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Date Joined: March 6, 2014
Last Online: June 23, 2024
Birthday: October 9
Country: United States
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About Me

Hi, I'm Dave. I live in St Cloud, Minnesota, about an hour northwest of the Twin Cities. I've been married for 45+ years to the same wonderful, sweet woman with whom I've raised seven kids.

I've always liked art, both appreciated it and enjoyed creating it. I like to sketch and do collage. I love books and have way too many of them. I buy a new bookcase and it's not long before that one is overflowing and I need a new one. I had a whole garage full of books before we moved.

A couple years ago I started trading postcards - little works of art! It's fun to receive them in the mailbox and it's fun to send a little bit of love out into the world every week.

I swapped ATCs for a while a few years ago. I enjoyed that a lot, but found the small size becoming a little restrictive. But, I'm ready to do more. I just like to create.

See my Postcrossing profile above for preferences. I'll add more as I go along. I'm kind of a hermit by nature, but I am opening up a bit. :-)

I've got a good sense of humor, so don't worry about offending me. I'm easygoing and just appreciate the time and thought that people put into their swaps.

I guess that's all for now. Looking forward to swapping with you.


Hmm. I like a lot of things and styles. I probably lean more toward traditional than modern. I prefer Rembrandt to Picasso. But I love Japanese woodcuts and Chagall, Van Gogh and R. Crumb. Lean more toward dark than cute. Steam punk over Disney.

But I like imaginative, fanciful illustrations, especially pen and ink - Gorey, the aforementioned Mr. Crumb, George Herriman (Krazy Kat). And vintage children's book illustrations.

As far as postcards go, same as above, plus I like:

Art cards

Black and white - especially celebrities; especially Bob Dylan; especially Native American or Indigenous Peoples; especially nudes

Vintage (especially linen, Curt Teich)


Native American (especially b&w)

Nudes (especially b&w)


people, especially women, especially Renaissance, Pre-Raphaelite, and Impressionist women.

Frida Kahlo, Josephine Baker, Betty Page

Street art - Banksy

Somehow over the years, I've managed to acquire a number of Hummel illustrated post cards. I'd love to receive more of those.

Not so much into tourist cards (except linens, those are great), although an exceptionally beautiful scene or historic building is welcome.

I like vintage cards, but not reproductions of vintage cards. Unless they're really unusual, like some tinted Old West and Old Hawaii cards I have.

An update: transportation - trains, planes and automobiles; and old hotel/motel cards. Doesn't matter if they're ugly (think 60's motels), that's why I like them.

I know there are some fabulously artistic and creative people here, so a handmade card is fine with me.

Oh, and mermaids. I love mermaids.

Favorite Music

I have eclectic tastes when it comes to music. I like medieval and Renaissance music; Bach, Corelli, Vivaldi and Handel. I think Pachelbel's' Canon in D is perhaps the most beautiful melody ever written. I like Dylan and other singer-songwriters; roots, blues (Eric Clapton, Lightnin' Hopkins) and alt-country like Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, John Prine. I like world music, Celtic, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, most classic rock, r & b and gospel. I don't really care for jazz and can't stand heavy metal, rap, hip hop and don't really care for most modern pop.

Favorite Movies

My taste in movies is almost as broad as my taste in music. I like the Wizard of Oz and The Princess Bride; Gone with the Wind and It's a Wonderful Life. African Queen, Casablanca - yes, I'm a romantic. But I also like Get Shorty and Snatch. Silver Linings Playbook, Hunger Games and Men in Black. Spirited Away, The Fantastics, Lion King. James Bond; never thought anyone could compare with Sean Connery, but Daniel Craig definitely measures up. I like most of the Coen Brothers (Minnesota's pride), Fargo and O Brother Where Art Thou are both great, Not to mention The Big Lebowski. I like a lot of foreign films and movies that make you think - Memento, L.A. Confidential, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Well, you get the idea.

Favorite Television

This one's easy. Survivor and The Middle. I hardly watch any other TV. Except during football season. Update 2016 - have to add to this list: Better Call Saul.

