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FredRydr
October 9th, 2016, 01:56 PM
You may already know the joy of real written correspondence, especially when written with genuine ink from a nib. But there's also postcards!

If you'd like to swap postcards, do the following:


1. Send a private message (PM) to others in this thread that includes your mailing address, asking them to reply with their address.
2. Post in this thread your interest in swapping postcards and invite others to send a PM to you with their address, and that you will reply with your address.

Note that No. 1 alone is more effective than No. 2 alone. Both is best by far.

So, anyone for the following postcards? I have lots, especially the older vintage size.


railways and trams: steam diesel electric
vintage linen postcards of western North Carolina and Blue Ridge Parkway
vintage postcards of US states and Canada provinces, western Europe, Japan
modern and old China
Pennsylvania, especially city of Reading and Berks County, from the 1970s (many!)
vintage and modern postcards of Amish
vintage photo cards of people and homes (my favorite)
vintage early 20th-century Holland
vintage and modern cards of art and architecture
vintage hotels and motels
and there are others, to be sure

Fred (also participates in postcrossing.com)

Morgaine
January 7th, 2017, 03:23 PM
I just popped over to your Postcrossing profile to see if there were specific themes of postcards you'd like - but you enjoy all types! If you sign up for incowrimo-2017, I could send some postcards with a letter!

Jon Szanto
January 7th, 2017, 06:48 PM
I won't commit to anymore writing projects, because I am already so behind in my correspondence. Terrible.

However, I really encourage people to engage Fred in this - he sends the BEST postcards!

Morgaine
January 8th, 2017, 07:24 AM
I won't commit to anymore writing projects, because I am already so behind in my correspondence. Terrible.

However, I really encourage people to engage Fred in this - he sends the BEST postcards!

Perhaps I should send you some too!

southpaw52
January 8th, 2017, 02:35 PM
I love swapping postcards.

FredRydr
October 3rd, 2018, 08:51 AM
Want to swap? See the first post in this thread.

Jon Szanto
October 3rd, 2018, 10:30 AM
How odd the timing: I have one sitting out for the postman for you today, Fred.

Chrissy
October 3rd, 2018, 12:11 PM
I've sent Fred a postcard within the last few days too. :)

Morgaine
October 7th, 2018, 05:25 PM
I still buy postcards even though I rarely send via Postcrossing. I bought a postcard book and a half-used postcard box from a charity shop in Cambridge last month.

FredRydr
January 18th, 2019, 05:17 AM
I make it a point to send interesting, odd and offbeat postcards, but David Opdyke (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/18/arts/design/david-opdyke-university-of-michigan-artist-activist.html) has me beat! Read the linked NYT article.


https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/01/20/arts/20OPDYKE3/20OPDYKE3-superJumbo.jpg?quality=90&auto=webp

https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/01/20/arts/20OPDYKE1/20OPDYKE1-superJumbo.jpg?quality=90&auto=webp

Also see: http://davidopdyke.com/

Chrissy
January 18th, 2019, 05:20 AM
Wow! He has a lot. You do certainly send interesting, odd and offbeat postcards. No problem there. :)

Deb
December 9th, 2019, 03:06 AM
I can confirm that Fred's postcards are always interesting, often vintage. I've been trying to reply with off-beat ones in response.

Empty_of_Clouds
December 9th, 2019, 03:15 AM
Although Fred and I are apparently no longer talking to each other in any mode, I should also point out that his postcards - about 17 of them - still adorn my office wall. And every one is both quirky and highly interesting. If you can exchange with Fred, you really should. :)

Chrissy
December 9th, 2019, 04:25 AM
I can confirm that Fred's postcards are always interesting, often vintage. I've been trying to reply with off-beat ones in response.

I find it impossible to get postcards as good as Fred's to return to him, and try to make my own from interesting pictures in magazines. :)

Deb
December 9th, 2019, 06:54 AM
I can confirm that Fred's postcards are always interesting, often vintage. I've been trying to reply with off-beat ones in response.

I find it impossible to get postcards as good as Fred's to return to him, and try to make my own from interesting pictures in magazines. :)

It is difficult to get amusing postcards here. I have many comic postcards that I brought here with me from the US. I hadn't used them for years and I had forgotten them. They turned up one day when I was looking for something else and I thought, "Perfect for Fred!" Your idea sounds great.

