Familiar Folk, in a New Context: Sent to Australia, Japan, Netherlands, & the U.S.

Happy New Year!  Here’s a post that’s been sitting in my draft folder for a few weeks, while I waited for the cards to reach their destinations (to avoid spoilers for the two people who happen to read this blog).  I think it’s safe now…

I like this handful of cards.  Three of them are going out in an interesting swap-bot trade the organizer named “postcard roulette.”  We were assigned one person as a recipient–and then we were to mail a 2nd card to another, unassigned, partner from the trade roster.  As I said, I mailed out 3 cards–one to my assigned partner, one to another participant–and one to the organizer, as a thank-you for hosting the trade.

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My assigned recipient is in Geldrop, Netherlands, and she is a Disney fan, so she gets the Aladdin card.

The swap host lives in San Francisco, California, and enjoys landscape and randomness (my interpretation), and that tiger card fits in both categories, I’d say.

The third card actually went out to a fellow WordPresser!  I was reading the profile of a swapper in Gaven, Queensland, Australia, to help me choose a card she might like (she likes wildlife, so I chose the elephant seals at Piedras Blancas in San Luis Obispo County)–and she mentioned her blog–Under a Canopy of Stars–which I follow!  Had to send a card & say hi.  Hi!

The remaining two cards to regular postcard pals of mine: The World War I Flying Ace went off to Kalaheo, Hawaii, and Pig-Pen (who would have made an awesome President) was bound for Tokyo, Japan.

A sampling of the stamps, stickers, & washi tape:

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Deadly Exclamation Point Leaks: Sent to China, Finland, India, & Taiwan

All but one of today’s cards go out in Postcrossing Forum tag trades.  Five lucky people we’ll be touching upon today:

The battling elephant seals go to an animal lover in Udupi, Karnataka, India who says she loves “anything that is unique!!!!” Whoa!  Well, this card is unique, because as far as I know, it is sold only in a single location, a restaurant in San Simeon, California–this being because the shot was taken by the restaurant’s owner.  After having sorta recently eaten and shopped for postcards at that establishment, I can say I will definitely return for more postcards.

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Kitty in pearls head to Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, to a university student majoring in accounting who said she likes “anything related to cats!!!!!!!”  Whoa!

Snoopy would have been a good choice for President.  He’s headed for some international diplomacy in New Taipei City, Taiwan, where the idea of Postcrossing excites her, because she’s “never had a conversation with any foreigner before, I feel really excited and I look forward to it.”

SpongeBob!  That’s the one Postcard United send this time, and it is somewhere on its way to a junior high student in Fuzhou, Fujian, China who says she likes SpongeBob.  She says she is “very happy to fall in love with a postcard, it makes me feel a lot of warmth.”

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Finally–and back to Postcrossing Forum–there’s Doctor Lucy.  The forum’s Snoopy/Peanuts tag goes for months at a time without a hit, likely due in large part to the dearth of Peanuts postcards available in the U.S., as I often moan about in this space.  Why can’t I just walk into my local Hallmark stores & pick up stacks of Peanuts postcards?  Because they don’t exist!  Okay, I’ve got to stop this.  Lucy goes off to Riihikoski, Finland, to the person who a couple of months ago tagged me in the same thread, & sent me the Sally Brown card I’ve displayed here previously.

Okay, time for a look at the stamps, stamps, stickers, & washi tape…

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So Much Awesomeness, All at Once! Received from China, Netherlands, Philippines, & the U.S.

Six postcards, all of which I love, from four senders, all in one day!  What a day!

These two Shiba Inu come from China, via Postcrossing Forum, in a tag in which we were able to choose the cards we’d like from those the sender had available.  With my memory, it’s always still a surprise!

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The cards’ sender tells me:

“I love Shiba too!  I found lots of them during my trip to Japan last year.”

This type of dog is very popular around my neighborhood; I see them being walked quite often. They are beautiful, but being a lover of big dogs, the inu I would most like to adopt would be the Akita!

That very nice Christmas tree closeup comes to me thanks to Postcard United, and is from a member in Tolbert, Groningen, Netherlands.

Look at that awesome Japanese Christmas postcard featuring Snoopy & friends!  It’s from Cindi in Hawaii, who really gave the card a spectacular back (scroll down).  Why doesn’t the U.S.–home of Snoopy–have Peanuts postcards, for Christmas, or for whatever?  I’ve railed about this more than once before, and will continue to do so. As the Peanuts kids would say, SIGH.

