postcard collections and postcard design-by Manu

A postcard from a sketch drawing

Lot of happy people going around, good music, and good weather. Yes, we are at the festival. At every festival there are salesmen who try to sell different interesting objects: handcrafted souvenirs, or food, or t-shirts, or anything else. I have took a look around the place, to find some postcards and… of course, I found the table where they are selling postcards.

What I bought there is not an ordinary postcard, based on a photo, it’s a postcard which represents a hand drawing, a sketch. Take a look on it, this is the Liberty Bridge, from Budapest – Hungary:

Liberty bridge, budapest, Hungary
Liberty bridge, budapest, Hungary


Why not, sometimes a sketch may add more effect than a photography. But for sure, it depends on the quality of the drawing and the quality of the photo. I’m thinking now that a postcard based on a sketch drawing can be a solution for some places where there’s noting so special to include on a good photo. 

Do you like the postcards based on drawings?



How to reuse postcards and greeting cards

For sure you don’t collect all the kind of postcards. Sometimes you get postcards which you don’t really like.

Maybe your friends use to send you postcards or greeting cards every year before the Christmas. You like them, you collect them, but after a while, you realise that you have plenity of them and you don’t know what to do with them.

Let’s take a look on how to reuse the postcards/greeting cards. 

One idea that works:

Giftbags with postcards

Step 1. These are the postcards and greeting cards which I don’t collect. We will work with these:


We will need also:

  • scissors
  • a cutter or more
  • paper
  • glue
  • decorations (optional)


Step 2. Select a postcard/postcards which you want to use. Because the Christmas is coming, I was thinking to create two giftbags There will be a postcard sticked on each.

Step 3. Make the paper bag. Here is a short videotutorial about how to make paper bags:


Or a longer tutorial:



Step 4. Stick the postcard on the paper bag. It will be like this:



You can even cut pieces from other postcards, to prepare the decorations:



Step 5. Stick all the decorations on the bag. Here you can use your imagination.

And… here are the bags:


and this one:









Omaha Postcard Collection Reveals City’s History

The world is changing; the towns, cities, even villages are changing more and less faster. The old buildings are restored, or modified for another destination, or… demolished. New buildings are rising where the old buildings have been demolished. Yes, the life is going on, even the cities’ life.

A photography is not changing, so a postcard can tell something about a town or city’s past.

Steve Raglin is a graphic artist from Omaha, USA, and he is also a postcard collector. Starting from a hobby, he developed a project, called „Omaha then and now”, an original project meaned to keep Omaha city’s history alive.



Steve was so kind to answer at my invitation and further he will describe the project. So, let’s „listen” what Steve says about his project:


I started collecting postcards as young child when traveling with my family on summer vacation. I would seek out colorful and unusual postcards at gas stations or gift shops at each stop along the way. Some I would keep for my collection. Others I would send to friends with a greeting like, “We saw a huge armadillo today. Everything in Texas really is big!”.

Now, decades later, my postcard collection is also quite big and has evolved to be more about historic structures. I live in Omaha, Nebraska where I work as a graphic artist. I live in the downtown area where many old structures still stand. You can’t help but appreciate how much character they add to the city’s skyline. Their intricate detail and classic styling is well beyond what is found in most buildings created today.

Photography is also a hobby of mine so I decided to create a “then and now” project using the postcards. I started taking photos of them held in front of the old structures as they appear today, trying to match the exact same angle. More than just appreciating how the old buildings look, I wanted to people to consider preservation.


Too many classic old buildings have been torn down to make way for new structures. I wanted to push the idea of repurposing old structures, and how preservation is sensible and can help maintain some of the city’s history. Ultimately, I have taken more than fifty photos for my project using my postcard collection. I designed a website to showcase the photos: PostcardsOfOmaha.com , which features several galleries showing the old postcards held in front of current buildings. Each has a description telling when it was built and how the building is used today. One of the galleries shows postcards of old buildings that, unfortunately, have been torn down.

I’m excited to say the website is quite popular with many thousands of visitors since it was created about two years ago. People write to me sharing their memories about the buildings. Others have even wanted to give me their own postcards to add to my collection. I encourage anyone interested in postcard collecting and architecture to try a similar project in your own city. My website has opened the eyes of many people. I’ve been told they don’t just quickly walk or drive by old buildings, but now slow down to consider their classic style and appreciate how much history stands behind those old walls.


You can see more about „Omaha then and now” project at this website:


I hope also that Steve’s idea turned into a real project will inspire many other people to discover and appreciate their city’s architectural values. And someday… maybe we will see more projects such this one.

At the end, I want to thank you, Steve for your kindness and your materials!


Hello and let’s see an another unusual postcard. I’ve bought this postcard from Prague, Czeck Republic.

