Postcards: A Pint-Sized Geography Lesson

Traveling Across the Globe & Around the Country with Postcards

Discover faraway places by both sending and receiving postcards through Postcrossing.  It’s free to sign up, you just pay for the postcard & postage.

Many families’ refrigerators become plastered with family artifacts as time goes on – the doors can become a permanent home for drawings, school lunch menus, important memos, and, of course, postcards sent by friends and family from all around the world.

Postcards are a perfect mailbox surprise, and is a fun way to share and learn about new places from all over the world! The pictures of beautiful landscapes, city skylines, monuments, and historic sites provide recipients with a pint-sized look at an exciting new place. 

The trouble with postcards, though, is that receiving them generally depends on the travels of a friend or relative. However, by signing up for Postcrossing, families can begin sending and receiving postcards to and from locations all around the globe! Postcrossing is a free online service that matches postcard senders with recipients and vice versa.  But the exchange isn’t penpal-style – users can receive a card from anywhere in the world, not the place where they sent a card to. And families can mail as many informative postcards as they want, with a limit of five postcards traveling at any single time.

Think of all the opportunities to learn about new cities and far away countries while sharing images and information about your own hometown! Take the postcard your family receives and find their location on the map, a fun lesson in geography. If you plan to send a lot of cards, consider getting a world map on which to track the locations that cards come from and go to! Then, inspect the cards you’ve received and see what you can learn from them. Research historical places, learn about unique cultural traditions and discover interesting cities by digging deeper into each photo. Children of all ages can learn from the project (Plus, who doesn’t love getting mail!)!

To learn more or to sign up, visit

[(ccl) Boston Public Library]

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