As I continue to slowly declutter, I continue to come across previously-unlogged postcards. Today we have cards from 2018-today, from regular Postcrossing, Postcrossing Forum, and Postcard United.
Let’s start with my favorite, which I love because I love sea otters. It is only in seeing the scan here that I noticed there is a crab on their faces! So now, the sender’s message makes so much more sense: “This card makes me think of happy memories chasing crabs around the tide pools at Half Moon Bay, back when I was a kid.”
I also love this shiba inu, and the delicious dumplings next to the bear. Both cards are from Taiwan.
These funny hungry cats, who did not scan so well, are also from Taiwan, and the rabbit came from Japan, from a friend who was traveling on business.
Chicken shopkeeper and the village of cats are both from China…
The two red dogs come from Germany, from a Postcrosser who says she bought the postcard “at a Warhol exhibition which cost us a fortune because we parked our car where we shouldn’t have left it.”
The beautiful sea turtle above is from Malaysia; and the playful animals and the penguin below are from Taiwan and Hong Kong, respectively.
I really like the plants and birds on this card from a Postcard United user in South Korea. She writes that “the lotus painting on this postcard means happiness and flourishing.” The postcard next to it–the civilized tiger–is from another Postcard Uniter, but in China.
Finally, zebra and sailfish are both from the U.S., and are both from the “Animal Box” postcard set which I also purchased for my postcarding purposes. These two illustrations (zebra by Katharine Barnwell, and sailfish by Happy Menocal) are lovely, but the entire box is not made up of this high quality. There are some cards that are downright scrawls, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to send them out without first gluing collages on top. I think I’ve mentioned before on the blog that I finally noticed that the person who draw those pictures is the same person who is credited with editing the collection. That’s one way to get your work out there: shove it in with all of the better artists’ work.
Time for the stamps — there are some old U.S. stamps down at the bottom, and I always love the tropical fruit stamps from Taiwan. Do you have any favorites?