I am Losing Track! Sent to England, Israel, Malaysia, Netherlands, Russia, & Taiwan

This is getting out of hand.

The game of snail mail is such an ephemeral thing, I thought it would be nice to use a blog to keep track of the comings & goings, to e-save the postcards I send out, and to remember the countries & people I’m hearing from.  The fact is, though, it’s a lot of detail to keep on top of.  I’m losing out on reading time!

If you, as a snail mailer & blogger, have any tips for simplification & organization, please share!  In the meantime, let’s try to catch up on some of my outgoing cards I’ve been letting slip through the cracks here on the reporting end.


Princess Tatiana from Disney’s The Princess & the Frog went to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for a Postcrossing Forum trade titled “what I’d really like to have is,” and I THINK the recipient asked for a Disney princess.

Eat More Hole Foods!  Just don’t buy them at Whole Foods, or they’ll cost you an arm & a leg.  The doughnut went to Suffolk, England, in another Postcrossing Forum “you choose” tag, in which the person tagging us gets their choice of a postcard from those we have posted as having available to send.  She’s since tagged me again, and has chosen a similar card from my collection–but that will have to wait for another post.

The next set of 3 are all for regular Postcrossing draws.  The corgi went to Johor, Malaysia; the bear to Saint Petersburg, Russia; and the shots of San Jose to The Hague, Netherlands. See how quickly I dispatched with all of that?  Not satisfying at all.  We are learning nothing, here.


The Japanese Friendship Gardens in San Jose are beautiful.  There are a lot of beautiful Japanese gardens in the SF Bay Area.  My FAVORITE such garden, though, is in Hilo, Hawaii.  True story.

Okay, here we go.  This lady down here, don’t keep her waiting any longer.  I mailed her out like a month ago.


The lady looking at clothes went to Tel Aviv, Israel.  That’s another card from the Klutz Press World’s Tackiest postcards, and if you don’t think it’s tacky, just look at the next image down, which is the text printed on the back of the card.


C r i k e y .


It went off for a swap-bot trade of “weird/ugly postcards,” and as I wrote to my partner, “doesn’t get much weirder & uglier than this!”  You know, at some point, Klutz published a second book of these cards, but I don’t tend to see either of them around!

Finally, the sea nettles from the Monterey Bay Aquarium went to Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, in a Postcrossing Forum tag trade of marine life-related cards.  I love marine life.  I try to make an aquarium trip just about every place I travel, so just now I got curious about whether Kaohsiung happens to have an aquarium.  It does, but apparently it’s not such a great place to be a fish.

So, whether you have words of wisdom on keeping on top of recording mail, or favorite aquariums, or whatever… please do check in!


Food & Toons Make the World Go ‘Round: Received from China, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, & the U.S.

What a spread–I love these cards!


Budda Jumped Over the Wall from Taiwan, thanks to the Postcrossing Forum “Far East to America” tag trade.  The sender writes:

“This is one of my favorite food.  I really love it, but didn’t eat it often, just when new year or some important party just have this food, I thought because it’s not so cheap.”

I’d love to stroll through that marketplace at the bottom of the card!

I guess you can’t tell from the scan, but that Snoopy card has the most amazing 3-Dish effects I think I’ve ever seen!  The action seems to be taking place on at least 7 different planes.  It’s from a post pal in Tokyo, Japan, and she tells me:

“I’m in Tokyo Skytree now.  And I write you this special postcard at Postal Museum Tokyo.  I can study history of Japanese postal like stamps, postboxes and their works.  How interesting!  After this, I’ll go up the Tokyo Skytree.  I’m excited but it would be scared.  Might as well!  I have to.”

Today I Learned there is something called the Tokyo Skytree–and that it’s the tallest tower in the world, and also the primary television & radio broadcast site for Japan’s Kantō region.  I also learned it’s home to a Pokémon store!

I love Jay Ward cartoons, so that fairy from Rocky & Bullwinkle’s Fractured Fairy Tales made me audibly gasp when I saw her card in my mailbox!  It’s a pleasant surprise from a friend in San Francisco.

WHOA–the Tezuka Osamu-ful postcard is incredible–so many of his characters, all in one scene!  It’s also from my post pal in Tokyo.

The card next to it also sports a Japanese character, but the card is from Israel, thanks to a swap-bot “think before you send” trade, in which we were to tell our partner about the image on the card.  The sender writes:

“So as you probably know, the character on the cover is No-Face from ‘Spirited Away.’  No-face is also called in Japanese ‘Kaonashi,’ meaning ‘Faceless.’  Its Japanese name is also on the cover!”

