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Mark63

Mark63
Date Joined: September 4, 2015
Last Online: June 22, 2022

Country: Australia

About Me

UPDATE 29th MAY 2022 I’m a bit late with some RATINGS! MY APOLOGIES!!! We have had a busy few weeks, including a death in the family, and all the stress that goes with it. I promise to rate ASAP after the funeral etc.

UPDATE 15th MARCH 2022 I have resumed REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SWAPS. If you are my international swap partner, please keep in mind that postage between some countries is still very slow. Therefore please be patient when rating. If I have marked an item as sent, you can rest assured that it is on the way no matter how long it may take! I NEVER FLAKE!!!

UPDATE 17th December 2021 I am resuming swaps in January 2022

UPDATE 8th APRIL 2020 Due to the impact Covid-19 is having on the postal service in some countries, I have decided to refrain from hosting and participating in international swaps for the foreseeable future.

Please take all recommended precautions and stay safe and well.

My regards to all. 😷


HI, my name is Mark. I'm 59 married for 37 yrs, & we have 2 sons aged 35 & 26. I was born in the UK, but lived most of my life in Australia. Mostly in Western Australia, but we've also lived in Tasmania & Queensland. I enjoy outdoor activities such as canoeing/kayaking & bush walking (hiking), but due to long term health problems I'm not able to do these as often as I'd like. I like older films & TV shows. I like a wide variety of music, including folk from many countries, trad country, old time mountain music & bluegrass, old-time R&R, classical, jazz & lounge. I also play guitar, uke, jews harp, kazoo & spoons (far from professional). I've also recently taken up the Mountain Dulcimer. I read mostly Non-Fiction, but also enjoy some classics.

I've collected postcards on & off (mostly on) for over 25 years, & I always do my best to send quality items to other collectors.

I NEVER FLAKE!!!!!!!

So please message me if you don't receive something & I'll resend. Please note that mail to/from Australia/USA can take anywhere between 9 days & 7 weeks! Mail to/from South America & Eastern Europe can take even longer (The postal service moves in mysterious ways).

I ALWAYS RATE PROMPTLY!!! If I haven’t rated, I haven’t received it! I don’t like giving poor ratings. If I haven’t received your swap, I will always endeavour to contact you before rating.

WHAT I COLLECT:

  • I collect POSTCARDS on the themes of: (In no particular order):

    Traditional crafts/ lifestyles/ occupations.

    Books/ Bookstores/ People reading (Photographic or Art)/ Libraries (Personal or public)/ Postcards signed by authors (Any).

    British comedians (Pre 1980 eg: Morcombe & Wise, Tommy Cooper, Norman Wisdom, Arthur Askey, Jimmy Clitheroe, The Goons, etc).

    Unusual tourist attractions & Roadside oddities (eg: Door to Hell- Turkmenistan, Buzludzha- Bulgaria, Route 66- USA, Musa underwater museum of art- Mexico,
    "Big " things, etc).

    Ghost towns/Interesting abandoned buildings.

    Wooden Indians.

    Pickup trucks/Utes (Pre 1980: Ford, Dodge, Chevrolet, International, Toyota Stout, VW, Commer etc.)

    Old trucks.

    Busses/Coaches.

    Camper vans.

    Volkswagen

    Museums (Any kind).

    "Did you know..." Or similar postcards.(With information on the front).

    Ships (Non-military).

    Submarines/ Diving bells/ Deep sea diving.

    British canals/boats/ aquaducts

    Suez Canal, Panama Canal (Especially vintage postcards)

    Canoes/Kayaks/Rafts

    Lighthouses/Lightships

    Aircraft (Non-military). Especially sea planes, flying boats & Concorde.

    Hot Air Balloons, Airships/Zeppelins/Blimps

    Architecture (Not religious, except Himalayan monastaries).

    Bridges.

    Musical instruments (The more unusual, the better).

    Pop/Rock musicians (Pre 1970 eg: Chuck Berry, The Beachboys, Hermans Hermits, etc).

    Country music (Pre 1980 eg: Carter Family, Slim Dusty, Johnny Cash, Don Williams etc). Singing Cowboys.

    Folk musicians (Any country). Old time mountain musicians from the Appellation Mountains.

    Blues musicians/ Jug bands.

    Australian bush bands/Musicians. British skiffle groups/Musicians.

    Sci-Fi (Pre 1970).

    UFOs/Area 51/ Roswell etc

    Cryptozoology (eg: Bigfoot, Nessie, Mothman, Jackalope, Champ, Tantanoola Tiger, Yowie, Tahoe Tessie, Lake Monsters etc).

