Yesterday over on Postcrossing I sent my hundredth “official” card (in this case, it was an envelope filled with five or six cards; my way of helping a young Dutch girl reach her goal of collecting cards representing all 50 U.S. States) was reported as having been received. The first hundred cards traveled a combined 437,139 miles.
Since I’ve hit the century mark, let me go back to the man who started my collection for me: my great-grandfather, Philip Nelson Smith. This “Phillip” postcard (spelled differently on the card than he spelled it) was part of his collection. It’s unused and is almost certainly 100 years old, and might have been manufactured as early as 1907, based on the format of the postcard back.
You can’t see it on the scan, but the stuff surrounding each letter, while mostly dark in color, is speckled with silver glitter! A great deal of it still remains on the card; I try to handle this card as little as possible. The flowers and four-leaf clovers are embossed into the card. The card was probably made in Germany (most cards from this time frame were); the pre-printed address lines on the back are aligned similarly to most European cards, and the word “postcard” appears on the back in a dozen different languages.