Throughout history, people have sent letters or postcards to connect with friends or family members. Receiving a letter or a card could bring much anticipated news and needed comfort. We can see this in the Thomas Hart Benton lithograph, Letter from Overseas.
Sending a postcard is one way to show compassion to friends and family members we cannot visit. Postcards typically have a photograph or illustration on one side with room for a brief note and the mailing address on the other. Unlike letters, postcards do not require an envelope and are a simple way to brighten someone’s day and let them know how much you appreciate them.
Thomas Hart Benton, American (1889-1975). Letter from Overseas, 1943. Lithograph on paper, ed. 250, 9 1/2 x 13 1/8 inches. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Bloch, F84-4/5.
What You’ll Need
- A recycled food box or heavy cardstock cut to 4.5 inches X 6 inches
- Construction paper scraps and/or magazines
- Printed photos or images that you draw
- Scissors and glue
- Markers or crayons
- Address of the person to whom you are sending the postcard
- Appropriate postage (your card may be thicker than a standard piece of cardstock or envelope)
First, gather your supplies and decide to whom you would like to send postcards. Be sure to think about the two parts of a postcard:
- An image or design for one side of the postcard
- A note to write on the other side
Next, decide if you would like to start by designing the image side or by writing a note.
Remember to save space on the note side to write a mailing address and place a postcard stamp. If you need inspiration, explore our collections and focus on an interesting, new, or favorite piece.
After you have finished creating your postcard, take a picture of your postcard’s image side and share it on social media with the hashtag #NelsonAtkinsPostCard.