It’s a Bootleg, Charlie Brown! Received from Taiwan

This just in from Pingtung, Taiwan, courtesy of the Snoopy/Peanuts tag on Postcrossing Forum!  Hey, can you spot at least 3 signs that mark this card as an obvious knockoff?  Answers after the message!


The sender writes (in part):

“I live in a small village in Taiwan.  Taiwan is famous for delicious foods.  My country is known for many kinds of fruits, especially wax apple…”

Okay, have you been playing our game at home?  I asked if you could spot at least 3 signs that mark this card as an obvious knockoff.  Here are my answers:

  1. The copyright line at the bottom: “PEANUT.”  The strip is called “Peanuts.”   How interesting that a knock-off product would slip in copyright lines–and on BOTH sides of the card (see below)!
  2. Who on earth is “M. Schulz?”  Well, at least they didn’t spell the guy’s last name “Schultz.”
  3. The card offers the least-accurate rendition of Snoopy I’ve seen since The Peanuts Movie.

Now look at the back of the card: the stamps apparently fell of in the mail, so I am very glad this made it to me (the sender has messaged me that she used 3 stamps; do you think a collector got to them?).  The colorful images are stickers, an the purple ones are printed on the card.  They look like actual Schulz art, and there we have the United Features copyright line again.


Let’s Have a Chaat! Sent to Ohio & Texas


Have you ever tried pani puri?

That’s what I asked the recipients of these two postcards, lovingly hewn from a box that originally contained the makings of a quick home version of this popular Indian street snack.  I’ve had pani puri at Indian restaurants (and a street cart) in my area, and when I saw the kit on sale at a local Desi market, I had to try it.  It’s a down & dirty take on a more complicated dish–but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy every bite!

The cards are going out for a swap-bot “upcycled cardboard” postcard trade, and they went off to swappers in Kent, Ohio and Universal City, Texas.

Stamps, stamps, & washi tape:


Look at This! Look at That! Received from China, Taiwan, & the U.S.


Look at all of that cake!  It came to me from Xianyang, China, thanks to the Postcrossing Forum “China Meets the World” tag trade.  The sender gives me greetings from China, and says:

“I’m a 13-year-old student…I love summer. 😛 But I hate the rain.  It let me feels cold & upset.  =I  I had an exam last week but I’m not sure that I can get a nice grade…. If you want to try some Chinese food, hot pot is a good choice.  It’s spicy but delicious.”

Look at the fish!  That piece of art was created by a swap-bot member in Olympia, Washington, who entitled her piece “There’s Always a Bigger Fish in the Sea.”  She describes her work:

“It’s mixed media with pencils, ink, water-color, & jelly roll pens.  I sprayed it with a layer of clear acrylic, so I hope it makes it to you safely.”

Look at those beautiful deer!  They came to me from a Postcrosser in Tainan, Taiwan, and she tells me:

“I’m an eighteen years old student in Taiwan.  Painting and photography are my favorite, and I also watch movie and read novels in my free time.”

Hey, it’s a good stamp day:


Dinner & a Movie–but Mostly Dinner: Received from Hong Kong, South Korea, & Taiwan

This round of cards, all from Asia, has got me wanting to move there, if only to enjoy the thriving food culture.


The beautiful boat illustration came to me from a new Postcrosser near Nantou City, Taiwan.  She writes:

“…just like you, I also love to eat LOL.  My favorite Taiwanese foods are boba tea, stinky tofu, fish soup, and tofu pudding (douhua).  All of the above are so yummy, especially douhua.  Have you ever tried that?  It’s served with ice in hot summer days, and warm comfy ginger syrup in cold winter days.”

Yes, I’ve had those foods!

More food: the Hong Kong Market Feature card was sent by a Postcrosser in Hong Kong.  He tells me:

“Hong Kong is a small city in China full of people.  We like to buy food e.g. meat, chicken, and vegetable from markets as shown and cook the food at home.  Since the food is much fresher, e.g. live chicken & fish, the Chinese dish of food is more tasty.  Let’s come to try our Chinese seafood and it’s wonderful.”

The puppet card may be printed in French, but it was sent to me from Seongnam, South Korea!  This was for a Postcrossing Forum “last movie I’ve seen” tag, and the sender (a self-described bibliophile & cinephile) tells me she had recently seen The Dictator:

“It is such an awful but exciting film.  It’s funny in such a sad way.  I am sure it is because such ludicrous happenings are reality for so many on earth.”

Finally, clown fish in anemone.  That’s another incoming from Postcrossing code TW: this time, Taipei, Taiwan. I’m a big fan of a nice, long message on the back of a postcard, and this Postcrosser writes A LOT.  Seriously, I did not even see my address on the card on first glance!  She squeezed all of the address information into that tiny margin at the bottom that the U.S Postal Service asks be left blank for their machine routing information!  Here’s a portion of what she had to say:

“When you come the next time to Taiwan, you must visit every famous night market.  There are so many delicious food even Taiwanese can’t help but having every day.  We love to go to night market, drinking bubble tea everyday, having stinky tofu for dessert.  Oyster omelette, star fruit ice, rice vermicelli, diversified dessert.  Taiwan is a good choice for you to travel abroad.  Don’t miss any chance.  🙂  I love beaches, too!  My hometown is in Penghu County (Pescadores Islands) more close to the sea (walk 5 minutes only).  So what is famous in your country?  Many delicious food?  Or something special?  All I know about California is beach.  It’s my wonder place for vacation. ❤ ❤ ❤ “

I told her we don’t have a market food culture here, only food truck rallies, which feature overpriced & usually disappointing fare.  Oh, yeah: I also told her San Diego & Monterey are nice.