FredRydr
December 9th, 2019, 10:08 AM
I get my best vintage and old postcards unsorted in bags and boxes at antiques markets (once cards have been sorted and categorized, forget it). A little bookshop in my town was getting rid of its new old stock postcards and selling cheap. A vendor at a rural flea market/car boot sale next to a church had a pile of ~100-year-old B&W photo cards for pennies each; I bought them all. Today I discovered a man in New Zealand who publishes repro vintage postcards at great prices, though I'm waiting for his reply whether the address side will be fountain pen friendly.* You just never know the source for fun and oddball cards.



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* Reply came in. They're glossy on both sides. :-(

Ron Z
December 9th, 2019, 10:55 AM
I enjoy receiving Fred's cards. But I don't send any. Deciphering an Enigma coded message would be easier than reading my handwriting. Even my wife has trouble reading it at times. Worse, she asks "What does this say?" and I have to stare at it a minute to figure it out.

penwash
December 9th, 2019, 01:13 PM
I enjoy receiving Fred's cards. But I don't send any. Deciphering an Enigma coded message would be easier than reading my handwriting. Even my wife has trouble reading it at times. Worse, she asks "What does this say?" and I have to stare at it a minute to figure it out.

As a wizard with tools, can you not modify a Pantograph so it can copy your handwriting into cursive or something? :)

penwash
December 9th, 2019, 01:15 PM
I get my best vintage and old postcards unsorted in bags and boxes at antiques markets (once cards have been sorted and categorized, forget it). A little bookshop in my town was getting rid of its new old stock postcards and selling cheap. A vendor at a rural flea market/car boot sale next to a church had a pile of ~100-year-old B&W photo cards for pennies each; I bought them all. Today I discovered a man in New Zealand who publishes repro vintage postcards at great prices, though I'm waiting for his reply whether the address side will be fountain pen friendly. You just never know the source for fun and oddball cards.

I'd love to receive another one of your postcards, but I don't have anything cool to send back to you.
I can do a Sloppy Sketch of something vintage that you like :)

FredRydr
December 9th, 2019, 04:53 PM
I'd love to receive another one of your postcards, but I don't have anything cool to send back to you. I can do a Sloppy Sketch of something vintage that you like :)
Try me. :)

FredRydr
March 29th, 2020, 07:52 AM
I have enough postcards to get me through the self-isolation period, plus some. My last postcard purchase was made three weeks ago while hunting for pens in the antiques market in the wee hours.

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I saw this. The bin was heavy, and stuffed with thousands of unused and used postcards from 1900 to present. About a penny for each useful card, plus used vintage collector cards I'll have to shift to someone who likes that sort of thing.

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Alas, no pens that day. But at least I won't be tempted to violate the stay-at-home order when it comes. Oh, and I just received my supply of vintage US postage stamps, too.

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Deb
March 29th, 2020, 08:15 AM
https://images52.fotki.com/v1211/photos/2/3815032/14358355/IMGP0138-vi.gif (https://private.fotki.com/sempilch/private/imgp0138.html)

I have these retro magnetic ones. I hope it won't be too long before I can start sending postcards again.

Dreck
March 29th, 2020, 10:07 AM
I have enough postcards to get me through the self-isolation period, plus some. My last postcard purchase was made three weeks ago while hunting for pens in the antiques market in the wee hours.

I saw this. The bin was heavy, and stuffed with thousands of unused and used postcards from 1900 to present. About a penny for each useful card, plus used vintage collector cards I'll have to shift to someone who likes that sort of thing.

Nice find! The guys at the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society (https://www.hplhs.org/about.php) would possibly be interested in the vintage collector cards. If you're interested in selling them off, PM or email me.
My word! That black, ebonite Waterman in your last photo is dead sexy!

Chrissy
March 29th, 2020, 10:11 AM
https://images52.fotki.com/v1211/photos/2/3815032/14358355/IMGP0138-vi.gif (https://private.fotki.com/sempilch/private/imgp0138.html)

I have these retro magnetic ones. I hope it won't be too long before I can start sending postcards again.
I read that Covid-19 can't survive on cardboard for more than 24 hours.

FredRydr
March 29th, 2020, 10:15 AM
Thanks for the link, Dreck. That is too cool!

My word! That black, ebonite Waterman in your last photo is dead sexy!
Take a cold shower! She's gone and already has a new lover.

Deb
March 29th, 2020, 10:19 AM
I have these retro magnetic ones. I hope it won't be too long before I can start sending postcards again.
I read that Covid-19 can't survive on cardboard for more than 24 hours.

I would have to go to the Post Office to buy stamps. The game is not worth the candle so long as the virus persists.

Chrissy
March 29th, 2020, 10:21 AM
I have these retro magnetic ones. I hope it won't be too long before I can start sending postcards again.
I read that Covid-19 can't survive on cardboard for more than 24 hours.

