Has Russia Hacked Postcrossing/-cardunited? Sent toGermany, Hong Kong, Japan, Russia, Taiwan, & the U.S.

This time:

  • A conspiracy?
  • A Snoopy treasure trove discovered, and cast far & wide
  • Other stuff
  • Tons of stamps & stickers

Let’s start with Good Ol’ Snoopy Brown.  I’ve mentioned many times in this space the lack of Snoopy/Peanuts cards here in the U.S.  Despite being the birthplace of the comic strip, and although Peanuts greeting cards seem to be sold absolutely everywhere (even in supermarkets), the postcards are just not found unless you go to the source: the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa.

That being the case, I was thrilled to find a book of 1970’s-era Snoopy postcards on sale online!

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Several have already been dispatched, including to Peanuts-loving pen-pals of mine in Hawaii, Tokyo, & England (I know I didn’t write that trio out as an equal set, yes).  Those cards (and one to Taoyuan, Taiwan, for a Postcrossing Forum tag) went out as postcards should, with a note & a stamp on the back, & dropped into a mailbox.  The next one here went out to a Postcrossing Forum regular in Finland who says that she gives Snoopy postcards to a friend, so she’d like hers in an envelope.  Okay, fine–I made an envelope:

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She also likes to collect stamps, so since I was already throwing stuff into an envelope, I added some stamps from my incoming mail.

The foggy view of Golden Gate Bridge was chosen by someone in Berlin, Germany, in a Postcrossing Forum “show the card you offer” tag.  I’m glad I had something she liked.

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To Berlin & St. Petersburg

Okay, let’s get into the Russia hack scandal story I’ve just made up (or unearthed inadvertently, who knows).  I have fallen way behind on “official” cards traveling out via Postcrossing Forum & Postcard United: between the two sites, I had only 1 card traveling (I think I can have around 30 at this point if I chose to).  Yes, I’m sending a lot of cards out, but it’s mainly via Postcrossing Forum, which offers so many different options that I’ve just found it the more fun way to go.  The problem I have with the main focus of the two sites is that Postcrossing Forum seems to send me constantly to just the same 3-4 countries, and Postcard United’s algorithm is so rough that there are repeat encounters with the same people, and I’m being paired within my own country.

Anyhow, I decided to send some cards out again via the two sites, so started asking to be assigned addresses:

Click 1–Postcrossing: Saint Petersburg, RUSSIA.  Of course.  Decided to try my luck next at the other site.

Click 2–Postcard United: Moscow, RUSSIA.  Why, I oughta…

Click 3–Postcard United: Krasnodar, RUSSIA.  What?!?  I claim shenanigans.  I’m moving back to the other site.

Click 4–Postcrossing: Alkmaar, Netherlands.  Fine.  I then quit while I was ahead.  We’ll see when I click on those “send a postcard” buttons again.  This is supposed to be relaxing.

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A sweetened pickle to the Netherlands, and the rest to Russia.

Moving on from the Eastern European drama… the pair of cards pictured next went off to China, in Postcrossing Forum tags.  The aerial view of Hearst Castle (another card I replenished during my recent postcard-gathering road trip) is headed toward a food safety major in Beijing, who expressed his wishes for anything local to the sender: “local buildings…anything local is welcome!”  If by local, he meant anything in the same state, this place 3 hours or so away from me is local!

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The pancakes, which I received recently from a Postcard Uniter, go to Heifei, Anhui, China, in a food postcard trade.  The recipient is a chemistry student who says he loves travel, and receiving food postcards.

Finally, this multi-zoned California map card (part of my recent haul) went off to Hong Kong, to someone hoping for map cards. I told her that within just a couple of months, I will have traveled to every segment on the left sided of the card within this calendar year.  I do love coastal trips!

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Now a look at stamps, stickers, washi tape, & stuff–do you have any favorites down here? Behold the new USPS stamp release, Delicioso, which “celebrates the influence of Central and South American, Mexican, and Caribbean foods and flavors on American cuisine.”  And I always love the shorebird & sea shell postcard stamp sets.

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I Dispute Nearly Every Single Thing She Wrote: Received from England, Finland, Japan, Netherlands, & the U.S.

Let’s get right to it!

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I LOVE THAT SEAL CARD.

“Hello!”  That card, and the one below it, are both mine thanks to another swap-bot “upcycled postcard” trade.  This piece of art was created by a swapper somplace in the U.K., who tells me:

“I have used part of the box from my dog’s dry food!  Her name is Daisy & she is a Border Collie.  We rescued her 2 years ago from a puppy farm.  She is an absolute beauty!”

The fig image is from Hartford, Connecticut, and the sender writes:

“If you can’t tell, this is a picture of pomegranates.  I love pomegranates, but they are too much work!  This cardboard is from a Graze box.  Graze is a company that sends you little boxes of snacks.  Healthy snacks.  They are delicious.”

I dispute nearly every single thing she wrote, except for the part about the cardboard being from a Graze box. Figs are distinctly different from pomegranates–and those are figs.  I tried Graze sometime back–perhaps on a recommendation on a similar panel from this same user–and, yuck.  Dried junk easily found at local stores, and their mockery of international flavors in their soups?  Oof!  I do not know why they would show a photo of fresh fruit on their packaging, when what they offers is the farthest thing from fresh.

My favorite postcard in this batch is certainly that seal, which came to me from a Postcrosser in Dordrecht, Netherlands.  She tells me that like me, she loves the sea, but she doesn’t get to go much, due to the fact her husband has a leg wound.  She is hopeful that next year they will be able to start enjoying vacations “with our little caravan.”

That swingin’ Brighton card is from a friend of a friend in Peacehaven, East Sussex, England, who wanted to trade cards with me.  She tells me that hers is a small town, 7 miles outside of Brighton, and:

“Most people here dress like the dudes in the picture and drive the same cars–well, our friends do anyway!”

Those poor elephants make me sad.  The card is from a Postcrosser in Fukuoka, Japan, and she tells me:

“My hobby is walking, drawing, reading, eating and travel. I traveled to Thailand 10 years ago.  Thai-Food was very spicy.  I like curry. 🙂 And you?”

Yes, very much.

Finally, we get to the card at the bottom right.  It’s from Valkeakoski, Finland, thanks to a Postcrossing Forum “last trip” tag.  The sender writes:

“We visited TALLINN, Estonian on June.  It’s an old characteristic town.  From Finland it is rather cheap to buy a cruise to Tallinn or to Stockholm, Sweden.  I have visited both towns several times. On the card you will see the oldest part of town and the castle on the right corner up.  It is on the hill.”

Stamps, sticker, & postmarks:

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Showing a Lot More Backside Than I Intended: Sent to England, Finland, France, Germany, & Japan

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The Genie went off to Köln (AKA Cologne), Germany, for a Postcrossing Forum trade in which people were to specify what kind of Disney card they would like.  I told the recipient about the Aladdin stage show that ran for years at Disney’s California Adventure park in Anaheim, California.  For years, that was really the only reason I went to that park–and I’d see the show multiple times in a visit.  Yes, it was that good.

A lot of Peanuts characters are running for office this season.  I pulled another Postcrossing name, and Linus is off to make his case in Kamimashiki, Kumamoto, Japan.  The recipient enjoys traveling, so I wrote about travel, and she likes Peanuts, so I Peanutsed-up the back of her card:

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My tiger went off in a Postcrossing draw to Saarenkylä, Finland, and I awoke this morning to the “Hurray” message:

Thanks for the great card! That tiger is so cute 🙂 Stamps are also very nice! The place you are telling in this card sounds amazing! I hope I’ll visit there someday.
Have a nice day!

I guess that demands that I share the flip side of the card:

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I swear, I wasn’t going to show off more than one card backside this time.

Snoopy went to Peacehaven, East Sussex, England, to a Peanuts-obsessed friend of a friend who contacted me via Instagram offering a postcard trade.  She has already received it, and loves it; as of this writing, hers is still on the way to me.

I drew a Postcrosser in Aveyron, France, and sent that person, a map lover, California’s Natural Wonders.

Finally, the Skunk Train went off to Nagoya, Aichi, Japan. This was a regular Postcrossing draw, in which the recipient expressed an interest in trains.  I told her that on this train, dogs are allowed to ride–just as long as they have a ticket!

One particularly busy backside (the only one I intended to show in the first place:

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