Swap-bot Time: January 21, 2021 12:18 am


Date Joined: April 24, 2013
Last Online: January 5, 2021
Birthday: February 26, 1966
Country: United States

About Me

Hello! My name's Eric,and I live in southern Maryland with my wife and three cats. I'm originally from this state but moved back only about 4 years ago after several years in Vermont and Oregon. I found my way to swap-bot after exchanging postcards through Postcrossing and looking for new ways to liven up our mailbox.

This Month (Late March 2018) - It's been a while since I've updated! I've been off swapping postcards elsewhere but thought I'd try getting back into some of the swaps here that I enjoy so much. Two days into spring, our winter's snow has finally arrived, and I've just finished co-teaching an English (ESOL) class in Washington, DC. Looking forward to riding my bike some more and listening to baseball games.

If for any reason you haven't received a swap item from me, please let me know. I'm pretty conscientious and organized and would never flake. I always rate the day I receive a swap (unless I'm on a rare vacation), though I've been remiss in the past about rating down for swaps not received. In general, I enjoy sending at least as much as receiving swaps, so why penalize someone for missing out on the chance to send me a postcard or other swap item? Hasn't he/she suffered enough:) However, I know others may not have the same view, so I'm trying to stay on top of that. . .

Favorite Music

Where to start... While working, I usually prefer to listen to music with lyrics in languages other than English, lots of French pop music, especially from the 1960s--Brigitte Bardot, Françoise Hardy.... Also albums that I know well enough to not be too distracted by them. Some favorite standbys are Aimee Mann, Freedy Johnston, and Ryan Adams. Otherwise I listen to a lot of indie rock, 60s rock, classical, world, and instrumental music. Favorites include (London) Suede, Billie Holiday, Fred Astaire, the Decemberists, Radiohead, Anais Mitchell...When I was little I'd listen to the Beatles constantly...

Favorite Books

I first learned to read largely by following the adventures of Charlie Brown and Peanuts and grew up reading Signet Classic paperbacks--lots of Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, George Eliot, Dostoevsky, Mark Twain--and continued enjoying them even when I had to read them for school. I also got hooked on Lord of the Rings after a third grade teacher had me read The Hobbit in lieu of the reading textbook. Now I read a lot of nonfiction but have recently been reading a few novels by George Gissing that I never got to before during my Gissing Phase of 2008. I'm a sucker for history that reads like a novel.

Favorite Movies

Most of the movies I've seen the last few years are from 1950 and earlier. Favorites include Sunset Boulevard, Remember the Night, Pandora's Box, It, Metropolis, Piccadilly. . . I really enjoy getting to see silent films with live musical accompaniment. My wife and I are planning on going to a 1940s weekend next year. (She's been kindly knitting part of my wardrobe.)

Favorite Television

Mostly, I watch old movies and baseball games (I'm an Orioles fan). I'm glad to be living in the Orioles tv area again, but I still end up listening to games or just reading about them more than watching them


I'm happy with pretty much any postcards (I usually just glance at the picture side anyway), though I especially like

  • fun stamps
  • your local area, landmarks, scenery
  • ships, trains, planes
  • black and white
  • book-related, literary landmarks
  • drawing, illustration
  • maps
  • science, education
  • paintings
  • vintage travel
  • advertising
  • films, actors (especially b&w/silent stars)
  • musicians
  • history, geography, or unusual places
  • holidays, festivals
  • text in other languages
  • animals
  • bread, baked goods, tea/coffee, other food and drink
  • vintage

Oh, and of course, handmade ones. Especially if from outside the U.S., I'm always interested in whatever stamps you use. I used to collect stamps and postmarks when I was a boy, and now the stamps I buy are mostly to post and/or decorate mail I send out. I still find myself hoarding stamps but tell myself they'll all go out in the mail eventually...