I would have to go to the Post Office to buy stamps. The game is not worth the candle so long as the virus persists.
Oh yes that could be a problem. Unless you consider buying some on ebay for less?

FredRydr
March 29th, 2020, 10:26 AM
Buy Royal Mail stamps online:
https://shop.royalmail.com/postage-and-packaging/first-and-second-class-stamps
https://shop.royalmail.com/postage-and-packaging/international-postage-and-make-up-values

Deb
March 29th, 2020, 10:35 AM
I'll be sending letters and postcards when this is over.

calamus
March 31st, 2020, 07:35 PM
https://i.imgur.com/APdVBqH.jpg

calamus
March 31st, 2020, 07:36 PM
The so-called experts are saying the virus can't live more than 24 hours on paper or cardboard, so I've been corresponding merrily despite essentially being under house arrest.

FredRydr
March 31st, 2020, 07:54 PM
Goodness, the parkway was crowded back then, too! At least it appears to be moving.

Sandy
April 16th, 2020, 01:52 PM
Hello, if anyone would like to swap postcards - whether you are in the UK or overseas - then I'm more than happy to do so.

Drop me a line, and I'll send one your way.

Sandy.

Farmboy
April 17th, 2020, 12:10 AM
I wonder if anyone else gets random unannounced anonymous post cards with obtuse messages on them or am I singular in this set?

guyy
April 17th, 2020, 05:03 AM
I wonder if anyone else gets random unannounced anonymous post cards with obtuse messages on them or am I singular in this set?

The Tim Robbins character in “The Player”

FredRydr
September 28th, 2020, 12:14 PM
I don't know who gets to proclaim such things, but according to Postcrossing.com, October 1st is World Postcard Day. And to think I didn't reserve a table at my favorite restaurant to celebrate.

https://worldpostcardday.com

https://www.postcrossing.com/blog/tag/worldpostcardday

https://worldpostcardday.com/assets/images/homepage/postcardsbanner.png

FredRydr
April 7th, 2022, 07:27 AM
My February 1st postcard to Mariupol, Ukraine (and another to Belarus) finally expired on my Postcrossing Traveling Postcards list.

Awful, so very sad:

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(redacted)

Yazeh
April 7th, 2022, 08:40 AM
My February 1st postcard to Mariupol, Ukraine (and another to Belarus) finally expired on my Traveling Postcards list.

Awful, so very sad:


Heartbreaking....

FredRydr
April 25th, 2022, 11:59 AM
She escaped Mariupol as late as April 7th, and had the mindset to update her Postcrossing (https://www.postcrossing.com) profile with this message of tragedy and determination:

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FredRydr
May 19th, 2022, 07:10 AM
Sometimes antiques market finds are just too tempting. I mean, a box of many hundreds of identical vintage postcards for only $5? It's been two years now, and I am down to about 200-300 of them. There were even gifts of handfuls to fellow card swappers.

I did a search for Camp Nelson and I suspect if I sent one of these cards to Godfrey, Ontario it will be returned. Does Camp Nelson still exist? I am going to send a card there today, with my return address on the card, hoping CanadaPost will do the honors if they cannot deliver it.


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Wile E Coyote
May 19th, 2022, 07:21 AM
Sometimes antiques market finds are just too tempting. I mean, a box of many hundreds of identical vintage postcards for only $5? It's been two years now, and I am down to about 200-300 of them. There were even gifts of handfuls to fellow card swappers.

I did a search for Camp Nelson and I suspect if I sent one of these cards to Godfrey, Ontario it will be returned. Does Camp Nelson still exist? I am going to send a card there today, with my return address on the card, hoping CanadaPost will do the honors if they cannot deliver it.


Send one here: https://www.greenbaycabins.ca/history.htm

Even if it's not the same place, they'll probably get a kick out of it.

FredRydr
May 19th, 2022, 07:29 AM
Your search did better than mine. I got down to Godfrey and postcode K0H, but couldn't find a lake to match.

Thank you. So it's off to Larry and DiAnne's camp, though its only one of several buildings along Green Bay of Bob's Lake.

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FredRydr
June 6th, 2022, 02:49 PM
I sometimes joke that postcards are delayed because during postoffice coffee breaks, postcards are favorite coasters and it takes a week or a month before anyone notices and returns them into the flow of mail. Proof arrived today in the form of a Postcrosser's postcard from Germany, 25 days for what usually takes a week!

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Chrissy
June 6th, 2022, 11:38 PM
@Fred OMG I think you must be right. :(