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MamaMangrove

MamaMangrove
Date Joined: May 7, 2012
Last Online: February 19, 2020
Birthday: January 1
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm a former wandering gypsy, now living in Florida where the primeval beauty of the Big Cypress swamp and the longest coastline of any state except Alaska satisfy certain of my inner needs. It's also a great jumping off point for the Bahamas, the Caribbean & Latin America. I lived in India for several years working with a snake catcher; traveled with Ringling Brothers Circus (living on the train); lived on a sailboat in the Bahamas & Caribbean for 5 years. My numerous occupations have included newspaper staff writer, assembly-line worker in a cockroach trap factory, librarian, charter-boat cook, dog walker in NYC, proprietor of a shop selling beach paraphernalia in the Virgin Islands and, most consistently, free-lance travel writer. Travel, adventure & being easily distracted are all prime motivators in my life!

Writing & photography were always my creative outlets, but lately I'm exploring mixed media collage & miniature book making. I originally joined Swap-Bot for non-touristy postcard exchanges as I'm always on the lookout for quirky or whimsical imagery. But I'm a long-time fan of (and participant in) mail art, so I've become more involved in collage & handmade postcard & mail art swaps. I appreciate things created with wit, originality, a sense of humor - or just because they're beautiful or intriguing. I like clever, off-beat, esoteric stuff. Girlie cutesy doesn't cut it for me. (Maybe I'm still rebelling against a mother who tried too hard to make me pink and frilly.) But I do enjoy whimsy. I love getting postcards & envelopes decorated with art work, collage, etc. And lots & lots of cool stamps!

Though I caved to peer pressure & created a Flickr account, I'm REALLY bad about keeping it updated with images of mail art I've sent! Social media in general eludes me. There are never enough hours in the day for all the other things I find far more interesting to do.

Favorite Music

My musical taste is pretty eclectic, but I particularly like acoustic guitar, Reggae, Latin jazz, World Music in general. A few of my favorite musicians are Mose Allison, Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell & Paco de Lucia.

Favorite Books

My passport is my favorite book. I read a lot of nonfiction. When I get interested in a subject I read about it voraciously. I enjoy poetry & have been trying my hand at haiku and tanka. Theodore Roethke, ee cummings, & Shel Silverstein are often on my bedstand. Nick Bantock always inspires. Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Kurt Vonnegut, Mark Twain, Ursula Le Guin & Kipling are among my long time favorites.

Favorite Movies

My top 5 favorite films are La Strada, L'Atalante, The Gods Must be Crazy, Walkabout, The Triplets of Belleville. My choices seem to reflect my penchant for living on boats; circuses; exotic locales & eccentric characters. I watch a lot of foreign & indie films because I find them to be generally more subtle and thoughtful than mainstream Hollywood.

Favorite Crafts

Mixed media collage, (mainly postcards) & occasionally miniature books. Because I've always been a writer and photographer I often incorporate words and photos into my crafts.

Postcard Preferences

For store-bought postcard swaps I much PREFER RECEIVING POSTCARDS SENT BLANK, IN AN ENVIE, even if the swap calls for them to be sent naked. I understand if you can't do that, but that's my preference & I'll never rate you down for sending that way.

PLEASE NO:

  • NO tourist cards please, unless the swap specifically calls for them. Even then I'd prefer something non-touristy.

  • NO more 3x5 vintage cards, please. I have way too many of them!

  • NO Christian themes or Bible verses.

  • I am not fond of color-it-yourself or Zazzle cards.

POSTCARDS I'D ESPECIALLY LIKE TO RECEIVE

  • Ken Brown's cards

  • Glen Baxter cards, particularly his cowboy series. There's one called "My capucinno" that I'd so love to find in my mailbox.

  • cards by Brest Brest Brest, like this one which was in the Curious Feast: 100 Postcards by 10 Artists

  • Art & architecture of Friedensreich Hundertwasser

  • Cards featuring HANDS or EYES

  • Black & white photography (anything from Fotofolio & Nouvelles Images for example.)

  • Jerry Uelsmann's photomontages

  • Inge Look's old ladies

  • The graphic art of Corita Kent

  • Mythology, mythological beings

  • Astrological symbols, animals, etc.

