Postcards on the Edge

Illustration for TIME by ROY KNIPE

It's amusing that so many magazine travel columns are entitled "Postcard from ... " Because unless we're talking about e-cards, people just aren't sending them like they used to. Not in an age of e-mail, text messaging and mobile phones equipped with cameras. Other than the prepaid advertising cards put out by direct-mailing houses, chances are that the only postcards you receive these days are from elderly relatives.

A recent poll conducted by British tour operator Thomson Holidays found that of 1,000 customers surveyed, 50% intended to send fewer postcards in the future, 14% said they had no...

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