I recently began a project at the British Museum, where I am a curator, to collect old and new postcards from across the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia.

The aim is to develop the world's largest public collection of this material and a permanent record of a disappearing world through a medium which is itself becoming rather outdated by modern media! Each card is numbered, registered, scanned and goes onto our Collections Online section of our website, and anyone can use the images for publications or powerpoints, free of charge.

We're getting a lot of interest in this, including donations and people sending in new ones from abroad. I'm putting a few on permanent display next month too, and am always on the look out for more - particularly if they've been postally used and have interesting messages on the back. 

Moreover, I've just come back from Kazakhstan and if all the cards turn up safely I'll post a postcard diary of how the trip went! I'd also be really interested to hear your feedback of course. 

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Comment by Larry Stout on September 3, 2014 at 3:31pm

I does sound interesting!  Please notify me when an array of images is available online:  larrynstout at hotmail.com

P.S.-- As it happens, years ago I concocted a stained glass panel that I styled "Post Card from Memphis":

www.light-romance.on.ca/postcardfrommemphiswip.jpg

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