Unlike letter writing, there never has been, and there never could be, an anthology of the best of postcard writing, because when people collect postcards, it’s usually for reasons other than their literary qualities. If there was such a book, I’m sure it would contain hundreds of anonymous masterpieces of this minimalist art, since unlike letters, cards require a verbal concision that can rise to high level of eloquence: brief and heart-breaking glimpses into someone’s existence in addition to countless amusing and well-told anecdotes.
The World’s Smallest Post Office is a “quirky little social art project” of postmaster Lea Redmond. What she does is she sets up a miniature, peripatetic post office in cafes in and around the San Francisco Bay Area through which one can send tiny letters, using tiny stamps.
At these appearances, the letters are transcribed by hand on a miniature, wooden roll-top desk in the tiniest of script, sealed with a miniscule wax seal with the sender’s initial pressed into it, and packaged up with a magnifying glass.