  • Blimps, dirigibles, Zeppelins

  • Bromeliads

  • Orchids

  • The Little Prince

  • Kliban's comic art

  • People dancing joyfully

  • Mexican Loteria cards

  • Dia de los Muertos

  • Lantern Press cards

  • Unusual animals - think sloths, armadillos, aardvarks, platypuses, etc.

  • Unusual birds, tropical birds, Painted Buntings

  • The Everglades

  • Eadweard Muybrige's animals or people in motion

  • Close ups of nature, like the patterns on a beetle, the eye of a fish, etc.

  • Art cards, particularly collage artists, graffiti art, street art, "outsider" art, & found object creations.

  • Paintings by the Florida Highwaymen.

  • Some favorite artists: Magritte, Robert Rauschenberg, Charlie Harper, Joan Miro, Keith Haring, Dali, Georgia O'Keefe, Joseph Cornell, Mayumi Oda, Frida Kahlo, Saul Steinberg.

  • Winslow Homer's paintings of Florida and the Bahamas.

  • Seminole or Miccosoukee people

  • Snake Charmers

  • Magic, magicians,

  • Weird Science

  • Cyanotypes (blueprints or sun prints)

  • Hindu or Buddhist deities

  • Edward Gorey's illustrations

  • Matchbox cover art

  • Cigar Box Label art (love those old lithographs)

  • Great graphic Design

  • Humor, particularly off-beat, droll, or dry.

  • Vintage educational charts

  • Signs, especially odd or humorous ones

  • Naughty Little People

  • Rock & Roll & 1960's musicians

  • Che Guevera

  • Cuba

  • Snoopy (from the Peanuts cartoons)

  • Ikea cards (4x6 size)

  • Kaj Stenvall cards

  • Charlie Chaplin

  • Popeye the Sailor Man

  • Anne Taintor

  • Troubled Birds (a series of postcards that crack me up!)

  • Vintage India or Afghanistan

  • Lenticular (3-D) cards (but not those "Magic Eye" cards. I have monocular vision & can never see the hidden images.)

  • Postcards that squeak!

  • Postcards with googly eyes!

  • Squeaky postcards WITH googly eyes! (I have only one - a circa 1950s alligator - and he'd so love to be the start of a collection :))

  • Upside-down heads, sometimes called Topsy Turvys, in which the image changes when you flip it. Like this:

  • Surprise me!

  • My Postcrossing favorites (link above) may give you an idea of the kinds of cards I like.

Extras/ Other Likes

If you're inclined to include extras or it's a mail art envie swap, here are some of the things I enjoy receiving:

  • Postage stamps (I can always use uncancelled US stamps, while used US or foreign stamps get recycled into my collages.

  • Faux postage (artistamps)

  • Cigar bands

  • Old black & white photos

  • Leaf skeletons

  • Air mail Stickers/labels

  • Match box labels.

  • Fortune cookie fortunes

  • patterned tissue paper

  • blueprints

  • I love bizarre, quirky rubber stamps.(Had a great collection in the 1980's but they melted in the tropics!)

