Coronavirus postcards and posters encourage us to not travel

Everyone’s being urged to stay at home to stop the spread of COVID-19, which is especially difficult for people who like to travel.

To help spread the message to self-isolate, some creative people have mimicked the tropes of travel marketing to encourage people to do just the opposite of travel.

These faux travel posters by illustrator Jennifer Baer are a particularly brilliant example:

Vancouver International Airport has followed a similar tack by designing a series of amusing postcards that make our homes sound as exciting as any tourist destination:

While digital postcards are amusing, now might be a good time to reach out to someone you miss with a real, physical postcard, like these charming ones:

In Washington, one company is paying unemployed workers $15/hour to write postcards to people locked in during the pandemic. The tweet below is sent by Postcrossing Project, a collaborative community of postcard enthusiasts who send cards to random strangers around the world. If you aren’t already a member, now sounds like a great time to join them.

https://twitter.com/postcrossing/status/1245646740281122821

And while our ability to travel freely has been diminished, thus inspiring the projects listed above, a lot of what we watch and read uses wartime imagery to remind us we are in a battle for our lives. Perhaps it’s time to hearken back to the war propaganda posters of old to encourage us to keep up the fight:

 

 

 

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