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Postcards Galore! *UPD 05 Nov 2008*

by MaryLou & Numenor Posted 20th Nov 2007 at 1:55 AM - Updated 4th May 2014 at 3:37 PM by leefish : fix broken images
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Countless postcards for your sims!
by MaryLou & Numenor

Fixed a bug affecting games including IKEA and/or Apartment Life
(the purchased postcards were not added to the sim's inventory)
>>> Please re-download <<<

Get a postcard from your favourite exotic destination, decorate your house
with some fine-art postcards, express your best wishes for your friends'
special events, donate a sweet postcard to your loved ones!
Unchain your heart and purse, and get caught into the postcards galore!!!

This is a set of six postcard racks, each one coming with its own set of buyable and usable postcards; for a more good-looking placement of the postcards on the wall, a separated (optional) wall-mounted showcase is included; a diagonal version is also provided for each postcard, and for the showcase.
The postcards can be bought from racks in any community lot, and can put for sale (in racks or as single cards) in commercial lots. The purchased postcards can then be used as home decorations or given as a gift to other sims.

  • POSTCARDS BUYABLE FROM RACKS - Unlike most of the decorative objects (including the small ones), that must be bought from the game catalog, you can buy the postcards only from the postcard racks, like in real life!
  • POSTCARDS SELLABLE IN SHOPS - Create your own shop and sell any kind of postcards! The Racks will automatically change their exterior look from "full" to "half" to "empty", while the customers purchase the postcards.
  • AUTOMATIC MESH - The racks will automatically adapt their mesh to their placement: mounted on a wall, placed on the floor or installed over a counter or table, they will always look at their best! The same feature applies to the single postcards: whenever they are placed over a surface, an elegant metal holder appears to support them.
  • GAME ADAPTIVITY - The postcards and the racks will take advantage of the Expansion Packs that you have installed: additional EPs enable additional functions, while keeping perfect backward compatibility!

You can find the postcard racks in the Residential catalog, in the section Misc/Misc; or in the Community catalog, under Shops/Misc
The racks allow numerous interactions and functions, but some of them require specific EPs (NOTE: with "EP" we mean an actual Expansion, not a Stuff Pack).
Depending on the game configurations, the racks will work in community, commercial and exotic lots, as well as in residential ones (including "home businesses"); the single postcards will work in commercial and residential lots. In detail, here is what you can get with the various game configurations :
    • Community Lots - Townies and playable sims can browse the racks and buy the postcards, that will appear in their hand and - after the payment at the cash - in their Inventory, too.
    • Commercial Lots (owned by a playable sim) - All the sims can browse the racks and purchase the postcards, that will appear in the sims' hands and inventory. It is also possible for the lot owner to put for sale single postcards, placed over tables and counters, or attached to the wall; but in order to sell them, the owner must first go himself to an exotic destination or to a community lot to purchase them (this is needed only once: after the initial sale, the single postcards can be restocked at will).
      The shop owner can perform all the standard OFB interactions: offer objects to customers, restock, etc. While the sales go on, the racks will change their exterior look from "full" to "half" to "empty" (empty racks won't allow further sales until restocked).
    • Commercial Lots (visited by a playable sim) - They work exactly like a community lot (see above).
    • Residential Lots - It's possible to take the purchased postcards out of the sims' inventory, and use them to decorate the house, placing them on the walls (with or without showcase) or over tables (the metal support will automatically appear). It's also possible to place the racks themselves, into a residential lot: this way, it's possible to build a home business.
    • Exotic Destinations - They, too, work like normal community lots, but with the difference that some racks can be used *only* in the "proper" destination (e.g. tropical postcards only in tropical destinations); racks placed in improper destinations will look almost empty, and a descriptive message will alert the buyers about the unavailability of those postcards.
      The postcards currently in the sims' inventory can be given as a gift to other family members or visiting sims.
    In this case, the main difference is that - of course - it's not possible to create and run business lots; as a consequence, the postcards can only be bought from the racks (it's not possible to sell single cards in community or exotic lots).
    Without BV, no exotic lots can exist; the "touristic" racks won't suffer for any limitation, and can be placed in any lot community or commercial lot.
    In this case, the racks can only be placed in normal community lots; the purchased postcards will be included in the sims' inventory, so that they can be used later on, as home decorations or as gifts to other sims.
    In this case, the sims have no personal inventory (it was first introduced with NL...); as a consequence, the postcards can't be purchased by playable sims. The townies will spontaneously buy postcards, occasionally, but they will be just fake purchases.
    The racks can be placed, of course, only in normal Community lots.

