Postcrossing is an interesting and educational hobby that helps find new friends, tell about one’s native country, get to know culture of other countries, learn foreign languages and collect postcards and stamps.
The idea of the project belongs to Paulo Magalhães and Ana Campos, programmer students from Portugal. In 2005, they created rules to exchange postcards and made a website with Surprise in your mailbox!
As at the start of 2016, more than 600,000 people from 200 countries have registered in the project, and the thirty millionth postcard depicting a skyscraper was received on 2 June 2015.
Postcrossing enjoys huge popularity in Russia (more than 60,000 participants), as well as in Taiwan, United States, Germany and China.
Additionally, FSUE PTC “Marka” has manufactured an illustrated cover
with a stamp sheet and a first day cover with cancellation (Moscow) inside.
Design: I. Sidenko.
Face value: 31 RUB.
Size of stamp: 37×37 mm, size of sheet: 152×152 mm.
Form of issue: sheets with illustrated margins of 9 (3×3) stamps.
Circulation: 414,000 each stamp (46,000 each sheet).