What Does a Postcard Mean?

Postcards are a thin rectangular piece of thick or cardboard paper used for writing and shipping without envelopes and at a cheaper price than letters.

Postcards (post cards) are one of the postal objects that have been collected by many fans in various parts of the world lately. Not many people are interested in collecting postcards. In fact, postcards can be found easily in various places, especially in tourist destinations.

The disadvantage of postcards is that there is limited space to provide information and there are no feedback facilities for customers

The advantage is because of the low cost. Apart from low costs, one of the main benefits is not like a package and trifold letter, the recipient does not need to open the envelope to read the information.

With a low cost, you can also Save the date postcards on a unique design card.


The first postcard in the world was published in Austria on October 1, 1869 under the name Correspondenz-Karte. Postcards are usually sent by people while visiting abroad as a kind of memento that indicates that they have visited the country.

The science of research and the collection of postcards is called deltiology.

One of the postal items which was first launched on October 1, 1869 in Austria under the name Correspondez-Karte, in later developments turned out not only to be a means of communication, but also to be exchanged for similar objects or with other objects.

The Correspondez-Karte name was deliberately chosen because it fits the usefulness of the card, which is a tool for correspondence. There are many advantages to using a postcard rather than writing a letter. The advantages include using a little paper and no need to use envelopes. Small size also shortens the news that will be delivered by the sender to the recipient of the message.

After his birth, not long ago found various other uses. That is, not just delivering a short message, but it has started to become a collection object with an attractive appearance.

This other function began in August 1870. At that time, Schwartz in Oldenburg, Germany, created postcards from pieces of wood. Schwartz’s postcard is the world’s first pictorial postcard.

Since then also, the local government has been regulating postcards. Postcards that can circulate are only government-produced postcards and their shipments must use stamps printed by the private sector, but must be purchased from the government. Schwartz’s fate changed, which initially could produce postcards, after which he could only paint on government-produced postcards.

Then the German government gave permission to hotels and other places to print postcards with various images that could be used as promotional tools.

At first, the picture postcard was only able to make the message conveyed in five words, because the remaining space was used up to write down the address and name of the sender. Picture postcards experienced a golden age around 1900-1918. Starting from that time, there was an interest in many circles to collect postcards.