Keeping in mind the limitations described above, the entire Postcards set is compatible with any game, including the base-game only; of course, the more EP you have, the more functions and interactions will be available.

Very simple! Just unpack to your Downloads folder. If your computer hates rar archives, use the Q-Xpress. NO ZIP!
For your convenience, the provided rar archives contain a sub-folder structure, so that you can just unpack everything to your Downloads folder, and the files will be neatly grouped in subfolders into your Downloads.
Attached to this post, you will find SIX archives, each containing one rack and all the related postcards. They are completely autonomous: you can choose to download them all, or just one, and they will work perfectly fine in any case.
In detail, here is a list of the available archives:
  • "Touristic" Postcard sets (read above about their usage in "improper" destinations):
    • ML-NMN_Postcard-Rack_Beach.rar contains the "Tropical" set (rack + postcards)
    • ML-NMN_Postcard-Rack_FarEast.rar contains the "Far East" set
    • ML-NMN_Postcard-Rack_Mountain.rar contains the "Mountain" set
  • "Generic" Postcard sets (usable without any limitation):
    • ML-NMN_Postcard-Rack_AllPurpose.rar contains the "All-Purpose" set, i.e. a set of cards suitable for everything
    • ML-NMN_Postcard-Rack_Greetings.rar contains the "Greetings" set, i.e. a set of "fine art" (= more expensive ) cards suitable for special events (marriage, graduation, etc.)
    • ML-NMN_Postcard-Rack_Xmas.rar contains the "Christmas" set, another "fine art" set suitable for the upcoming holidays: cheers!
  • Optional Showcase
    • ML-NMN_Postcard-Showcase.rar contains the optional wall-mounted postcard showcase. This is NOT required, actually, because the postcards can be placed directly on the wall; but it looks so nice that it would be a pity not to download it
NOTE: there is one single file, named "ML-NMN_Postcard_Accessory.package", that is shared between all the sets; for your convenience, we have included it in each of the six sets. Therefore, if you install multiple sets, it will be overwritten every time: it's normal and intentional, so just click Yes when asked.

The racks have two separate recolourable subsets: the metal structure and the actual postcards.
You can create recolours for one or both parts using Object Workshop: click "Open..." and browse to the rack; then, proceed as usual.

All the racks already come with 5 different colours for the metal structure (except the Christmas rack that only has two colours). Moreover, we have created some "special recolours" for the postcard, to make the rack look not fully restocked (so to add some visual variety to the lots).
Please note that the "special recolours" for the postcards can be used only in community and exotic lots: they are NOT usable in OFB commercial lots (in such lots, the texture is automatically managed depending on the stock level).

ATTENTION: Due to the frequent changes in the Maxis code, and to the complexity of these objects, the recolours can be picked from the catalog only if you have Seasons installed; without Seasons, you have to pick the default colour from the catalog, place the rack in the lot and then apply the desired recolour using the Design Tool.

You can freely create recolours, and post them on any site, but DON'T INCLUDE THE MESHES IN YOUR RECOLOURS; post a link to this thread, instead.
Like all our creations, we allow to include these objects in lots uploaded to completely free sites (NO EXCHANGE!); however, BE WARNED that the game will NOT correctly include the entire sets (rack + related postcards + accessory postcard) in the lot: unless you are experienced enough to manually include in the .sims2pack the missing files, we strongly suggest that you remove any postcard-related object from your lots, and ask the users to download the postcard sets directly from this thread.
Remember that it's FORBIDDEN to post the postcard sets separately from the lot (i.e. not included in the .sims2pack file); in any case, you have to grant credits to MaryLou and Numenor and provide a link to this thread (not just to MTS2!).

