Swap-bot Time: February 28, 2020 10:57 pm


Date Joined: September 4, 2015
Last Online: February 28, 2020

Country: Australia

About Me

HI, my name is Mark. I'm 56, married for 35yrs & we have 2 sons aged 33 & 24. 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, 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).



    Seed/Plant Catalogues (Any, but especially vegetable & Cacti/Succulents) and Seed Packets. (Old or New)

    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???)

    Narwhal Horns Candy tin. (With or without mints).

    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.

    Small Pewter Animal Figurines.

    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! :-)


jessnewson98 rated for THE GREAT AUSSIE POSTCARD SWAP on Feb 28, 2020
Comment: I love your postcard! Thank you so much!
Aussie2369 rated for THE GREAT AUSSIE POSTCARD SWAP on Feb 27, 2020
Comment: Kia Ora Mark 63.. Awesome received your post Card today woohoo... :) :) thank you so much also for all your help in learning the ropes on here much respect PS: yesss another swap coming up soon! i will keep an eye out... i think i like this swapping cards ...
BluBerry rated for THE GREAT AUSSIE POSTCARD SWAP on Feb 27, 2020
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Hi Mark, Thanks for the nice F. Chopin postcard. That was a great surprise. I look forward to this swap happening regularly, especially for Aussie swappers, as there are very few, apart from yours.
Dundee36 rated for ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS POSTCARD #1 on Feb 23, 2020
Comment: Hi, well received your postcard, thanks so much, Pascale
MarHelene rated for TRANSPORT PC #2 (BICYCLES) on Feb 22, 2020
Comment: I love the whimsy of this card! And thank you for your kind message.
Response: You are welcome. :-)
dreamlady66 rated for POSTCARD & SOUVENIR MAGNET on Feb 21, 2020
Comment: Dear Mark, howdy and again, such a cool twin-swap just arrived, many thanks even for hosting this!
Response: You are welcome. :-)
Comment: Thanks for the Giant Rocking Horse card, Mark. I'm fond of these "big things" too. Also like the Sundurban mangroves card you wrote on as well as your handmade envie. Here's to recycling with mail 'art"!
Response: Glad you liked them. :-)
Marykstaveness rated for ALL THINGS BOOKS on Feb 12, 2020
Comment: Once again, a swap from Mark! I love the picture with all the books and, of course, the abbey photo is beautiful! I really like the foliage on the Brazilian bookmark. I think I’ll use it in one of my art journals. Thank you!
Response: Once again.....You are welcome. :-)
debbiespoms rated for NOT YOUR EVERYDAY POSTCARD on Feb 10, 2020
Comment: Thank you very much for the 3D PC of Wycliffe well! It is so very neat!
Response: You are welcome. :-)
Comment: Tigers and the Gold Coast! Thanks for the trip down memory lane. :)
Response: You are welcome. :-)
Mamasch rated for Your profile, your postcard on Feb 9, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the maxi card. It was great! Best wishes for better news soon.
Response: You are welcome. :-)
goinjenny rated for TRANSPORT PC #1 (TRUCKS/BIG RIGS) on Jan 30, 2020
Comment: Thank you
Response: You are welcome. :-)
Comment: I love the postcard you sent to me. And I'm sad to hear that bridge is no longer there. I hate how often that seems to happen with bridges and landmarks and buildings.
Response: Glad you like it. :-) And yes, I hate it too!
Comment: Thank you for funny card about the Nullarbor! By the way Mark, I really enjoy your swaps. Why?! They are different and off the beaten track...believe it or not I even learnt something! Thank you, hope there is more to come. And now have a nice evening.
Response: Glad you liked the postcard & my swaps. :-) I still have a few swap ideas in mind for 2020.
Lonestarchild rated for PH: Profile Postcards on Jan 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you for profile perfect cards!
Response: You are welcome. :-)
Comment: Simply wonderful! Thank you so much for the the old travel book cover.I simply like the idea having fresh pancakes at a lake! Maybe some inspiration for the next summer holiday?! And now have a nice evening.
Response: You are welcome. :-)
Comment: Thanks for the wonderful cards of the Portuguese fishing boat and the salty fishermen in your colorful re-purposed envie (and stamp with ship!) Just heard that smoke from Australian bushfires has even reached South America! Keep those windows closed!
Response: You're welcome. Yes it's been one hell of a summer so far. Some parts of New South Wales & Victoria are having a bit of rain & cooler weather, but nowhere near enough to extinguish the fires!
Comment: Loved the ladybird books growing up! Thank you and also for the 3 extras!
Response: You are welcome. :-)
Sasha42 rated for INTERNATIONAL BOOKMARKS - DECEMBER on Jan 9, 2020
Comment: I LOVE these bookmarks! Just the kind I like ..from bookstores, museums, libraries, etc..Thanks so much! They are a nice addition to my collection.
Response: You are welcome. :-)

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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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