Mega TOON Edition! Received from England, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Russia, & the U.S.

13 postcards this time, all toon-related. Still playing catch-up, so while some of these are newly-received, some came in months & months ago. We have a combination of Postcard Forum tags, and incomings from postal pals of mine. Let’s get started, so we can get finished!

I love this Disney duck art, with Christmas greetings in Swedish. It came to me from Finland via Postcrossing Forum. I remember it was a very confusing parcel to receive: an envelope filled with many postcards, each with a tiny message denoting a different Postcrossing tag. This user had tagged me many times in different threads, all at once, did not message me to let me know, and surprised me with all of this. I keep track of whom I’ve tagged (since my memory is not so good), so that I do not overdo tagging the same person. In any case, though, I do love this postcard.

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Hey, Doraemon! The card came to me from Indonesia, and the stamps & stickers tie right in, so you’ll have to scroll down & check them out. The sender writes:

Doraemon is my favorite cartoon too because they are funny and taught us about friendship. My fave character is Nobita & Shisuka.

Peanuts time! Cindi in Hawaii knows that I love the oldest versions of the characters, & she has sent me two of my favorite cards, featuring Pigpen, Lucy, & Schroeder. The scans of the backs down below show a beautiful patchwork of related stamps & stickers.

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An extra serving of Peanuts, from a post-pal in Tokyo, Japan:

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I love Spirited Away. Just saw it on the big screen again a few months ago for one of those two-night return engagements that happen sometimes, and I was blown away all over again. This card came to me from the same postcard pal as the one right above it.

Mickey and his band also came to me from Japan, in a tag in which we were to list the characters we’d like to receive. Horace Horsecollar was on my list, and as you’ll see at the bottom of the post, the card’s sender was surprised by my obscure choices.

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Totoro here came to me from Russia, but the sender isn’t talking about Ghibli:

When I was a child, on TV on Saturday morning showed Disney cartoons. One of my favorites was Chip ‘n Dale.

The postcard teeming with Misters Men & Little Misses came to me from yet another postcard pal, this one in Brighton, England. Don’t miss the matching stamps down below!

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The kitty packing heat was sent to me from Seattle, Washington, and the sender writes:

I don’t know the cat on the front of this card, but Strawberry Shortcake was a favorite of mine, back in the day.

She mentions Ms. Shortcake because she affixed a sticker of that character on the back of the card. You’ll not see her in this post, because by this time I had scanning fatigue, and that kind of thing just doesn’t make the cut. I’ll just share that it was an older version of the character, in shorts, flip-flops, and a floppy beach hat.

This Hello Kitty card did make the cut. It’s yet another card from Japan, and the back has great stickers, stamps & washi tape which, along with the card’s message, you can see below.

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These funny little sea creatures came from Russia. The sender tells me that she loves Kinder toys, and that she used to play with them with her older sister when she was a child.

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That little mouse came to me from Berlin, Germany, and the sender tells me:

I’m a 28 year old Russian girl, moved to Germany recently. Before that I spent 2.5 years in Moscow working as an IT engineer. Now I live in the center of Berlin, Mitte district. My office is in crazy and fancy Kreuzberg! There is a cool graffiti on our office wall: Putin, Obama, and Merkel closing mouth, eyes, and ears!

Hey, I found that piece of street art!

I feel like this came from a more innocent time.

Let’s finally get to the previously mentioned stamps, stickers, washi tape, and messages. So much good stuff!

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I love, love, love that little squirrel sticker. The pair of cats on blue are awesome, too.

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Postal Mishaps & Mystery Liquids: Received from Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Taiwan, & the U.S.

Foghorn Leghorn here is at Magic Mountain in Southern California, but the sender is from Queen Creek, Arizona. She sent the card to me in a swap-bot “cartoon animal postcard” trade, and she writes:

I have never been to Magic Mountain, but this ride looks like a lot of fun!

I have never been there, either. I’ve driven past many times, but when you are in that neighborhood, well, for me the correct amusement park destination is always Disneyland.

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More toons: the caption on the back of this card tells me it is Mr. Muddle:

Poor Mr. Muddle just couldn’t get anything right. Everything he did, everything he tried, everything he said was muddled.

I know the feeling, I do. This is another swap-bot trade–“children’s book illustration postcard,” this time–and it’s from a swapper in Glencoe, Oklahoma. He writes:

My mom is a retired kindergarten teacher. I grew up on Mr. Men & Little Miss books. I enjoyed your movie review blog. I’m glad someone else enjoyed Ra.One!