Favorite Books

The Bible stands in a class by itself. David's Psalms nourish and comfort me as nothing else can. I read mostly nonfiction - books on writing, art and history. Favorite classics are Lord of the Rings and Big Tiger and Christian. Recent favorites would be Shadow of the Wind, The Kite Runner, and a book of poetry by Hafiz, given to me by my sister, entitled The Gift. Oh, and Anne Lamott! She's written some really good stuff.

Favorite Crafts

As I said above, I like to make ATCs, and now post cards. I do mostly collage and rubber stamps but I'm finally getting brave and doing my own drawing. UPDATE: I wrote this 6 years ago. Thanks to SB I do lots of drawings now. I also have begin carving my own stamps, which I really enjoy. I also LOVE watercolor, but am just beginning that. I don't know why I don't do more of it?!

I've always loved photography, too. When the kids were young I always had a camera around my neck. I sure appreciate the economy of digital photography, but I sometimes miss my old 35mm Pentax.

I love paper. Ephemera, clip art, vintage, retro, post cards, old newspapers, magazine pages, unusual paper, you name it.

I've recently begun carving stamps. I enjoy that a lot. I would love to see prints of yours, too.

And along with that goes artistamps and faux postage.

I guess it's time to update this. I've been on SB for a couple years now and am doing a lot more drawing. I love to sketch any time, any place. I'm getting better at it, too, but mostly I'm not so worried that it be "good". Thank you, SwapBot!

And zines! I love zines. Check this out!

About Me

P.S. I mark my swaps "sent" as soon as I put them in the mailbox. That could be a Saturday after the mail has been picked up, so obviously, it won't get postmarked until Monday morning. I hope that doesn't bother you. This is supposed to be fun, right?


BluGinhm rated for Zine-Go-Round #38 on Jun 18, 2024
Comment: I got it! And thanks so much for the postcards, too. I think I read or wanted to read Shadow of the Wind - it's sounds so familiar! I thought Tennant's version of Around the World was pretty good - but then, I've loved that story since I was a kid. Take care!
Comment: Hi David! You totally outdid yourself on this swap and I appreciate the great selection of pcs that you shared with me! You did nail the hairy beast! LOL! All the Best and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: Thank you Vicky! Your words make my day. 😄
Vickyen rated for PS: Scavenger Hunt Postcards #5 on May 31, 2024
Comment: Hi David! How fun to have you as my partner, as it has been a very long time since we swapped! I hope all is well you way! Thank you for the great selection of pcs and the extras, that was so nice of you! All the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: I LOVE your collab card. Wonderful Haiku! I tried to keep in line with the colors and theme. Hope you like what I added :-).
Response: Thank you so much ! 😄
RiverTopanga rated for Anything goes postcard swap #12 on May 20, 2024
Comment: David, I adore all the PCs you sent. Had a whole message typed out for you, and it got erased somehow... grrr. Thank you so much for all the great PCs. I don't have any planetary pcs at all... this is the first.. . I have been to St. Cloud, but do not know where Bemidji is! Is it near St. Cloud? It would be a great place to see if it is the home of Paul Bunyan! Native Americans and bright flower pots too.... Great selection. I'm very lucky. Thank you so much! Extra, extra hearts to you!!
Response: Bemidji is way up there - about 2 1/2 hours north of St Cloud. We have a picture of my wife as a young girl at that statue and of course, a couple of selfies when we were there last year. Glad you liked the cards! 🧡
SkaGirl rated for Anything goes postcard swap #11 on May 16, 2024
Comment: Thank you! :)
uiltje rated for AAHMPC: Themed Collage PC - March on May 16, 2024
Comment: Today your lovely card arrived in very good condition, but I was confused. After such a long time? Your very silly bird needed 2 months to arrive. He really thinks he is very important and had to travel the whole world. I have to say: very relaxing guy!
Response: Wow! Silly bird, I hope he enjoyed his around the world trip, making me fear he would get lost. But I'm glad he found his way home to you after all. ☺️
Comment: Thank you for all 5 great PCs. The scribner's one is my favorite of the bunch, but they're all nice choices.
Response: It's hard to guess in these blind swaps. Fun though.
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely Saturn cards! And the playing cards were such a nice touch!
Comment: Thanks so much for all the amazing cards!
luluvision rated for Zine-Go-Round, round 37 on May 6, 2024
Comment: So sorry! I forgot to rate you! Already added to Julia's mythical creature zine and sent off! LOL A fun one for sure!
user2148 rated for HCSI: Stamp & Pass Postcard #17 on May 4, 2024
Comment: Love that little sea turtle! A turtle was one of my first stamps too - I need to go dig him up! If I remember right it’s much smaller 🐢 Thanks for the extra card with the lovely ladies and beautiful envelope! It’s 90°+ here already! 🥵 Enjoy your cool mornings! 😁
vlhafer54 rated for PH: Alphabet Collection - A and B on May 3, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful, pristine postcards - Happy Swapping!
KrystalCook84 rated for PH: Send 5 Postcards #59 on Apr 29, 2024
Comment: Thank you so much!
Response: You're welcome Krystal.😁
minniepic rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt for PCs #258 on Apr 26, 2024
Comment: Thank you so very much for all the wonderful postcards ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Response: You're welcome Denise. I'm so glad you loke them😄
Comment: Great pcs. Thanks
Response: You're welcome Maxine. Thanks for hosting all these great swaps
Comment: love the post card! Orwell, OH is in northeast OH, about an hour east of cleveland and half hour west or so of the PA border!
samsstuff rated for Found Image Postcard #6 - Intl on Apr 13, 2024
Comment: Thank you! I like this image, I studied photography in college, at the University of Arizona and this photographer had many great images. My thumb never healed completely, but I can use it, as long as I don't overdo it. It's still somewhat stiff and sore.
Comment: What a selection of PCs! Wish I could give more hearts - and that’s on top of the brilliant letter giving me an update on news and lesson in Minnesota politics. Was fantastic, thank you.
Response: Thanks for your kind words, Laura. I really enjoyed putting it together for you.
swapwithyi rated for Zine-Go-Round #36 on Apr 10, 2024
Comment: Thankyou for the mushroom zine deco from AMY, I am glad to pass it along , yesss I am so happy to see so many pretty mushroom <3

