Hanging up some of my favorite postcards received this year, and in years past. Happy New Year!
Hanging up some of my favorite postcards received this year, and in years past. Happy New Year!
This beautiful flower postcard was sent to me from Japan, and it wasn’t originally meant as a postcard! The sender explains:
This card is famous souvenir cookie’s box from Hokkaido–the northernmost prefecture in Japan.
The onions are an actual postcard, rather than from a box of souvenir onions or something. The card was sent to me from Kaluga, Russia, by a sender who writes that her town is not far from Moscow, and:
We are proud of Cosmonautics State Museum. I love art, puzzles, psychology.
The child-on-cattle card came from China, and the sender explains:
This kind of painting is called shuimo, an old traditional kind. There’s a kid riding on the back of a cattle, farm cattle. Guess you know the importance of cattles to ancient Chinese people. Also, there’s a poem written in ancient Chinese characters. The poem dated from 2500 years ago.
The Indian Court card came to me from Wisconsin via Postcard United–Postcard United does that thing, pairing a person with someone from their own country. It also does stuff like this:
That is correct: as of the moment I am writing this, I have received 36 more postcards than I have mailed out. This embarrassment of riches points out the fact that other people out there are getting screwed over.
One more thing of note about that card: the man who sent it decorated it with a couple of banana stickers. Scroll down, you’ll see.
This sketchy little village is also from the U.S., but via a swap-bot trade. The sender, who lives somewhere near San Diego, is just the first person in this post who spent some time living not far from me:
Hello! I grew up in Hayward, lived there until I was 20. Not too far from you. 🙂
The Japan card came from somewhere in–guess what country–via Postcard United. The sender tells me she, too, lived quite close to me for a time:
I spent a year in Oakland, CA as an exchange students & almost every weekend I visited S.F by myself. It was about 30 years ago (!!) But still I ❤ Bay Area and I’m so happy to write to you. My host mother used to work your place as a teacher.
Speaking of true callings, and professions of high purpose & service to humanity, this next card came to me from a self-professed “full-time lifestyle blogger.”
She lives in Belgrade, Serbia, and took time out from her busy schedule to tell me about the card:
You can see “the face” of the Statue of Victory, one of the most known sights in Belgrade. It’s the symbol of our city. You can Google it and see what it looks like in nature. Hope this will help you find out more about our country.
The card next to the last one looks like death, and it was sent to me from Spain, in a Postcrossing Forum “last movie I’ve seen” thread. She tells me about “My Life as a Zucchini:”
…a French animation film for adults that is just one hour long but the impression it makes lasts for a lifetime. I was deeply moved by it and cried buckets. So if you have not seen it yet, I highly recommend it.
This headphone-wearing letter C is from a Postcrosser in Xinyu, Jiangxi, China. He had a standard message translated into English and printed on a rubber stamp, as you’ll see toward the bottom of this post.
I end with the “NORMAL” postcard, which I may or may not have shared many moons ago–but it’s not marked as having been logged, so there we have it. This was received from Bonnie Jeanne
This was from Bonnie Jeanne of Postally Yours, who had an “orphaned postcard project” in which she logged the postcards in her personal collection, and people like me would “claim” a card to which they had a personal connection (a place they were from, a favorite place to visit, etc.). She would send us the card in an envelope, and we would write on it, about the card/place, and send it back to her. Her website would share those stories. I participated twice, and really had fun with it. It seems she has moved on to other things. I wish her all the best.
Stamps & stamps & stickers follow. I especially loved this one stamp from Japan, so I made sure to show an enlargement (for my own enjoyment, if for no one else’s).
One of the upsides of being so horribly behind in cataloging my received postcards is that I am at least able to go through the accumulated cards (well, the ones that I can currently find) and do some grouping by theme. This time, it’s some toon-tastic cards, received through all of my current avenues: Postcrossing, Postcrossing Forum, Postcard United, swap-bot, and postcard pals!
First up: B. Kliban! I’m always thrilled to find Kliban Cats in my mail. They surrounded me when I grew up: they were marketed on t-shirts, bed sheets, soap dispensers, calendars, and on & on. The world today could use more Kliban cats. This came to me from a Postcrosser in Cedar Hill, Texas, who saw cards like this one in my favorites.
