Accio Postcards: Received from Singapore & the U.S.

I finally received a Harry Potter postcard from the Singapore Philatelic Museum!

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It’s been 4 months since I drew a pic of Harry Potter on a postcard for their special exhibition, & mailed it off.  I was beginning to think they weren’t going to write back!  Perhaps they were waiting until their new Potter exhibition opened before responding, but they did send the card!  You can read the note they wrote me in the scan below.  You’ll see the museum has its very own postmark.  Cool!  Can’t wait for the next chance to correspond with them–but to be honest, this isn’t as fun as their Peanuts exhibition.  🙂

The other 2 cards are from a swap-bot “modified postcard” trade I recently entered.  The elephants came to me from Greenville, South Carolina, and the super-retro mountain card from San Antonio, Texas.  I think the latter of the two is especially well done.  Still waiting for one more on this trade, but apparently I couldn’t wait to share.

By the way, one of the trees on the mountain card fell off, and I’ve already applied it to an outgoing postcard.  It’ll be showing up again here, eventually.

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Another Trip to the Museum! Sent to Singapore

I happened to click on the Postcrossing Blog–something I don’t often do–and I was sure glad I did: I learned that the Singapore Philatelic Museum is ready to send more postcards to snail mailers around the world!  They’ve got a Harry Potter exhibition coming up this fall, and are soliciting postcards from fans.  Send them a Potter-related card, and they will reciprocate (though not with a Potter card; licensing issues, you know).

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When the museum had a Peanuts exhibition some time ago, I sent in a card, and received a nice one in return.  I don’t have any Harry Potter cards, but I chose one of my stamp collages I rescued from the Disappointassortment:

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I thought the museum folks would appreciate that.  On the back, I Potterized things with a quick drawing & recollection.

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You can see some smearing in the address field; that’s another issue with the Disappointassortment: in addition to the cards’ other ills, many of them feature a glossy coating on the back.  Luckily, I didn’t smear the ink as much as I could have.

Looking forward to seeing what the museum sends me in return!  Last time, it was a very fast turnaround, so I should have an answer before long.

Have you ever exchanged postcards with the Singapore Philatelic Museum–or any other institution, for that matter?

Dropping the Recycling in the Mail Box: Sent to Brazil, Germany, & the UK

The beginning of another month means it’s time for another swap-bot Chunk of Cardboard trade, my favorite thing on that site!  I had my recycled “chunks” all cut & ready to stamp, write up, & mail off.

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This month’s batch is going to:

Immingham, England

Porto Seguro, Brazil

Regensburg, Germany

Stamps, stamps, stickers & washi tape:

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Received from Poland, Russia, Taiwan, and the United States

A big, accumulated batch, received through both Postcrossing and swap-bot.  Working clock-wise from the top left:

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I think I like the doors the best, how about you?

The first card came to me from Russia, having traveled 5,978 miles in 35 days to get to me.  The sender tells me this painting is the work of Alexander Yurkov, who painted using materials such as “withered fallen leaves and grass.”  What an interesting experience it would be to try doing that!

Next comes a swap-bot “read in February” trade, postmarked from Hartford, Connecticut.  The sender read a book called Trapped Under the Sea: One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles into the Darkness, by Neil Swidey.  What a mouthful.  My correspondent tells me that the book “is a riveting read, despite being filed under ‘Sewage Disposal Plants > Accidents > Massachusetts’ at the library.”  Hmm!

The Taiwan postcard is from Taiwan.  It took 16 days to travel 6,465 miles to reach me, and is from an 11-year-old girl who says she likes to eat watermelon.  I do, too!  I do wonder if perhaps there should be a “Postcrossing Junior” to make sure that young people, who do deserve to participate in what can be a fun & educational hobby, are safe from any possible creeps out there.

Finally come the doors.  It was a 13-day trip over 5,846 miles to get to me from Warsaw, Poland.  On her profile, this Postcrosser tells the world,

“I work as a tourleader all around the world…usually, you can find me in Asia, a place I like most of all.”

Yes, I am pretty darned jealous right about now!  On the postcard, she tells me, “I love to eat and visit places through their cuisine.  And I also love Asian food!”

Some stamps…

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