Okay, another pair from a single sender, this one from the Philippines, via Postcard United.

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Yum.

Yum. Now I want both of these dishes.  I’ve cooked adobo more than once, but you know, practice makes perfect.  Have you made (or eaten) either of these?  The sender split her message over the two cards.  She wrote:

“Kamusta Ka?  (How are you?) Like you, I enjoy Asian food–which is fortunate for me coz I’m living in Southeast Asia.  I do enjoy trying new dishes every now & then.  Currently I’m crazy over Korean grilled meat, & salmon sashimi!”

The beautiful animal stamps on the back of these are wonderful, too–there’s a pangolin!  Well, just scroll down now & look at all the stamps, stickers, washi tape & stuff.

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Sooo much awesomeness.  This is a card I could display with either direction facing out.

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Holiday Special IV: Lawn Ornament Edition

There’s a neighborhood quite close to mine, populated by mock-Victorian homes, which are decorated quite austerely this time of year with white lights.

I avoid that place like the plague.

I head for the joy.  Yeah, THIS is the kind of thing I’m looking for!

 

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For about 50 years, this neighborhood has been decked out with custom-made, stand-up displays depicting classic characters & the latest movies, and has been raising lots of money for charity in the process.

I’m not showing my favorites–just the ones that are somehow snail mail-related.  These last 3 photos attempt to duplicate the “greeting cards” that can be seen as the boats exit the It’s a Small World Holiday ride at Disneyland.  I’ve always wanted Disneyland to actually sell these cards–but it’s quite difficult to find nice It’s a Small World souvenirs of any kind.

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One more Holiday Special to come!  Unless I post more than one.  Or just forget entirely.

 

Are You Feeling What I’m Feeling? Sent to China, Hong Kong, India, Latvia, Russia, & the U.S.

Still a lot of catch-up to do on the documentation side of things.  Heck, with all the holiday rush-about (yeah, I’ll blame that), now I have a lot of catch-up to do on postcards I am due to send out!

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Eagle Huntress went to Laurel, Maryland, for a swap-bot trade of movie/TV postcards.  I haven’t seen this film, but I picked up the card at a local independent theater.

Goosey Goosey Gander’s castle went to Hong Kong, in a Postcrossing draw.

Hula Kitty  (not Hello Kitty) went to Moscow, Russia, the city I drew in Postcard United. The recipient must not have written much about herself, because I went the dastardly route of talking about the weather.  I try never, ever to do that.  It’s like the saying goes: everyone’s talking about the weather, but no one’s doing anything about it.

Entering the black & white postcard zone, all from a book of NYC photography I found at a library book sale.  Some people just love b&w photography.  Me, not so much, at all.  Not that I want my old movies & TV series colorized (I DON’T), but I’m just glad rich full color is how we see things these days.

Grand Central headed off to Shanghai, China.  This is actually a resend: I heard from someone whom I’d tagged in Postcrossing Forum some time ago, asking if I’d sent him the card.  I had, but I still don’t want him to miss out.  He’s a train lover, and I’d previously sent him a Skunk Train card–but I am out, and Grand Central was the closest I had to a train card.  By the way, there is a “train of lights” nearby this holiday season, all lit up, and with Santa aboard.  I’ve taken the ride 2-3 times, but honestly?  Well, look at the pics: all the joy is on the outside!  This is also why all of my holiday decoration efforts are focused on the inside of my home, where I can enjoy the fruits of my labor.
The ship shot was a Postcrossing draw, off to Riga, Latvia.  The recipient must not have written much about himself, because I went the dastardly route of talking about the weather.  I try never, ever to do that.  It’s like the saying goes: everyone’s talking about the weather, but no one’s doing anything about it.

Whoa–I’m feeling all déjà vu-y right now.  Are YOU feeling all déjà vu-y right now?

The Guggenheim Museum went to Beijing, China, thanks to a Postcard United draw. The recipient likes movies, reading, & travel–and so do I!

Barney Gumble from “The Simpsons” went to Mumbai, India, in a Postcrossing Forum tag trade.  The recipient noted that she likes this show, and I remembered that somehow I happened to have this card.  I told her that as far as I can remember, the last time I saw “The Simpsons” was when the movie came out–back in 2007! My favorite thing about that movie was how some 7-Eleven stores were turned into Kwik-E-Marts!