At the first sight, it looks thicker than a normal postcard. You can see that is something folded inside:

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Now let’s unfold the postcard and… look:



This is a 3D postcard. You have to look through the lenses and you will see the Cathedral and the buildings in „3D” mode. 🙂




As you see, at the back there are 2 photos. I mean one photo, but replicated twice. I’m not able to explain how does it work, why and where comes this „3D” effect from… you have just to try it and you will see.

This is the picturefrom the back:



As a conclusion, it is possible to do unusual postcards in many ways. It is possible to find many ways to fold some pieces of paper, like that was, or other postcards from the previous posts. The imagination is the limit!

New postcard series in 2016. The first step

Slowly, but surely, a new postcard series will appear and perhaps they will travel all around the world. That postcard seies will represent something beautiful and interesting, from a region where is difficult to find something interesting and exciting. This is briefly my project which I have started, together with this blog.


How my first postcard series was born

I live in a rural region situated in south Hungary, region called Ormánság. I am here since 2013. The fact was that there were no postcards in this region(Ormánság), about the villages from Ormánság. There are biger and more important villages in this region, like Vajszló and Sellye. And no postcards about Vajszló, or Sellye, or whatever any other village. In that time, the women from the post office from Kémes (the village where I work at an NGO and where I lived then) said that there are no postcards about Kémes or other villages, but it will be nice to be.  At the end of 2013, with the support of the NGO where I’ve worked then (and now as well), I have designed my first postcards. Those were postcards about Kémes, printed in a very small edition. Soon, there was no more postcard left.

This is one of the postcards from the first series, in 2013:


By the way, the picture represents the old mill from Kémes, which nowadays belongs to the NGO where I work. This NGO tried to apply for founds in order to renovate the mill building and after, to use it as an educational center for youth… and not only for youth.


My project: The second postcard series

With the experience from the first postcard series, I want to design and print a new one, a better one. And for sure, in a biger quantity.

First, I have launched a poll on Facebook. According to the poll’s results, here are the themes which those postcards will cover:

  1. general views, street views
  2. local traditions, including local traditional food
  3. a castle and/or a church
  4. map of Ormánság, combined with useful information


A postcard about the map of Ormánság with some description and useful information

First, let’s search for the elements of the map. Ormánság is a rural area in southern Hungary, located between the Tenkes hills and the Drava River. The Drava river represents also the natural border with Croatia. How I said before, this is a rural area, composed by around 40 villages connected by road networks. The fact is that it’s a backwarded region, with poor villages and also the cultural heritage is poor. What about the natural landscapes? The area is flat, there are no mountains, no hills, no spectacular natural sceneries! But, on the other hand, here are more forests and the river Drava which is also worth visiting.

The cultural heritage is represented mainly by churches, one castle in Sellye, ruins of a pallace in Drávafok, and… food!  yum yum 🙂

One more element, as part of the traditions: the weaving. Until the WWII, almost every woman used to weave clothes for herself and for her familly members. There is even a motif from Ormánság. Nowadays, the weaving is a forgotten occupation, only a few old people are keeping the weaving alive.

Starting from these elements (churches, historical buildings, forests, river Drava, food, weaving), I want to design a map of Ormansag, with the villages, the connecting roads and the rivers. So it will be more complex then an ordinary map.


A postcard about the watermelon, maybe the most famous product of Ormánság

The watermelon is cultivated by many people from Ormánság region. The soil and the climate here is proper for watermelon growing, that’s why, this fruit has earn a good reputation. The watermelon from Sellye is known almost all-over Hungary. So, we can consider that the watermelon is a representative product for the villages from Ormánság. This is the product which can be exported!

Besides this, every year there is the „Watermelon festival” in Sellye.

How the postcard will be designed:

  • a picture with a delicious watermelon (yum yum 🙂 )
  • at the bottom will be a brief map with the villages where the watermelon is cultivated more (Baranyahídvég, Vajszló, Csányoszro, Sellye)
  • a mention about the annual watermelon festival from Sellye.


A postcard about the town square from Vajszló

Last year, the town square from Vajszló has been renovated and now it looks great 🙂  Even that’s a small square, it looks pretty nice and it might be a symbol for Vajszló. Here is the town square:

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This picture is just an informative picture, this will not be used for the postcard.


A postcard about the castle from Sellye and the „Arboretum”

Sellye is called „the capital of Ormánság”. This is not a town really, is something between a biger village and a small town. Here in Sellye we can find a great architectural heritage, the Draskovics (Drashkovich) castle, together with its garden called „arboretum”. Nowadays, nobody prints postcards about the castle. All what I’ve found are old postcards about it. You can see one of them here:


The castle wasn’t changed from outside. Only the garden suffered changes. I think the castle with its arboretum deserves to be popularised, so let’s bring it the glory from the past!


Now is your turn, because the postcards will be created for you! Let’s be interactive. Leave me a comment and write what are your expectations about the next postcards. Which one from them do you like more?

See you next time


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