European From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5147 times:
I get loads of Postcards, Just write to some airlines, asking if they sell any and When i have done so, i have recieved some, an airline based in my home Airport, European, Have sent me loads of Postcards.
Here are the Airlines that i can remember that have given them to me in 2004.
European Aviation Aircharter (Loads, as written to them quite a lot)
Lufthansa (18 postcards)
Cyprus & EuroCypria
They are just the airlines that have given me postcards in 2004, many more airlines have given them to me a few years ago, Like British Midland (o/c) and Monarch (o/c) are just some of those airlines.
You can also get postcards in little Shops inside airport over here in the UK.
BTW -- these days the airlines are getting stingy. US airlines don't help anyone. Middle Eastern and Asian airlines to some extent will help. European airlines are the best bet. Africa, Australia, South America, Caribbea, Central America and Russia -- basically don't even bother writing to them.
I've done lots of business with Larry Myers at this website for years, and the site lists all eras of airline postcards--from the old propliners to today's jumbo jets. Also, there are lots of airport postcards--chances are your hometown airport has some listed there, too!
I have a sizable stack of 747 postcards from the PostcardPost website, and recently, Larry Myers helped me find an old FWA (Fort Wayne--Baer Field Municipal Airport) postcard!
Larry Myers and his PostcardPost website--I would HIGHLY recommend for vintage airline/airport postcards!
I hope this is of help!
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)
N949WP From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2000, 1437 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4843 times:
Don't just send a mail simply asking for freebies, or you'll never hear from them again! You'll have to work at it.
Try and cook up a nice little letter laced with a good bit of flattery. Search for any recent positive news/developments at that airline and use it as a talking point. If you can recount any personal memories with them or an "unforgettable" flight with them, it's probably even better. After all that sweet-talking, then it's time to mention any memorabilia (e.g. postcards) which they might have.
A few years ago, some of my friends sent out dozens of such letters to every major airline around the world they can think of. Mind you, real letters, not just e-mails (some $$ expense required, but they probably came across as a bit more sincere, especially in this day and age when few people write anymore). Naturally, a fair bit of customization of the letters were required for different airlines, so you can imagine the work required.
The results aren't too shabby either. Although many didn't respond or just sent back standard form-letters, a good number of them did send back at least something (postcards, sticker, buttons, etc). I recall the most generous of them all was the old Swissair, with one of my friend receiving a package with postcards, poster, Swiss chocolates, and even a small Swissair backpack!!!
Not sure how many airlines still print their own postcards nowadays or are still well-off enough to send such goodies, but it's worth the try. You never know what you might find in your mailbox one of these afternoons you got home from school!!