The Comic Section! Received from Belarus, Japan, Malaysia, Switzerland, & the U.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.


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Every time I look at this image, I notice a new detail.

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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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The big Hello Kitty card came from Lausanne, Switzerland, and the smaller one made its way from Nakatsu, Ōita, Japan.

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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.

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The U.S.’s High Five?!?? Sent to Taiwan & the United States

Kitty is hanging out in the recycling.

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Kitty is going to a cat lover in Taichung City, Taiwan, for a Postcrossing Forum USA-Asia tag trade.

The rest of the cards are hewn from cardboard boxes, for a couple of swap-bot trades calling for recycled bits.  Two panels from boxes of chocolate-covered cookies from It’s-It (mmmm): one is on its way to Saint Paul, Minnesota; the other is headed to Livonia, Michigan.  The latter person had the oddest statement in her profile: she said she lives in “the U.S.’s high five.”  Now, what on earth does that mean?  Yes, I Asked Jeeves, and even Google, but there was no help to be found.  I was in a library earlier today, but it had passed my mind until I sat back down here to tell you about it.  Do you have any idea what she was talking about?

The cake pic came from a box of cake flour, and now that card will go to lovely San Diego, California.  I’m a bit cold today in the San Francisco Bay Area, so I’d like to try San Diego on. Just for a while, though–until I am able to move someplace warm.

Lastly, there is the happy little face, formerly a side panel from a box of tissues.  Someone in Belle Mead, New Jersey should be winding up with that.

Now I am looking forward to seeing what cardboard scraps people cut into postcards to send to me!  Do you ever create such postcards?

Pop-Tarts–and other inedible objects: Received from Northern Ireland, Russia, Slovenia, and the United States

Pop-Tarts: YUCK.  So dry, so hard, so unsatisfying.  Is this what hardtack was like?  This swap-bot chunk of cardboard (no more cardboard, really, than the product inside) from a grown woman  in Saint Paul, Minnesota who admits, “Pop-Tarts are never as good as I think they’ll be.  But I’m a sucker for pumpkin fall treats.”

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The rest of the cards came my way via Postcrossing.

The Giant’s Causeway–whoa!  It’s in Northern Ireland, and the sender from Derry tells me, “it’s one of our most famous landmarks/attractions.”  I looked it up, and learned from Wikipedia that this “…is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption.”  It’s so amazing, because as I viewed more photos, these seemed to me to be individual cement pourings assembled together.  I read further, and was satisfied by the legend that these were indeed made by man, or more precisely, by the giant Finn MacCool.

The drawing of the pair hugging came to me from Tyumen, Russia. This Postcrosser tells people in her profile that she is “waiting for cards with date and warm words.”  No date on the card she sent me, but here are the warm words: “I wish you good day.”  In her defense, the back of the card was already, for some reason, printed with 8 lines of text, with wide spaces between lines.  Created for people who don’t know what to write?

The Jungle Book card, a fun surprise, is from Slovenia.  Also not much writing on the back, also not much room left for writing, thanks to additional Mowgli & Baloo art.  Sure, I would have been able to squeeze in a decent-sized message on each of these two cards, but I am special!  Just like everyone else.

Stamps, stickers, postmarks & stuff:

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Love that pig.


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.



Received from Italy, Taiwan, and the United States

A trio of cards have been waiting to be posted here:


The first, and my favorite of the three, is that illustrated card, which came via Postcrossing, and was sent to me from New Taipei City, Taiwan.  The sender writes:

“I’m glad to introduce my favorite place, Jioufen, in Taiwan.  Long long time ago there were only nine families in Jioufen.  Because “Jiou” means nine, so people call this place “Jioufen.”  In 1890, someone finds gold near Jioufen, and then a lot of people want to find gold in here.  But “now” you just can find many beverages and snacks in the streets.  If you have a chance you should experience by yourself.  Maybe you can find gold in Jioufen?”

If by “gold,” she means those delicious beverages & snacks, well, count me in!

Two bakers baking came to me from Sardinia, Italy, part of a Postcrossing Forum trade.  There’s a long note on the back, but I was not able to make out much of the handwriting.  I was able to understand that the bakers here are wearing a traditional costume (“which of course nobody wears anymore nowadays”), and are making a traditional bread made of durum wheat flour, made in  big round shapes, and is very thin and crisp.

Finally, the portrait came to me from the St. Paul, Minnesota area, part of a swap-bot “Zazzle Me” trade, in which swappers were to send any custom-printed cards.  I’ll note here that for the cards I’ve had made from my own photos, I did not use Zazzle. I have ordered a couple of t-shirts from that company, and the quality is just awful.  If I were to take a photo of the image transfers–and more importantly, the areas surrounding them–you would know what I mean. But this is off-topic. Back on!  The sender of this card tells me:

“I love Zazzle cards!  And I love old photos of Native Americans, they’re so fascinating!”




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: