A Pair of Ciphers: Sent to Poland, Russia, & Turkey

3 New Postcrossing draws:


Pinocchio is going to a Postcrosser in Belgorodskaya, Russia, whose long list of likes includes Disney movie posters. She wanted a quote, so I gave her a favorite of mine from Groucho Marx:

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”

That was the pleasurable part of this draw; in the case of the next two Postcrossers, I would go so far as to call them ciphers.  There are more words in one of my postcards than there are in both of their profiles combined!

The person in Kozieglowy, Poland, gets the Coplu cartoon because she mentioned “drawing,” and the member in Corlu, Turkey gets the manatees because she mentioned “animals.”  There we go!  Okay, I’ll say this in their defense: both are brand-new Postcrossers, and are about 16 years of age.  It’s to be hoped that as they go along & participate more & read more profiles, they will add more information to help others select a postcard for them, & even more importantly, learn about their lives & cultures.

Sent to Netherlands, Russia, Taiwan & Ukraine

Four more going out to fellow members of Postcrossing:


A bit of variety!

Moving clockwise from the upper right, the card featuring Arthur, Mr. Peabody & Sherman up on a California coastal bluff is a resend.  I noticed on the Postcrossing site that a card I’d sent to Tainan City, Taiwan had expired–perhaps gotten lost in the mail.  I don’t want this Postcrosser to miss out, so I am trying again!  This time, I was able to tell her that since the first attempt, I have gotten to explore the streets of her country–for all of 2 and 1/2 hours (I was able to take advantage of a layover).

That retro painting of Glacier National Park in Montana, which I uncovered in the drawers of my old family house, is now headed to Tilburg, Netherlands.  The recipient, who works for a home-care organization for elderly people, didn’t seem to have a lot of requirements in mind for postcards, simply writing that she likes “the normal kind of postcards. I don’t care for handmade or the folded kind, but I’m happy with every postcard you send.”  I figured she might like this one.

The manatee card goes to a Postcrosser in Ovidiopol, Ukraine, who, in a long list of postcards she’d enjoy receiving, included “exotic fish and marine animals.” I consider a manatee something very exotic, indeed–certainly something I’ve never seen in the wild; I live in the land of seals, sea lions, & sea otters.  I recently received this in a pack of manatee postcards as a thanks for my regular donations to the organization Save the Manatee.

Lastly, there is the card featuring art by the artist Coplu, which is on its way to someone in Novosibirsk, Russia who says she is an artist & would like cards featuring drawings. If you scroll back on this blog, you will see a few other Coplu cards I have sent–and I still have more to send in the future!

Which card is your favorite? I think I like three of them the best…

Sent to Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Turkey, Ukraine and United Kingdom

A busy day for me on Postcrossing: I let  several of my cards arrive before I replaced them with new cards out, so that I could save a bit of time (in theory) by sending out many cards in one shot.  Six going out today–and a couple of very interesting (you know how I am using that word, right?) recipients for this lot–but let’s get to that in a minute.

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Nope, not a single one of my own silly photo cards going out in this lot. Didn’t seem like the crowd for that.

Oh, wait: this first card goes to one of those “interesting” people!  It’s the book card, going out to Surrey, U.K., chosen because the Postcrosser says she would like cards with “books, or pictures of people reading, or postcards from libraries.” I think it would be so cool if the libraries I use would sell postcards featuring scenes from their facilities!  But I did happen to have this book card, and on it goes.  What makes this recipient interesting-in-quotes is the extensive part of her profile, where she lists expired cards (those she has sent out, that were never registered by their intended recipients), by number, user name, country, and date.  Thirty-five cards, going back to 2011, and this person calling out recipients by name.  Did she ever consider the idea that her local post may be a bit incompetent?

The Box of Delights goes to Utrecht, Netherlands, where its target expresses an interest in “postcards with images that are about enchanted, magical, mysterious, mystical creatures or places; illustrations from fairy tales.” Close enough, I figure!  This Netherlander recently moved from the U.S.  If I were to move elsewhere, it would have to be closer to the Equator. Heck, I don’t even have to leave the country to do that; Hawaii would do!

The Highway One card will wind its way to Zabrze, Poland, where the user expressed an interest in landscapes.  I love taking this road through Big Sur.  Gorgeous.  Even better if you don’t have to be the driver.

Heidi is going to Oelde, Germany.  The Postcrosser said she likes classic books, and I figured maybe she’d like this card.  She also says she likes chocolate, so I am sure she is a lovely person.  Seriously: the only person I can think of who talks a lot about disliking chocolate is not really a lovely person.

The map card goes to someone in Kyiv, Ukraine who said she would like a map card.  Look at the size of that surfer–and the quail that looks big enough to eat him!

