Hello out there to all you vacationers and the rest of us. It crossed my mind that with so many people on vacation this time of year they are anxious to share their travels with us and we are happy to have them do so. However, the means of sharing those memories and good times have changed over the years.

Time was when you embarked on a trip your first stop was at the local souvenir shop, drug store or any place where you might be able to purchase a postcard depicting scenes of where you were vacationing. 

It was important to purchase them early so you could send them promptly, ensuring they would arrive to whomever before you returned home. Most of the time the pictures were of sites that had significance to the area. 

How many times did I send the postcard of the Andy Gump statue? Andy Gump was a cartoon character created in the Chicago Tribune by Sidney Smith, who lived in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. The statue is in a downtown park there and is the second such statue — the first having been smashed to smithereens by hooligans. I’m sure tucked away somewhere is one of those postcards that never got sent. 

Postcards had a small space on the back where you could pen a message as long as it was short and simple. You could wait until you got home to tell the rest of the story. One of the things I liked about postcards were the stamps. The ones from foreign countries had pretty stamps and they could go on the refrigerator. 

Now we can get the word or the picture out immediately through Facebook and Instagram. We can even see what is happening with our traveling friends as it is happening and even communicate with them. We can keep in touch on a daily basis and almost be a part of it.

As I was looking up a few things for this column, I came across vintage post cards which are really lovely and works of art. The characters, scenes and colors are pleasing to the eye. I sure there are those who have collections of vintage postcards.

So, enjoy your vacation, keep in touch and keep those cards and letters coming. I assure you I won’t be bored looking at the pictures on my phone or computer.