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MuggleMom on Feb 13, 2024:

PH- train #49

LOL, your note was funny because ppsssttt I think we all do it, send on items that don't bring us joy. Marie would be proud!



9O96O on Jan 24, 2024:

Thank you so much for contributing to my first Collaboration PC. Here's what it ended up looking like:

I absolutely love the snake that's about to bite the ladies hand. Made me laugh because it's so unexpected.

MuggleMom on Jan 14, 2024:

Thank you for the lovely postcards for Vintage December WTA



kittyhahahotbot on Dec 24, 2023:

Reisegern on Nov 24, 2023:

Thanks for contributing to my Stamp&Pass Postcard. It turned out really nice and I like your fish with the green waves a lot :)


simcoe54 on Nov 4, 2023:

Please check your messages.

MuggleMom on Oct 18, 2023:

Ohhh, thank you so much for the fun goodies you included in the PH Non Touristy PC train. I will delightfully use and share your generosity!!



PinkPengin on Sep 21, 2023:

I truly could not believe the postcard you send me for the Naked Non-Touristy PC Train - I lived in York County, Pennsylvania, from 1982 to 2021 (my whole life, til moving to AZ a couple of years ago). I have been to the York Fairgrounds hundreds of times and yet I do not have this card. I showed it to my family and they couldn't believe it. You really made my day!

9O96O on May 3, 2023:

Thank you so much for contributing your fish section to my Stamp & Pass postcard, Dave. It turned out so well.

9O96O on Jan 20, 2023:

To answer your question, "Is there a difference between a zine and a deco?" A go-round zine as we make them in the ZMACs group is the same as a deco. Both are collaborative, where each person fills out a page of the handmade booklet, and in the end the creator of the zine/deco gets the filled booklet back.

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