Swap-bot Time: May 18, 2024 7:13 pm


Date Joined: September 4, 2015
Last Online: May 18, 2024

Country: Australia

About Me

UPDATE 24th JANUARY 2023 If you are my international swap partner, please keep in mind that postage between some countries is still very slow. Therefore please be patient when rating. If I have marked an item as sent, you can rest assured that it is on the way no matter how long it may take! I NEVER FLAKE!!!

HI, my name is Mark. I'm 61, married for 39 years , & we have 2 sons aged 37 & 28. 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 used to 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'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 ALWAYS RATE PROMPTLY!!! If I haven’t rated, I haven’t received it! I don’t like giving poor ratings. If I haven’t received your swap, I will always endeavour to contact you before rating.


  • 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/Ozark 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).

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

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


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

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

    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).

    Scooters & Mopeds

    Bicycles/ Cycling.

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

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

    Authentic Vintage Black & White or Colour postcards of any themes on my list.

    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).


  • PINS/BADGES from Museums & other interesting places.


    • Wooden Nickels

    • Souvenir Coins/Medallions

    • Pressed Pennies



  • 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! :-)


Karen07 rated for PCS: 3s - All Suits on May 15, 2024
Comment: The cards arrived, Mark. Thanks, they're great!
Doulton rated for A-Z of SCIENCE-"C" on Apr 17, 2024
Comment: Thank you very much for the beautiful, profound, and educational card about Cosmology. Over 50 years ago I took a class that was co-taught by Carl Sagan. Fascinating! Thank you again.
Response: You are welcome 😊
marclively rated for SOUVENIR COINS & PC on Apr 12, 2024
Comment: great coins and cards
Response: Glad you liked them. More to come soon!
LaureAndLucky rated for REPTILE POSTCARD SWAP on Apr 3, 2024
Comment: Thank you so much for this amazing postcard ! Reptiles are weird and fascinating to me, their skin, their little arms, I don't know, they're cute in a weird way ahah Have a nice day
Response: You are welcome 😊
simcoe54 rated for SOUVENIR COINS & PC on Mar 31, 2024
Comment: Thanks for the souvenir coins and pc.
Response: You are welcome 😊
Stargazer008 rated for A-Z of SCIENCE-"B" on Mar 30, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the fantastic chart postcard. Funnily I also took Botany as science. Can't wait for the next letter. And now have a wonderful weekend and happy Easter. :)
Response: You are welcome as always. 😊
blubutterfly rated for A-Z of SCIENCE PC - β€œS" on Mar 26, 2024
Comment: Thanks for the resend and the beautiful stamp!! Experienced my first earthquake just last year and although it was minor it was scary! Zero out of five stars for the earthquake, but five out of five for the Postcard:) Take care β™₯
Response: I’m pleased that this one arrived ok. 😊
thebragal rated for CH: Two Partners/3 Coins on Mar 4, 2024
Comment: Some awesome new coins I don’t have! Thank you
Response: You are welcome. πŸ€—
simcoe54 rated for CH: Two Partners/3 Coins on Mar 4, 2024
Comment: Great coins for my collection. Thank you!
Response: Glad you like them. You are welcome. 😊
Fullsteampowell rated for A-Z of SCIENCE (ROUND 2)- on Feb 26, 2024
Comment: Impressive!
Response: Glad you like it 😊
Comment: Thank you so much. A good one to pick! I loved the postcard!
Response: You are welcome. 😊
Stargazer008 rated for A-Z of SCIENCE PC - β€œZ" on Feb 18, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the cool Jupiter postcard and stunning stamp collection. Can't wait for the second round. In other words, thank you Mark for hosting these wonderful swaps. :)
Response: I’m glad you like it. I’ve just prepared a postcard for you. It will be posted tomorrow. 😊
Comment: Thank you for the fairy penguin pc and your nice message. I would love to see the emu's 'rounding up' the sheep. LOL!
Response: You are welcome 😊
JaneG rated for A-Z of SCIENCE PC - β€œW" on Feb 8, 2024
Comment: Thank you! I would have loved to have sailed the seas with the 19th century naturalists like Wallace. Except maybe for the time his ship went up in flames and sank.
Response: You’re welcome 😊
blubutterfly rated for A-Z of SCIENCE PC - β€œT" on Feb 4, 2024
Comment: Love the vintage look octopus card:) reminds me of an encyclopedia plate image. Thank-you!
Response: Glad you like it. I hope the β€œS” postcard turns up too. πŸ‘
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard and for the great emu story. I bet that was a sight to see! Did you ever get it on video? I love your bird name! Mine, for this swap, was Fork-tailed Hairy Woodpecker. So funny! Happy swapping!🐦
Response: You’re welcome. No video. Video cameras were still quite expensive back in the early β€˜80s.
Comment: Thank you! 😊
Response: You are welcome πŸ™‚
Stargazer008 rated for A-Z of SCIENCE PC - β€œV on Jan 23, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the cool postcard dedicated to volcanology. And now have a wonderful evening.
Response: You are welcome. Another PC is on the way 😊
Comment: Thank you for a fabulous postcard. I love penguins. I'd love to see the emus.
Response: You are welcome 😊
Stargazer008 rated for WORLD FOOD DAY 16th OCTOBER on Jan 6, 2024
Comment: Another thank you for the food postcard, reminds me that I missed the farmers market today. Enjoy your Saturday!
Response: πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

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bluehairedmary on May 9, 2022:

Happy Monday from NYUP group!

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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