Hey Postcard Designers: Leave Room for Stamps! Sent to Austria, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, & the U.S.

We’ll get to the “room for stamps” bit shortly, but first: 17 postcard sends represented this time, so let’s get to it!

I clicked on “send a postcard” on Postcard United! This California map is bound for Longhua, Shenzhen, China. A second click sends another copy of the card to a map lover in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.

California Map Greetings from the Golden State w mermaid sea lion orca

Another click on Postcard United sends this card to a map lover in JiangSu, China.

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The Queen of Hearts is going to Foshan, Guangdong, China


Ursula is off to Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan.

Pig Pen–the dirty candidate who is in fact innocent–is going out by request to Taichung City, Taiwan.

postcard toon Peanuts Vote Pig Pen

Another card going off by request: this view from Hilo, Hawaii’s Merrie Monarch Festival is destined for a Postcrosser in Yonago, Tottori, Japan.

Hilo Hawaii Hula

Whoa… Lucy & her balloon are off to a rare county for Postcrossing:  this is on its way to Melben, Austria.

postcard toon Peanuts strip Lucy balloon

Still more Peanuts: this one is going to Hong Kong.postcard toon Peanuts Snoopy

This octopus is attacking the San Diego Central Library. One thing to know if you are a postcard lover: the Friends of the Library store here is a great place to go postcard shopping! I sent this one out to a post pal in Hawaii.

San Diego Public Library ToshWerks

Another copy of the card is going out in a Postcrossing Forum library tag to a recipient in Ningbo, Zhejiang, China. Sadly, the design of the card’s back does not leave much room for anything larger than the smallest of domestic first-class stamps. No room for a larger stamp (like our round international stamps, among any number of others); no room for multiple stamps; no room for the postmark, which so often obscures a sizable chunk of real estate on the back of a postcard.  It would be nice, wouldn’t it, if the people designing the address side of cards were also people who send & receive postcards, themselves.

I recently popped into the Charles M. Schulz Museum, on the way home from somewhere else, just long enough to do a little postcard shopping! Poor Charlie Brown is going to a Postcrosser in Gunma, Japan.

Schulz Museum AAUGH

I also bought this new postcard, one copy of which is on its way to East Jakarta, Indonesia.

Schulz Museum My Favorite Peanuts

This image from The Princess & the Frog was requested by a frog-lover in Beckum, Germany.

Disney Princess and the Frog night lily

Another Art of Disney card–this one of Lion King’s Pride Rock–is going to Taichung, Taiwan.


This beautiful sea otter is going to Foshan, Guangdong, China.

Postcard A Sea Otter California Coast

And finally, why are hard taco shells so popular? One bite, and the whole thing falls apart. Give me fresh corn tortillas! This box panel from “white people taco night” goes to Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China.


Okay, are you ready for a huge party of stamps, stickers, & washi tape? Here you go! Any favorites this time?






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Received from Australia, Malaysia, and the United States

TONS of cards coming in lately.


The painting is Peasant Wedding by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (known to his confidantes as “Marblez”). The card was sent to me by a Postcrosser in , in a trip that took 7,877 miles and 26 days.  The sender writes:

“It is the beginning of Autumn here now.  I love the cooler evenings, and the myriad colours of the leaves on the trees.  I love to read too, mostly historical novels, such as Ken Follett’s ‘The Pillars of the Earth‘ and ‘A Tale of Two Cities‘ by Charles Dickens”

The agricultural scene depicts, as the back of that card states, “hand-clipping the tea bushes at Cameron Bharat plantation.”  This postcard was sent to me from Ipoh, Malaysia, and the sender drew a little sun with “34C” next to it, which my metric-to-U.S. translator tells me equals 93.2 degrees Fahrenheit!  It’s no surprise, then, when this swap-bot member tells me, “we occasionally drive up to Cameron Highlands for a cool retreat.”  Lonely Planet tells me that in Cameron Highlands, “the temperature rarely drops below 10°C (50F) or climbs above 21°C (69.8F); practically cool enough to make you forget you’re in Malaysia.”  Brrr!

The last card comes to me from Maryland, in a swap-bot trade called “squeeze it in,” and this guy was able to manage about 18 lines of text.  I’ll share the fact he is reading Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage: The Titanic’s First-Class Passengers and Their World, by Hugh Brewster (known by his lacrosse buddies as “Brew Hughster”).

Stamps!  Uh-oh, be careful: I spy, with my little eye, that O.D.B. James Cook!  The flowers & birds are nice, though.