Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Strange Case of the Missing British Postcards

With a few months of the BPS now behind us, certain patterns are beginning to emerge regarding mail delivery — and the most striking has been the ongoing issues we're having with postcards going to (or out of) Britain. It's quite extraordinary — nowhere else (and we mail all over the world) has there been such a problem getting postcards to or from one particular destination. As there's nothing we can do about a postal service that appears to be so lackadaisical, the next best thing I can do is let everyone know the situation and be aware that if postcards don't show it's not the senders — it's the mail. Thanks for your understanding!

(photo of silent film actor William Gillette as Sherlock Holmes via Scott Monty)


Giulia said...

The first card I sent (last Sept.) was to the UK. I was wondering. Though I did send & receive holiday cards from there in what seems to be a timely fashion. Goodness. I wonder if someone sent a card & I didn't respond...because I never received it? Eeep.

Thanks for the notice, Lori.


The Missive Maven said...

That is really interesting, because in my own personal mail patterns, I find mail to and from the UK to be quite reliable. I wonder if the recent UK postal strikes have anything to do with it?

Marianne said...

Mail from the UK (to the Netherlands) can take longer then from other countries, but so far I always received everything sent to me (including non BPS mail).

Polly said...

I think British mail is quite reliable. There were strikes so this might have affected it. It's impossible to know whether people really sent them or not sometimes x

Anneke (Mudhooks) said...

I've still not rec'd my March postcard (unless it was the February one I didn't get and whoever sent the March one did so before the beginning of the month).

Vanessa said...

I haven't had a BPS postcard since November but I regularly send to and recieve other cards from the US without any difficulties. I don't think Royal Mail is the problem.

Benevolent Postcard Society said...

Thanks so much for your comments, everyone — I do appreciate it. Your own experiences make the BPS mailing record really interesting — it's definitely making me review the mailing list a little more closely, too.


Anonymous said...

I wonder if mine have been from the uk because i have only received one card in the few months i've been doing this.


and sarah logan--hopefully you'll get my card to you soon!

heather roberts
slc, ut, usa

elle s'ennuie said...

I've sent many packages to the UK, and received many more from there, and in my experience the Royal Mail is quite reliable, so this does surprise me a bit.