Ratings

Suzyanner rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #186 on Feb 18, 2020
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Comment: Thanks so much for the very cool cards! I love them all---especially the whale boat and the 3-D extra! SO much fun to get your envelope full!
Suzyanner rated for PH: 3 Postcards/2 Partners #8 on Feb 18, 2020
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Comment: Thanks so much for the great cards! I love them, especially the Gorey one!
debbiespoms rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #186 on Feb 18, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much for the 5 awesome PC's. Plus extra of coloring PC. I so love them all! That is alright, not getting back to me, about the cheaper way to get PC's. I figured you got busy or even became ill. But thank you much for directing me to Abe books. I would have never known,that they sold PC's. I can't order any this month. I'll have to wait til my next SSD funds to come for March. Anyway, so sorry about your oral surgery. I have been there, believe you me. But now I don't have to worry about teeth anymore.I had to have what was left all pulled out. Which was 10 on top and 12 on the bottom. My 5th child sucked the rest of the calcium from them. So now wear dentures.
ch23 rated for PH: 2 + 2 Postcard Swap #12 on Feb 16, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for all the wonderful cards. So many extras!!! Love the envelope too with all the stamps.
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Comment: Thanks for the great cards you chose for this swap. I do not collect non touristy cards but do appreciate getting them unwritten in swaps so that I have some for swaps calling for non tourist cards. Have a great weekend!
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Comment: Zucchini bread made me laugh out loud! Thank you!
Response: Always glad when things I find humorous evoke the same response! Thanks for your rating & πŸ’—.
dvmac rated for PH: Women on Postcards #2 on Feb 10, 2020
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Comment: Hi Linda! You know I love every one of those cards, not to mention the envelope.. But another Crumb (the woman looks suspiciously like Aline, doesn't she?) and another Frida card are really extra special. Thank you so much!
Response: Since we're kindred spirits in so many ways it's always fun to choose cards for you & then hear that you liked them. But I have to plead ignorance -- who the heck is Aline?
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Comment: What a great selection of postcards you sent me!!! Thank you so much. They all were my favorite, the bird one made me laugh out loud the most. hehehe. Thank you again- esp for including extra. Made my day :)
Response: So pleased you liked what I sent. I love that Troubled Birds series, but the humor is not to everyone's taste so I'm delighted that one made you laugh out loud. Thanks for your rating & πŸ’—.
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Comment: Thank you for the postcards and note. I know what you mean about buying things you have no room for. I have done that with things I like to collect.
Response: You're welcome, Barabara. Thanks for your rating & πŸ’—.
CWarner rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #185 on Feb 6, 2020
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Comment: Always LOVE getting cards from you, Linda! My favs of these are the POTUS Tyler one and the one you wrote on showing the glass bottom boat. Also the DE lighthouse is a new one so that's great as well. Sorry to hear of your oral surgery issues-never fun, and I always thought it's not near as easy as some of those commercials make it sound! Good luck with it, and thanks much!
Response: So glad you liked the cards I sent. The glass bottom boat one I wrote on was a freebie that came with a calendar. There were several great images they printed as PCs, but unfortunately over-sized and flimsy. A shame as I'm always on the lookout for interesting not-your-usual-touristy-postcards of Florida. Thanks for your comments, rating & πŸ’—.
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Comment: Another wonderful swap from you! I LOVE the envie you made, and thank you for the great PC's and extras too :)
susieq11 rated for Three Postcards in an Envelope #7E on Feb 4, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for all the profile themed postcards! Thanks for the extra! Love the envelope with perfect stamp for it. It is always nice receiving mail from you. Thank you for joining my swap! xx
Response: You're welcome, Susie. Always a pleasure swapping with you. Thanks for your rating & πŸ’—.
marinda rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #185 on Feb 1, 2020
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Comment: Oh my goodness!! Thank you soo much for the wonderful postcards! They are all my favorites! :) I'm so sorry you are in pain and having a rough few months. :'( I hope you are better very soon and enjoy having your smile back!
Response: Delighted that you liked what I sent, Marinda. Glad I had some of your favorites. Thanks for your caring thoughts. I'm healing rapidly, but dreaming of all the food I still can't eat! Thank you for the rating & πŸ’—.
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Comment: Such great cards! Indonesia/Bali is one of my fav places (at the top of retirement location) and the Ghana cloth made me smile (we lived there for a year and still have dear friends there (and I have some of that beautiful cloth!)) Lovely swap -- thank you!
Response: You're welcome. I was hoping you'd like them. Did you ever see that charming 25 minute documentary "Flip Flotsam" about Kenyan women & their artisanal creations fashioned from flip flops washed up by the sea? Thanks for the rating & πŸ’—.
shirleyinCA rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #184 on Jan 31, 2020
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Comment: OMG what a watercolor "class" -- maybe at least the sound will be on next time! Sorry for the delayed rating - I was in TX to help after my daughter's surgery - and driving her home from hospital we got rear ended - I ended up staying 17 days instead of 7 - all is well and glad to be home! Now to rate: lovely envelope you created, even the great detail of cutting the image to make curved envelope line and nice postage! PC's (and extra, plus the vintage mini surfing!) all absolutely delightful, especially that b/w of couple dancing with 20's auto in background! I have a dance journal and will create a page just for that gem! Then the charming "From Charles, who is in Paris" - it is so wonderful; and most unique Mickey Mouse card ever from MoMA! And the others all fit my preferences perfectly, so thank you again for another magnificent swap!
Response: I kind of thought you might be traveling, but sorry to hear it wasn't a pleasure cruise, especially with the (excuse the pun) RAMifications! Thanks for all your kind words. It's so nice to know you liked what I sent as I had such fun picking them out for you.
Tricia22 rated for PH: Spell H-E-A-R-T With Pcs #3 on Jan 30, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for all the postcards, so nice of you, look out for a surprise in your mailbox!!❀️☺️
Response: My pleasure. Thanks for your rating, the ❀️ & the promise of a surprise! I love a surprise!
vlhafer54 rated for ALL THINGS BOOKS on Jan 28, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the PC and bookmarks - Love the one from the Fort Meyers Historical Museum!
Response: You're welcome. Glad you liked the historical museum bookmark. It was hard to part with! Thank you for the rating & β™₯
mamajoy rated for FROGS & TOADS POSTCARD on Jan 28, 2020
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Comment: First off, no one will ever steal anything from your fun handmade envies, not even the recipient. LOL. Loved the frog. Thanks for the max card and pages. They will be used, for sure. I just spent December in Lake Suzy and flew home from Ft. Myers. Great weather then. I heard you are having a cold spell. I'd feel sorry for you but.....nah, I don't. Like you said, it will be back to warm soon. πŸ’— Joy
Response: Sorry for being the Fort Knox of the envie world! I've gotten so many damaged PCs in flimsy envies that I guess I err on the side of protection :-) Still enjoying these cold (for us) mornings. Glad you got to get a taste of it in Dec. Thanks for your rating & πŸ’—
Mark63 rated for PH: Profile Postcards on Jan 24, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for a brilliant selection of postcards. I recently acquired some Saguaro Cactus seeds. I was planning on having one next to our driveway, but after seeing this PC, I'm not so sure. Mind you, by the time my saguaro gets that big I'll be getting around on a Mobility Scooter! :-)
Response: Glad you liked the cards I chose for you, Mark. Good luck with your saguaro planting. I've never propagated cactus from seed, but I've grown several varieties of night-blooming cereus from cuttings.Such magnificent blossoms!

