The first postcard is not a postcard, and I received it in a swap-bot “not a postcard” trade. This huge playing card–considerably bigger than a standard-sized postcard–came from a sender in Beachburg, Ontario, Canada. I guess she got about 52 postcards out of that deck! Mine was the three of hearts, as you may be able to see in the scan below.
Ohhhhh, here’s a real keeper! ASTRO BOY! It’s from a Postcrosser in Hokkaido, Japan, thanks to a Postcrossing Forum anime/manga trade. She says:
“What is your favorite Osamu Tezuka’s work? I like ‘Black Jack’ best. I sometimes read this manga even now.”
I don’t think I’ve seen “Black Jack” outside of a museum. I understand it to be one of Tezuka’s darker works, not the kind of sweetness & light that I prefer–but I should seek it out.
French-Canadian Cheerios–from French Canadia! Okay: Newfoundland, Canada. It’s a swap-bot chunk of cardboard, and this cereal box panel is about the same size as the huge playing card. This sender has a lot to say:
“I have just finished reading your profile! I see we have a favorite thing in common–beaches & exploring the coastline & tide pools!! I love finding ocean treasures. 🙂 It’s one of the few things I collect—the other being books! (I have an e-reader & it can hold 30,000, I only have 500 so far!) And pens–pens are actually a fetish for me!! I love colored, glitter, smelly pens & sharpies!!”
As to pens, I think they can be great for coloring & for art, but for writing, I seek out a specific pen I’ve been buying by the box. I’m buying for legibility & smear-proof-osity-aciousness, and make my ink black! Here in the postcarding world, I’ve discovered that the fun pens can make for cards that are not at all easy (for me) to read. I had a recent incident where a Postcrosser had written the postcard ID in a shiny, light green ink (as I recall), and I had suuuuch a difficult time making out the number. I might have had to ask for help. I’ve had to do that upon occasion, and I’ve also had to take cards right up to a lamp. Now, just to make things clear (ahem), this card’s sender did right very clearly with black ink, and I had no trouble reading anything on her card.
Let’s end at the top right, with that delicious food postcard from Taipei, Taiwan. It’s a regular Postcrossing card. Mango shaved ice, steamed buns (xlb)… I love it so much, it escaped my mind I’d already logged it here!
Stamps, stickers, postmarks…