    Postcard from The International Cryptozoology Museum, signed by the owner Loren Coleman (Portland, Maine, USA).

    Dinosaurs/ Other extinct animals & birds (eg: Thylacine, Dodo, Moa, etc).

    Fossils.

    Unusual wildlife (eg: Aadvark, Okapi, Pangolin, Armadillo etc).

    Postcard of a Giant Anteater in defensive stance (On hind legs)

    Wildlife (Gorilla's & Sloth's are my favourite animals).

    Unusual marine creatures (eg: Blob Fish, Goblin Shark, Giant Squid, etc).

    Seashells.

    Interesting plants (eg: Corpse Flower, Carnivorous Plants, Joshua Tree etc).

    Cacti (Especially Saguaro).

    British Bulldogs.

    Sphinx Cats.

    Volcano's (Prefer erupting).

    Aurora Borealis/ Australis.

    Unusual cloud formations (eg; Lenticular).

    Extreme weather (eg: Lightning, Tornados, Waterspouts, etc).

    Satellite dishes/ Telescopes/ Observatories.

    Astro photography.

    Pyramids/ Sphinx.

    Interesting geological formations/ Caves/ Lava Tubes.

    Deserts.

    UNESCO.

    Meteorites/ Meteorite craters.

    NASA/ Space.

    Science (eg; Wall charts of Botany, Anatomy, Ornithology, etc. Laboratories, Scientist's).

    Curiosity Cabinets.

    Curio shops.

    Maps ( Australian & USA State maps, Antique maps).

    Scooters.

    Bicycles/ Cycling.

    Vintage postcards of Unusual Tourists Attractions (eg: Theme Parks, Resorts, Exhibits, etc)

    Postcard of the Enterprise from VULCAN, ALBERTA, CANADA. With a nice, clear postmark. Authentic Vintage Black & White.

    Anything interesting or out of the ordinary (eg: The most unusual thing/place etc in the town/ area where you live). Remember, something you are familiar with, may seem unusual to someone in another country!

  • If possible, tell me something about what is on the front of the card. I enjoy learning new things!

  • I prefer postcards to be posted naked, unless the swap states otherwise.

  • I have no objection to ZAZZLE or Free postcards, provided they are of subjects on my Wantlist. :-)

  • I also collect BOOKMARKS, SOUVENIR KEY CHAINS & MAGNETS (Not flags).

  • SOUVENIR COINS & PRESSED PENNIES.

  • COINS from anywhere

  • Single PLAYING CARDS

  • PINS/BADGES from Museums & other interesting places.

  • SPECIAL REQUEST ITEMS:

    NEWSPAPER & MAGAZINE CLIPPINGS relating to UFO & Cryptid sightings.

    Any small souvenir from any Cryptozoology Museum (eg: Bigfoot etc), Space Museum (eg: NASA) or UFO Museum (eg: Roswell) suitable for display cabinet.

    Teeth (From animals, sharks etc) to display in curiosity cabinet.

    Any unusual small item to display in curiosity cabinet.

WHAT I DON'T LIKE....

  • PLEASE NO, RELIGIOUS, OCCULT OR HALLOWEEN

  • No Homemade Postcards

  • No Washi Tape

  • No glitter

  • Please do not stick anything on or write on the picture side of postcards.

THANK YOU FOR READING MY PROFILE!

I look forward to hearing from you! :-)

