June 14, 2005

British Peculiarities III: Postcard Mania

Maybe this part three of the series is taking it a bit too far, but I have a feeling British people send more cards than anyone else! While back home most people are hard-pressed not to forget birthday occasions, here everyone seems loyal even to the annual Father’s Day card! What could be the reason for this?

I really can’t remember having seen three shops dedicated entirely to postcards in a row (Coventry city centre). Does anyone have an explanation so I don’t have to spend sleepless nights pondering over this subject?

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  1. nienke

    Hey MAARTEN! I think it is because for every little thing that needs doing in the UK, you have to go (at one stage or another) to the postoffice. To simply collect something, to drop something off, to get a form for this or that, to get stamps, to get car tax, I have never lived in a country where I spent so much time inside a postoffice. So maybe the thought is: while you’re there, you might as well send a card?

    17 Jan 2007, 18:05

  2. Yeah, I suppose you´re right. At Warwick campus the stationary shop and post office are even integrated! I worked at Lazer Lizard for a while and the cues kept on mixing up, while everyone was confused over where to pay for what… stamps, envelopes, post cards. Anyway, judging from your name you´re Dutch well?

    18 Jan 2007, 13:10

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