Last Sun­day, July 11, cel­e­brat­ed the Day of Russ­ian Post. This is a young hol­i­day — it has been cel­e­brat­ed since 1994 on the sec­ond Sun­day of July.

At the same time, Russ­ian mail is one of the old­est in Europe. The pro­to­type of postal mes­sages already exist­ed in Kievan Rus: the pop­u­la­tion was oblig­ed to pro­vide hors­es and food for them to prince­ly mes­sen­gers. Dur­ing the peri­od of the Mon­gol yoke, a sys­tem of pits — postal sta­tions (from where the word “coach­man” came from) devel­oped. Peas­ants and towns­peo­ple car­ried the postal ser­vice: they car­ried prince­ly mes­sen­gers. Since 1516, the Yam­sky order was estab­lished to over­see the coach­men; he also con­trolled the deliv­ery of gov­ern­ment papers. Under Peter the Great, the first post offices re estab­lished; in the army, a mil­i­tary field post was launched. Fur­ther, the sys­tem of deliv­ery of items branched out and became more com­pli­cat­ed; new types of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and trans­port came to serve her.

See also
What to give a teenage girl for the New Year?

With the advent of the Inter­net and e‑mail, paper cor­re­spon­dence and indi­vid­ual arti­facts like postage stamps seemed to have dis­ap­peared, but they remained with us. Part­ly by neces­si­ty: paper doc­u­ments some­times still need to be sent. Part­ly because of the charm that a paper card or let­ter car­ries.

Post­cards and stamps con­tin­ue to live. Prob­a­bly, the same thing will hap­pen (and is already hap­pen­ing) with paper mag­a­zines: they have ceased to be as mas­sive as before, but con­tin­ue to live, change and evolve in their niche.

There are at least two great hob­bies that come from the mail.


Col­lect­ing postage stamps is a whole uni­verse for those who under­stand. Can­celed stamps with a post­mark are of par­tic­u­lar val­ue to col­lec­tors. Inter­est­ing­ly, not only stamps, but also clip­pings can be col­lectibles: parts of an enve­lope with a stamp, and in mod­ern col­lec­tions you can also find entire envelopes.

To store postage stamps, you will need a spe­cial album with hold­ers (it is called a klyass­er), and, pos­si­bly, sep­a­rate clip­boards (these are hold­er strips for stamps and oth­er small items that can be past­ed into albums).

See also
What to give to the goddaughter? Original birthday present, selection rules

And in spe­cial­ized shops for phi­lat­e­lists you can see mag­ni­fiers, tez­ers and even cos­met­ics for stamps.


Or the inter­na­tion­al exchange of post­cards. It is both a hob­by and a plat­form of that name found­ed in 2005. As of July 14, 2020, 791,745 peo­ple from 206 coun­tries are reg­is­tered in the project. It is based on the mech­a­nism of indi­rect exchange: you send post­cards to one per­son, and receive from oth­ers.

It works like this. You reg­is­ter on the plat­form, and your address is includ­ed in the pro­jec­t’s large data­base of address­es. You are giv­en a bunch of names and address­es of peo­ple from all over the world; you look at their pref­er­ences (it’s bet­ter to do this, and not send them at ran­dom), choose post­cards, and write your own mes­sage to each. Expe­ri­enced post­crossers rec­om­mend that you first glue the required num­ber of stamps, then write the address, and write a few friend­ly words on the remain­ing space.

See also
150+ ideas of what to give a child for the New Year 2023

And, of course, it will be very cool if your post­card rep­re­sents the coun­try, tells some­thing about the cul­ture of Rus­sia. If this does not con­tra­dict the request, send a new acquain­tance views of old Moscow per­formed by Apol­li­nary Vas­netsov, Ivan Bili­b­in’s illus­tra­tions for Pushk­in’s fairy tales, or sketch­es by Lev Bakst — a for­eign friend will sure­ly be pleased to receive this.

By the way, col­lect­ing post­cards is called “philokar­tia”.

Did you col­lect stamps or post­cards as a child? Do you have post­cross­ing expe­ri­ence? Tell about it!