Lots of Puffy Fish Stickers: Sent to Canada, China, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Russia, & the U.S.

This post is full of postcards–jam-packed with them, along with their accompanying stamps, stickers, and washi tape. What it lacks is full detail–but who cares, am I right?

We start off here with a couple of regular Postcrossing sends, and a couple of Postcrossing Forum sends: this set goes out to Zhengzhou, Henen, China; Shenzhen, Guangdong, China; Potsdam, Germany; and Saint Petersburg, Russia.

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I visited the Charles M. Schulz Museum this month & reloaded on my Peanuts postcard stock. Mostly more copies of old stuff, but they did have one great new postcard to go with their new temporary exhibit celebrating the character Franklin. Three of these have gone out in the mail recently: two to Japan, & one to Hawaii.

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These Postcrossing Forum sends are going to Ampang, Selangor, Malaysia; and Shenzhen, Guangdong, China.

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One good elk leads to another…

postcard a California Humboldt Elk

A food package and a movie postcard follow. I’ve had a lot of this drink; never seen the movie.

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Flying squirrels & durian–this card went to Ningbo, Zhejiang, China, in a Postcrossing Forum “Last Movie I’ve Seen” tag. That movie: Black Panther. The best of the Marvel heroes movies!

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Heavens help me, I’m dipping into swap-bot again. For this trade, I had to send a Disney postcard to 5 different people (4 in the U.S.; 1 in Ireland). A couple of these cards came from the Art of Disney: The Renaissance and Beyond box set, and the rest came from the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, which I visited for the first time recently-ish.

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Stamps, stickers, and washi tape time. Do you have any favorites? I do!

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It’s All About Having Something to Read When You Flip Over that Card: Received from China, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Russia, South Africa, & the U.S.

From somewhere in the U.S.: I love this Ghostbusters postcard, torn from a toy box for a swap-bot “up-cycled cardboard” trade.  I opposite-of-love the lack of a message; all the sender wrote was “I hope you enjoy my postcard!  HAVE A GREAT DAY!” This is a postcard with a story, and I wish the sender had told a bit of that.

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From Japan: Hey, those look like Bugles!  Bugles, the snack–have you had them?  I can’t remember the last time I have, but this makes me want some.  Anyhow, the card came to me via a Postcrossing Forum food package postcard tag, and the sender writes:

“This is one of my favorite snacks.  It’s made of corn.  I like its crisp texture.  You can see ‘TONGARI CORN’ at the bottom of the card.  ‘TONGARI’ means cone.  So, the name of the snack is ‘Cone Corn!’  It is simple and funny, isn’t it?! =)”

See how exceptionally easy it is to come up with something to say on a postcard created from a package?

From Russia: (from the same tag) That yellow panel from a cereal box, if you turned it over, you would see the sender wrote so much that there was almost no room to include my mailing address, which was jammed down into the lower-right corner of the card.  Here’s just a little bit of the message:

“I adore the packaging of products and my room is full of these things.  I have nowhere to put them, but I can’t throw out another box or jar.  It seems this is a disease!  This packaging is from a cereal called ‘Rye Balls.’  I bought these balls when I first went to the fair in my town last December.  They help me out when I have no time to cook breakfast.  Do you like graphic novels?  ‘Blacksad‘ by Juan Diaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido conquered my heart.  I had to read on the internet, but at the end of 2015, it was published in Russian.  I was so glad!”

That was only about half of the message.  You know, it’s all about having something to read when you flip over that card.

From Dalview, Gauteng, South Africa: That ice cream bar looks pretty good–though I would choose one with chocolate ice cream! The sender tells me about it:

“We absolutely love the Choc Pie ice cream.  Mind you, I love any ice cream.  I even eat ice cream in the winter.”

Well, winter is THE best time to eat ice cream!  After all, it’s loaded with fat, to warm you up.

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I especially like this next set of 3 postcards.  This structure is artistic & gorgeous.  It’s from China, and the sender tells me it’s a “traditional house…but most of them are become tourist places.”

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From the Netherlands, the reading man:

“I chose this card because I liked the image of this man.  He has obviously read so much that the letters come off of the pages.  I love to read!  Mostly sci-fi and fantasy.  Terry Pratchett is one of my favorite authors.”

Terry Pratchett is wonderful!  I’m overdue to read another of his books.

Oh, look at those fierce piranhas.  The sender is in North Carolina, and tells me:

“I visited Myrtle Beach last summer.  The aquarium was unique.  My favorite part was the jellyfish section.  They changed colors.  The alligator adventure animal park was awesome, too.  We also got our picture taken with two tigers and a monkey…”

Okay, that doesn’t sound like conservation.

From Germany, pancakes.  This Postcrosser writes:

“…I love cooking, baking, and good food.  The word on the front of the card means “enjoy!’  My favorites are Spanish, Italian, and Japanese food, and of course, the German food made by my mother.”

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From Russia: the snow scene is from a brand-new Postcrosser–he tells me this is his first card!  And other than that, a great expanse of snowy-white space surrounding his bit of a message.  I hope he will learn.  It’s the folks who have been Postcrossing or bot-swapping for years, and still can’t manage a message, who make me wonder.

I love that huge fish art installation on the bottom row of the Belfast card.  This came to me from Ireland, of course, and the sender tells me this is where he spent “the holidays.”

