Catch-Up Edition: Received from Belarus, Bulgaria, China, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, The Philippines, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, South Korea, & the U.S.

It’s kind of false to call this a catch-up edition, because at this point, I don’t think I’ll ever be caught up. I thought this would be a good way to keep track of my postcards, but who has time? Anyhow, after a very long absence, here we go with SOME of the cards I’ve received over the last few months since my last post.

Could there be any postcard more wonderful than this Grandma Duck card that found its way to me from Lelystad, Netherlands?


I also love this postcard from Qingdao, China!

More Doraemon! This one from Poland.

from a friend in the U.S…

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from Germany…


Also from Germany:

…and again.


…and again, again. This one below is from a guy who describes himself as a 30-year-old enthusiastic tobacco pipe smoker.


Received from Colorado, U.S.A. I had no idea Ikea sold postcards, did you? I don’t even know where I would start to look for them. The second I go in, the only thing I’m really looking for is the exit…

Here comes something tasty from Korea. The sender says, “nakjibogguem is a stir-fried octopus. It is made with chopped octopus and vegetables. Then make a marinade with red pepper sauce, soy sauce, garlic, salt, and sugar. Mix, marinade them and fry everything. It is pretty delicious with spicy taste. Hope you like it!”

I love this tasty dish of Chairman Mao’s Red Braised Pork from Shanghai, China:

From Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China:

Here’s a dish of food (“pyshenka with butter and piroshki (patty)) from Russia, and I it was dated 2015, about 4 years and 1 month before I received it. It turn out that the sender just apparently had the mid-20-teens on his mind: it was issued and mailed less than a month ago.

More Russian bread:

Received from Shanghai, China:

Received from China–must have been a Postcard Uniting meetup–lots of signatures!

From Hangzhou, China:

From South Korea:

From Shantou, China:

From Finland:


From Belarus:


More pink edibles from Belarus:


Something sweet from Russia:

From Poland:



From the Philippines:

This one from Russia kinda freaks me out…
…if you think it’s not freaky yet, pair it with the message scrawled on the back:

Why are you so prickly, Hedgehog?
–That’s me just in case. You know who my neighbors are? Foxes, wolves, bears.
Happy Postcrossing!

E E E K !


Blast Off to the Eclipse! Sent to Canada, Finland, Hungary, Japan, Poland, South Korea, & the U.S.

Here comes another post that I started, but shelved for some reason. I had pretty much finished this one, but did have to go back & fill in a little detail here & there. You can tell it’s been sitting in the fridge here for a couple of months or so, seeing as it relates in part to that well-hyped eclipse, now pretty far in the rear-view mirror. Read on, & enjoy!

This great work of art is from 10 Little Rubber Duckies by Eric Carle, and I picked it up at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts.  The card went off in a Postcrossing Forum tag to Saitama, Japan, to a recipient who enjoys picture book art.  If you scroll down to the bottom of the post, you’ll see there is more picture book art on the back of the postcard: Green Eggs and Ham washi tape, purchased at the Dr. Seuss Memorial Sculpture Garden in Springfield, Massachusetts.

postcard toon Eric Carle Museum 10 Little Rubber Ducks

To a cat lover in Echizen, Japan, I sent this Jetoy postcard.  It also goes out in a Postcrossing Forum tag, and since the recipient says she likes reading, watching movies, & traveling–and I do, too–I told her about my last read, last movie attended, and last trip taken.

postcard Jetoy

Next up, the card on the left (a scene from the Hearst Castle gardens) went to Chantilly, Virginia; and the Rocky Mountain National Park scene went to Chicago, Illinois.


Another Postcard United draw: this reading kitty went to Räyrinki, Finland.