Beautiful stamps!


A List for Santa: Sent to Germany & the Netherlands

And so I have sent 3 more cards off into the world, toward their new homes (or recycling bins)!


My handmade fish postcard is for a swap-bot trade of handmade fish postcards.  Its recipient lives in Halsteren, Netherlands.  She’s an arts & crafts teacher, so I hope she will not judge my efforts too harshly.

The donut is on its way to a Postcrosser in Paderborn, Germany.  She enjoys traveling, reading, baking, watching movies, and exploring genealogy.  She said she enjoys funny cards–so I hope she finds this card funny!

That ship postcard is setting sail for Lelystad, Netherlands, to a Postcrosser who wrote in her profile that she would like vintage cruise ships.  I can go on at length about what kind of postcards she would like to receive, as she did, but I can not tell you a single detail about the person herself.  The word profile indicates that one is supposed to fill it with some details about oneself, and not have it exist as solely, essentially, as a list for Santa–but we’ve covered this before.

And will again.

I just hope this recipient is not cheezed off over the fact that I marred the back of her new postcard by filling it with lines & lines of a little personal story!

Stamps, stamps, and washi tape:


Wow Wow Wow Wow Wow Wow WOW! In & Out of Japan

WOW!  This envelope from Tokyo, Japan brought wonderful surprises!


I love all three of these cards!  The sender, with whom I’ve traded cards in the past via Postcrossing Forum, had just happened to be looking at my favorites on my Postcrossing profile, when she saw that Snoopy card (and apparently the many, many Astro Boy cards I’d favorited), and decided to send it to me!


On the back of the Snoopy card, laid with those cool strips of washi tape (love the Shiba Inu tape; love all of the tape–and the maneki neko sticker), she tells me:

“This card is a Japanese summer greeting card.  Since Japanese summers are very humid, we send it to friends or relatives to ask after them.”

Isn’t that cool?  I think it’s from this same person from whom I also first learned of the Japanese tradition of the New Year postcard.  I wish these fun post-y traditions would spread here in the U.S.  And the Snoopy card is a Hallmark card.  Just try finding anything like that here in my country.  NOPE.

I set right off to prepping a “thank-you” packet to send off to Tokyo.  Since my postcard pal writes in upper-case letters in her profile that she likes “SNOOPY” postcards, I reached into my special stash.


I made that envelope from a worn-out, discarded library book.  Smokey Bear is a bookmark.  I attempted to replicate my pal’s washi tape-laying style on the back of the card I wrote to her.  I did not find it easy!


I hope she enjoys everything, at least as close to as much as I enjoyed the surprise from her!


Back of my homemade envelope.

Oh! Pickled herring! Received from Canada, Germany, Latvia, Netherlands, & Poland

You hate it, you really hate it!  Still no takers for my offer of thoroughly-recyclable/compostable postcards!  If no one drops me a line soon asking for dibs on this mess, I’m shipping it off to a friend as a gag gift.



So many cards, I’m going to sort of race my way through them.

The Keep Calm and…Raise Hell card is from a Postcrosser in Rybnik, Poland.

The flowery painting card came from someplace in Germany, thanks to a Postcrossing Forum “last movie you saw” tag trade.  The sender tells me she saw Deadpool:

“Although I’m not a fan of Ryan Reynolds, I liked his performance a lot!  He was not only ‘cute.’ And the movie was funny too!  I like the Marvel films so much!  So I look forward to the next Deadpool.  And there will be one!”

The last movie I saw, by the way, was Sarbjit.

Next card is that bready one.  It’s another Postcrossing Forum card, this one for a “food package postcard” tag, and it was sent to me from the Netherlands.  The handwriting in the message was extremely hard to read, but I managed to make out that this is a popular bread at Christmastime, and the sender has made it in the past, but sometimes there just isn’t time–and so she bought the stuff in this box.

And then there’s the thing next to the pickles.  Oh!  Pickled herring!  And yes, we are still in the Netherlands with this one.  The sender tells me it’s:

“…Dutch food, though not everybody likes it because of its taste.  But I like it.  I live in a small fishing village called Ueh.  It used to be an island, but was connected to the mainland in 1939 by dykes.  We have a beach, but no tides 😦 because it is a lake.”

Why Latvia?  Because there are beaches!  So proclaims this Postcrossing card from Latvia, and the sender writes:

“Now you will have card from Latvia!”

Uh, thanks.

The last card is that one at bottom right, and it is quite a bit darker in real life, so I’m happy for my scan, which allows me to just barely make out a bit of this scene from Big Hero 6.  The card came to me from somewhere in Canada, thanks to a Postcrossing Forum “request a Disney card” tag.  I had provided a long list of Disney cards I’d like, but had to keep adding, due to my obscure desires.  I would be thrilled to receive a postcard bearing an image of Super Goof.

Stampy McStamperson: The Poland-registered Postcrossing card also bears Russian stamps–the only ones on that particular card that were cancelled.  Hmm!  My favorite stamp this time is the bird from Latvia.