Okay, it’s finally time to look at the stamps.  There’s a sideways stamp, from China, showing some flying cranes.  Very nice.

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Wax Coating nearly spoils the day: Sent to Australia, Ireland, & Malaysia

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The frozen food packaging is headed for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in a Postcrossing Forum tag for postcards made of food packaging.  I’d tagged this user before, & sent her a panel of a Chex cereal knock-off, so I reached for something a little different this time.  Are you a samosa lover?  They are actually pretty easy to make from scratch, dough & all, but this product can be good, too–also a quick way to achieve the Burmese salad samusa thote. I learned, as I started to write on the card, that there was a bit of a wax coating on the inside of the box.  Fortunately, I was able to scrounge up a felt-tipped pen to save the day (and the postcard, onto which I’d already affixed six stamps)!

The other two cards are regular Postcrossing draws.  Kitty is waving goodbye as it heads off for Canberra, Australia, to a Postcrosser who says she has a house full of teenagers & cats.

The ship has left for Dublin, Ireland, to someone who says he would like a postcard with a ship.  That’s the one I have!  Uh, had!  I purchased it a month or two ago in case of just such an emergency.

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Four going out on a swap-bot “illustrated postcard” trade; I’ve dipped back into my big box (but no-longer bottomless box) ‘o’ old book cover postcards to select these:

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Working clockwise from the top left:

The coyote card is going out to Tongeren, Belgium, where the recipient declares herself to be a passionate reader, so I touched upon the 5 or so books I am currently reading.  The book pictured on this card, by the way–A Coyote’s in the House–was written by Elmore Leonard, so perhaps I should add it to my to-read list!

The Charlotte’s Web card will eventually land in Dublin, Ireland.  Seeing this book cover made me think of the animated film, and I ended up telling my card’s recipient about my love for movie-going, my snarky movie “review” blog, and the two current movies I’m very interested in seeing: “Dear White People,” and “Book of Life.”

The card at bottom right goes to Richfield, Wisconsin.  The recipient’s profile makes her seem like the type of life-lover who would enjoy receiving just about anything, but she did specifically mention the fantasy genre in her list someplace, and this seemed to fit. I stayed on my “Book of Life” thought, and mentioned how much I enjoy Día de los Muertos, and have attended the huge annual community celebration in Oakland, California many times–though I always go early to, you know, avoid the crowd.

Finally, there’s the Treasure Island card, which is going out to Denton, Texas.  The person getting this card said she likes pirate postcards, and she happens to have written a historical novel involving pirates, so I thought this was a pretty safe–and good–choice.

Sent to: Thurles, Ireland; Jena, Germany; Saint Paul, Minnesota; and Anaheim, California

Several to share this time–plus an added bonus rant!:

Thurles is a town in County Tipperary, Ireland. Thurles Shopping centre was recently extended and plans to open a new a Tesco store to replace the current store in Liberty Square.  — Wikipedia

The swap-bot exchange was actually a book trade, but I sent a postcard, too, to explain why I chose the book I did from this person’s Book Depository wish list (Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club).  As for choosing a postcard for her, she had mentioned being a big fan of The Lord of the Rings.

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The Hobbit is close enough, right?

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Jena is a typical German University town.  It has a twin city relationship with Berkeley, California.  — Wikipedia

Another round of Postcrossing, another card to Germany!  Postcrossing settings let a person choose to not send multiple cards at a time to the same country–otherwise I am sure I’d have multiples going to DE in each round!  Just speaks to how many Postcrossing members the country must have.

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Yes, this one again.

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Saint Paul hosts a number of museums, including the Goldstein Museum of Design, the Minnesota Children’s Museum, the Schubert Club Museum of Musical Instruments, the Minnesota Museum of American Art, the Traces Center for History & Culture, the Minnesota History Center, the Alexander Ramsey House, the James J. Hill House, the Minnesota Transportation Museum, the Science Museum of Minnesota, and The Twin City Model Railroad Museum. — Wikipedia

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This user seemed like a creative, crafty type, so I thought she would like this card. As I said in my note to her on the back, this is a book I would enjoy having!

The swap-botter who will be receiving the above card spent a good amount of space talking about what I’ll call the demandy-ness of some members: long, very specific lists of those types of cards which are okay to them–and those which are definitely not.  This is a negative aspect of the experience I’ve noticed since the beginning, and I agree with my fellow user here that it seems to go against the entire spirit of the Postcrossing/swap-bot project.  One profile of full of wanted/unwanted cards specifics I read recently read more like a manifesto/hostage note. If folks have a collection they want to complete, it doesn’t hurt to mention they would love to receive certain items–but they are best-off grabbing their wallets and heading over to ebay.

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Anaheim has undergone a rigorous transformation in creating metropolitan beautification to attract tourism. In 2007, the city celebrated its sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) by opening the Anaheim / Orange County Walk of Stars near the Harbor Boulevard entrance to the Disneyland Resort. The first star to be placed on the Walk of Stars was for Walt Disney, the man most responsible for making Anaheim the hugely popular tourist destination it is today.  — Wikipedia

I’ve been paired with this particular Anaheimanian previously.  This time, I sent her a postcard by the Seattle artist Narboo, whose work has also been seen here before.

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Are you a swap-bot and/or Postcrossing member?  I’d love to hear about your experiences, including those related to the “demandy-ness” I wrote of in this post!