We have all been collectors of cherished items and have collections of tangible mementoes in some form. Whether it's candles, photographs, letters, or postcards, these items hold a unique place for us, serving as vessels of memories and connections to days gone by. Stamps and postcards, in particular, hold significant value, not just for their ties to the past, but as tangible pieces of our culture.
There are personal stories connected to each postcard, for instance, on the final day of my college, teary-eyed, I wrote small notes and sweet somethings for my friends on postcards I had collected, as a way to bid goodbye to my college friends, as well as to my college life. Moreover, I grew up seeing my dad take pride in collecting all the stamps he’s ever received in a laminated physical album, from every corner of the world, each with its own unique design and story. In this way, the stamps move beyond their base functionality and become a symbol of so much more.
Despite the waning of real postcard correspondence, there has been a continued trend of buying these postcards from our travels and collecting them as gifts. Postcards once carried an imprint of our minds in concise messages alongside city stamps, serving as a means to connect and bridge gaps between distant loved ones, a role now fulfilled by our smartphones. Each postcard with a stamp contains history, and each postcard contains the culture of a particular place, hence, a postcard at its best is an intersection of history, romance, culture and travel.
Each postcard, decorated with its unique stamp, encapsulates not just a personal message, but also the history and culture of its place of origin.
This is precisely why Daily Objects' new collection of cases, aptly named 'The Postcard Collection,' strikes such a chord. It stands as a modern tribute to India's age-old postal system, aiming to rekindle a genuine connection with the past. The collection melds classic postcard designs with a modern canvas of individuality — smartphone cases. It's a fusion of old-world aesthetic and contemporary utility.
Within this collection, a pantheon of iconic designs showcases the diverse variety of cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Jaipur, Gangtok, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Varanasi, Goa, Coimbatore, Darjeeling, Dehradun, Bhopal, and more. These cases serve as a form of tribute to the enduring legacy of the Indian Postal Network, once the sole conduit of communication for generations.
In this fusion of past and present, the collection helps us to carry a piece of history, culture, and romance with every call we make and every message we send. The Postcard Collection breathes new life into a beloved old tradition, inviting us to once again revel in the art of tangible connection.
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