AngJ rated for SPACE theme postcard swap on Apr 2, 2019
Comment: Hi Eric!! Thank you again for the wonderful postcard! Planets stamps were definitely my favorites but I wasnt in postcrossing back then:) Have a great day!
Response: You're welcome, Anzhela! At least we have the moon landing ones to look forward to.
matt319 rated for Hello Stranger PC Swap INT on Jun 7, 2018
nannydino rated for Culture Postcard Swap on May 31, 2018
Comment: Eric, you're making me crabby ! Lol...just kidding :) thank you for the crab cake recipe PC. Happy Spring swapping. peace love light
blubutterfly rated for Space Postcard Swap INTL #3 on May 30, 2018
Comment: Space card and space stamps!! Awesome:) Thanks so much! Has it really been four years? Time flies! Glad to get a card (x2) from you now that you’re back swapping, hope all is well and your having a great mail day!
Response: You're welcome--glad you liked them! Always a surprise to see what stamps (if any) get canceled.
Comment: Nice to see a PC from you again:) I used to love taking the bus when I was in university. Often it meant I could finish my homework as it was a 45 minute trip (at best), and meant I didn’t have to worry about finding parking! Thanks so much for the very informative card, plus the awesome stamps!!! The ones along the bottom (the Army & Red Cross stamps) didn’t get cancelled!!
marinda rated for Historical PC Fun on May 29, 2018
Comment: Oh, my gooness..i love this postcard! Thank you very much. Great art, great quote, very interesting time period. Love the stamps, too!
Response: You're welcome--so glad you liked it!
Comment: Hi Eric thank you for the Chesapeake steamed blue crabs PC. Love the graphics, and colors. Happy Spring swapping. peace love light
Response: You're welcome! Glad you like the Erick Sahler card. Best Wishes for summer!
goinjenny rated for What are you listening to? #6 on Mar 27, 2018
Comment: Thank you
Zefaniya rated for What are you listening to? #6 on Mar 27, 2018
Comment: Wow, crazy that you found the same swap I did years ago!
veronicallama rated for MISHAP pc OCTOBER on Oct 19, 2017
Comment: Thanks, Eric! Love the stamps!
Comment: Thank you for the awesome Halloween pc. I hope you have a fun Halloween!
mariewilliams810 rated for FREE/AD #40 NICE PHOTO on Oct 6, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much! This is actually the first postcard from the postal museum and I love it!
Response: You're welcome--glad you liked it!
PostcardAl rated for B&W PCs week 40 on Oct 2, 2017
Comment: thanks for the candy card. I keep forgetting about the Hotel Monaco's postcard nook -- I work right across the street! Best, Al
Response: You're welcome--that was a quick delivery!
aprilivy rated for B&W PCs week 39 on Sep 30, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much :)
Comment: I was excited to receive your card! Great stamp! I collect 3D cards and the lighthouses were so lovely! Thank you!!
Response: You're welcome! So glad you like it!
TessyT rated for Medicinalia Postcard Swap # 12 on Sep 23, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the great card and love the stamps too! I hope you enjoyed the pc meetup, I would love to go to one someday...
Response: You're welcome! The pc meet-up was lots of fun, about 30 people in all.
Fieke rated for B&W PCs week 36 on Sep 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the B&W pc and the beautifull stamps on it !
Comment: Wau.. I have´t words :) Thank you so much for absolutely great postcard with beautiful stamps. I love it ! You makes my day, thanks :)
Response: You're welcome--Glad you liked it!
Fieke rated for B&W PCs week 35 on Aug 31, 2017
Comment: Thanks a lot for the Alice in Wonderland PC and the nice stamp
Mark63 rated for CHEERS to AUGUST on Aug 28, 2017
Comment: Interesting PC! Thank you. :-)

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nannydino on Oct 11, 2017:

Hi Eric, Thank you so much for the awesome Pyrex PC , I'm over the moon. And the postmark is icing on the cake. It really made my day, thank you so much!

KSENiA on Feb 18, 2017:

Thank you for sending my card back. Nice stamps! This card is a drawing by a friend, I made her to turn it into postcards :

cathlud on Jun 1, 2015:

Thank you for the postcard from Vermont and the matching stamp. My collection of postcards is growing slowly. Lots from some states and hardly any from others. Yours is my second view of Vermont.

JediLibrarian on Dec 22, 2014:

Eric- I totally feel like a horrid goof for not thanking you sooner. I honestly thought I had. Thank you so much for the BEAUTIFUL postcard! It is really quite fabulous and I have it hanging up at work for the rest of the librarians to enjoy. Thank you for thinking of me!

Sincerely- a very forgetful librarian

virgoleanne on Nov 8, 2014:

Thanks for being part of Postcard - November Aviation History Month Swap! Please check out more of my swaps @virgoleanne Swapbot thanks

Candyn29 on Oct 11, 2014:


tmarlo on Aug 6, 2014:

Hello! many greeting from Thailand! Thank you very much for joins us in map cards swap. I hope you get nice map card you like from your partners soon. Pack

Paige1900 on Jun 27, 2014:

This : )

HelloCindi on May 9, 2014:

Hi Eric! I received the wonderful firework postcard you sent me today! Thank you so much, I am so happy to have it as part of my firework PC collection! Honestly, I love all firework postcards... I love seeing the many different types of firework displays they have around the world! I'd say as of right now I have about 70-75 firework postcards. My collection is slowly growing! I've only started collecting firework postcards last year... But they've turned into my favorite postcards to receive! I bet the glow in the dark firework stamp from the Philippines must be beautiful! Anyways, I hope you have a wonderful weekend & that your move is going smoothly!

heliogal on May 6, 2014:

Thanks Eric for brightening up my day with your very pretty vintage nasturtiums pc!! Love it!

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