• Posted:Tuesday, October 27, 2009
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Go postal at this Amsterdam exhibition
Sending postcards has to be one of my favourite things about going on holiday, whether it's me who's actually doing the travelling or not. Some say that snail mail is dying a slow and painful death following the advent of the digital age (and with the current postal strikes going on in the UK, I'm almost tempted to agree), but there will always be a place for postcards, of this I am 100 per cent sure. Regardless of what country you're in, they can always be found - crammed in on a revolving white stand and surrounded by clamouring backpackers and tourists, camped out in Amsterdam hostels or wherever they are, wanting to send something home. Lots of people even collect them and stick them in scrapbooks for posterity.

If that sounds familiar, then the following exhibition is probably one for you. Being held in Amsterdam's Tropenmuseum until November 29th, it's called Greetings from … Historical Postcards of Illnesses and Treatments, which may not sound too appealing at first but I've seen a few pictures on the Iamsterdam website and they're pretty interesting - and eye-opening! (Almost literally.)

It features 600 cards originally owned by pharmacist and clinical pharmacologist Peter de Smet and those who go will also be treated to other similar relics belonging to the museum, such as disease masks and wax casts of body parts. Sounds a little macabre, perhaps, but I bet you have a good time and learn a little something too about the evolution of medicine! Seems to me like we're pretty lucky, living in this modern world of ours.

If you don't think you can stomach it, head to the Artis Royal Zoo, Zoological and Geological Museum instead to check out their cat exhibition, which compares the different animals from around the earth.

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