Swap-bot Time: April 19, 2018 12:36 pm


Date Joined: April 24, 2013
Last Online: April 8, 2018
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...


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. :-)
Fabriqueen rated for B&W PCs week 33 on Aug 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the Harrison Ford PC. I love that you used a Mellinium Falcon stamp also. We have lots of rain here from this tropical storm that hit Texas. There's flooding everywhere. So far we are safe. Hugs, Diane
Response: So glad you liked the card. Hope you stay dry and safe!
MailLadyJane rated for B&W PCs week 34 on Aug 22, 2017
Comment: Absolutely loved the card! Thanks so much and God bless!
Response: So glad you liked it! Same to you!
Sharlie rated for FREE/AD #30 SENDER'S CHOICE on Jul 28, 2017
Comment: It's so cool that you have access to so many free postcards, I've only found 2 placing with postcards, but I was overjoyed both times, lol! I love the stamps on this PC!
Response: Glad you like it! Yes, too I love that "free stuff" feeling when finding free cards :)
Ramya rated for Science Postcard Swap #1 on Jul 27, 2017
Comment: Hello Eric... Thank you for the Science card with the interesting story about your dad! I have these postcards and love sending them out. So it's so special to receive one to keep. Love all of the great stamps on the card!!! Happy Swapping always- Ramya
Response: You're welcome! Yes, it's one of those rare sets where there's not a bad card in the bunch :) Best Wishes!
veronicasvisions rated for B&W PCs week 30 on Jul 27, 2017
Comment: yes, I love the vintage postcard! Thank you so much! Have a great and wonderful summer.
Stargazer008 rated for B&W PCs week 29 on Jul 25, 2017
Comment: What a stunning piece of mail in my letterbox! You really made my day Eric. Grace Kelly & James Steward, how did you know that I simply love them?!WHOOOPPPP. Oh you seem to be very busy. Hope you could finish the editing work so that you are able to relax and to enjoy your holiday now!!!!
Response: So glad that Ms. Kelly & Mr Stewart found a good home! Hope you're having a good week--just a few more days till my short holiday!
Comment: Thank you very much for your nice Card and your Message. All the best for 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.

MsVal313 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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