Postcrossing’s founder, Paulo Magalhães, began his project in 2005. He loves to receive mail, especially postcards, and knew that many people shared his interest and wanted to connect with each other.
By setting up the Postcrossing project, Paulo enabled anyone to exchange postcards with random people around the world. The premise is simple: for every postcard you send, you'll receive one back from another postcrosser— so the more you send, the more you will receive.
After more than a decade, Paulo’s initiative is still going strong and has grown to over 800,000 postcrossers in 215 countries. An incredible 60 million postcards have been sent through Postcrossing since it began.
As Postcrossing celebrates its birthday on 14 July, we are delighted to release three colourful ‘Happy Postcrossing’ stamps depicting iconic Guernsey animals that can be found on the Bailiwick: the Golden Guernsey Goat with Torteval Church in the background; a Guernsey Chancre Crab against the backdrop of Pleinmont Observation Tower; and a Herm Puffin with the tiny islands of Herm and Jethou in the background.
“It makes the world smaller and more available; you can get a postcard from anywhere in the world! And I love the feeling of waiting for the unexpected... which country this time? Which continent? It's just amazing how the world can be connected by sending 'pieces of paper with photographs on it'.”