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Date Joined: March 6, 2014
Last Online: March 31, 2020
Birthday: October 9
Country: United States
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About Me

Hi, I'm Dave. I live in St Cloud, Minnesota, about an hour northwest of the Twin Cities. I've been married for 40 years to the same wonderful, sweet woman with whom I've raised seven kids.

I've always liked art, both appreciated it and enjoyed creating it. I like to sketch and do collage. I love books and have way too many of them. I buy a new bookcase and it's not long before that one is overflowing and I need a new one. I had a whole garage full of books before we moved.

A couple years ago I started trading postcards - little works of art! It's fun to receive them in the mailbox and it's fun to send a little bit of love out into the world every week.

I swapped ATCs for a while a few years ago. I enjoyed that a lot, but found the small size becoming a little restrictive. But, I'm ready to do more. I just like to create.

See my Postcrossing profile above for preferences. I'll add more as I go along. I'm kind of a hermit by nature, but I am opening up a bit. :-)

I've got a good sense of humor, so don't worry about offending me. I'm easygoing and just appreciate the time and thought that people put into their swaps.

I guess that's all for now. Looking forward to swapping with you.

Spoiler Alert: I post most of my art to my Flickr account. So it will probably be posted there before you get it in the mail.


Hmm. I like a lot of things and styles. I probably lean more toward traditional than modern. I prefer Rembrandt to Picasso. But I love Japanese woodcuts and Chagall, Van Gogh and R. Crumb. Lean more toward dark than cute. Steam punk over Disney.

But I like imaginative, fanciful illustrations, especially pen and ink - Gorey, the aforementioned Mr. Crumb, George Herriman (Krazy Kat). And vintage children's book illustrations.

As far as postcards go, same as above, plus I like:


vintage (especially linen, Curt Teich)


Native American (especially b&w)

nudes (especially b&w)


people, especially women, especially Renaissance, Pre-Raphaelite, and Impressionist women.

Frida Kahlo, Josephine Baker, Betty Page

Not so much into tourist cards (except linens, those are great), although an exceptionally beautiful scene or historic building is welcome.

I like vintage cards, but not reproductions of vintage cards. Unless they're really unusual, like some tinted Old West and Old Hawaii cards I have.

An update: transportation - trains, planes and automobiles; and old hotel/motel cards. Doesn't matter if they're ugly (think 60's motels), that's why I like them.

I know there are some fabulously artistic and creative people here, so a handmade card is fine with me.

Oh, and mermaids. I love mermaids.

Favorite Music

I have eclectic tastes when it comes to music. I like medieval and Renaissance music; Bach, Corelli, Vivaldi and Handel. I think Pachelbel's' Canon in D is perhaps the most beautiful melody ever written. I like Dylan and other singer-songwriters; roots, blues (Eric Clapton, Lightnin' Hopkins) and alt-country like Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, John Prine. I like world music, Celtic, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, most classic rock, r & b and gospel. I don't really care for jazz and can't stand heavy metal, rap, hip hop and don't really care for most modern pop.

Favorite Movies

My taste in movies is almost as broad as my taste in music. I like the Wizard of Oz and The Princess Bride; Gone with the Wind and It's a Wonderful Life. African Queen, Casablanca - yes, I'm a romantic. But I also like Get Shorty and Snatch. Silver Linings Playbook, Hunger Games and Men in Black. Spirited Away, The Fantastics, Lion King. James Bond; never thought anyone could compare with Sean Connery, but Daniel Craig definitely measures up. I like most of the Coen Brothers (Minnesota's pride), Fargo and O Brother Where Art Thou are both great, Not to mention The Big Lebowski. I like a lot of foreign films and movies that make you think - Memento, L.A. Confidential, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Well, you get the idea.

Favorite Television

This one's easy. Survivor and The Middle. I hardly watch any other TV. Except during football season. Update 2016 - have to add to this list: Better Call Saul.

