Here's a card I picked up at SCRAP. It's the Empire State Building glittering against an ominous sky. Very Batmanesque. I am sending this card to a German postcrosser who requested weird postcards/weird angles. It's got two Batman stamps on the back. Hope she enjoys it.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
I picked up this card at last year's white elephant sale in Oakland. This was called the toboggan slide and provided outstanding views of El Capitan and Half Dome. Slide was apparently made in 1927 and removed in the 1950's. I am sending this card to a postcrosser in Japan.
Saturday, November 8, 2014
What a surprise! I received eight cards in one envelope from a Taiwanese postcrosser. Nothing was written on them and they were a jumble of types (ad cards and regular) and images. However, I had received two anxious emails from him last week, asking if I had received the cards yet. He thought he had sent seven, but there was an extra one. Having no other message to give me a clue as to why he sent this assortment, I decided to create a story linking all of them together.
Once upon a time, a doctor was treating a patient who was addicted to Belgian waffles. The patient came from a farming village famous for its buckwheat. Between big bites of his waffle, the patient said that the buckwheat farmers were actually animals and they cast a spell on him. The doctor asked a detective to see if this was true. The detective was "hung like an outlaw," but he was afraid that he too would become bewitched. He assigned his assistant to sleuth things out. Fearless, she launched her dragon boat powered by youthful trainees. They rowed day and night until they arrived in the land of buckwheat. They were greeted by a group of goofy animals, who gave them a place to stay and plied them with delicious waffles and milk. In the morning assistant and her crew were transformed into waffle monsters.
Friday, November 7, 2014
The card above is a maxicard from an Australian postcrosser living in Victoria. The cancellation shows first day of issue, January 2008. According to Wikipedia, the Australian Antarctic Territory was claimed by the UK and placed under the authority of the Commonwealth of Australia in 1933. It is the largest territory claimed by any nation.
This card is a painting by Danielle Eubank, who traveled on an expedition boat to the Arctic Circle.
Cool that both cards arrived at around the same time!
This lovely peach blossom card came from a postcrosser from Guangdong, China. I am always pleased to get illustrations of characters with beautiful narrow eyes.
Here's a cartoon of an assertive little girl. You tell him sista! This is the first postcrossing card sent by a Russian girl. I hope it reflects her own self confidence. Can someone tell me what the Russian words mean?
Thursday, October 16, 2014
A gorgeous tree from Taiwan. This postcrosser subtly added faces on some of the leaves. I love how the sunlight fills the leaves. The bird card is from a postcrosser in Costa Rica. It is my first card from that country. The birds are (top left to right): Quetzal, woodpecker, toucan, parrot, jacano, toucan and hummingbird.
Clockwise from the top: silver Russian snowboarder, Sunbeam Alpine stamp with handwritten cancellation from Russia, Finnish accordion player, Slovenian trio celebrating the year of chrystallography, modern furniture from Sweden, a wheel of cheese from Poland.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
My niece started her freshman year at McGill in Montreal. She sent a multiview card of the various sights in town. Unlike her finishing school, McGill is huge. She is in a class of 500 and wants to major in engineering. It is sink or swim time for her. I sent her a vintage Portuguese pool card to remind her of her swimmer past. And also of warm weather as Montreal is already turning cold.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
The Peninsula Women's Caucus for Art sent a card announcing a group show called Water. It runs from Sept. 12 - Oct. 12 at the Coastal Arts League Gallery in Half Moon Bay.
NCWCA artist Salma Arastu just received a grant from the East Bay Community Foundation to create a new series called "Unity of Symbols and Sacred Words." In May, 2015 her works will be exhibited at the City Limits Gallery in Oakland. Congratulations Salma!