These days, it's commonplace to capture life with our digital cameras and email it to friends, but there's something to be said for souvenirs of the old-fashioned variety. One look at the antique postcards sold on the Etsy shop Vintage Plum had us thinking of any excuse to revert to snail mail.
The company sources its cards from estate sales, auctions, antique shops and the wonderfully quirky Metropolitan Postcard Club of New York City. We easily got lost browsing the classic naturescapes and fun large-letter cards from the '50s but clearly had a penchant for the New York collection, an extensive array of postcards celebrating the days of horse-drawn carriages, grandiose restaurants and trips to Coney Island.
We particularly love the cards that showcase Manhattan landmarks in their heyday, such as this 1940s postcard of sightseers at Rockefeller Center's Prometheus fountain ($4) and the original interior of Radio City Music Hall ($4).
While you have your pick of mint-condition postcards that were never mailed, we find the ones with personal messages, like this 1953 card from vacationing parents ($4), infinitely more special. Plus, the collector in us appreciates the postmark verifying the era from which the card came.
Frame a series or surprise your cousin from Buffalo with a unique memento from her hometown. Either way, get ready to break out the stamps.