This Snoopy postcard looks like a piece of original art! The Postcrosser who sent it to me tells me she bought it during a visit to the Snoopy Museum in Tokyo, Japan.
I love, love, love, the style of very-early-era Peanuts art. I was thrilled to get this Lucy (my spirit animal) card from my post pal Cindi in Hawaii. Be sure to scroll down for the stickers, washi tape–and a great Disney Queen of Hearts stamp! And while you’re down there, do be sure to spend time with all of the other stamps, stickers, & washi tape. This is a good post for both sides of the cards I’ve received!
Time to move from Peanuts to Totoro. This wonderful scene came to me from a Postcrosser in Astoria, Oregon, who writes:
I am also a huge fan of Asian cuisine. We lived in Singapore for two years–yum! Ate in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Australia So much good food–love the crosss-cultural stuff. And lucky now to live on the West Coast–foodie heaven. Food carts are boss. Last weekend ate at a place called DJ’s Vinyl Vegan–it was fabulous. It was part of our weekend eat-fest in Astoria. Also had Scandinavian food at the Midsummer Festival. This weekend too hot to go out. Hope you are getting some good eats!
The other Totoro card came to me from Malaysia via Postcard United, from a sender who tells me that ol’ Totes is their favorite cartoon character.
Next up: a pair of Finding Nemo cards. Let me interrupt myself to say that I was at Disney California Adventure last week, and after many visits having ignored the attraction, I finally went to “Turtle Talk with Crush,” and let me tell you–I am never going to skip over it again! Hilarious! Reminded me of a Paula Poundstone performance (and I’ve been to many).
Okay, the cards. The first of them came to me via regular Postcrossing, from Minsk, Belarus, with the following message:
I am a senior student at Linguistic University where I study the English and French languages and American and British Country Studies. I like traveling, reading books, and birds. I have a monk parakeet (Rudy). He can talk.
The other Nemo card came to me from St. Paul, Minnesota, via a swap-bot “Currently Reading” trade. The sender had a few books going at once, and she listed them for me:
The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, by Theodora Goss
Enigma: the Battle for the Code, by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore
Blind Ambition: The White House Years, by John Dean
Okay, the last 3 are Sanrio: Hello Kitty Country! I sometimes enter Postcrossing Forum tags where every other person is to receive a Hello Kitty card. Since I do not have any to send, I enter on the receiving rounds…and then promptly say that I’d really love to receive Badtz-Maru (or any one of several other ancillary characters). This first card, sent from somewhere in Japan, stars Badtz!
The big Hello Kitty card came from Lausanne, Switzerland, and the smaller one made its way from Nakatsu, Ōita, Japan.
Hey, we made it through! now enjoy the stamps, stickers, washi tape, and a few of the messages. Let me know what you liked! I feel really accomplished right now, to have logged 10 more of my back postcards.
This time it’s all about postcards hand-hewn from food & other packaging, and received through trades on Postcrossing Forum and swap-bot. I love them! Sometimes at the supermarket, I’ll see a box of cereal or cookies, and all I can think about is: that’ll make a great postcard. And sometimes, that is the product’s absolute best function!
This wide-eyed panda came from Great Britain, and the sender tells me it is from a “Buttons ice cream box.”
The chocolatey bar came from Dresden, Germany:
I decided to send a card made out of a package of muesli bars to you. I sometimes eat muesli bars as a snack during long days at university. This sort is just granola with chocolate & honey. I prefer them them with additional cocoa flakes though.
Next up, from Malaysia, a very appealing former package. I love mango, but not the dried kind, which, despite the very fresh-looking photos on the box, is exactly what this product is:
It was bought by my mum when she visited Penang (a tourist attraction in Malaysia).
The Tikka Masala box is from the same region–Indonesia this time–and the sender writes:
I’m sending you this instant Tikka Masala spice mix, whereby all you have to do is dump in this mix, some chicken & potatoes, and voila, dinner is served!
The “Carneval” is from Finland, and the sender tells me it is a cookie:
‘Keksejä’ is cookies in Finnish, ‘Kex’ is in Swedish. They are popular with children. I like them because they are quite cheap and there’s lot of them in the package. 🙂
I can’t get so excited about the final postcard: a cigarette box. Well, at least something good came out of that whole enterprise. This is from Greece, and the sender writes:
We sell cigarettes in our shop. These superslims came out a few years ago. People can buy a carton or 1 pack. In England they have 10 or 20 in a pack. We have only 20’s. Wish you health, happiness & faith…
Onward & upward: it’s stamp & sticker time! These Indonesian stamps got canceled to within an inch of their lives.
