This trio of Postcrossing cards in, from a trio of my most-received-from countries:
I really like that seated child image. It reminds me of the art of Banksy, but this is actually by a German artist known as ALIAS. The card was sent by a Postcrosser in Nuremberg, Germany (the card taking a journey of 5,777 miles over 10 days), who tells me:
“Card shows graffiti from Berlin. I live in Nuremberg: trials, gingerbread, sausage… Just retired from managing an IT company. More time for… will find out!”
The Venetian Cat (entitled “Venetian Cat”) came to me from Odessa, Ukraine, and it took a full 5 months to travel the 6,390 miles to my door! Whoa! The sender writes:
“I live near the Black Sea. I love the sea. On summer weekend I often go to swim early in the morning. But my skin does not like bright sun, so I leave before 10 a.m. No, I’m not a vampire. I love warm sunny days in October but I dislike the savage summer sun.”
That bottom card is not a picture print by Currier & Ives: it’s a piece by Boris Kustodiev, and it took 57 days to travel the 5,879 miles to me from Moscow, Russia.
Stamps & postmarks: