Date Joined: September 4, 2015
Last Online: May 27, 2023
UPDATE 24th JANUARY 2023 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!!!
HI, my name is Mark. I'm 60 married for 39 years , & we have 2 sons aged 37 & 28. 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.
Pickup trucks/Utes (Pre 1980: Ford, Dodge, Chevrolet, International, Toyota Stout, VW, Commer etc.)
Museums (Any kind).
"Did you know..." Or similar postcards.(With information on the front).
Submarines/ Diving bells/ Deep sea diving.
British canals/boats/ aquaducts
Suez Canal, Panama Canal (Especially vintage postcards)
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/Ozark 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).
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).
Interesting plants (eg: Corpse Flower, Carnivorous Plants, Joshua Tree etc).
Cacti (Especially Saguaro).
Volcano's (Prefer erupting).
Aurora Borealis/ Australis.
Unusual cloud formations (eg; Lenticular).
Extreme weather (eg: Lightning, Tornados, Waterspouts, etc).
Satellite dishes/ Telescopes/ Observatories.
Interesting geological formations/ Caves/ Lava Tubes.
Meteorites/ Meteorite craters.
Science (eg; Wall charts of Botany, Anatomy, Ornithology, etc. Laboratories, Scientist's).
Maps ( Australian & USA State maps, Antique maps).
Scooters & Mopeds
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 or Colour postcards of any themes on my list.
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
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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Happy Monday from NYUP group!
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
Missing your swaps. Hope you'll be back with us soon.
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
Thank you again, for more surprise bookmarks & the cool alien postcard!
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!
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?
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.
Hi, Mark! WHY ARE ALL YOUR SWAPS SHOUTING!?!? I love your new postcard series, and look forward to participating. :D