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And ANOTHER Postcard United draw–this one went to Seoul, South Korea–and I like that this user offers writing prompts:

*If you don’t know what you should write me, here are some hints 🙂 May 2017 question :> Pick one and answer it please! 1. “Why some people are fascinated with vampires?” 2. “If you can get a superpower, would you like to be a superhero or a villain? and why?” Backside ideas :> -your favorite book / writer -your favorite movie / series -favorite animal, have you got a pet? -favorite food -favorite quote -your hobbies -your love story 🙂 –

One of the types of postcards she wanted was movie-related, so I sent her this l’il movie poster picked up at a local cinema.

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The next trio of cards are hewn from food packaging, all sent off in the current round of a swap-bot “Chunk O Cardboard” trade.  Babu’s Kati–Masala Pizza flavor–was okay, but too sweet, I think.  Needless to say, it was munch better than any Hot Pocket.  It’s on its way to a swapper in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Instant update on Babu’s Kati!  The card has been received:

Hi there! Thank you so much for the Masala Kathi chunk o cardboard. I especially like the orange price tag on the front, and particularly the postage you used. The postmark situated itself just between the spaceman and the solar eclipse! Was very fun to receive, and brightened my day!


The gardening tips went off to Topeka, Kansas.  They are from a box of off-brand Chex cereal.  Actual quality cereals do not have room for gardening tips; they use all of that space telling you what cool toys are inside the package.

The DeliChoc panel landed in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada.  I don’t remember where or when I got this stuff, but doesn’t it look delicious?  I love these dark chocolate/biscuit combos, like the LU Little Schoolboy.  Mmm.


BraveStarr here went to Budapest, Hungary, to–well, I just don’t know whom. I was assigned this user when I clicked “send a card” on Postcard United, and the user had absolutely no profile at all. I wrote a friendly note:

Greetings from California, U.S.A.! I was sad that you have no profile. Most of the fun here is getting to know a little bit about other people. Maybe soon?

Postcard toon BraveStarr

Another Postcard United, this one to Rybnik, Poland:

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Stamps, stickers, & washi tape time. Do you have any favorites?



Here comes the scan that gives this post its title.  I’m glad I finally found a use for these spacey stickers I bought quite a long time ago.  If you compare this scan to my previous post, (or if you’re lazy, even just the moon stamp that appears right above this text block), you will see that in the day between those scans and this one, the temperature in my house (and of course, out) has risen considerably.  These heat-sensitive stamps are showing their full moons. At the very bottom of the post, you will see a colder version of the stamp.



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Infinite Crisis: Received from Japan, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, & the U.S.

This time:

  • How do you slap a new backing on a received card (catch & release)?
  • Postcrossers not living in the country Postcrossing think they live in
  • An “inner-national” piece of mail via Postcard United
  • Not covered at all down below, but I recieved two pieces of mail (one a week for the past two weeks) for that house that is not on my street
  • And other stuff

Let’s do this.

Hey, look at this travel poster-themed card from Cindi in Hawaii!  She tells me the art is by Nick Kuchar, who I see has been doing some good work over there for a little while now.


Some more beautiful art now, this one an original piece made for me by a swap-botter in Pennsylvania for a “Earth Day Upcycle Postcard Swap.”  She really got into the theme!  She tells me:

“I’ve always loved this holiday.  I was president of my school’s ecology club, and now I spend a lot of time hiking and camping in nature.  I want future generations to enjoy the same beautiful places as well.”

The line about hiking in nature reminds me of my Facebook friend who always posts a status of “taking a walk” when he is at a mall.


Next up is Hello Kitty, who of course–as you know, if you follow the news–is not a cat.  That’s from Japan via Postcrossing Forum, and I’m not going to transcribe the message, because it’s part of the scan down at the bottom of this post.  Some fun sticker work there, too!

The big red star is a regular Postcrossing card, sent to me from Moscow, Russia by someone living there for the last 5 years. She says she was born in Belarus.  Her member registration is BY–meaning she still tells Postcrossing that she lives in Belarus, and thus officially, I received this card from Belarus.  But I didn’t.

I love that not-snowman beach scene, from a Postcard United member in Jeju Island, South Korea! She tells me the writing on the card translates to “I hope your dreams come true.  Keep it up.”


The Mount Hood card was sent to me from the Medford, Oregon area for a swap-bot “recycled postcard” swap, in which we were to slap a new backing on a card we’d received & send it to our swap partner.  Now, when I do this, I grab a chunk of cardboard (usually from a stamp order), glue it to the back, & cut it to size. Very chunky, heavy, & inelegant.  This sender had some sort of thin white sticker printed with “POSTCARD” across the top, “Please deliver to” on the address side, and “This card handstamped by _________” on the bottom of the message side.  I can see through the sticker that there is writing underneath–but I can’t see it all that well.  I guess I should scan this side of the card so you can see exactly what I’m talking about, but it’s early in the morning as I write this portion of this entry, I’m curled up on the end of the couch with my 1st cup of coffee, and I’m feeling too lazy.  This takes up too much of my time, anyhow!  In my thank-you message to the sender, I suggested I’d like to know about the special (lightweight) backing–but now word back as of yet.  Do you think she designed it herself to print on some Avery sticker paper?

Pooh is from Taiwan, via a Postcrossing Forum tag trade.  Scroll down to enjoy a whole lot of wonderful stamps!

The two recipe cards here arrived blank, in an envelope, along with a signature written in an odd Easter card (no message, just “Happy Easter!,” a signature, & Postcard United ID).  It was sent to me from Chicago, Illinois.  What?  I thought we were only supposed to receive cards from other countries!  Consarn it.  Well, I know there are people who would like to receive these cards.  In fact, I’ve already mailed one out–but those details can wait for a future post.


Time for stamps, stickers, washi tape, & stuff.


I love this huge-man-in-a-little-airplane stamp from South Korea!




Keep the Babies Out of the Cabbage, You Monster: Sent to Bulgaria, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, & Taiwan

It’s too easy for me not to keep track of the cards I send, so right now I’ll do the difficult thing, and make note of them (while I still remember, somewhat).

These first two cards (and several of each, by the way) were part of the stash I acquired a few days ago while hitting the state map card jackpot.  Since they are not state map cards, though, I didn’t share them when I wrote about the experience.


Morro Bay is a pretty good place to see sea otters.

The sea otters are working their way toward Hong Kong, and the Morro Bay card toward Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan. It doesn’t show in my scan, but the flowers & the lettering in the latter card are covered in glitter.  It’s kind of awful, and I really don’t know if I even noticed it at the gas station where I was making my purchase, excited as I was to be filling my hands with dozens & dozens of state map cards so many Postcrossers seem to covet.  The recipient this time around wanted flowers & scenery, and I’m hoping she won’t mind a little glitter along with those things.  Would you?

This diner scene was chosen by a Postcrosser in Köln, Germany, in a “you can choose” thread.


Hey, I just noticed that row of PEZ dispensers along the ceiling!  Scanning technology is awesome.

I just received this multi-image Belfast card a short time ago, and now it’s off for Sofia, Bulgaria in a swap-bot “recycled postcard” swap, in which we were to put a new back on a card we’d received.


I REALLY like that piece of fish art.  If I were to visit Belfast, I’d certainly have to go & see that big fish.

The recipient of this card, her profile–well, it’s only a list of wants & don’t wants (leaving me very little to write about–I chose a few lines about the card itself & its provenance), headed by the line–in bold–“I collect only NEW postcards with a REAL photograph on them!”  This very heading makes me wonder why she wants to enter this swap for a no-longer-new-card.  The good news is, once of her big “wants” is touristy card (but she doesn’t like fish, so I may be eviscerated), so I mail this off with fingers crossed.  Oh, swap-bot, why are you so swap-botty?

Next up is a food package postcard headed for a medical student in Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan.  Maybe she will become the doctor who is able to develop a vaccine preventing Cap’n Crunch from tearing up the roofs of peoples’ mouths.


Even if that never comes to pass, though, this Postcrosser already won me over with this set of horrors she hopes to never find in her mailbox:

Postcrossing Anne Geddes

Another cereal, another food package tag, another country: this chocolatey panel went out to Seoul, South Korea.


Getting into some older, previously-unlogged stuff now… I think they are both regular Postcrossing draws, but what do I know?  The indoor swimming pool from Hearst Castle went off to Taipei, Taiwan, and the bear should have ended up in Tokyo, Japan.


Time for a look at the stamps, stickers, & washi tape:







An Angry Fist Repeatedly, Repeatedly–Undeservedly–Shaking in My Inbox: Postcard United Update (Part 2)

Lastertime, I started sharing my first lot of cards received as a new “Postcard Uniter.” I’ll share 6 more today, plus the big inbox-busting trouble for which the site is currently apologizing.  For now, the cards.


The tasty-looking shrimp came to me from Malaysia, and the reading cats are from Gelnhausen, Germany.  The sender of that latter card writes:

“I hope you enjoy fall, my favorite season of the year!”

I can’t wait for spring’s return.

The card at top right is from Hong Kong, and the text printed above the image reads, “Cafe. Waiting. Love. Will you suddenly appear at the corner coffee shop.”  The sender’s message:

“I’m a coffee lover.  I like Illy cafe and cappuccino.  I drink 2-3 cups of coffee per day.  Cheers!”

The next card is from Luxembourg:

“My hobbies are art, photography, cars and traveling to Paris (only 2 hours by high-speed train)

A New Yorker cover!  That’s from Seoul, South Korea, and the sender shares a quote with me:

“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” — George Adair

Finally, this time, from Göttingen, Germany, there’s the Einstein card.  The sender assked me if I knew of him.  Sigh.

Stamps, stickers, & washi tape: I love the otter stamp, because I love otters.


OH!  The angry fist, right!  Well, Postcard United started sending out emails with the subject line “Inactive account and late or non registration of Postcard.”  In pairs.  Multiple times.  I was starting to take it personally, but the message DOES begin “General Mail to All Members.”  Still, you know?

What follows is a scold-y missive reminding people to register the cards they receive, and some other stuff, with the added news that inactive members may find themselves removed from the site.  There is a good amount of there/they’re confusion, making it harder to follow; the leads at Postcard United are not fully comfortable with the English language, but neither are many people raised in that language and no other.

Anyhow, apparently users don’t like receiving constant repeats of this message over 4 days, because Postcard United has posted an apology on the front page of their site:


I’d forgive them more easily if they’d invest in a proofreader.

Bidding Good-bye to to Bad Rubbish: Sent to China, South Korea, & the U.S.

And so we return to the Disappointassortment!  Yes, that misbegotten purchase I made, and have been struggling with ever since.  Well, thanks to a swap-bot trade entitled “I HATE This Postcard,” that horrible spider-web scene is finally out of my life!


It’s going to a swapper in Indianapolis, Indiana, and even though we were supposed to send something we hated, I’m afraid the recipient may hate this so much she gives me a low rating!  I tried to make the back nice, with an assortment of stamps, stickers, & washi tape.  I could not add any ink-stamped images, as the Disappointassortment’s manufacturer makes the writing-side of most of their cards slick.  So nice to have this card out of my home, and my life; now I just need about 15 more swap-bot trades like this!  Or I can collage over all of them.

On to more pleasant things.  The whale will go to a whale-lover in Xi’an, Shaanxi, China, whom I tagged in a Postcrossing Forum Far East to America Tag.  The card right below it–kitty*on the beach–goes out in the same thread, to a new Postcrosser in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China.

Finally, Fay Wray & King Kong (okay, it’s Yotsuba & King Ken) are headed off as a regular Postcrossing draw to another brand-new Postcrosser, this one in Anyang, Gyeonggi, South Korea.  Hey, it’s my first Postcrossing card to (or from) that country!

A look at some of the stamps, stamps, and washi tape.  One of the recipients in China expressed an interest in Harry Potter postcards.  I didn’t have any of those, but I did have a stamp:POSTCARD629

*It’s actually supposed to be a dog, but I have a hard time recognizing that.  This is Max Toy Company’s Shibara, which is supposed to be a monster shiba inu.  I just see a cat, until I see their Negora, the monster cat.  This is a constant issue, and it seems to frustrate the friend who gave me versions of each toy.

Dinner & a Movie–but Mostly Dinner: Received from Hong Kong, South Korea, & Taiwan

This round of cards, all from Asia, has got me wanting to move there, if only to enjoy the thriving food culture.


The beautiful boat illustration came to me from a new Postcrosser near Nantou City, Taiwan.  She writes:

“…just like you, I also love to eat LOL.  My favorite Taiwanese foods are boba tea, stinky tofu, fish soup, and tofu pudding (douhua).  All of the above are so yummy, especially douhua.  Have you ever tried that?  It’s served with ice in hot summer days, and warm comfy ginger syrup in cold winter days.”

Yes, I’ve had those foods!

More food: the Hong Kong Market Feature card was sent by a Postcrosser in Hong Kong.  He tells me:

“Hong Kong is a small city in China full of people.  We like to buy food e.g. meat, chicken, and vegetable from markets as shown and cook the food at home.  Since the food is much fresher, e.g. live chicken & fish, the Chinese dish of food is more tasty.  Let’s come to try our Chinese seafood and it’s wonderful.”

The puppet card may be printed in French, but it was sent to me from Seongnam, South Korea!  This was for a Postcrossing Forum “last movie I’ve seen” tag, and the sender (a self-described bibliophile & cinephile) tells me she had recently seen The Dictator:

“It is such an awful but exciting film.  It’s funny in such a sad way.  I am sure it is because such ludicrous happenings are reality for so many on earth.”

Finally, clown fish in anemone.  That’s another incoming from Postcrossing code TW: this time, Taipei, Taiwan. I’m a big fan of a nice, long message on the back of a postcard, and this Postcrosser writes A LOT.  Seriously, I did not even see my address on the card on first glance!  She squeezed all of the address information into that tiny margin at the bottom that the U.S Postal Service asks be left blank for their machine routing information!  Here’s a portion of what she had to say:

“When you come the next time to Taiwan, you must visit every famous night market.  There are so many delicious food even Taiwanese can’t help but having every day.  We love to go to night market, drinking bubble tea everyday, having stinky tofu for dessert.  Oyster omelette, star fruit ice, rice vermicelli, diversified dessert.  Taiwan is a good choice for you to travel abroad.  Don’t miss any chance.  🙂  I love beaches, too!  My hometown is in Penghu County (Pescadores Islands) more close to the sea (walk 5 minutes only).  So what is famous in your country?  Many delicious food?  Or something special?  All I know about California is beach.  It’s my wonder place for vacation. ❤ ❤ ❤ “

I told her we don’t have a market food culture here, only food truck rallies, which feature overpriced & usually disappointing fare.  Oh, yeah: I also told her San Diego & Monterey are nice.

Beautiful stamps!


Do You Shop at ‘Forever 40?’ Sent to Germany, Netherlands, South Korea, & Taiwan

A lot of my Postcrossing cards have been landing at their destinations over the last week, so I am sending out four more to catch up a little.

Three of these are from that **ahem** surprise assortment.


The one that is not is that swell tiger, who is off to Chiayi City, Taiwan. The recipient’s list of cards she would like includes the ocean/beaches/colorful/funny, so here we go!

The card fulla greetings is off to Salzitter, Germany, to someone who more or less says she likes anything she gets: “I treasure every card that I have received.” She also likes stamps, and a message that actually says something (I like an actual message, too), and I have seen to it that she is getting both on this card.

