A postcard in Volapük
A postcard written in Volapük, sent by Arie de Jong in 1897 to a fellow Volapükist in Belgium. At the time, de Jong was stationed in the Atjeh province in the north part of Sumatra: the card was written in the small settlement of Poeloe Poras and sent from the post office in Olehleh. Unusually, it went via both postal agencies of Penang (23/7 1897) and Singapore (26/7 1897), and onwards to Europe by the French paquebot.
The longest (wordiest) postcard ever written?
On the 18th of October 1888 a lady by the name of Jola in Ambarawa in Central Java put pen to paper and wrote a fabulous postcard. Writing to her parents in Prinsengracht in the heart of Amsterdam, she managed to accommodate between 850 and 900 words on the card in her small delicate handwriting. Her parents must have had exquisite eyesight - or a strong magnifying glass! Unfortunately my Dutch is not good enough to provide a translation.
Jola intended the card to go via Brindisi and by land to Amsterdam, but alas she had not paid enough. The 5 cent rate only paid for the slow route by steamer to the Netherlands and it took two months for the card to arrive. It arrived just in time for Christmas 21/12 1888.