a stamp shipment from London was delayed and the postmaster of the British colony asked the printing house to produce three stamps until the shipment arrived. A one-cent magenta, a four-cent magenta and a four-cent blue stamp were designed. However, it is assumed that only the one cent stamp still exists.
The last owner of the famous stamp was John du Pont, heir to the du Pont chemical empire, who was convicted of killing an Olympic champion in wrestling and died in prison in 2010. The stamp was sold by his heir, whereby part of the money was donated to the Eurasian Pacific Wildlife Conservation Foundation. Another bizarre fact about the little stamp: It is a big star who has appeared in countless Hollywood movies and books. Even Donald Duck started looking for it in the comic “Hunt for the Red Magenta” from 1952, with the aim of selling it for 50,000 thalers.
Bizarre facts from Belgium: Chocolate greetings
Belgium is known for its premium chocolate brands and is home to some of the largest chocolate factories in the world. As unique as Belgian chocolate is, so is the idea of the chocolate stamp. In 2013, 500,000 stamps that smelled and tasted of chocolate were put into circulation. Even if you don’t own any of these special stamps, you can sweeten the day of your loved ones with a self-designed Postando postcard.
Stamp is 1/10 of a calorie
You will definitely never forget this bizarre fact! If you lick off a stamp, you take 1/10 of a calorie to yourself. This means that if you do this with 20,000 stamps, your average daily requirement is covered.
Bizarre facts about cat- and rocket-mail
There have been countless creative attempts to replace a classic postman. In Belgium, for example, cats were chosen to carry letters from one village to another. But of the 37 test cats, only one reached its destination by mail – after only 5 hours. Another alternative to send your letters is the funny idea of an Austrian researcher, Friedrich Schmiedl, who since childhood dreamed of sending letters with a rocket. On February the 2nd, 1931 he finally did it: he ignited the first postal rocket north of Graz. With 102 letters, the remote controlled rocket reached the village of St. Radegund, which was five kilometres from the starting point, and finally landed with a parachute. At least as fast as a rocket is the dispatch via Postando Postkarten App. Your self-designed postcard will make it even further than just to the next village, because our carrier pigeons are there for you and your loved ones worldwide!