PRESS RELEASE: 150 years of the first issuance of Postcards celebrated

Date Posted: October 25, 2019
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The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) released commemorative copies celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the first Postcard issuance.

The history of postcards started when Dr. Emmanuel Hermann, a professor of Economics in Vienna, suggested to his national postal service a means to streamline communications. There need to be a cheaper, less troublesome alternative to letters.

The Correspondenz-Karte or correspondence card was first issued on 01 October 1869. He came to be known as the “Father of Postcards” through the official creation and implementation of this new system via the Austrian Post.

Since then, postcards have been the ultimate and popular souvenir. Even today, in the face of modern technology and social media, postcards are still preferred for being tangible tokens of one’s care and attention.

Designed by PHLPost graphic artist Rodine Teodoro, the special issuance features the inventor of the postcard imprinted at the background of the first Correspondenz-Karte Dr. Hermann originally designed.

PHLPost has printed limited copies of the 150th Anniversary of the Postcard” which is being sold at P20 each. It is printed on special board paper with a matte finish.

The Commemorative Postcards are now available at the Philatelic Counter, Manila Central Post Office, all Mega Manila Post Offices, Postal Area 2, San Fernando La Union, Postal Area 4, San Pablo, Postal Area 5, Mandaue, Postal Area 7, Davao, and Postal Area 8, Cagayan De Oro.