Monday, November 30, 2009


Wanderlust is the name of this card, altered by a German postcrosser who says she lives in a small town and owns a small car but tries to use her bike as much as possible. Alas, she is sometimes lazy. Even though she can walk everywhere in town, she says that she still uses her car too much. This card is a message to herself not to be lazy. Good luck!

new year stamp

An early New Year's stamp from China. Nice composition.

mary callinack

Years ago Priscilla gave me a collection of postcards from Fantasy in the Industrial Revolution, from a show of dolls and toys at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles. This pedlar doll is one of my favorites. It's based on Mary Callinack, a hawker and walker who in 1851, at age 85, walked from Cornwall to London for the Great Exhibition.

Sunday, November 29, 2009


An 18-year-old postcrosser in China sent this great card titled West Chamber 12. Lovesickness. Many thanks to him for sending a card that conjured up so many images for me.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

a bevy of stamps

These stamps--some old, some new--were on a packet that arrived yesteday. Why would you use anything but stamps on mail?

holli schorno: collecting samples

Holli Schorno: Collecting Samples is on at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, New Jersey, until the 29th. I was at the museum last week to review its Knitted, Knotted, Netted show and my two-hour parking space ran out before I got to see anything else. I do, however, like this postcard.

Friday, November 27, 2009

thinking of you

The first Christmas card of the year arrived today, from a German postcrosser who chose a sweet mail theme for her greetings.

new narratives

Friend Sandy Sapienza has a fabric book in this show, on until December 10 at the Cade Center for Fine Arts Gallery, Anne Arundel Community College. For information:

recent ad cards

I don't know why people dislike ad cards so much. Two of these, the one at top from the Civic Theatre and the one at bottom from the USPS, came in the mail. The one in the middle I picked up while at the cinema to see Where the Wild Things Are. All of them have been effective. Last Saturday I happened to pass the place where the new postal service has opened. It's in a rather unprepossessing location and I would never have noticed it if not for the card.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

just my cuppa

A Russian postcrosser who loves drawing took some time from her hectic student life to send this cup of tea. (Well, it could be coffee but in the ideal world it's tea.) I also enjoyed her exuberant message which covered all of the back of the card. Cheers to Katherine S!


Here's that archived stamp from Russia mentioned yesterday.

Also, a fetching trio from Taiwan.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

one more

Thanks to the Russian postcrosser who sent this lovely card from Sergiev Posad, about 72 kilometers from Moscow. She also sent a whale stamp (stay tuned) from her "private collection".

straight cards with a view--or not

The photo shown in this card from a Dutch postcrosser was taken by a friend who lives in a mill.

A Taiwanese postcrosser sent this card of JiJi Station in Taiwan. She's familiar with the station because it leads to a popular bicycling place.

Another Taiwanese postcrosser sent this beautiful fern card, with a note that Taiwan has more than 7,000 varieties of ferns.

A Finnish postcrosser now in her final year of high school sent this card with one of her favorite photography themes: hands.

Lynn Berkowitz sent this evocative Jacob Lawrence painting called Paper Boats.

more stamps, too

A trio from China.

One from Norway.

And it's always a good time for the aurora borealis, again and again.

more from the pause

Wonderfully funny altered card from an eight-year-old in Austria who loves horses.

This Dutch postcrosser went all 'hole-y'.

Another Dutch postcrosser used layers of roses. She likes them!

Priscilla altered a card with a message.

A German postcrosser added some funny business to the new Kranzler corner.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

picking up where i left off...

Altered cards from, top to bottom, Finland, Finland, Ukraine, and Norway.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

if all goes well

If all goes well, I should be back posting sometime next week. Meanwhile apologies. I hate blogsites that go blank but am simply unable to post images till I get Internet access again at home. Meanwhile, happy trails to all.

Friday, November 6, 2009

the coquimbo region of chile

A Chilean postcrosser named Juan Gonzalez sent word about his photo blogs, featuring the Coquimbo region of his fair country. The first highlights the botanical attractions of the region: The second introduces the architecture: Definitely worth a look, though I do wish the photos had info attached. My apologies to JG for taking so long to post this.