Miscellaneous

South Dakota mapcard

I found an amazing shop on Etsy that has great priced vintage postcards! I found this neat South Dakota mapcard for $1.25 with 2 other cards, bundled as a group. So happy to get this card! 🙂

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Road Trip!

I recently went on a roadtrip from Virginia to Wisconsin, and back! I had a huge amount of fun, and, as always, I was on the lookout for postcards! I finally found some Illinois mapcards. I’ve been trying to find them for a few years, and never have any luck. I go to Illinois once or twice a year, so I was thrilled to finally find not only one, but four different designs! 🙂

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I went to Springfield, Illinois on my trip, as I’m a huge Lincoln nerd. 😉 And several locals had mentioned Cozy Dog Drive In, as being a good place to eat. I’m really happy I went there, because not only was the food great, but I also learned about a wonderful artist named Bob Waldmire! The Cozy Dog Drive In, had a gift shop, which sold various products with his art on them, and obviously I bought several of the postcards. 🙂 The Cozy Dog Drive In claims to have invented the corn dog, by Bob Waldmire’s dad, and a friend. I don’t eat meat, so I can’t tell you how the corn dog was, but my fiancé said it was quite tasty. I thought their grilled cheese and fries were great! 🙂 Here are a few examples of Waldmire’s art, which I think is so incredible and amazing!

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Swap #55 & New Mapcards!

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I swapped with Sierra in Brea, California, USA and got this wonderful postcard of Native American Tribes of California! This is so cool! 🙂 I’d love to have one from every state. I also LOVE the vintage stamps! 🙂

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I recently traveled back home to Wisconsin for my cousin’s wedding, and found a few more mapcards to add to my collection (shown above)! 🙂 Very oddly I found the Iowa one at Paul Bunyan’s in Wisconsin Dells, which is a few hours from Iowa, but they didn’t have any Wisconsin mapcards! 🙂 That’s fine though, because I was missing an Iowa mapcard, and now I have one in my collection!

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New Postcards! :)

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I’ve been traveling for the past 3 months – mostly for work, but a little for fun. 🙂 So ironically, I haven’t had much time for Postcrossing, but I’ve been able to add a TON of postcards to my collection! I can’t wait to start sending official cards again, and swapping more often! 🙂

I found these 2 new USA mapcards of Delaware and Maryland, which I’m really happy to add to my collection. 🙂

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And these 2 cards are from the Miles B. Carpenter Museum in Waverly, Virginia. This is such a neat museum! I’m so happy I went there. Miles B. Carpenter was an American folk artist who ran a lumber and ice business for many years. He started carving wood when he was younger, and picked it up again after he retired and his wife died. Many of his pieces include a small piece of fur cut from his late wife’s fur coats. The museum is in his old house which I thought was really neat. You can read more about Mr. Carpenter here. These postcards show two of his “Loch Ness Monsters” and the other card shows him talking to a little girl alongside his 19th century Pennsylvania Dutch Santa Claus.

And to note, the Miles B. Carpenter Museum is right next door to the Peanut Museum! It’s the “oldest peanut museum in America” – and I’m guessing the only. 😉

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Stamps, stamps, stamps!

I just returned from a cruise! My fiancé is working on the ship, so I went to visit him. It was extraordinary! I left from New York City, and went to Grand Turk, Aruba, Jamaica, Curaçao, Grand Cayman and we landed in Tampa, Florida. My blog is about Postcrossing, but I was drawn to it because I love collecting stamps. 🙂 So naturally on my cruise, I wanted to visit every post office and get some stamps! I made it to every one except Jamaica (I had booked an excursion that took up the entire day).

So here are my new stamps and the post offices I visited! 🙂 The first ones are from Grand Turk:

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Aruba! They had a neat collection of stamps and philatelic materials inside their post office:

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Curaçao! I was really excited to go here because they have a stamp museum near the port. Unfortunately we spent way too much time looking for it, and when we found it, it was closed. 😦 But! I made it to the post office. We also went to the Maritime Museum, where to my delight, I realized the gift shop was selling stamps (including a variety of older ones!) that they sell to go with their postcards.

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The last stop was Grand Cayman which has an AMAZING stamp shop right by the port. It’s called the Penny Black. I was so excited to go, and the gentleman working there was very kind and knowledgable! 🙂 I also bought a postcard from “Hell”: there is a city in Grand Cayman called “Hell”. So a very touristy thing to do is send a card from there, and then the postmark says it’s from Hell. 🙂 I really wanted to go there, but it was about 30 minutes away. Next time!

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A Mystery

Back in February, I sent a card to Desiree in Germany. The card had jelly beans on it. 🙂 I always write cards to Germany in German, but I couldn’t remember the word for jelly bean. Anyway, she wrote a lovely reply and asked if I’d like some German gummy bears! Of course I said yes. I love German candy. 🙂 So she sent this amazing package:

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I loved it! Plus Milka and Kinder Schokolade! I love both of them, but they’re really hard to get here in Virginia. It really made my day. 🙂

So I mailed Desiree a package of assorted unusual American candies that I’ve never seen overseas, plus some potato chips, because she mentioned she loved them in the US. AND THEN TODAY, I got the package back! I was stunned. There’s 4 stickers that say it’s the wrong address, but I used the same one I sent the postcard too. It’s so weird!

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Shameless Self-Promotion

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I opened an Etsy shop! I’m selling postcards, bookmarks and stamps (so far). My favorite postcard and bookmark are pictured above. 🙂 To celebrate, I’m offering an Etsy coupon code for the next week at 10% off: ROWESANDCOLUMNS10

I will be adding many more items soon! 

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Postcrossing Stats for 2012

Postcrossing sent me an email today with my stats for last year. They are far different than what I imagined when I first signed up. I figured the majority of cards that I sent and received would be to and from the U.S. But that isn’t true at all! My top 3 sent cards are to: Germany (12), the Netherlands (7) and tied at 6 cards are the U.S., Russia, and Belarus. My top 3 received cards are from: the Netherlands (11), tied at 7 cards are Russia and Germany, and Ukraine (4). And what’s most interesting is that I received 2 cards from South Africa last year! Cards from there are somewhat rare, so having received 2 is quite wonderful. But I’ve enjoyed receiving each and every card. I love opening my mailbox and seeing cards from all over the world, and I’ve learned so much about different countries and cities. I’ve also made a few new friends along the way. 🙂 I can’t wait to see what’s in my mailbox this year!

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