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Did you know that approximately 70,000 postcards are sent from Antarctica every year?

Now you may be wondering how to send a postcard from a place that doesn’t have a government, let alone a post office.

As it turns out, there actually is a post office in Antarctica. Read on to learn about the journey a postcard takes from the Penguin Post Office in Antarctica to its final destination and how to send a postcard.

How to Send a Postcard from Antarctica

How to send a postcard from the Antarctica

Like a scene right out of a Disney film, there’s a Penguin Post Office located at Port Lockroy in the Antarctic Archipelago.

What is Port Lockroy?

Port Lockroy, a former British military base and the first permanent base in Antarctica, was established during World War II. Following the war, it was used as a research station until the mid-1960s.

In 1996, Port Lockroy was renovated and turned into a museum and post office. Today, it’s a popular stopover for cruise ships passing through Antarctica. The island is shared by about 2,000 penguins and four humans. This tiny, tight-knit staff look after the post office and museum from November to March and receive about 18,000 visitors a year.

How to Send a Postcards from Antarctica: Snail Mail

Sending a postcard from Antarctica is the same as anywhere else in the world! You pay for a stamp and drop it in the post box. But from there, the journey from Antarctica is a little different than if you were sending a postcard from France.

Sending a postcard costs USD$1 to anywhere in the world and they are then franked by hand by the staff at the Penguin Post Office.

Once this is completed, the postcards are packaged, weighed and transported to the Falklands. The time that this process takes depends on numerous factors including the frequency of ships and the amount of ice in the region.

From the Falklands, they are received by the Stanley Post Office who send them on a weekly Royal Air Force flight to the UK. Once the postcards reach the UK, they enter the regular postal service to be distributed throughout the world. It’s a long journey for sure.

Any postcards that haven’t been sent by the middle of February may even spend the winter at the Penguin Post Office.

Send Postcards From Anywhere Online

Not everyone wants to wait such a long time for their friends and families to receive their postcards. Not only that, but with snail mail postcards, you’re limited to the postcards that are available at your destination.

Did you know that you can also take advantage of modern-day technology and send postcards online? While we love the romanticism of a handwritten card and stamps from around the world, online postcards are a faster and, in their own way, a more personalized alternative.

Not only can you use your own travel photos making your postcards more meaningful than store-bought postcards, you can send them from anywhere you have internet access. It’s much easier than needing to buy stamps, figure out how much it costs and finding a post office!

Start Sending Unique Postcards

Learning how to send a postcard has never been easier. With the MyPostcard app, you can send postcards right from your phone.

You simply upload a picture from your phone, type in the message you want to send and the app takes care of the rest.

We love being able to send pictures that we’ve actually taken or, if it’s for our family members, pictures of us from around the world. They love receiving these personalized postcards from our trips.

Do you love a DIY Photo Calendar that use your own photos as much as I do? Then you’ve come to the right place, because today we’re going to make a completely customized and unique desktop calendar that’ll be the center of attention for any style of décor. And the best part? You most likely already have all the necessary tools at home and can get started on this easy 5-minute project right away.

DIY Photo Calendar – Step 1
Supplies
Supplies for a DIY Photo Calendar

It is worth taking a look through your toolbox for these. You’ll probably be able to find 6 small nails (I used 25-mm gold nails) and a hammer. You also need a wooden board. I was able to get rejects from a home-improvement store for just a couple of cents. A hole-puncher for mounting and your favorite photos. Got everything? Then we’re ready to start!

DIY Photo Calendar – Step 2
Time for your fondest memories
Your pictures for a DIY Photo Calendar

Obviously, the pages are the most important part of the DIY calendar. You need to print out twelve beautiful photos for the pages of the month. I’ve chosen a mix of evocative nature photos for each month and personal memories from the respective season, then inscribed the names of the months using my very best handwriting. But it’s your project; unleash your creativity!

On top of that, your DIY calendar also needs dates. It requires: the numerals 0-3 (2 of each), the digits 4 to 9 (1 of each). But where can you have them printed on stiff, high-quality paper? In the MyPostcard Shop, of course.

DIY Photo Calendar – Step 3
Mounting: so easy
Easy Mounting for a DIY Photo Calendar

Grab your hole-puncher and punch your photos. You can also position just one hole in the middle of the images; this reduces the number of nails required to three. I find the 2-hole version to be more stable, though, because it’s harder for the photos to fall off the nails.

DIY Photo Calendar – Step 4
Everything ready?!
The right order for a DIY Photo Calendar

You should have the following things in front of you: a hammer, 6 small nails, the pages of the calendar (with precisely positioned holes), and the wooden board. Because the calendar pages are roughly 10 by 15 cm and you need three rows for the DIY calendar, the board should be at least 50 cm long and 15 cm high. As always: We’re not looking for perfection, but the photos still ought to fit on the wooden board in an aesthetically pleasing arrangement.

I’ve divided the calendar pages into three stacks. The first pile contains the twelve month pages with your photos; the second, the four numerals: 0, 1, 2, 3. The leftover numerals make up the last pile.

DIY Photo Calendar – Step 5
Handcrafting skills required
Mounting for a DIY Photo Calendar

Obviously, you can calculate, measure, and position the nails perfectly if you want, but our mini tutorials are all about eyeballing and getting things done quickly. So lay out the three stacks in their positions, straighten them until they’re aligned and evenly spaced, and mark the perforations lightly. Now you know where to place the nails. The final and most important tip: be careful with your fingers!

All that’s left is assembling your photos and numerals on the little wooden board with 6 nails. Look, your own DIY calendar is already finished. That was easy enough, right? You can also (spray-)paint your desktop calendar to give it some color. But I like the personalized natural-wood look the best.

Have fun with recreating this little and super easy DIY project.

Lots of love,
Nadja from the MyPostcard Team