Ratings

silvermoonsnake rated for Bit of History #12 on Jun 7, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the lovely card
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Comment: Thank you so much for the postcard!! I like how you were able to mark for location!
nanadiana rated for PRICKLY CRITTER POSTCARD on May 29, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the echidna pc. They do look like very interesting animals. Love the little noses. :) Thank you for making this rainy day much brighter! :)
AlisonKingWriter rated for POSTCARD & BOOKMARK SWAP on May 26, 2022
5
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Comment: Thanks so much! I love them. <3 Al
carol rated for BLC bookcover/theme PC INT #2 on May 18, 2022
5
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Comment: I LOVE this PC! So cute! Love the cooking shows in general, and although the stereotype is that British food is terrible, that wasn't my experience when I traveled there. Thanks so much for this one!
craftynut rated for Bit of History #12 on May 1, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the amazing postcard and information. It was really interesting because when I did some family history research, some of them went to the goldfields at Kalgoorlie and Mundaring.
Response: Glad you liked it. That's interesting because my wife's family are from Kalgoorlie & her maiden name is Lowe !!!
5
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Comment: Nice story
Response: Glad you liked it! :-)
tendersores rated for AS<3: Postcard Swap #11 on Apr 27, 2022
5
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Comment: Thank you for the postcard! I enjoy birds, the one on the pc is very majestic
Response: Glad you liked it!
tendersores rated for MARINE MAMMAL POSTCARD on Apr 25, 2022
5
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Comment: Thank you for the dolphon postcard! I too am glad that we don't see dolphins put through firey hoops anymore.
Response: You are welcome :-)
PrincessLeia rated for AS<3: Send A Postcard #9 on Apr 22, 2022
5
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Comment: Hi Mark, Thanks for the beautiful bee PC! Ive just returned home from 5 weeks in Dunsborough. Weather was beautiful, the hot weather stopped when we arrived and we got the beautiful cool weather. My husband thinks im an inuit - i was born i. Darwin but love the cold! Do you know the Lapsleys or Popes?
Response: Glad you liked the PC!
Eulegirl rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #103 on Apr 21, 2022
5
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Comment: Thank you for the cool wooden sphere card--will be adding it to my postcard wall.
Response: You are welcome :-)
AmyMarie rated for PCS: Six cards for two partners #2 on Apr 17, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the great playing cards! The envelope arrived ripped open on a side but the playing cards and note on a postcard were inside. I am surprised it has been 2 years since we were swap partners. I appreciate you sending such fun mail. Take care!
Response: You are welcome. I hope the contents were undamaged.
debbiespoms rated for FROG/TOAD POSTCARD SWAP on Apr 16, 2022
5
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Comment: Greetings to you too Mark! Received your Frog PC with matching stamp today ( Cool! ) and thank you for it! Yes, It certainly has been a while since last swapped together. Maybe one day soon again, it will happen we will.😀
Response: Glad you liked it! :-)
NRGordon rated for TRANSPORT PC- MARCH (TRAINS) on Apr 15, 2022
5
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Comment: Thanks for the swap and the lovely PC. Sorry to hear you had such a bad flu. This PC took five weeks to arrive, just a bit longer than usual. I have had several swaps, from within my own country, take longer.
Response: You are welcome! :-)
5
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Comment: Thanks, Marc
Response: You are welcome, Mark :-)
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Comment: Thank you for the Los Angeles postcard. We can spend the day there and have loads of fun.
Response: You are welcome :-)
bringitb rated for PCS: Story of these cards #1 on Apr 5, 2022
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Comment: Your cards arrived today—thank you! It’s funny to see The Prospector only because I’ve heard of it before from someone I used to date who lived in Perth. Makes the world feel smaller. =)
Response: You are welcome :-)
Mamasch rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #103 on Apr 3, 2022
5
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Comment: Thanks so much!
Response: You are welcome 😀
Katiakakao rated for AS<3: Send A Postcard #10 on Mar 29, 2022
5
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Comment: Hello again! Thank you for another wonderful card! I do like daffodils! :)) And lucky I’m not a vegetarian!
Response: You are welcome 😀
craftynut rated for REPTILE POSTCARD SWAP on Mar 26, 2022
5
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Comment: Thank you so much for the fabulous reptile postcard and the information about the blue tongue lizard.
Response: You are welcome 😀

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Comments

bluehairedmary on May 9, 2022:

Happy Monday from NYUP group!

CookieMomster78 on Nov 26, 2020:

You have been one of the lights in a seemingly dark world.

Stargazer008 on Jul 26, 2020:

Hi Mark, hope your are well. To be honest I am missing your wonderful swaps: these challenging, creative topics. Well I should better say these little treasures in my letterbox! Sunny smiles from Germany, Joana

MamaMangrove on Jun 7, 2020:

Missing your swaps. Hope you'll be back with us soon.

mamajoy on May 5, 2020:

Mark: I'm so sad that you are not doing international postcard swaps right now. I totally understand, but I do miss your creative themes. Stay safe and hurry back. Joy

momto8cats on Oct 19, 2019:

Thank you again, for more surprise bookmarks & the cool alien postcard!

Cariboocarol on Sep 28, 2019:

Hi Mark - we finally made it to Vulcan so a postcard is on its way to you, hopefully with a clear cancellation! Better late than never!

momto8cats on May 3, 2019:

Thank you so much for the surprise bookmarks, erasers, and postcards! That is so thoughtful of you! How did you know the piano is my favorite instrument?

hazelwitch3 on Jan 10, 2019:

Thank you so much for angelling the Ephemera swap and for sending me such a great selection of ephemera! I'm looking forward to crafting with it.

jenmcjen on Dec 9, 2018:

EXCELLENT answer.

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