Swap-bot Time: January 21, 2022 12:33 pm


Date Joined: September 4, 2015
Last Online: January 21, 2022

Country: Australia

About Me

UPDATE 17th December 2021 I am resuming swaps in January 2022

UPDATE 8th APRIL 2020 Due to the impact Covid-19 is having on the postal service in some countries, I have decided to refrain from hosting and participating in international swaps for the foreseeable future.

Please take all recommended precautions and stay safe and well.

My regards to all. 😷

HI, my name is Mark. I'm 58, married for 37 yrs, & we have 2 sons aged 35 & 26. I was born in the UK, but lived most of my life in Australia. Mostly in Western Australia, but we've also lived in Tasmania & Queensland. I enjoy outdoor activities such as canoeing/kayaking & bush walking (hiking), but due to long term health problems I'm not able to do these as often as I'd like. I like older films & TV shows. I like a wide variety of music, including folk from many countries, trad country, old time mountain music & bluegrass, old-time R&R, classical, jazz & lounge. I also play guitar, uke, jews harp, kazoo & spoons (far from professional). I've also recently taken up the Mountain Dulcimer. I read mostly Non-Fiction, but also enjoy some classics.

I've collected postcards on & off (mostly on) for over 25 years, & I always do my best to send quality items to other collectors.


So please message me if you don't receive something & I'll resend. Please note that mail to/from Australia/USA can take anywhere between 9 days & 7 weeks! Mail to/from South America & Eastern Europe can take even longer (The postal service moves in mysterious ways).


  • I collect POSTCARDS on the themes of: (In no particular order):

    Traditional crafts/ lifestyles/ occupations.

    Books/ Bookstores/ People reading (Photographic or Art)/ Libraries (Personal or public)/ Postcards signed by authors (Any).

    British comedians (Pre 1980 eg: Morcombe & Wise, Tommy Cooper, Norman Wisdom, Arthur Askey, Jimmy Clitheroe, The Goons, etc).

    Unusual tourist attractions & Roadside oddities (eg: Door to Hell- Turkmenistan, Buzludzha- Bulgaria, Route 66- USA, Musa underwater museum of art- Mexico,
    "Big " things, etc).

    Ghost towns/Interesting abandoned buildings.

    Wooden Indians.

    Pickup trucks/Utes (Pre 1980: Ford, Dodge, Chevrolet, International, Toyota Stout, VW, Commer etc.)

    Old trucks.


    Camper vans.


    Museums (Any kind).

    "Did you know..." Or similar postcards.(With information on the front).

    Ships (Non-military).

    Submarines/ Diving bells/ Deep sea diving.

    British canals/boats/ aquaducts

    Suez Canal, Panama Canal (Especially vintage postcards)



    Aircraft (Non-military). Especially sea planes, flying boats & Concorde.

    Hot Air Balloons, Airships/Zeppelins/Blimps

    Architecture (Not religious, except Himalayan monastaries).


    Musical instruments (The more unusual, the better).

    Pop/Rock musicians (Pre 1970 eg: Chuck Berry, The Beachboys, Hermans Hermits, etc).

    Country music (Pre 1980 eg: Carter Family, Slim Dusty, Johnny Cash, Don Williams etc). Singing Cowboys.

    Folk musicians (Any country). Old time mountain musicians from the Appellation Mountains.

    Blues musicians/ Jug bands.

    Australian bush bands/Musicians. British skiffle groups/Musicians.

    Sci-Fi (Pre 1970).

    UFOs/Area 51/ Roswell etc

    Cryptozoology (eg: Bigfoot, Nessie, Mothman, Jackalope, Champ, Tantanoola Tiger, Yowie, Tahoe Tessie, Lake Monsters etc).

    Dinosaurs/ Other extinct animals & birds (eg: Thylacine, Dodo, Moa, etc).


    Unusual wildlife (eg: Aadvark, Okapi, Pangolin, Armadillo etc).

    Wildlife (Gorilla's & Sloth's are my favourite animals).

    Unusual marine creatures (eg: Blob Fish, Goblin Shark, Giant Squid, etc).


    Interesting plants (eg: Corpse Flower, Carnivorous Plants, Joshua Tree etc).

    Cacti (Especially Saguaro).

    British Bulldogs.

    Sphinx Cats.

    Volcano's (Prefer erupting).

    Aurora Borealis/ Australis.

    Unusual cloud formations (eg; Lenticular).

    Extreme weather (eg: Lightning, Tornados, Waterspouts, etc).

    Satellite dishes/ Telescopes/ Observatories.

    Astro photography.

    Pyramids/ Sphinx.

    Interesting geological formations/ Caves/ Lava Tubes.



    Meteorites/ Meteorite craters.

    NASA/ Space.

    Science (eg; Wall charts of Botany, Anatomy, Ornithology, etc. Laboratories, Scientist's).

    Curiosity Cabinets.

    Curio shops.

    Maps ( Australian & USA State maps, Antique maps).


    Bicycles/ Cycling.

    Vintage postcards of Unusual Tourists Attractions (eg: Theme Parks, Resorts, Exhibits, etc)

    Authentic Vintage Black & White.

    Anything interesting or out of the ordinary (eg: The most unusual thing/place etc in the town/ area where you live). Remember, something you are familiar with, may seem unusual to someone in another country!

  • If possible, tell me something about what is on the front of the card. I enjoy learning new things!

  • I prefer postcards to be posted naked, unless the swap states otherwise.

  • I have no objection to ZAZZLE or Free postcards, provided they are of subjects on my Wantlist. :-)

  • I also collect BOOKMARKS, SOUVENIR KEY CHAINS & MAGNETS (Not flags).




    King Kong/Empire State Building ornament/figurine.

    Pins/badges from Museums & other interesting places.

    NEWSPAPER & MAGAZINE CLIPPINGS relating to UFO & Cryptid sightings.

    Alien Poop Chocolate Mints tin. (With or without mints) (From Nevada, USA???)

    Big Foot Poop Candy. (From Seattle, USA???)

    Small HODAG figurine for curiosity cabinet (From Rhinelander Wisconsin).

    A WILD HAGGIS figure/toy. (From Scotland)

    A BEAST OF BUSCO figure/toy. (From Churubusco, Indiana)

    Dodo figurine for curiosity cabinet.

    Kiwi figurine for curiosity cabinet (From New Zealand).

    Armadillo or Pangolin figurine for curiosity cabinet.

    Postcard from The International Cryptozoology Museum, signed by the owner Loren Coleman (Portland, Maine, USA).

    Postcard of a Giant Anteater in defensive stance (On hind legs).

    Postcard of the Enterprise from VULCAN, ALBERTA, CANADA. With a nice, clear postmark.

    Any small souvenir from any Cryptozoology Museum (eg: Bigfoot etc), Space Museum (eg: NASA) or UFO Museum (eg: Roswell) suitable for display cabinet.

    A fragment from the BERLIN WALL.

    A fragment/relic from the WORLD TRADE CENTRE (9/11) NEW YORK, USA.

    Volcanic ash/rock sample.

    Small Volcanic Ash Sculpture (Mt St Helens etc).

    Rattle Snake tail/rattle & fangs.

    Teeth (From animals, sharks etc) to display in curiosity cabinet.

    Quills from porcupine/ hedgehog.

    Barb from stingray.

    Any unusual small item to display in curiosity cabinet.



  • No Homemade Postcards

  • No Washi Tape

  • No glitter

  • Please do not stick anything on or write on the picture side of postcards.


I look forward to hearing from you! :-)


