Postcrossing is a project that allows
anyone to receive postcards from interesting places all over the world.
Founder Paulo Magalhães originally
introduced the idea in Portugal; his goal
was to connect people across the world through postcards, independent of their
location, age, gender, race or beliefs. The
motivation behind the project was simply the fact that he liked to receive
mail, especially postcards.
The project started initially as a hobby for
Magalhães and he developed the original idea by
creating an online platform to support this offline pastime, launching
the Postcrossing website on July 14, 2005. Its unexpected success swiftly
demonstrated that the idea was in fact much more popular than he had predicted.
On the 11th of April 2008,
Postcrossing reached it's first million
of exchanged postcards, surpassing all expectations. To date
over 35,687,093 postcards have
been received because of this project.
The Postcrossing process is actually quite simple, if you send a postcard, you will receive one
back from another Postcrosser from somewhere in the world. Plus the
element of surprise of exactly where the postcard has come from is an added
The Postcrossing project celebrates its eleventh birthday this July and to mark the occasion Guernsey Post has produced two very special stamps.
Guernsey Post has been delighted to support this project since 2014 when the first Guernsey Post Postcrossing stamp was issued. Since then Postcrossing has become a global phenomenon, bringing together many people across the world. Via this postal project new freindships have been made, new languages learned and numerous cultural facts about other countries and people understood.