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How to Participate in National Postcard Week (NPCW)

Updated on March 27, 2013

How to Enjoy National Postcard Week

National Postcard Week is always in early May, and it celebrates the wonderful tradition of the postcard. Participating in National Postcard Week can be as simple as sending one friend a postcard, or as grand as an organized postcard exchange. NPCW promotes postcard collecting and is a great way for postcard enthusiasts, young and old to expand their collections.

National Postcard Week celebrates....

  • individuality - your artwork can be appreciated by many others.

  • local communities - you can let people know about your local area, not matter how big or how small.

  • the United States Postal Service - and it's important role in our country's history

  • personal connections and new experiences - meet someone new from a miles and miles away, and learn something about their life,

  • that little happy feeling you get when someone has mailed you a letter.
(Photo by Dancingsheba)

What To Put On Your Postcard

Teach Geography With National Postcard Week
Map the origin of all the postcards you receive in return!

Deciding what to depict on your postcard is a big part of National Postcard Week. Think carefully on what message you want to send to the world. It can be:

  • The Local Scenery
  • A Local Attraction
  • A Local Event
  • One of your personal interests
  • Your friends or family
  • A quote or message you want to send the world
  • Your own artwork
  • Anything else you can think of



Post Card Collector

Postcard Paper

If you are printing your own postcards, you'll need to get a paper of high enough weight for a postcard. I prefer Avery products, because they always seem to be reliably good quality and standard for different printers.

The National Postcard Week Postcard Exchange Mailing List - Exchange Postcards With Others Across the Country

Demaris Swint runs a great website for National Postcard Week, and coordinates a mailing list of people interested in sending and receiving postcards for NPCW. As it says on the site, to get on the mailing list email Demaris at: ezrestexas at aol dot com or send a postcard through the mail at the address listed in Pharr TX.

The Details

National Postcard Week postcards are collected and often put in cases or books by deltiologists (postcard collectors). Deliver them to their destination in the best possible condition, and able to be easily archived, follow these tips:

(guidelines adapted from those originally from The Tucson Post Card Exchange Club)

1. "National Postcard Week" and the date should be somewhere on the postcard. It would be better on the front.

2. Your name or the name of the club and mailing address should be included, preferably on the front, but back is okay.

3. The USPS minimum size is 3-1/2x5-1/2 inches, and maximum size is 4-1/4x6 inches.

4. The USPS minimum thickness is 90 lb. cardstock.

5. All postcards printed should be of the same designs. You can design more than one. If you do you should send all designs in a trade.

6. To give your card extra worth, numbering them is an excellent idea. /100 on the back is okay.

7. Be sure to autograph your postcard. A first name is okay.

8. All NPCW postcards should be mailed during NPCW, especially those sent individually with a stamp. Get a hand cancel at the post office desk.

9. If the artwork is not yours, then please properly give credit.

10. Have fun!

Postcrossing - Another Opportunity To Exhange Postcards

If you like the idea of getting postcards by mail, then postcrossing is for you. Post crossing arranges for you to send postcards to people around the world, and then to get some back. Learn about postcrossing - exchanging postcards around the world.

Collecting Postcards

If you are a budding or experienced postcard collector you will want to get a book on postcards in order to learn what to look for. These are a few of my favorites:

Postcard Books

These are books of ready to use postcards:


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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: International Multiply is now closed, have you found a new home?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Quirina: Hi, A correction if you please. National Postcard Week dates are May 5-11, 2013 for this year. It is the thirtieth year of celecration. Those from outside the USA are welcome to participate. We have had people make cards from The Philippines, Australia, Canada, Germany, Russia, Malaysia and New Zealand. The UK also celebrates NPCW but in a different month. Anyone who would likemore information or to exchange with other please contact me at I would be happy to add you to the list of participants.

      Demaris Swint

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Here are post cards based on Manhole covers, water covers and grates

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      Sher Ritchie 5 years ago

      I'm a vintage postcard enthusiast; postcard week sounds great! Thanks for sharing!

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      This sounds like so much fun!

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      This sounds great! I didn't know there was a National Postcard Week. Thanks for the information.

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      Quirina 7 years ago

      Hey, this is cool! Too bad it's not 'International Postcard Week'! But I'll check out the postcrossing lens next! Thank you for sharing.

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      ezredax 7 years ago

      Hi, Thank you for the great writeup about National Postcard Week and your wonderful comments about my website. NPCW pcs are a great passion of mine. Who are you?

      Please email me at

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      bdkz 8 years ago

      Love this!

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      Very cool information here!