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Mark63

Mark63
Date Joined: September 4, 2015
Last Online: December 16, 2018

Country: Australia

About Me

HI, my name is Mark. I'm 55, married for 34yrs & we have 2 sons aged 32 & 23. 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, 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 20 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! (The postal service moves in mysterious ways).

WHAT I COLLECT:

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

    Traditional crafts/ lifestyles/ occupations.

    Books/ Bookstores/ People reading/ 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/Places.

    Wooden Indians.

    Camper vans.

    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.

    Canoes/Kayaks.

    Lighthouses.

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

    Hot Air Balloons, Airships/Zeppelins/Blimps

    Architecture (Not religious, except Himalayan monastaries).

    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).

    Folk musicians (Any country).

    Blues musicians/ jug bands.

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

    Sci-Fi (Pre 1970).

    UFOs.

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

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

    Fossils.

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

    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.

    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 MEDALLIONS.

  • SPECIAL REQUEST'S

    NEWSPAPER & MAGAZINE CLIPPINGS relating to UFO & Cryptid sightings.

    Narwhal Horns Candy tin. (With or without mints).

    Small HODAG figurine for curiosity cabinet (From Rhinelander Wisconsin).

    Dodo figurine for curiosity cabinet.

    Kiwi figurine for curiosity cabinet (From New Zealand).

    Armadillo or Pangolin figurine for curiosity cabinet.

    Small Pewter Animal Figurines.

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

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

    Postcard of the Enterprise from VULCAN, ALBERTA, CANADA. With a nice, clear postmark.

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

    A fragment from the BERLIN WALL.

    A fragment/relic from the WORLD TRADE CENTRE (9/11) NEW YORK, USA.

    Volcanic ash/rock sample.

    Small Volcanic Ash Sculpture (Mt St Helens etc).

    Rattle Snake tail/rattle & fangs.

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

    Quills from porcupine/ hedgehog.

    Barb from stingray.

    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! :-)

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Comment: Hi Mark, Thanks for the great postcard of composer Maurice Ravel. I appreciate and like your choice and I do like Ravel's music, especially "Bolero".
Response: Glad you liked the PC. :-)
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Comment: The Guggenheim takes our breath away, thanks Mark!
Response: :-)
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Comment: Hi Mark. I'm so glad to have taken part in your Enlighten Me Postcard Swap. The bunyip maxicard is absolutely wonderful. I love learning about mythology and I had not heard of the bunyip before, so thank you for enlightening me!
Response: You are welcome. :-)
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Comment: Hi! I loved the "mystery craters" cards--so nice of you to send two views! We have a smaller version of these which we call 'paint pots'...less like craters and more like orangy muddy pools but definitely ochre.♥️♥️
Response: I'm pleased that you like the PCs. If you mean the "Paint pots at Yellowstone", I looked at them online. They look interesting too !!!
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Comment: Thank you! It's a great snake postcard. :)
Response: You are welcome. :-)
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Comment: We are going to have to stop meeting like this! Thank you for the illustration of the bunyip. First thing I did was Google it, fascinating.
Response: You are welcome. :-)
Mamabemus rated for I Spy...PC INT - TENT on Nov 23, 2018
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Comment: love the postcard thanks
Response: You are welcome. :-)
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Comment: Hi Mark thank you for the puffin/ocean PC...I got two Puffins in my mailbox today :) Take very good care Happy Autumn swapping peace love light
Response: You are welcome. :-)
goinjenny rated for SCIENCE POSTCARD SWAP - NOVEMBER on Nov 21, 2018
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Comment: Thank you, esp for the paper clippings
Response: You are welcome. :-)
Johanna51 rated for MUSEUM POSTCARD SWAP -NOVEMBER on Nov 16, 2018
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Comment: Great museumpc with the beautiful dresses.
Response: Glad you liked it. :-)
EmilyT rated for WIYM Seashell Postcard Swap on Nov 14, 2018
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Comment: I love this seashell illustration! Beautiful Lily postage, too!
Response: Glad you like it. :-)
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Comment: Thanks for the motorcycle card and matching stamp. They don't make them like this anymore. They would have made for a bumpy ride!
Response: You are welcome. :-)
Cariboocarol rated for Space Postcard Swap INTL #4 on Nov 9, 2018
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Comment: Oh, Mark, such a wonderful surprise to see your spacey envelope and contents!! I love both cards and many thanks for sending them blank!! I must up my game if I ever send to you again!
Response: I'm glad you liked it. :-)
gizmodust rated for A SAND & EARTH SWAP! on Nov 9, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the "little piece of Australia" and the extras. I took the sample packet and poured it into my hand. As much as I would love to visit I figured this may be the closest I'll ever get to touching Australian soil. LOL Thanks again.
Response: You are welcome. I'm glad that I was able to bring a little bit of happiness (& a little bit of Australia) into your life. :-)
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Comment: I like how you calculated how far my town is from yours! Thanks!
Response: You are welcome. :-)
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Comment: Thank you Mark for the great PC of Rottnest Island, the quokka and joey are so cute. And yes I am enjoying my new life here in Tassie, I like the cooler climate compared to Qld. :)
Response: You are welcome. :-)
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Comment: Great choices, and thank you for the stamps what a nice surprise!
Response: You are welcome. :-)
Walks4Bling rated for A SAND & EARTH SWAP! on Nov 5, 2018
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Comment: Wow Mark! This is an AMAZING sample!!! Sadly, I probably wouldn't have realized why it was called "star sand" had I not spilled a few grains on my table while trying to transfer it to my container. 😮 🤩 Wicked cool. Thankx for the pc's and magnet too!
Response: You are welcome. If you google STAR SAND OKINAWA, you'll find out what it REALLY is. You'll also see some enlarged photos. :-)
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Comment: Thank you, esp for the extras!!
Response: You are welcome. :-)
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Comment: Ty for the lovely bundle incl. neat stamps and extra :) great joy (as always) ❤
Response: You are welcome. :-)

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jenmcjen on Dec 9, 2018:

EXCELLENT answer.

jenmcjen on Dec 9, 2018:

Hi, Mark! WHY ARE ALL YOUR SWAPS SHOUTING!?!? I love your new postcard series, and look forward to participating. :D

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