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25 Beautiful Postcard Sets to Send to Your Friends

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Postcards are great for sending to friends or hanging on your wall. Here are some extra-pretty postcards that put the tourist shop fare to shame.

1. CURIOUS FEAST; $15

Food lovers will definitely want to get their hands on this one. The box of 100 postcards features the artwork of 10 different (and seemingly hungry) artists. From paint to felt, the food takes on many forms. The set comes with a booklet about the artists and their creative possesses (as well as their favorite cooking style).

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2. ANIMAL KINGDOM POSTCARDS; $14

Running out of fridge space for all your coloring book creations? Now you can mail them straight to your friends with this beautiful postcard book. The pack comes with 50 loose postcards with illustrations of fauna that need your coloring skills.

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3. VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR; $14

For the younger crowd (or the young at heart), here's a simpler postcard-coloring option: This book of 30 postcards features the Very Hungry Caterpillar as well as other characters from Eric Carle’s colorful world.

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4. V&A PATTERNS; $25

For the past 150 years, the Victoria and Albert Museum has been amassing a great collection of designs and patterns. This box holds 100 gorgeous postcards featuring patterns from the V&A, like William Morris wallpaper designs and Japanese kimono embroideries.

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5. EXPLICIT POSTCARDS; $10

These rude postcards read a lot like Happy Bunny wrote them. They say things like “Wish You Were Beer…” and “Flip Yourself Off, I’m Busy.” Definitely skip sending these to your grandma, but they might be fun for your friends with thicker skin.

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6. WHERE’S THE PAIR?; $10 

All of these bears are similar, but two are exactly the same—can you find them? Each postcard in this 32-page book is easy to pull out, so you can send the challenges along to friends and family.

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7. BACKYARD BIRDING; $14

Each of these 100 postcards has art from The Sibley Field Guide to Birds. The beautiful watercolor illustrations by David Sibley are sure to be a hit with your mailman.

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8. ANIMAL BOX; $16

Illustrator Happy Menocal curated 100 works of animal art by 10 different artists for this fantastic postcard set, which would look great framed and hung in groups on your wall.

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9. PIXAR; $11

Lovers of Pixar movies will enjoy these postcards displaying artwork from the studio’s shorts and full-length films. The set comes with 100 cards so you can share a little movie magic with everyone.

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10. WHERE’S WALDO?; $9 

This pack of 30 pull-out postcards prompts the viewer to the find famous bespectacled traveler. These are perfect for sending to friends—just don’t be rude and circle Waldo before you send.

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11. DARTH VADER AND SON; $10 

What if, in an alternate reality, Darth Vader was actually a really attentive father? What would he and Luke do? Go for ice cream? Use the force to have tickle fights? You can find out with this set of 30 postcards. Each one features a comic by Jeffrey Brown showing the two having a ball.

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12. GRUMPY CAT; $10

Send some gloom to your friends and family with a postcard showing everyone’s favorite grouchy feline. The set of 30 cranky postcards is sure to put a frown on everyone’s face.

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13. FINGERPRINT ART; $10

Fingerprint art is a simple medium, but it yields some pretty cute stuff. Artist Marion Deuchars created 20 unique designs for this postcard set, including pandas, bats, and more. The alternate side also features a small fingerprint animal, which you unfortunately have to cover with a stamp.

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14. LITERARY POSTCARDS; $16 

Some of the greatest literary quotes of all time can now be found in postcard form. The 100 postcards show illustrated renditions of quotes from Oscar Wilde to Jane Austen. 

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15. STAR WARS FRAMES; $21

Relive the classic Star Wars franchise with these 100 movie still postcards. The box doubles as a display case that can show off your favorite image.

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16. PENGUIN PUBLISHING COVERS; $16 

What at first seems like a book is actually a box carrying 100 postcards resembling the covers of classic books like The Great Gatsby and A Room of One’s Own. Each one resembles a unique Penguin book jacket that’s brimming with nostalgia.

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17. SCIENCE FICTION BOOK COVERS; $21

For more book cover fun, check out Penguin’s science fiction selection. The postcards show covers from books by famous authors like H. G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, and Kurt Vonnegut. The selection of 100 postcards offers illustrations that are surreal, pulpy, and sometimes creepy.

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18. NATURAL CURIOSITIES; $7

This old-timey pack of postcards features vintage botanical illustrations by Ernst Haeckel. There are 20 designs in all, showing turtles, hummingbirds, and other organisms.

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19. NEW YORKER COVERS; $20

The New Yorker is known for their creative and sometimes controversial covers. This postcard set celebrates the nearly 10 decades of magazines with 100 cards of New Yorker cover art. The art editor of the magazine, Françoise Mouly, selected the covers herself. 

