Swap-bot Time: December 10, 2019 4:19 pm


Date Joined: September 4, 2015
Last Online: December 9, 2019

Country: Australia

About Me

HI, my name is Mark. I'm 56, married for 35yrs & we have 2 sons aged 33 & 24. 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 25 years, & I always do my best to send quality items to other collectors.


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).


  • 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/Places.

    Wooden Indians.

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

    Old trucks.

    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/ aquaducts



    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). 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).

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


    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).


    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.



    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).


    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).



    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).

    A WILD HAGGIS figure/toy. (From Scotland)

    A BEAST OF BUSCO figure/toy. (From Churubusco, Indiana)

    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.



  • No Homemade Postcards

  • No Washi Tape

  • No glitter

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


I look forward to hearing from you! :-)


Comment: Love dinosaurs, thanks (also appreciate the Maxi-card - I have very few of these)!
Comment: Thank you
Response: You are welcome. I hope your receiving my PC left you feeling Stress Free !!! :-)
mcall rated for HOW STRANGE!!! POSTCARD-SEPTEMBER on Nov 21, 2019
Comment: Great PC. Thanks Mark
Response: You are welcome. :-)
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard.
Response: You are welcome. :-)
Comment: Thanks, Mark. Great card, and I love that your Australian Post produces so many wonderful maxicards. I'd never seen that image of the footstep, but I had heard about Playtex being the space suit manufacturer. With all the 50-yr anniversary hoopla the media found all sorts of moon- landing trivia with which to entertain us. Thanks for hosting another cool swap.
Response: You are welcome. I have to hand it to Australia Post. They might be a bit slow delivering mail sometimes, but they certainly produce excellent philatelic products, including Maxicards. :-)
Comment: Hi Mark thank you for the Giant Termite mounds PC...Insects are really industrious architects of their living spaces.Happy November swapping Mark, thanks for hosting these wonderful swaps. peace love light
Response: You are welcome. :-)
SkaGirl rated for HOW STRANGE!!! POSTCARD-OCTOBER on Nov 9, 2019
Comment: What a great postcard, thanks!!!
Response: Glad you liked it. :-)
Comment: Hi, Mark! Thanks, again, for another great card and fun facts!
Response: You are welcome. :-)
Allylu rated for INTERNATIONAL BOOKMARKS - OCTOBER on Nov 7, 2019
Comment: Ten bookmarks! Wow! For some reason I didn't know you were from Australia. My 4-year old great-niece is obsessed with Australia right now. She knows all about it. Anyway, thank you for the variety. I will have to look up some of those authors.
Response: You are welcome. :-)
suepier rated for MARK'S WEEKLY SWAP-WK 35 (OWLS) on Nov 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the great owl postcard. I have not seen one like that before.
Response: You are welcome. :-)
Comment: Hi Mark thank you for the Oasis Roadhouse PC. I like the slogan "we are not the biggest, but by far the best". Happy November swapping peace love light
Response: You are welcome. :-)
KSENiA rated for HOW STRANGE!!! POSTCARD-JUNE on Nov 2, 2019
Comment: Sorry for the late rating. I found quite a lot of unrated mail behind my desk, when I was reorganizing my studio. No idea how or when it fall there. Thank you for the cool postcard.
Response: No problem. I'm glad you liked the PC. :-)
Comment: Thank you for the postcard of the cathedral in Prague. So beautiful! I always enjoy the fun facts you share!
Response: You are welcome. :-)
Comment: Thank you
Response: You are welcome. :-)
Comment: OH! Mark! I'm so sorry for the late rating. I love everything you send, every time! Thank you so much. You know me well!
Response: As always, you are welcome. :-)
Comment: Hello Mark -- thanks for the crocodile card. Though I live far from big-reptile country, no less than SEVEN alligators have been found wandering around in Pittsburgh this year. Another thing for walkers like myself to keep an eye out for ... Best, al
Response: You are welcome :-) I'm surprised to hear about the 'gators. I thought Pittsburgh was too cold for them. I hope you weren't on the bus that fell in the sinkhole yesterday. Pittsburgh sounds like an exciting place !!! :-)
Comment: Thank you so much for the Tiger Island postcard! Have a lovely day! Take care :) :)
Response: You are welcome. :-)
Comment: thankyou very much for the beautiful card :)
Response: You are welcome. :-)
Comment: Hi Mark thank you so much for the 1907 Dodo bird PC...I love that vintage style of illustration.It doesn't look like a relative of doves and pigeons...it's so unique. Speaking of pigeons...A columbarium is a place for the respectful and usually public storage of cinerary urns (those holding a deceased's cremated remains), but can also mean the nesting boxes of pigeons. The term comes from the Latin "columba" and, originally, solely referred to compartmentalized housing for doves and pigeons called a dovecote. It's one of my favorite PC's already! Happy October swapping. peace love light
Response: There's so much to learn !!! Glad you like the PC. :-)
Comment: Thanks for the great postcard! Nice to hear from you :) :)
Response: You are welcome. :-)

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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:


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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