Favorite Books

The Bible stands in a class by itself. David's Psalms nourish and comfort me as nothing else can. I read mostly nonfiction - books on writing, art and history. Favorite classics are Lord of the Rings and Big Tiger and Christian. Recent favorites would be Shadow of the Wind, The Kite Runner, and a book of poetry by Hafiz, given to me by my sister, entitled The Gift. Oh, and Anne Lamott! She's written some really good stuff.

Favorite Crafts

As I said above, I like to make ATCs, and now post cards. I do mostly collage and rubber stamps but I'm finally getting brave and doing my own drawing. I also LOVE watercolor, but am just beginning that. I don't know why I don't do more of it?!

I've always loved photography, too. When the kids were young I always had a camera around my neck. I sure appreciate the economy of digital photography, but I sometimes miss my old 35mm Pentax.

I love paper. Ephemera, clip art, vintage, retro, post cards, old newspapers, magazine pages, unusual paper, you name it.

I've recently begun carving stamps. I enjoy that a lot. I would love to see prints of yours, too.

And along with that goes artistamps and faux postage.

I guess it's time to update this. I've been on SB for a couple years now and am doing a lot more drawing. I love to sketch any time, any place. I'm getting better at it, too, but mostly I'm not so worried that it be "good". Thank you, SwapBot!

And zines! I love zines. Check this out!

About Me

P.S. I mark my swaps "sent" as soon as I put them in the mailbox. That could be a Saturday after the mail has been picked up, so obviously, it won't get postmarked until Monday morning. I hope that doesn't bother you. This is supposed to be fun, right?