“Merry Christmas” goes to Ulsan, South Korea, which I have learned is home to the world’s largest automobile assembly plant (Hyundai). This Postcrosser mentioned on her want list that Christmas themes are always welcome, which was welcome to me, as I was wondering what the heck I was going to do with that card!

Lastly, the mailbox card goes to someone who likes mailbox themes, and lives in Lelystad, Netherlands.  She writes that she is 60+ years of age, but feels “forever 40.”  Isn’t that the name of a mall store?  No, probably not, I guess.

Here are the stamps I applied to the two cards where the recipients specified that they enjoy stamps.  My favorites?  The top row & bottom row.  The middle three stamps I do not like at all, but the small denominations help me get up to the postage rate.

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Received from China, South Korea, and Slovenia

All Postcrossing…


That one at the top is my favorite.  It comes from South Korea, only my second card from that country.  This postcard had me at “life is circus,”‘ and things only got better when I flipped it over to read the type on the back:

Circus boy band

sings underground and plays

the various colors

Wow.  I couldn’t have said it better if my name were Daiso!  So poetic.  The card’s sender writes more colloquially, telling me she is pleased to find common ground with me:

“I love toys, marine life and food (esp. Asian cuisines & noodles) like you.”

She also tells me she hopes her card makes me feel good.  It does!  A real keeper.

The Slovenija card comes from Slovenia.  Are you able to tell from the scan it is cut like a old-school postage stamp?  Cool!  The sender is a 21-year-old student, but that, sadly, is just about all I could make out from the stylized writing.  I got a second pair of eyes in on the decryption attempt, but it was still a no-go.

The postcard on the right is from an 18-year-old anime & photography fan in China, and according to the print on the back, the card depicts The Tomb of Confucius.  It immediately reminded me of a sight I’ve seen a couple of times way up north of me near Ukiah, California: the gateway to The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas.  I actually have made the trek up to Ukiah–twice (so far)–specifically to enter the compound, because it contains just about the best vegetarian-Chinese restaurant I’ve ever visited.  Mmmm….

Stamps!  Notice the one printed onto the postcard from China matches the image on the front of the card.


Received from Korea, Netherlands, and the United States

Five postcards in two days, through both Postcrossing & swap-bot.


This first pair comes from Netherlands.  The card with the colored pencils comes from Holland via Postcrossing, and the sender tells me she chose it because “it’s a part of toys.”  That confuses me, since colored pencils are actually art implements, and the user, in her profile, describes herself as an artist.  Ah, well!

Speaking  of art, you can probably guess that the image on the card to the right is a work by Christo.  It’s part of a swap-bot “art postcard” exchange.  The sender says she chose this for me because I like humor.

Moving on to the next set of cards:


At top left, from St. Paul, Minnesota, is something that came as part of a swap-bot “chunk-o-cardboard” trade. The sender insists she did NOT eat Little Debbie chocolate cupcakes, saying, “I hate the awful frosting.” I don’t know if I’ve ever eaten a product by that manufacturer, but if they are anything like Hostess, both the frosting AND the cake are filthsome.  The sender tells me what she bought were the “banana cakes and banana pudding rolls.”

That great stone dragon comes my way from Korea, thanks to Postcrossing. The sender writes, in part: “Do you like Korean food? There are many delicious food in Korea!!”  I do agree.  Makes me want to go out & get some right now, at 9:30 in the morning.  You know my favorite thing about going out for Korean food?  All the tiny plates of panchan.  Yum.

Finally there is the beach scene, which seems to have taken a beating in the post.  It comes to me from Capelle aan den IJssel, Netherlands, in a swap-bot “if money weren’t a problem, I’d…” trade.  The sender’s fantasy list includes employing housekeepers & handymen.  Some things are universal.

Cool stamps all around: