Postcardly turns your emails into real-life postcards, delivered by U.S. Mail. Do you have family members that don’t use email? Or do you have friends that have gone so-completely-digital that you would make their day by sending them actual mail? Postcardly is your friend!

You can send postcards from your phone, your computer, or anywhere you have email. Just send an email with an attached photo the way you normally send an email: your photo will be on the front of the postcard, your words will go on the back.

I’ll give this a try and will send some photos to my family in Switzerland.

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  1. There’s also ShootIt!

    It’s more for sending photo postcards from you camera phone.


  2. Hi,

    I suggest you to have a look at snailmailmyemail, you may like it : (The project ends in a few days.)

  3. looks like postcardly only allows to send postcards in the US!!??

  4. I can’t recommend enough: Postagram

    It also creates postcards from your phone but also uses photos from Instagram, Facebook or your smartphone.

    As a bonus, the receiver of the postcard can pop the picture out of the postcard and put it on the fridge, wall, wherever (the message is duplicated on the back of the image, so it’s not lost :)

  5. These are all great ideas considering how the internet and email has really taken over. It’s refreshing to get an “old-fashioned” (as most people might consider it) letter and even better if we can send it through our most convenient portal!

  6. @Sabrinasev – Thanks for your feedback – we’re excited to be growing and improving during our beta phase. Many great additions (including international mailing) will be coming down the road!

    @Charleslp – we LOVE the snailmymyemail guys – been having fun connecting with them on twitter. Project ends on 8/15

    @mdidit – thanks for the positive response, we appreciate it!

  7. I was noticing that the service is only in the US for now. I second the motion that international would be great! I would send to family/friends in Colombia and Spain.

  8. @Traci – We are working hard to bring Postcardly international! Stay in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter for news and developments.


  9. Hi, Paul from Postcardly here: just wanted to second what Keridwyn was saying, that we’re all over international. Our developer is working in it right now and we’re hoping to get it rolled out ASAP!

    Also, re: Postagram, just wanted to point out a couple differences: we make traditional, old-fashioned postcards (paper, 4.25″x6″, plenty of room for a message, very low key branding, as compared to Postagram’s punch out 3″x3″ photo and 140-character message). Also, you send Postacrdly postcards with your email (not an app), so you can send from anywhere you have email (your smartphone, your home computer, your work computer, an Internet cafe in Gdansk, wherever).

    If you want to see what a Postcardly postcard looks like, just send an email to [email protected] and you’ll get a pdf back! Anybody can do that, you don’t even need to sign up.

  10. Tina,

    Thanks for the tip! On vacation in NY this week and looking forward to sending photo postcards to my friends out West. Just signed up. Postcardly’s UI and UX are both dead on, but their bird looks curiously close to the Twitter tweeter.

  11. Hi All,

    This is Seth from, we do handwritten postcards (like and use real vintage postcards (right now they are all linen 1940s era).

    There are a bunch of cool sites doing things with postcards right. One that is super small and hasn’t received any attention is They basically do the same thing as snailmyemail but through twitter and on postcards. And they are free. Another awesome postcard project is You send a postcard to somewhere in the world and receive one back.

  12. Just saw that Keep Us Posted launched (

    They do hand written, hand printed cards, international and domestic right out of the gate, cheaper than all the above sights listed.

    New designs every week!


  13. @David, thanks for the praise on the UI and UX! We hope to keep refining and refining, but we’re especially excited about that repeating core email experience (sending a postcard being as easy as sending an email).

    We want our website to be completely unnecessary—like you shouldn’t have to ever go back once you sign up if you don’t want—but we’re also planning some improvements there, for people who want more info and/or control (like a postcard history). And ack, we talked and talked about the Twitter logo resemblance last year, but in the end, we were just too in love with our little mail bird to give it up! Hope you can forgive us.

    @Seth, looking forward to checking out LAZYluddite—and yeah, and postcrossing are both super cool. I’ve used postcrossing a few times—which was esp. entertaining before the 2008 elections, to get the global perspective.

    Hooray for “real” mail!

  14. thank you to all these sites for trying to keep the postal service in business. i’d hate to imagine a world without pretty stamps and handwritten, personal correspondence.

  15. My family has been using postcardly for the last month to send postcards to my grandma (for the month leading up to her birthday) — she doesn’t have a computer, and has been loving getting one daily. It’s so easy to use — as easy as an email with an attached picture.

    Love it!

  16. Paul: It seems we can’t get a preview: here’s what I got in return:

    Uh-oh. This email is to let you know that we did not print and send the postcard that we just received from you (“show me a card!”). The email address you were sending from ([email protected]) didn’t match the list of approved senders for [email protected]. (To make sure that the people in your Postcardly address book never get spam postcards, we will only accept e-mails that come from addresses you approve.)

    You can update your list of approved senders for [email protected] in the address book on your account page.

    If you received this email by mistake—or if you have any other questions—please let us know at [email protected].


    The people at Postcardly

  17. @pc, sorry, I just saw your comment! Try sending to preview@postcardly again. That was an error we had briefly, but we fixed it a few weeks ago. Check it out!

    @Nick, Keep Us Posted looks cool! We’re trying it out. A couple things I should point out: it’s *not* cheaper, but $2.99 or $1.99 (Postcardly is 99 cents, or as cheap as 67 cents per card). A couple other things that make it different from Postcardly: Keep Us Posted uses pre-made images, not your own photos, and you have to send them from their web site (Postcardly uses your email, so you can send cards from anywhere you have email, like your computer, your phone, wherever).

    There are a lot of cool services popping up. Hooray for snail mail! Check them all out and find the one you like. We have a free three-card trial at Postcardly, so you can send one to yourself and a couple to your friends and see what you think!