Lots of cards to show off this time: more than I can actually keep track of, as you’ll see. Mostly Postcrossing Forum tags, with a couple of Postcard United sends. Please let me know what you like!
I love sea otters! This one goes to Bangkok, Thailand–and I am jealous.
Trinidad, California goes to Lublin, Poland
This beautiful tiger is headed for Hong Kong. Also to Diessen, Netherlands!
The pelicans should land with a brand-new Postcrosser in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. Although he is participating in the forum tags, he has yet to upload a profile, which is always a disappointment to me.
California Coast Highway 1 went off to Larissa, Greece, and the Grinch (from the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden in Springfield, Massachusetts) went to Saitama, Japan.
Uhm, I didn’t do a good job keeping records on this next pair, but one is going to New Taipei City, Taiwan. This stuff is hard.
Here we have one off to Sarsborg, Norway. I hope the recipient enjoys this dramatic coastal scene.
Time for stamps, stickers, & washi tape. Do you have any favorites?
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.
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.
An extra serving of Peanuts, from a post-pal in Tokyo, Japan:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Let’s finally get to the previously mentioned stamps, stickers, washi tape, and messages. So much good stuff!
Still lots of catching up to do around here! I have enough previously-unlogged cards with animals on them to make that the theme of this post. Here we go.
I’ve got a life-long love of maneki-neko! I actually have a small collection of them, though not all in my collection are small. This came to me from Japan in a Postcrossing Forum tag, and you can read the message on the back (about maneki-neko) in the scan at the bottom of the post.
This wonderful humpback whale card is from the Philippines, another Postcrossing Forum tag, and its scanned message is also shared down below.
This next card was NOT received via Postcrossing, Postcard United, swap-bot, or any of that; it’s a thank-you card for donating to Muttville senior dog rescue in San Francisco. Senior dogs are very special, and I donate to more than one organization that specializes in helping them. In fact, right now I am expecting a 2018 calendar I ordered from Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary in Tennessee.
This beautiful seal came to me via Postcard United, from Kaluga, Russia. The sender tells me that it’s not far from Moscow, and:
We proud of Cosmonautics State Museum. I love art, music, puzzle, psychology, and to make photos.
The Elasmosaurus, like the humpback whale we saw earlier, came my way thanks to a Postcrossing Forum marine life & sea creature tag, this time from a sender in Texas, and she tells me:
Living in delightfully dry North Texas means I don’t get to see the ocean a lot. But I love reading about life millions and millions of years ago, when Texas was nothing but swamps and seas. Did you know they found plesiosaur bones when they started tearing up land to make DFW airport? Awesome!
Then we have this meerkat! As I type this, I think of the meerkats at the Santa Barbara Zoo, which I am POSITIVE get handouts from scofflaw zoo-goers. Every time I visit this beautiful zoo, and come around the corner toward the meerkat enclosure, these little guys become very attentive, especially if I have a bag from the gift shop. People who like to feed wild animals & zoo animals don’t give a damn about health concerns & dietary needs.
Anyhoo, this very tall card is from Biberach, Germany, via Postcard United.
He seems to be keeping his eye on that hawk, and for good reason. The card is from Canada, received in a swap-bot “currently reading” trade, and the sender tells me:
I am reading H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald. Please remember to rate me.
I would have rather heard about the book than had that prompt. I kinda hate swap-bot.
Time for stamps, etc.! I really like that pair of raptors from Canada, so well-paired with the card to which they are attached!
I think I like this rooster from the Philippines even more! I’m also a big fan of the whale & fish stickers. And what a great shore bird sticker from Japan!
Three wonderful cards to share this time, representing some of my top favorite categories: toons/toys, food, & animals! One of these arrived months ago, the other two just yesterday, all via Postcrossing Forum tags.
First postcard is this very large one from Yokohama, Japan. I love this old-school Astro Boy artwork.
The sender’s message on the back is intact in the scan below. As you’ll see, she writes of a toy museum in her town. I would love to visit. It made me think of one I have visited, the MINT Museum of Toys in Singapore. It also makes me think I should organize my own toys. Heck, I should organize my everything.