The green folk with the little durians are from a friend in Singapore who is both a toy addict & toy photographer.  What a place to sit!

Finally, one more bit of food, this time from Chongqing, China.  It’s via a Postcrossing Forum USA-Asia tag, and the sender tells me about the food:

“The postcard shows the most famous food in Chongqing, hot pot!  You can see from the pot, the middle is without pepper, it’s for people who don’t eat that hot.  And the edge is filled with pepper.”


What’s your favorite card here?

Stamps, postmarks, & stickers:


“This was stuck…”: Received from Israel (via California)

Some mail from Redlands, Califonia.  An envelope from a stranger?  Oh, no: is this one of those people who send postcards in envelopes?

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“What the…?”

There was a postcard in the envelope, with the note you see (“this was stuck to a card sent to me”) attached to it.  I must have been tired, because my first impression was that the writer was referring to that scrap of paper on which she’d written, that she had just decided to send me a scrap of paper that had been stuck to a card sent to her.

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Reminds me of Sigmund the Sea Monster.

Hmm, I thought, the postcard has an Israeli stamp & mail sticker.  I guess she thought I would be interested in that, too. Then I started reading the message on the card:

“It’s a holiday month, we have 3 holiday: Jewish New Year, Yom Kippur and Sukkot (which is 2 holidays actually).  I barely go to work, and though it’s nice, I keep thinking of all the stuff I will have to do after… Have a sweet year!”

What?  I guess it’s a theme… and then I recognize the name of the sender, with whom I’ve shared swap-bot trades in the past.  Hey, I don’t think she lives here in California!

I return to the envelope, with its San Bernardino postmark–and a return address sticker, which of course bears a different name than that of the postcard’s sender…

And sunlight finally reaches my brain.

The postcard was sent to me from a swap-bot member in Israel.

Ohhhhhh, I finally realized, the person in California received a postcard addressed to her, but my postcard from Israel was stuck to THAT!  And closer inspection of the back of my card reveals that the four tiny, cute, puffy stickers have bits of paper stuck to them, where the other card was detached.  Those puffy stickers can be trouble-makers, apparently!  Still, I am quite surprised NOBODY in the postal chain caught the double-layer before actually delivering the duo.

So nice of my fellow Californian to send the card on to me!  I looked up her swap-bot profile so that I could thank her with a postcard I thought she’d like.  She put “TREES” in upper-case letters, and I think these trees are beautiful (though not a great shot of the card on my part):

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Sure wish I knew where this is.

This was another card–one of the good ones–from the Big, Sad postcard assortment I wrote about earlier. Lovely as it is, there is no notation on the back of just where this scene is.  And no photo credit, of course.

Postal drama–it exercises the brain much more than sudoku!

Sent to Israel and the United States

I bought a small load of Jetoy cards a month or so ago; today, I sent out my first two, as a part of a swap-bot trade.


I like the hula-hula cat best.

These cards are have a different layout than cards here in the U.S.: the orientation is vertical, with a place for the stamp on the left-hand side.  I’m afraid the post office will have a fit!  I would ignore this design, but for the fact that doing so would result in dark vertical lines through my writing.

This was a “book lovers” trade, in which one option was to list the last five books we read.  Here are mine (not necessarily in order):

1) Agent to the Stars, by John Scalzi

2) Desert Exile, by Yoshiko Uchida

3) Coyote, by Linda Barnes

4) The Shadow Hero, by Gene Luen Yang

5) Return to a Sexy Island, by Neil Humphries

Oceanside, California is the destination of the top card, to a swap-botter who says she is a huge reader, and even remembers being a small child reading side-by-side with her mother (each with her own book) on the family couch.

The coconut kitty under the palm is headed for Ramat Gan, Israel, to a trader I have been matched with several times.  Her list of favorite books includes two each by Neil Gaiman and Jane Austen.

I got a little more interesting than usual with the stamps:

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Sent to Israel & the United States

Two sent out for a swap-bot “Read in February” trade, in which we were to write about a book we–well, you got it.


Bonus points on my part for using book-themed postcards.