Okay, here we go.  Last card.  This is a very interesting Postcrosser.  Excuse me, not interesting–“interesting.” Istanbul, Turkey, by the way.  Sharing no more than 12 words directly about himself, he launched into a wish list that would make Santa blush:

“(((I request…please DONOT send me any cards related with New Year or Christmas)))


I’m a banknote and Mini Sheet stamp and Starbucks gift card collector from Turkey…

it will be a great pleasure for me to receive a card from a friend with whom I’ve never met before..please write a short detail about yourself on your postcard..if you put a banknote sample or miniature sheet stamp or any Starbucks gift card of your country in your envelope I’d be appreciated 🙂


my preferences ;

Babillon Gardens
Chichen Itza
Despicable Me especially MINIONS for my son
Elizabeth Taylor
Greta Garbo
Labrador Sea
Lady Plays Violin
Machu Picchu
NUDITY ( both modern and vintage )
Panama Channel
Patsy Cline
Soviet-era propaganda cards
The most beautiful lady of your country


Ps: Anyone who sents me any banknotes in very well condition belong to the countries below will receive 30 different beautiful postcards from me !!

Oof, oof, oof.  Needless to say, I gave him nothing he wanted (though I found myself briefly wishing I had a fully-used Starbucks card around).  The card I sent–which I like very much–is by a Turkish artist, and I did not put it in an envelope.  I did, though, attach a fun strip of washi tape and a cool ink-stamed image!  What I wanted to do was withdraw this fella from my “send-to” draw, but I didn’t see that option. Net win for him.

Any postcard drama in YOUR life lately?

Sent to Latvia, Malaysia, Netherlands, and South Africa

Just sent out several through Postcrossing…


Working clockwise from upper left:

The Coplu art goes to Somerset West, South Africa, where the Postcrosser mentioned liking Coca-Cola advertising.

Astro and his beach-combing dogs (captured at Duxbury Reef Reserve in Bolinas, California) go to Johor, Malaysia, where the card’s recipient says he likes comics.

Bleiswijk, Netherlands is the destination of the book cover card.  The Postcrosser was a bit of a cipher in her profile, and I decided, thus exactly the type of person who might like that card.

The beautiful Doraemon card is awarded to a user in Riga, Latvia who, I think, said something about liking landscapes.  The landscape on this card, by the way, is at Punalu’u Black Sand Beach on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Sent to Belarus & Hong Kong

Two more of my Postcrossing cards have reached their destinations:

My card to Kiev, Ukraine made the 6,134-mile trip in 10 days; and

The card I sent to A Coruña, Spain arrived after traveling 5,473 miles in 16 days.

Now, I’ll send off two more.


The kitty on the beach goes to Hong Kong’s Western District (Sai Wan), and the art by Coplu goes to Vitebsk, Belarus. The man in HK says he likes to travel the world, and the woman in Belarus says she likes to swim in the beautiful blue lakes in her area.  It all sounds good to me!

Sent to Germany, Netherlands, Russia, & Taiwan

LOTS of Postcrossing activity in the last few days.  Here are stats on four cards I had sent out, with their destinations, days traveling, and miles traversed:

Chelyabinsk, Russia: 19 days; 6,030 miles;

Dortmund, Germany: 11 days; 5,570 miles;

Minsk, Belarus: 17 days; 5,863 miles;

and Taipei, Taiwan: 12 days; 6,470 miles.

So now, out go four more cards:


The card at top above, a work by Coplu (seen on this blog previously), goes to Liebenburg, Germany.  The choice was made in part because the recipient said she likes all cards, and in even bigger part because I’d already slapped an international stamp on it.

The silly beach scene–isn’t it the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen–is part of my artistic ouvre, and it is going to Hsinchu City, Taiwan. That Postcrossing member had quite a long list of likes that didn’t actually mention anything on this card, but I thought it fit in great, anyhow.

The super-retro, scallop-edged card below–of a very-real, & still-open place, Children’s Fairyland in Oakland, California–was sent to Ermelo, Netherlands.  In her profile, my card’s recipient requested that senders share their “…favorite recipe. Please write the recipe in European measurements (not in ozz., once or cups).”  I didn’t do that. She may well not like what I do, or be able to get the right ingredients; my favorite recipes (and most others) are WAY too complicated to squeeze onto the back of a little postcard; and, finally, her wanting me to do the translation she refuses to do just smacks of laziness!  😉  Most times I refer to a cookbook or website, I need to translate the measurements.  We’re lucky these days; the internet helps us with this conversion.  If I had an idea of a recipe she might like, I would have sent her a URL, so she could cook without having to try to make out cramped print on a dirty postcard.


The post office is no longer a post office, though; it now functions as an art center, a place where kids can take a little time out to sit & create.

Finally, the map card below goes to Yakhroma, Russia.  I selected this card–can you guess why?–because the recipient expressed a desire for map cards.


Warning: not to scale!

Sent to Israel & the United States

Three out today, for a swap-bot “illustrated postcard” trade.


Clockwise from the top left, these cards will go to:

Mooresville, North Carolina

Mooresville is best known as the home of many NASCAR racing teams and drivers, along with an IndyCar team and its drivers, as well as racing technology suppliers, which has earned the city the nickname “Race City USA.” — Wikipedia

Topeka, Kansas

In August 1998, Topeka renamed itself “ToPikachu, Kansas”, in reference to a character from the 1990s video game franchise Pokémon. — Wikipedia

Ramat Gan, Israel

Ramat Gan is a city in the Tel Aviv District of Israel. It is home to one of the world’s major diamond exchanges, many high-tech industries, and Israel’s tallest building, the Moshe Aviv Tower. — Wikipedia

The two top cards feature art by Coplu, based in Canada & Turkey; the art in the bottom card is by Seattle-based Narboo, whose work has been seen here before once or twice.