F.A.Q.: Are these postcards really countless?
Well, no, actually... But anyway they are too many to manage for a single sim!
Tags: #postcard

Style: Retro Contemporary
Maxis Flags: Not Applicable

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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Test Subject
#151 Old 1st Apr 2008 at 6:10 PM
wow, realley good! My sims can't wait for postcards...

but I can't download the showcase. What should I do?
Test Subject
#152 Old 29th Apr 2008 at 8:01 AM
WinRAR say
! MTS2_MaryLou__Numenor_665045_ML-NMN_Postcard_Beach.rar: CRC failed in ML-NMN_Postcard_Beach\ML-NMN_Postcard-Rack_Beach.package. The file is corrupt
! MTS2_MaryLou__Numenor_665045_ML-NMN_Postcard_Beach.rar: Unexpected end of archive

can you upload new please. sorry about my bad english

Sorry about my bad english!!!
Mad Poster
#153 Old 29th Apr 2008 at 8:44 PM
Try again later. The files are fine. Sometimes the server doesn't work.

My deviantART, MTS Yearbook Origin ID = Alistu
Lab Assistant
#154 Old 30th Apr 2008 at 5:01 PM
Hi, having a promblem! Postcards are not showing up in my sim's inventory - both the buyer & seller have been on all holidays! Tried selling the all purpose postcards too but although the sim buys the postcard, it is not showing up! Is this being caused by Freetime? I also have the new Bathrooms & Kitchen pack! Please help as I would love to have these great new items in my game!
Field Researcher
#155 Old 9th May 2008 at 5:50 PM
Is the pinboard thing in the last screenshot included? That's perfect for what I think of as a place to put up postcards!
And thanks, too.
This is just a wonderful download!
The ModFather
retired moderator
#156 Old 10th May 2008 at 9:20 PM
The pinboard (we call it "showcase") is available as separate download, from the first post.

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)

I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Test Subject
#157 Old 16th May 2008 at 7:38 PM
Originally Posted by AmyD
Winrar say
! MTS2_MaryLou__Numenor_665045_ML-NMN_Postcard_Beach.rar: CRC failed in ML-NMN_Postcard_Beach\ML-NMN_Postcard-Rack_Beach.package. The file is corrupt
! MTS2_MaryLou__Numenor_665045_ML-NMN_Postcard_Beach.rar: Unexpected end of archive

can you upload new please. sorry about my bad english.

Originally Posted by Menaceman44
Try again later. The files are fine. Sometimes the server doesn't work.

I have download now every day, but the message come every time.

Sorry about my bad english!!!
The ModFather
retired moderator
#158 Old 17th May 2008 at 11:11 AM
then you should change your download method: if you use a download manager, deactivate it; if you don't use a download manager, install one.

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)

I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Test Subject
#159 Old 5th Jun 2008 at 4:20 PM
GRAZIE. No, a thousand times more thanking. XD

I can't believe what my University Souvenier Lot would be WITHOUT these postcards!

Um... Do you think you can do brochures? K, thx, bai!
Test Subject
#160 Old 17th Jul 2008 at 9:10 PM
Hiii it's so cool. But I have some problems I have all the expension packs so that's not the problem I think. Well I placed one of the racks in a residential lot but if I want to sell them I can't cause it always says that it's out of stock and you can also see that it's out of stock. But my sims still can browse throug it. I didn't understand annny of it so can you please help me?

BIGGG Kiss Amel

P.S: have a happy simming
Mad Poster
#161 Old 22nd Jul 2008 at 2:48 PM
Numenor, I've started having problems now that I've installed FreeTime, K&B stuff and IKEA stuff. My Sims no longer seem to be able to buy the postcards! They can browse the stand when I tell them to but the "Buy" option never shows up. Its not because the racks are "sold out" either because its been non-owned community lots I've been visiting. The townies don't seem to be bothered about the racks anymore either.
I dunno if its important but I've only been trying this with a plantsim so far. She couldn't buy mountain postcards from a mountain community lot either.
Anything you/I can do?

