From a reader:
“I have an elderly friend who has what appears to be a paper postcard.
It is very thin and we wondered if it was a true mailable article? Certainly not in today’s world of processing machines.
We would appreciate any info you can supply. If need be I might be able to make a copy.”
Yes! Your friend may indeed mail an antique postcard. Even though it may be thin, he can place proper postage on it and bring it to the clerk window at his local post office. There he will have to request a “hand cancel” for the stamp. The postcard will then be processed by people, rather than machines.
It’s a great way to say hello. Who knows, it just may introduce someone to a new hobby of postcard collecting.
-Posted by Eric Bradley