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Someone from Slavkov, Czech Republic was assigned to me by Postcrossing, and she sent me the Pooh card. Unfortunately, some postal mishap claimed a large section of the message portion–peeled it right off. It’s a shame, because from what I could tell, she was actually writing a very substantive, friendly message. The mostly-blank cards always make it intact.

Another regular Postcrossing draw, this one from a sender in Taipei City, Taiwan who says he likes traveling and photography. Isn’t the idea of a “wind-power park” interesting? I was intrigued–and I really like that piece of crab art–so I looked it up. It’s right by the sea, it’s got recreation & performance spaces, and those 7 windmills generate enough electricity to power the park for four hours after dark. Better still, there are more sea creature mosaic statues! Isn’t it cool to learn new things through Postcrossing?

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That dolphin image is…interesting. I certainly prefer it to a photo of a dolphin in a swimming pool. I received it from Hong Kong, via a Postcrossing Forum trade of sea creatures cards. As we transition into the stamps, stickers, & washi tape portion of this post, let me express my appreciation for the BACK of the last card, which has a lot going on. I was about to express how much I am enjoying that Green Spot soda sticker, but when I initially looked it up, it turned out Green Spot is a booze. That didn’t seem right, so I tried again, & found the soda. So much learning!

I also really like the avocado stamp from Taiwan. Do you have any favorites this time?

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Stamp Foot Forward, & then for a Feast: Received from England, Japan, Malaysia, Russia, Taiwan–& Muttville!

Can we start with a few of the stamps this time?  I love these stamps.

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That was a really, really good round of stamps.  Now, on to the postcards.  Let’s start with some FOOD!

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Two delicious servings from Taiwan. First the pinball-style image, and you can’t tell from the scan, but the words “Taiwan’s delicacies” and the little circles by each item and a shiny silver-colored finish.  The sender writes:

“Greetings from Taiwan!! This card is about Taiwanese food in ‘night market.’ They are really delicious, you must try if you have chance!!  Welcome to Taiwan!!”

I can’t wait.

That card was from someone who had drawn my name via Postcard United.  The next delicious Taiwan card is from someone who drew me on Postcrossing, and she tells me:

“Glad to send a postcard to you via Postcrossing this great project.  I really so like collecting postcards and stamps.  I selected this drawing card with Taiwanese foods. 🙂 Do hope you will like it.”

I do!

More food from Asia–in that Assam Prawn card from a Postcard United member in Malaysia.  The card was printed to promote a program on the National Geographic Channel called “A Peranakan Heritage: Gok’s Chinese Takeaway, Malaysia.”  I gotta find that online & watch it. As the card describes the dish, “the assam prawn is a classic Peranakan dish and is usually cooked in tamarind paste.”  The sender writes:

“Hello!  Welcome to visit Malaysia.  We have a lot of street food and local multi variety food.”

Okay, now I want to go to Asia & eat. Peranakan food is so delicious, have you ever tried it?  I’m trying to think whether I’ll have the energy for a cooking project this weekend…

Next up, from Japan, & thanks to a Postcrossing Forum trade, is this wonderful mass of Sanrio characters, anchored at top center by my buddy Badtz Maru!

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All the flowers were originally adorning the cover of a box of postcards, and thanks to a swap-bot trade, were upcycled into a postcard & sent to me from Malaysia.

The snowy, woody, lantern scene came from a Postcard Uniter in Russia.  The sender says:

“Greetings from Russia, Urals.  I live near Yekaterinburg with my family.  Today cold (-15 C) and snow.  Merry Christmas to you.”

Oh, my.  I’m freezing right here in the S.F. Bay Area, and then I get a postcard that brings me chills!

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Another snowy scene, made worse by clowns!  That’s a card purchased in Italy from a postcard pal in England.

Next up is a big postcard from MUTTVILLE!

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As you see, it’s a senior dog rescue.  It’s based in San Francisco, and I received this greeting as a donor to their wonderful cause.  I also contribute to Old Friends, an organization in Tennessee that makes sure old pups have a happy home & great care.  Follow them, and they will fill your Facebook feed with some really engaging personalities!

The remaining stamps: more nice ones here, and not to do too much more singling out, but I always love Malaysian stamps.  Taiwanese, too.

Speaking of stamps, I just ordered a bunch more a day or two ago–and then today, I learned that there are new stamps coming out I really NEED to buy!

My stamp budget sure has ballooned since embarking on this hobby.

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