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Comments

shirleyinCA on Dec 7, 2019:

Thank you so much for the Postcard Hideout tag plus extras! These Curious Feast cards are quite amazing! Yes, I love The Wind in the Willows, so Rat's picnic is very special; and I would not have known Mimi O Chun's work was soft sculpture if you had not mentioned it - when I study it closely, yes I can see it. All so intriguing. Thanks again.

MissPaula on Sep 6, 2019:

I hope Dorian hasn't been harassing you! Be safe!

Itti on Jul 2, 2019:

You mentioned liking alligators and unusual animals on your profile so I was wondering if you'd be interested in the Scales 'n' Tails group? I've sent an invite your way just in case.

dvmac on Jun 26, 2019:

Love, love, love the cards (PH Tag).Thank you. What a fascinating Peary story! Early 60s, so you must be a little older than I . Which is nice, cuz there's hardly anyone older than I am anymore. Haha. Loved the envie, too. And the note paper! Hah! Ain't it the truth!

user6937 on Jun 19, 2019:

Your wild and crazy postcards have arrived; thanks for the surprise! I LOVE them, especially the ones re: parents and kids, lol.

shirleyinCA on Apr 19, 2019:

Also enjoyed the classy Monroe County note card - just so over the moon about Mickey that I forgot to add this sentence!

shirleyinCA on Apr 19, 2019:

Ohhh - your striking envelope arrived with the lovely Greetings from FL card and the amazing and totally wonderful vintage Mickey Mouse ephemera! I just love, love, love it! From the font and artwork, I am guessing 1940's but I am going to research it. Thank you so very much -- so hard to find Disney gems like this.

user6937 on Apr 8, 2019:

Hi, Linda! Sounds like you're off to some great adventures! Please keep me posted. Thanks for the Postcard Hideout tag of Animal Box PC's you've sent me (the jaguar is my fave; I love the squiggly drawings).

user6937 on Jan 7, 2019:

PH PC tag of Nothing is Golden postcards have arrived - they're great! I love the sticker you put on the envelope, too - TY.

CurlyTea on Jan 2, 2019:


Happy Birthday!

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