Yes, I’ve got a little something to whine about, but I’ll put it off for a moment! This first trio of postcards is awesome. I love the retro Goofy cartoon cartoon poster, which came to me from Germany in a swap-bot trade of Disney cards. The sender told me her favorite Disney character is Belle, and asked who mine is. Such a pantheon, it’s hard to choose, but I do love Chip & Dale, and Donald, and I have a soft spot for obscure characters–such as Grandma Duck & Li’l Bad Wolf! OH, and April, May, & June! OHH, and Morty & Ferdie!
Who’s driving the Peanuts bus? It came all the way from Hawaii, thanks to “Good ol’ Cindi!” Keep on scrolling down to see the beautiful decorating she did on the back side of the card!
The Little Mermaid card is the product of another swap-bot Disney card trade, and it came to me from a swapper somewhere in Texas who tells me:
“I also love comics. My husband and I both love the New Archie and I am super into Harley Quinn.”
Okay, let’s take a short break to enjoy something less pleasant. Another swap-bot trade coming in is one of “free/ad food cards.” A swapper in Colorado sent me a promo card from a restaurant in Texas she likes. The challenge was that it wasn’t designed to be used for correspondence: it’s printed all over. She found the solution: to add a sticker to make my address legible. I’m sad to report she didn’t use the same solution in her message to me; she used red ink, even over reddish brown print, and between that & some creative spelling, I had a REALLY tough time making out the message! I had to go near a bright light & wag the card from side to side to read the reflection of the words.
Cool robot sticker, though.
Oh, and someone else this time wrote part of her message in green ink. Honestly: not all of us can read whatever people write, not matter how they write it. #writeinblackinkplease
Let’s move on! The statue came to me from Hong Kong, in a “Hong Kong to the World” Postcrossing Forum tag, and you’ll see the back below, very decorated in plenty of beautiful stamps, washi tape, & more.
A swap-bot “upcycled cardboard trade” is what brought me that panel from a box of chocolate-ish. I saw it was rum & raisin, & went “oof” a little inside. The sender, who is in Canada, writes:
I had this box of chocolates for months before actually trying it. I put it off because I hate rum & raisin flavour…so obviously I didn’t like this chocolate. Just remembering the taste makes my stomach turn. It lives a better life as a postcard now.
You see this group contains the front of the card we discussed earlier. On to the next set! I love this “Taiwan Bravo!” card. Apparently I’d favorited it, because it came to me in a Postcrossing Forum thread in which we are to send the person we tag a postcard from their favorites. The sender tells me, “I’m a social worker. Work for poor children. =)”
I had a really tough time finding out who sent me that Studio Ghibli card at right, so that I could acknowledge its receipt. The sender did write the tag name, but no name, user name, or date. Really, there’s a lot of identifying stuff that needs to be written on cards in the trade site game. Often it’s good to write the important ones twice, as insurance against inky cancellations & machine tears. I’d entered the particular trade multiple times lately, so used the fact that this card bears stamps from Taiwan to guess at who the sender is. I sent her a conditional “thank you.” By the way, she wrote: “Ghibli is a nice cartoon. There are many warm story.”
Last in that set is another from a swap-bot Disney swap. Those bugs are from The Princess and the Frog, and was sent to me from a swapper in Green Cove Springs, Florida. She wrote:
I am an avid Disney fan. I love visiting Walt Disney World whenever I can. In two weeks I’ll be renewing my annual pass for another year. I hope you have a magical day!
She used some cool old stamps on her card–and a sticker of Stitch, too.
Last pair of cards: the “CCTV New Headquarter in CBD” was sent to me by a high schooler in Changchun, China. He didn’t note the tag trade thread, but he did write his user name, so that helped me find & thank him. He wrote:
“Changchun is a city located in northeastern China. My hometown is famous for winter sightseeing and automobile industry–a city of cars, like Detroit in U.S. Welcome to China!”
He uses an extremely neat block print. I should take such care when writing my postcards to be read around the world!
Last card! It’s thanks to Postcard United, and it’s from Budapest, Hungary. The sender wrote:
The Hungarian Parliament building is the 3th most biggest parliament building in the world. It is very interesting, because Hungary is a little country.
So much beauty in the backsides: stamps, stickers, washi tape. Enjoy!
Taiwan’s stamps are so beautiful & colorful.
I really, really like my country’s shorebirds postcard stamps. I’d love for them to be a permanent offering!