indigo68 rated for THE GREAT AUSSIE POSTCARD SWAP #4 on Jul 16, 2020
Comment: Thanks Mark :)
Response: You are welcome 😀
teddygirl rated for THE GREAT AUSSIE POSTCARD SWAP #4 on Jul 13, 2020
Comment: Thanks Mark I just love them all thanks for being so generous ❤
Response: You are welcome 😀
Comment: Mr Mark, you can always be relied upon to find something interesting! Awesome as always.
Response: Glad you liked it 😀
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard and book recommendation.
Response: You are welcome 😀
AmyMarie rated for VINTAGE/ANTIQUE MAPS POSTCARDS on Jun 13, 2020
Comment: It finally arrived! And it was so worth the wait. THANK YOU for the wonderful map maxicard!!! It was a joy to receive.
Response: You are welcome. :-)
Akanksha23 rated for NOT YOUR EVERYDAY POSTCARD #3 on Jun 8, 2020
Comment: Finally received it after almost 3 months!! Thank you! Stay safe!
Response: You are welcome. :-)
veronicallama rated for ALL THINGS BOOKS #3 on Jun 8, 2020
Comment: Your swap made it to California at long last! Postmarked on March 25th, it arrived on June 8th, after a very long journey :D Thanks for the bookmarks and I really like the penmanship postcard. Take care, Mark!
Response: Glad you like what I sent. :-)
indigo68 rated for THE GREAT AUSSIE POSTCARD SWAP #3 on Jun 3, 2020
Comment: Thanks Mark! :)
Response: You are welcome. :-)
Comment: Thank you for your lovely postcard Mark, showing the beautiful national park. Yes, things are slowly returning to normal now. This delivery only took a week. Best wishes from Jenny.
Response: You are welcome. :-)
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome postcard (it may have gotten a little drenched, so I couldn't read it all, but what I could read was great). Thank you for another great postcard and an awesome swap! Have a phenomenal week! EDIT: Thank you so much for the resend of this postcard, I love it!
Response: I'm glad you liked it. Sorry it was damaged. A re-send is on the way :-)
jessnewson98 rated for ALL THINGS BOOKS (AUSTRALIA) on Jun 1, 2020
Comment: Oh my goodness, thank you so much for the bookish goodies you sent! I loved everything!
Response: You are welcome. :-)
teddygirl rated for THE GREAT AUSSIE POSTCARD SWAP #2 on May 5, 2020
Comment: Thanks Mark, I'm happy with your choice of cards, much appreciated :)
Response: You are welcome. :-)
indigo68 rated for THE GREAT AUSSIE POSTCARD SWAP #2 on May 5, 2020
Comment: Finally received today! Thanks for the great seal postcard. :)
Response: You are welcome. :-)
Aussie2369 rated for THE GREAT AUSSIE POSTCARD SWAP #2 on Apr 28, 2020
Comment: Hi Mark63 wow thats fantastic your wife has been to greymouth! she beat me! hahaha i hope it was the best travel experience she had while there... truly nice to visit other countries like Aotearoa New Zealand xx
Response: It certainly is ! Swap #3 is ready now !!! :-)
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful old buildings in Poland, lovely architecture. Also great stamps. Nice to receive a swap again.
Response: You are welcome. Swap #3 is ready !!!
Comment: Loved the postcard, the message, and the stamp! Thank you! Hope you and your family stay safe, happy, and healthy!
Response: Glad you liked it. Swap #3 is ready !!!
suepier rated for DOLPHINS/PORPOISES POSTCARD on Apr 2, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the pretty dolphin postcard from Australia.
Response: You are welcome. :-)
goinjenny rated for TRANSPORT PC #3 (BOARDS) on Mar 30, 2020
Comment: Thank you, esp for the extras
Response: You are welcome. There's plenty more where they came from! :-)
Comment: thankyou very very much for the amazing card :)
Response: You are welcome. :-)
mickiecheryl rated for POSTCARD & SOUVENIR COIN on Mar 25, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the postcard and coin. Happy Swapping.
Response: You are welcome. :-)

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CookieMomster78 on Nov 26, 2020:

You have been one of the lights in a seemingly dark world.

Stargazer008 on Jul 26, 2020:

Hi Mark, hope your are well. To be honest I am missing your wonderful swaps: these challenging, creative topics. Well I should better say these little treasures in my letterbox! Sunny smiles from Germany, Joana

MamaMangrove on Jun 7, 2020:

Missing your swaps. Hope you'll be back with us soon.

mamajoy on May 5, 2020:

Mark: I'm so sad that you are not doing international postcard swaps right now. I totally understand, but I do miss your creative themes. Stay safe and hurry back. Joy

momto8cats on Oct 19, 2019:

Thank you again, for more surprise bookmarks & the cool alien postcard!

Cariboocarol on Sep 28, 2019:

Hi Mark - we finally made it to Vulcan so a postcard is on its way to you, hopefully with a clear cancellation! Better late than never!

momto8cats on May 3, 2019:

Thank you so much for the surprise bookmarks, erasers, and postcards! That is so thoughtful of you! How did you know the piano is my favorite instrument?

hazelwitch3 on Jan 10, 2019:

Thank you so much for angelling the Ephemera swap and for sending me such a great selection of ephemera! I'm looking forward to crafting with it.

jenmcjen on Dec 9, 2018:


jenmcjen on Dec 9, 2018:

Hi, Mark! WHY ARE ALL YOUR SWAPS SHOUTING!?!? I love your new postcard series, and look forward to participating. :D

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