Postcrossing marked its 16th anniversary earlier this month.
Founded on July 14, 2005, the global project allows people to send and receive real postcards with one another. In that time, more than 800,000 Postcrossing members from 208 countries have received nearly 62.7 million postcards through the mail.
Of the more than 200 countries with at least one “Postcrosser,” Canada is ranked 16th with 10,822 members (and 15th with more than one million postcards sent). Canada’s most active member, “moonlessnite,” of Kitimat, B.C., has sent nearly 14,000 postcards since joining in September 2005.
The top Postcrosser – “Willi,” of Germany – has sent more than 32,000 postcards since joining in February 2007.
Guernsey, Belarus and Austria issued Postcrossing stamps on June 10, July 10 and July 14, respectively, each marking the project’s latest milestone.
PostNL, which provides universal delivery in the Netherlands, issued the first Postcrossing-themed stamp in 2011.
This was followed by issues from Finland in 2013; Belarus and Guernsey in 2014; Russia in 2015 and 2016; Belarus, Romania, Indonesia, Switzerland and Ireland in 2017; Hungary and Moldova in 2018; Åland Islands in 2019; and Brazil in 2020.