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20. VINTAGE EDUCATIONAL CHARTS; $15

If you like the look of vintage educational charts, then this postcard box is for you. The 100 postcards are neatly organized into categories: anatomy, botany, zoology, and miscellany. All the images come from two European companies called Hagemann and Rossignol.

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21. ART DOGS; $18 

Enjoy a selection of dog images from artist Robynne Raye's 1000 Dog Portraits. The pack of 100 postcards showcases a plethora of different breeds, from dachshunds to Labrador retrievers. 

Find it: Amazon

22. 100 CATS; $25

Cat lovers don’t have to feel left out: There’s a postcard book for them, too. This pack of 100 postcards features photographs of felines by Astrid Harrisson.

Find it: Amazon

23. LOVELY CATS; $8

For something even more kitsch, try this pack of cat illustrations. Each one is more adorable than the last, with felines dressed up like princesses or sitting down for a bite of cake. There are 40 cards in all.

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24. PANTONE POSTCARDS; $15

These postcards are simple but bold, and perfect for the designers in your life. Each of the 100 cards comes with an official Pantone color. 

Find it: Amazon

25. ADVENTURE TIME; $18

Lovers of the cult hit Adventure Time will be delighted to get one of these postcards in the mail. With 100 postcards to choose from, fans can enjoy images from the show, title cards, and original sketches and drawings. The selection is broken down into four books: gallery art, cartoon stills, title cards, and concept art. 

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The Secret World War II History Hidden in London's Fences

In South London, the remains of the UK’s World War II history are visible in an unlikely place—one that you might pass by regularly and never take a second look at. In a significant number of housing estates, the fences around the perimeter are actually upcycled medical stretchers from the war, as the design podcast 99% Invisible reports.

During the Blitz of 1940 and 1941, the UK’s Air Raid Precautions department worked to protect civilians from the bombings. The organization built 60,000 steel stretchers to carry injured people during attacks. The metal structures were designed to be easy to disinfect in case of a gas attack, but that design ended up making them perfect for reuse after the war.

Many London housing developments at the time had to remove their fences so that the metal could be used in the war effort, and once the war was over, they were looking to replace them. The London County Council came up with a solution that would benefit everyone: They repurposed the excess stretchers that the city no longer needed into residential railings.

You can tell a stretcher railing from a regular fence because of the curves in the poles at the top and bottom of the fence. They’re hand-holds, designed to make it easier to carry it.

Unfortunately, decades of being exposed to the elements have left some of these historic artifacts in poor shape, and some housing estates have removed them due to high levels of degradation. The Stretcher Railing Society is currently working to preserve these heritage pieces of London infrastructure.

As of right now, though, there are plenty of stretchers you can still find on the streets. If you're in the London area, this handy Google map shows where you can find the historic fencing.

[h/t 99% Invisible]

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The Force Field Cloak
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This Glowing Blanket Is Designed to Ease Kids' Fear of the Dark
The Force Field Cloak
The Force Field Cloak

Many kids have a security blanket they bring to bed with them every night, but sometimes, a regular blankie is no match for the monsters that invade their imaginations once the lights are off. Now there’s a glow-in-the-dark blanket designed to make children feel safer in bed, no night light required.

Dubbed the Force Field Cloak, the fleece blanket comes in several colorful, glowing patterns that remain invisible during the day. At night, you leave the blanket under a bright light for about 10 minutes, then the shining design will reveal itself in the dark. The glow lasts 8 to 10 hours, just long enough to get a child through the night.

Inventor Terry Sachetti was inspired to create the blanket by his own experiences struggling with scary nighttime thoughts as a kid. "I remember when I was young and afraid of the dark. I would lie in my bed at night, and my imagination would start getting the best of me," he writes on the product's Kickstarter page. "I would start thinking that someone or something was going to grab my foot that was hanging over the side of the bed. When that happened, I would put my foot back under my blanket where I knew I was safe. Nothing could get me under my blanket. No boogiemen, no aliens, no monsters under my bed, nothing. Sound familiar?"

The Force Field Cloak, which has already surpassed its funding goals on both Indiegogo and Kickstarter, takes the comfort of a blanket to the next level. The glowing, non-toxic ink decorating the material acts as a gentle night light that kids can wrap around their whole body. The result, the team claims, is a secure feeling that quiets those thoughts about bad guys hiding in the shadows.

To pre-order a Force Field Cloak, you can pledge $36 or more to the product’s Indiegogo campaign. It is expected to start shipping in January 2018.

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