From somewhere in the U.S.: I love this Ghostbusters postcard, torn from a toy box for a swap-bot “up-cycled cardboard” trade. I opposite-of-love the lack of a message; all the sender wrote was “I hope you enjoy my postcard! HAVE A GREAT DAY!” This is a postcard with a story, and I wish the sender had told a bit of that.
From Japan: Hey, those look like Bugles! Bugles, the snack–have you had them? I can’t remember the last time I have, but this makes me want some. Anyhow, the card came to me via a Postcrossing Forum food package postcard tag, and the sender writes:
“This is one of my favorite snacks. It’s made of corn. I like its crisp texture. You can see ‘TONGARI CORN’ at the bottom of the card. ‘TONGARI’ means cone. So, the name of the snack is ‘Cone Corn!’ It is simple and funny, isn’t it?! =)”
See how exceptionally easy it is to come up with something to say on a postcard created from a package?
From Russia: (from the same tag) That yellow panel from a cereal box, if you turned it over, you would see the sender wrote so much that there was almost no room to include my mailing address, which was jammed down into the lower-right corner of the card. Here’s just a little bit of the message:
“I adore the packaging of products and my room is full of these things. I have nowhere to put them, but I can’t throw out another box or jar. It seems this is a disease! This packaging is from a cereal called ‘Rye Balls.’ I bought these balls when I first went to the fair in my town last December. They help me out when I have no time to cook breakfast. Do you like graphic novels? ‘Blacksad‘ by Juan Diaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido conquered my heart. I had to read on the internet, but at the end of 2015, it was published in Russian. I was so glad!”
That was only about half of the message. You know, it’s all about having something to read when you flip over that card.
From Dalview, Gauteng, South Africa: That ice cream bar looks pretty good–though I would choose one with chocolate ice cream! The sender tells me about it:
“We absolutely love the Choc Pie ice cream. Mind you, I love any ice cream. I even eat ice cream in the winter.”
Well, winter is THE best time to eat ice cream! After all, it’s loaded with fat, to warm you up.
I especially like this next set of 3 postcards. This structure is artistic & gorgeous. It’s from China, and the sender tells me it’s a “traditional house…but most of them are become tourist places.”
From the Netherlands, the reading man:
“I chose this card because I liked the image of this man. He has obviously read so much that the letters come off of the pages. I love to read! Mostly sci-fi and fantasy. Terry Pratchett is one of my favorite authors.”
Terry Pratchett is wonderful! I’m overdue to read another of his books.
Oh, look at those fierce piranhas. The sender is in North Carolina, and tells me:
“I visited Myrtle Beach last summer. The aquarium was unique. My favorite part was the jellyfish section. They changed colors. The alligator adventure animal park was awesome, too. We also got our picture taken with two tigers and a monkey…”
Okay, that doesn’t sound like conservation.
From Germany, pancakes. This Postcrosser writes:
“…I love cooking, baking, and good food. The word on the front of the card means “enjoy!’ My favorites are Spanish, Italian, and Japanese food, and of course, the German food made by my mother.”
From Russia: the snow scene is from a brand-new Postcrosser–he tells me this is his first card! And other than that, a great expanse of snowy-white space surrounding his bit of a message. I hope he will learn. It’s the folks who have been Postcrossing or bot-swapping for years, and still can’t manage a message, who make me wonder.
I love that huge fish art installation on the bottom row of the Belfast card. This came to me from Ireland, of course, and the sender tells me this is where he spent “the holidays.”
Okay, it’s finally time to look at the stamps. There’s a sideways stamp, from China, showing some flying cranes. Very nice.