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    Cool Postcard swaps

    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)

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    Default Re: Postcard swaps

    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!
    I am a Penpaller and Correspondent. I have a blog. I have a snail mail forum for discussion and postal challenges....
    Best wishes,
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    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!
    "When Men differ in Opinion, both Sides ought equally to have the Advantage of being heard by the Publick;
    and that when Truth and Error have fair Play, the former is always an overmatch for the latter."

    ~ Benjamin Franklin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Szanto View Post
    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!
    I am a Penpaller and Correspondent. I have a blog. I have a snail mail forum for discussion and postal challenges....
    Best wishes,
    Mia

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    Default Re: Postcard swaps

    I love swapping postcards.


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    Default Re: Postcard swaps

    Want to swap? See the first post in this thread.

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    How odd the timing: I have one sitting out for the postman for you today, Fred.
    "When Men differ in Opinion, both Sides ought equally to have the Advantage of being heard by the Publick;
    and that when Truth and Error have fair Play, the former is always an overmatch for the latter."

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    I've sent Fred a postcard within the last few days too.
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    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.
    I am a Penpaller and Correspondent. I have a blog. I have a snail mail forum for discussion and postal challenges....
    Best wishes,
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    I make it a point to send interesting, odd and offbeat postcards, but David Opdyke has me beat! Read the linked NYT article.




    Also see: http://davidopdyke.com/
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    Wow! He has a lot. You do certainly send interesting, odd and offbeat postcards. No problem there.
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    I can confirm that Fred's postcards are always interesting, often vintage. I've been trying to reply with off-beat ones in response.
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deb View Post
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Deb View Post
    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.
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    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. :-(
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Z View Post
    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?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    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
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