My deviantART, MTS Yearbook Origin ID = Alistu
Field Researcher
#162 Old 6th Aug 2008 at 7:43 AM
I'm having the same problem as Menaceman.
Test Subject
#163 Old 7th Aug 2008 at 6:31 PM
I too am having the same problem as menaceman and tashfaun.
#164 Old 20th Aug 2008 at 2:30 PM
Hi! Great idea Numenor, Thanks
I'm having this same issue too, Sims can "browse" but there's no option to "buy".

I've got all ep & sp's so maybe this?
Lab Assistant
#165 Old 24th Aug 2008 at 11:27 AM
I love the postcards and have been using them for a quite a while, but now I'm also having the same problem as menaceman44. I also just recently installed FreeTime, K&B stuff, and Ikea stuff paks. All my Sims browse, but no one buys. I'm going to try reinstalling the postcards and see if that helps. I'll let you know how it goes.
Test Subject
#166 Old 24th Aug 2008 at 4:36 PM
These are great but I am also having problems buying. I seem to have more difficulty than others are because I can't even browse.

I clicked on the stand and directed my sim to browse but the instruction fell out of the queue. Since then I can't actually click on the racks at all.

I have all SPs and EPs up to Ikea and Freetime.

I hope this can be fixed because these really add to the game.
Test Subject
#167 Old 28th Aug 2008 at 8:14 AM
I have the same problem, sims can browse but not buy. I think the problem comes from IKEA. If i delete IKEA everything works fine, if I installed it again, hey problems nice to meet you again. I hope you can fix it, because I like the IKEA stuff. But if there is now way to fix it its time to say: bye bye IKEA.
Field Researcher
#168 Old 30th Aug 2008 at 12:42 PM
We'll try to fix the problem as soon as possible.

If you like my creations, you may consider to make a little donation to support my site and my modding activity.
MaryLou's Sims 2 World - MaryLou Sims 2 Forum (Italiano)
Lab Assistant
#169 Old 20th Sep 2008 at 1:34 AM
Ok, I reinstalled the postcards and replaced all the stands afterwards, but it didn't make a difference. They still browse (they love,love, love to browse) but don't buy a thing. The buy option doesn't even come up. I have all the expansion and stuff paks up to AL (which I plan to purchase soon). Hope this information helps.

Thanks MaryLou and Numenor for all your hard work and creative talent. We know you have lives outside of Sims, but you take the time to make our simming experience so much more pleasureable! Good luck on de-bugging.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#170 Old 26th Sep 2008 at 11:12 AM
Default Update
UPDATED 26 SEPT 2008: Now compatible with AL
>>> Please re-download <<<

All the 6 racks have been updated for Apartment Life. Please
redownload from the first post all the archives
(except the Showcase, that didn't need to be updated).
Redownloading is mandatory for all the AL users, but we suggest
to anyone to get the updated version.

This update doesn't add any new feature to the Postcard Racks:
it only restores the ability to buy the postcards when AL is installed.

If you need to contact us, PM directly to "Numenor" or "MaryLou".

Please visit our sites: and
Lab Assistant
#171 Old 26th Sep 2008 at 7:25 PM
Thank you for the updated postcards. :-)
Test Subject
#172 Old 27th Sep 2008 at 1:16 AM
Just downloaded the postcards etc today and the postcards don't show up in the catalogue. I can buy the showcase, but I can't find the postcards anywhere! I've tried redownloading them, but it didn't help.
I have Uni, Nightlife, OFB, Seasons & the teen stuff pack, if that might be the problem!
Please let me know if you have any idea why (I've read the thread, but nothing helps)

I don't need your attitude, I have one of my own!

:P Sophs :P
The ModFather
retired moderator
#173 Old 28th Sep 2008 at 10:54 AM
Is it the first time you download them or you already had them? I mean, the error is related to this new update only, as far as you know?
In the Residential catalog, they should appear in Misc / Misc; in the Community catalog, look under "Shopping".

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)

I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Test Subject
#174 Old 28th Sep 2008 at 10:16 PM
It's the first time I've downloaded them. So, I'm not sure, it could be the new update, or it could be all of them!

I don't need your attitude, I have one of my own!

:P Sophs :P
Test Subject
#175 Old 6th Oct 2008 at 4:15 AM
These look amazing. i'm downloading right now i can't wait to try them in my game. Thank you so much.
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