Holiday Special III: A Family Holiday

It’s not happening this year, but there have been a couple of times when the right materials, time, and inspiration came to a confluence, and I created some very special holiday greetings.  This was one of them.

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Do you think anyone appreciates me?

As far as I remember (and I actually don’t), this didn’t necessarily result in a spike in the number of cards I received the following year.

Previously:

Holiday Special I: Astro Boy Edition

Holiday Special II: Peanuts on a Wreath

Joy-in-the-Box: Received from Japan & the U.S.

A super-long day at work, and I came home to this…

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Soooo nice to see the bills & junk mail peppered with some beautiful postcards!  And I had a good idea, before I even took a good look, that they came from my two most kind & posta-talented snail mail pals.

Snoopy & ‘Stock are courtesy of Cindi in Hawaii, who really Peanutsed-up the back of the card!

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Breathtaking!

And my pal in Tokyo, Japan turned a Snoopy print ad into a wonderful envelope.

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Have a closer look at the stamps: the card from Japan has a little something extra: a stamp from Italy!

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(but it’s the other 3 stamps I love)

Topographical Snoopy: Received from Finland, Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan, & the U.S.

What a swell batch! I especially love the cards at the top, both of which are ducky.

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What a wonderful, beautiful Donald Duck drawing.  He’s looking befuddled; he’s definitely been disrespected–and you just know he’s moments away from launching into an angry fit!  I received this in a Postcrossing Forum “I would really like to have tag,” where I wrote that I would really like to have a card with Donald or one of his relatives.  The sender wrote:

“Apa Kabar?  How are you?  Salam/greetings from Indonesia!  May the Peace and Joy that Christmas brings be with you and your loved ones!

I really want to see giant rubber ducks in a harbor.  One did come, very briefly, to Los Angeles, but only very briefly, and that’s about 6 hours away from me.  This card is one I actually asked for, thanks to a Postcrossing Forum tag in which we were to post the cards we offer.  The back side is beautiful, too!  The sender, who is in Taiwan, tells me:

“This card is Rubber Duck in Keelung (maybe you know).  I visited it in 2014.”

The Sally Brown card is very interesting: Sally is drawn is Charles Schulz’s style, but the other items show no attempt to match up.  The sender wrote:

“Greetings from Riihikoski, a village in south-west Finland.  I really love Snoopy and his friends.”

Down below, where I show the backs of the cards, check out the also-very-interesting 3-D Snoopy sticker!  By the way, this card was sent as part of one of Postcrossing Forum’s most lonely threads, the Snoopy/Peanuts tag.

Great drawing on that Snoopy card!  The image had been in my Postcrossing wall of favorites, and a sender in Japan chose it for me, thanks to a forum trade in which you were to send someone a card from their wall. The sender wrote about food:

“I like cooking.  Today’s dinner is yakitori.  It’s grilled chicken skewers.  They are made from bite-sized pieces of meat from all different parts of the chicken, and grilled with salt.”

The card at bottom right is from somewhere in the U.S., and came to me in a swap-bot trade of movie or TV postcards.  The font style on the front made me just dismiss it as computer code, and my first thought was that perhaps the two characters on the front were Snape & Malfoy from the Harry Potter series.  NOPE.  The sender tells me:

“I got this card at a craft fair a while back.  Hope you don’t mind that it’s a custom one.  I kind of got sucked into the SuperWhoLock fandom.  I’m a bit embarassed about the Super element, but a proud Whovian…and who can resist Cumberbatch?”

And so I came to Ask Jeeves about “SuperWhoLock.”

Soooo much good stuff on the back of the postcards this time:

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Here comes that 3-D Snoopy sticker I mentioned before.  It’s hard plastic.  Below this image, I’ve posted an enlargement, so keep scrolling.

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I guess it’s hard to show in a scan…it’s like a plastic topographical map… have you seen some like this before?

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Holiday Special I: Astro Boy Edition

There have been a couple of years where I was truly inspired to go all-out with the home-crafted holiday greetings, me-style.  Here is the result of one particularly satisfying bout of craftiness:

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I’m not sure if my friends & loved ones really knew what hit them.  While my parents’ generation issued holiday cards by the bushel, it seems the practice is not as appealing any more.  Now, I don’t miss braggy mass-produced newsletters, but it sure would be fun to receive…well, exactly the kind of card shown here!

Coming Up: Holiday Special II