The Puffin Puzzle Book is destined for Ramat Gan, Israel (to one of the same partners I had in last month’s round of this trade), and The Clothes We Wear went off to Gadsden, Alabama.  I told both recipients about having read the book Desert Exile: The Uprooting of a Japanese American Family, by Yoshiko Uchida.  It’s the author’s memoir of having been imprisoned with her family as a young woman following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, when thousands of Americans of Japanese descent found themselves living behind barbed wire in concentration camps.  Uchida’s family was scuttled from their Berkeley home to a horse stall in the Tanforan Racetrack south of San Francisco, and then finally to the Topaz internment center in Utah.  Another family’s personal story is told in Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston’s Farewell to Manzanar, which has been used as school curriculum for several decades.

I love a postcard trade like this, because it encourages me to keep up with my reading!  Next month’s card will reflect some lighter fare.

Sent to Canada, Israel, & Netherlands

Another three out, another combo of Postcrossing & swap-bot.


Working clockwise from the top left:

That beach town is head for Leiderdorp, Netherlands, via Postcrossing. The recipient is a 25-year-old student of linguistics who expressed an interest in all kinds of postcards, including city views, nature, & animals–so I think I covered things pretty well. She also said she adores owls, but I don’t think I have any owls in my postcard stash.

The other two cards are part of a swap-bot trade in which we were supposed to recommend a book we finished reading last month.  I told my two partners about Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi.  I earned my copy of the book as a prize for finishing a local library’s adult summer reading program, and I once I finally read the thing, I really enjoyed it!  It’s about a Hollywood agent who ends up with an interesting client: a race of blob-like space creatures who communicate through odors.  Obviously, they get along really well with dogs!

The pink book cover card goes to Gan, Israel, to a Russian native with, in her words, “very very eclectic taste,” but I really chose this card because it matches the trade’s “book” theme.  Well, she does say she likes pink.

Finally, the cute couple is on its way to Hornell Heights, Ontario, Canada, to a young woman who is currently engaged & planning a Batman-themed wedding.  She also happened to mention that she likes Disney, thus my choice.

Received from Germany, Israel, Russia, & the United States

Four more in, a mixture of cards from both Postcrossing & swap-bot:


Some crepes & roe from Russia, a frenetic wall scene from Jerusalem, some sporty-looking clones from Germany, and a Beatrix Potter scene from Maryland.

What cool stamps, all around!


Received from Austria, Israel, Germany, & Netherlands

Four more cards in over the last two days:


The beautiful dune shot at top left comes to me via Postcrossing from Vlissingen/Flushing, Netherlands, having spent 12 days traveling the 5,465 miles to reach me. Flushing looks like a cool port city, and the postcard’s writer tells me her grandchildren like to play at the beach.

From Sankt Georgen am Ybbsfelde , Austria, comes the card at upper right, also through Postcrossing.  It traveled 5,951 miles in 8 days to find my mailbox.  The sender is, like me, a pretty new Postcrossing member, having just picked up the hobby this past August!

The card at bottom left, another nice beach scene, is from somewhere in Germany.  This Postcrossing card found me after 30 days and 5,712 miles. Aren’t these time/distance comparisons sometimes pretty amazing?  Do the stats on the last two cards say anything about the difference between German & Austrian postal systems?  Of course, it could all come to a failure in the service of my local delivery guy, no joke.

I love that card at bottom right; if I were to keep postcards around to decorate, this would go in that display, for sure!  The artist is Rutu Modan.  The card comes to me from Israel, as part of a swap-bot “illustrated postcard” trade.  The sender, on the topic of art, tells me she will be having a show at a local gallery soon.  Cool!

Four postcards from four different countries results in a pretty impressive array of stamps:


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.

Received from: Israel & U.S.A.

Some real winners in this batch received through swap-bot trades!



Let’s start with Israel, then work our way around the U.S.  The top right card is the one that made that trip: the card loaded with pink toy awesomeness.  I actually have one of those, a King Ken, although mine is cuter–and travels. This was part of a “postcard and a quote” trade, and bore this message from the great Douglas Adams:

“He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.”

Cool stamps, too:


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Our tour around the U.S. starts at the bottom right, and the Finding Nemo card, which came to me from California.

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The beautiful lions were also sent to me from California, where the sender has recently visited the San Diego Wild Animal Park (now officially known as the San Diego Zoo Safari Park).

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WOW, look at the card on that came my way from Spokane, Washington, decorated with Arale from Doctor Slump!  I’m a big fan of this hilarious manga, which is by Akira Toriyama of Dragon Ball fame. Spokane WA #5

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Also from the state of Washington is the bird-laden top-center card.  It bears this quote by Deanne Wadsworth:

“Four things you can’t recover:
The stone after the throw,
The word after it’s said,
The occasion after it’s missed,
The time after it’s gone.”