Animal Edition: Received from Canada, Germany, Japan, Philippines, Russia, & the U.S.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!
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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!

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Familiar Folk, in a New Context: Sent to Australia, Japan, Netherlands, & the U.S.

Happy New Year!  Here’s a post that’s been sitting in my draft folder for a few weeks, while I waited for the cards to reach their destinations (to avoid spoilers for the two people who happen to read this blog).  I think it’s safe now…

I like this handful of cards.  Three of them are going out in an interesting swap-bot trade the organizer named “postcard roulette.”  We were assigned one person as a recipient–and then we were to mail a 2nd card to another, unassigned, partner from the trade roster.  As I said, I mailed out 3 cards–one to my assigned partner, one to another participant–and one to the organizer, as a thank-you for hosting the trade.



My assigned recipient is in Geldrop, Netherlands, and she is a Disney fan, so she gets the Aladdin card.

The swap host lives in San Francisco, California, and enjoys landscape and randomness (my interpretation), and that tiger card fits in both categories, I’d say.

The third card actually went out to a fellow WordPresser!  I was reading the profile of a swapper in Gaven, Queensland, Australia, to help me choose a card she might like (she likes wildlife, so I chose the elephant seals at Piedras Blancas in San Luis Obispo County)–and she mentioned her blog–Under a Canopy of Stars–which I follow!  Had to send a card & say hi.  Hi!

The remaining two cards to regular postcard pals of mine: The World War I Flying Ace went off to Kalaheo, Hawaii, and Pig-Pen (who would have made an awesome President) was bound for Tokyo, Japan.

A sampling of the stamps, stickers, & washi tape:


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:


Fun with Forwarding: Sent to California

I’ve got a friend in San Francisco who really likes images of mushrooms.  This week, Postcrossing brought me two pieces of mail with mushroom images (as shown in my previous post).  So, once logging them, I sent them on to their (perhaps) “forever home!”


As you may be able to tell, I fashioned the envelope from an old to-go menu.  Since the envelopes I’ve previously made & saved were not big enough for the postcard I was sending along, I found an envelope that WAS the right size.  It was part of a stationary kit sent to me by a charity that has received some of my money, & wants more.  I carefully took apart that envelope, opening it so it was one continuous piece of paper–and my new stencil.  I laid that over the menu, and then traced, cut, and finally folded & glued together my own envelope.  Great for mailing resumes, too, yeah?

Here’s the mushroom filling:


Do you ever make your own envelopes, or forward bits from Postcrossing/swap-bot that you know may thrill someone you know?  I’m that one guy.  I wish my own friends subscribed to the same silliness; it would make my mail more fun & unpredictable!

Personally Impersonal–but Mostly Impersonal: Received from Brazil, Germany, & the United States


I’ve got an issue, & you know I’ll get to it, but let’s start with the two top postcards:

Do you see that funky card?  It’s postmarked from San Francisco, California, and is mine thanks to a swap-bot trade of “ad/free” postcards.  This one had been printed on both sides, so the sender affixed labels for her message & my address.  She writes, “…I’ve never actually tuned in to this program–I’ll have to give it a try!”  I haven’t heard it either, though I have tuned in to the station.

The cloudy view is from Hamburg, Germany, via Postcrossing.  The sender writes, “…in front you see Blaukeuese, a western area of Hamburg.  It is a former fishing village which in 1301 documented the first time was mentioned.”

Okay, here we go.  The card on the bottom, from São Paulo, Brazil.  It’s apparently from a Postcrosser with whom I’ve had postcard interaction in one direction or the other.  Let’s flip it over:


SOOOO much empty space, waiting to be filled.  What is that pasted over on the left side?

Hmm… let’s take a closer look at the text:


“Hi,” yourself!

How nice it is to stay connected?  Sincere?  A bond?!?  I have had pizza advertisement fall from out of my newspaper that seemed more heartfelt & personal than this!  I’m afraid that if you do not actually write a single thing on your postcard, you have not made any connection at all.  All of that empty space makes me weep, figuratively speaking (this reminds me of a certain swap-botter from whom I received another cold postcard this week, but I’ll address that in a later post, if my heart can handle it).

It is a crazy world.

Stampy bits:


The Only Thing fit to Consume is PEANUTS: Sent to China, Finland, & the United States

PicMonkey Collage

Which one is your favorite?

That stuff on the left: OOF! Two more servings from The World’s Tackiest Postcards by Klutz Press, on their way to San Francisco & Tervakoski, Finland, thanks to a swap-bot “weirder than weird” trade. I’m not sure if these restaurants were ever real; if they did exist, they didn’t survive to the internet age, because the ones I looked up only led me to sites listing these nasty tacky cards.

On to more pleasant things, more of the Peanuts postcards I bought online via the web store of the Charles M. Schulz Museum.  I love that Lucy & Schroeder card.  As I told its recipient in HengYang City, China:

The oldest art from ‘Peanuts’ is my favorite.  I loved it when Snoopy walked around on all four legs!

I sent that to her via the Postcrossing Forum Snoopy/Peanuts tag thread. The colorful card full of Peanuts friends went off to Honolulu, Hawaii, in a Postcrossing Forum “rescue a sinking tag,” tag, which you may enter after you have entered another tag that is several pages back in the discussion.  If I ever get caught up here, I might even share the card I sent out in the sinking tag thread, “last vacation.”

QUITE the postcard day–take a gander! Received from Taiwan and the United States

What a cool haul this time around!


Take a gander at that gander!  The Gladstone Gander card came to me from San Francisco, California, from a friend who recently took a trip to Italy.  I love my souvenir.

From somewhere near Taichung City, Taiwan, I received that delicious-looking doubled layer roll. The card is the one Postcrossing item in today’s lot, and it traveled 19 days and 6,555 miles to get to me.  Its sender writes, in part:

“I want to try every country’s special food.  So I am wait.  Wait for one day I have enough money to go around the world!  OH!!! HEY! Please promise me you will not eat this postcard!  Just kidding!”

Ending with more edibles, there is the recipe cut from a box of Chex cereal.  This came to me from St. Paul, Minnesota, thanks to one of those swap-bot “chunk o cardboard” trades I love so much.  The sender tells me, “when I make Chex Mix I skip the nuts and pretzels.  I am a Chex separatist.” Looking around my place, I have no Chex.  Do you suppose I could make do with Cheerios, Golden Grahams, and corn flakes?

Stamps!  I vote yes on the flowers, especially the lehua, and a great big huge NO on the clown.