Some delicious food ahead, from Xi’an, China:
They are one kind Chinese pie on this card. There are many tastes: Chinese leek & egg, blanched garlic leaves & egg, Chinese leek & beef, Chinese sauerkraut & carrot. I like the fried taste.
Love that squirrel, sent to me from a Postcrosser in Russia! She tells me:
I love animals so much! By the way, squirrels are very common animals in Russia.
Time for a look at stamps and washi tape! Isn’t this an interesting trio of toy stamps on the card from Japan? I just looked them up, and they are from Hungary (the sender posted this card to me inside an envelope).
WOW, look at this Totoro card! I love it. It came to me from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, via Postcard United, & here is just a little of what the sender tells me:
I will be 29 on Friday. When I was 26 I had this weird phase where I thought I was 30 and now that I am actually just about there I’m feeling like I wasted my 20s worrying about getting old. Oy vey.
Oy vey, indeed. I know there have been people in my life who were so age-obsessed they surely hit that “30” wall quite hard–and “40,” even harder.
I’ve been on a couple of food tours while traveling, so I really am happy with this card, another one via Postcard United–but this time from Japan.
The sender writes:
I have a girl who was born in January 2015. She likes Disney characters! In this summer, we traveled at Tokyo Disneyland! That was fun! Have you ever been to Disney World? I like okonomiyaki and sukiyaki in Japanese foods. If you have chance, try to eat them!
Still another card from P.U., still another great one! This is a gibbon, I think, and it’s from a sender in Portaferry, Northern Ireland. She says:
I would absolutely love to visit California one day even if it is a wee bit too warm there for me. I really want to visit Disneyland and even Disney World! I live right in the town center and I can see the sea from my bedroom window. There is a subway next door to me but I only really like their cookies haha. We only have one aquarium here in Portaferry. It was closed for a long time and only opened not too long ago. I enjoy visiting zoos, Dublin is great!
That “there is a subway…but I only really like their cookies” bit really confused me. I thought she was talking about the underground! I know from experience that many underground systems do have food sellers, but still. Then I did a little Asking Jeeves & confirmed that there are Subway sandwich stores in Northern Ireland. And let me say, the cookies they sell there must be better than the ones available at my local Subway outlets.
The next card, bearing a painting by the Malaysian artist Mohammed Hoessein Enas, came to me from, yes, Malaysia–yet another P.U. card received in the last 2 days, as all in this post were! The sender writes:
As do I.
How about that magical dolphin? That’s from Hong Kong, this time in a Postcrossing Forum trade, and the sender gave me a tip:
Try to put the card under the light for a while and put it in a dark area. You will see something interesting happen.
And so I did!
Here’s something I got from Malaysia in a Postcrossing Forum food package postcard tag. The sender writes:
This is a card from ‘Brown Rice Noodles.’ Let me share a quote with you: “Beautiful Things Happen When You Do Something You LOVE.”
Is a quote really a quote when it is unattributed? I think what we have here is a saying; quotations can be attributed to someone specific. I am picturing someone trapped in a plaque factory, writing this multiple times in 9 different fonts for sale at Joann’s, or–far worse–Hobby Lobby. On the other hand, I like the idea behind the words.
Hopping off the soapbox, and into the sailboat: the last card came to me via a Postcrossing draw from Bucha, Kiev, Ukraine. The sender included his address and this message:
I collect and swap postcards: art, nature, flora, fauna, national costume, transport. Also: coins, banknotes, stamps, badges, pocket calendars.
Uhm, thanks for the shopping list, buddy.
Time for stamps, stickers, & washi tape! Malaysian stamps are so beautiful, and I love the first two here.
A great couple of mail days: 3 postcards, 11 pandas, all from one sender in Guiyang, China, thanks to a pair of tags in a Postcrossing Forum “you choose” thread.
This Postcrosser writes a few little things between the address space & all of the wonderful stamps she uses (you’ll see), but the thing most interesting to share here is probably that the Chinese term for panda translates into something like fat cat bear. Hmm.
All 3 of these cards are so wonderful. I’d have to say if I need to choose a #1, it would be beautiful Jingjing up there.
Stamps! What I really (really) like is that shiba inu sticker down at the bottom.