user2148 rated for “Face It” Handmade Postcard on Mar 27, 2020
Comment: Awesome card - recognizable immediately! Such a great subject matter - thanks for the card and the story!
CheyanneB rated for PH: 3 Specific Types #17 on Mar 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you!! They are so lovely - and thank you for all the extras! What a fun envelope to get in the mail this morning :)
myancey rated for PH: 2 + 2 Postcard Swap #13 on Mar 21, 2020
Comment: David thank u. I esp love the paper I wrote on. The postcards are spot on.
dorcii rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #94 on Mar 17, 2020
Comment: Thanks a lot for the postcards and your wonderful letter :) I heard this from many Americans that they envy me being in Europe as I can travel for 4 hours and I'm in a different land where a different language is spoken, not like in the US. However, I still envy you, because at least the economy is almost the same. OK, some states and cities are more expensive than the others, but I guess in Europe there are higher differences, especially between the Balkans and the Nordic countries.
JustSmurfie rated for Write a letter quick swap #4 on Mar 11, 2020
AZmom875 rated for 1-INCH of PCs FEB 2020 on Feb 27, 2020
Comment: That was a lovely rat postcard.
Response: Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for your lovely note and the rät stamp. Half of the time in the USA means that we will move back to Germany in 1.5 years. :)
Comment: What an awesome letter ~ thanks so much! I feel like I need to answer you back - so I just might! The snowy slipper photo card is lovely and the "Year of the Rat" stamped image - so cool! Thanks so much! Stay warm if you can in Minn-e-sotah! ~Michelle in NM
Response: Thanks Michelle. I'd love to hear from you. Stay cool!
Comment: How fun that you were paired with someone who had a similar occupation! I'll be replying, certainly.
Response: Yes, that was pretty cool. I'd love to hear from you. Best regards
shirleyinCA rated for Non-Touristy Postcards #11 on Feb 24, 2020
Comment: So delightful to get a handwritten letter these days! And to have it filled with good news about Star's health made it fantastic! Very nice postcards for the swap that you so thoughtfully selected for my interests -- my favorite is that great image of the Monorail with Autopia, Monorail and Skybuckets, too! Nowadays our Monorail trains change color in the sunlight and have skins on some cars with big Mickey images: fun, but I treasure this vintage classic look on your card! Thanks for an extra card and the cool kids' book pages. Always love the way you decorate the envelope, too. Thanks for a great swap!
Response: Thank you, Shirley, you are too kind. I was so excited to find that card for you, It's always a pleasure to swap with you.
starmccoy rated for Year of The Rat on Feb 22, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome rat! You are so talented! Keep it up! Your next carving should be a cat!
Response: Great idea, starmccoy. xox
elflady rated for Final: Up Above The World So High on Feb 20, 2020
Comment: Lovely postcard. i love the movement of the sea. It sure has taken a long time to reach me. elflady
Response: It finally arrived! Hooray!
OrigamiGrace rated for CPG Where I Live PC - Global on Feb 19, 2020
Comment: Oooh love this pc and the story behind it! Thank you so much!
Response: You're welcome, Grace. Glad you like it.
Autist rated for Partner's Zodiac PC on Feb 18, 2020
Comment: What a lovely postcard!! This is going in my journal! I love it so much!! The colors are great too!! Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for the great selection! See you in Heaven someday 😉.
SilverD rated for PH: Women on Postcards #2 on Feb 13, 2020
Comment: Yes definitely the woman mailing a letter is my favorite! Someday I really want to go to the National Postal Museum. My family and I were thinking about going to DC for vacation but decided to go to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon instead. Maybe next year. Oh and I love the stamped images on the envie, especially the postman! Where did you get it?
Response: I was in DC a few years ago and would have loved to visit the Postal Museum (I worked at the St Paul MN central PO), but there is just SO much to see and do there, that I couldn't make it. Maybe next time!
Comment: Hi David, Thank you for the wonderful postcards, plus the extras. A very nice selection, all beautiful, especially the Thomas Kinkade one - lovely surprise. The remaining few bushfires are now under control here. Yes, it was devastating with the huge number of houses and property lost and some lives, but very sad with the loss of millions of wildlife animals. Thanks, Jenny.
Marykstaveness rated for Old Post Card Swap on Feb 1, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the great card from Germany!
shirleyinCA rated for PH: Profile Postcards on Jan 31, 2020
Comment: You chose perfectly for me, thank you! Oh, those clouds: I imagine the sky that spectacular when Jesus returns! The phone cutout is fun and the watercolor bird from China is so lovely, the crease doesn't matter! Thanks for extras - all the cards are delightful for me! So glad to hear your wife is getting stronger! Sorry for delay in rating: I just returned from a few weeks in TX caring for my daughter after her surgery.
Comment: OH MY GOODNESS! I absolutely loved the postcard that you shared with me! The little drawing and the stamps were great too. I'm glad you are enjoying "Masters of American Comics!" Sounds like an awesome book. :)

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stiffneck78 on Jan 22, 2020:

Thank you so much for these awesome vintage book pages for the 'CPG Who Likes....Tag'! Very cool!

CrystalZ on Jan 17, 2020:

Thanks for the great postcards for my collection that you sent for Postcard Hideout > Postcard Tag game...all of them were new to me! My favourite is the one for New Oreleans...I would love to visit there one day and it is great to get to see different scenes from there :)

Heirloom on Dec 31, 2019:

From the USA Happy Mail group

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user6937 on Dec 19, 2019:

Postcard trading group > [Sticky] November 2019 WTA AND Postcard trading group > [Sticky] Two Postcards in an Envelope Tag! Your postcards have arrived! That Utah map card is a new one for me (it has a dinosaur on it, too)! Love the comic card with a dinosaur and the surfings ones (I, too, am ready for warmth) - all cards are great! Thank you for always sending extra's :)

susieq11 on Nov 27, 2019:

Glad you liked them and the Frida is a new one for you! Have a nice Thanksgiving!!

Lonestarchild on Oct 8, 2019:

Thank you for the fun cards for PTG Sep WTA!

ScrapHappyGabi on Oct 2, 2019:


happy october

Angie on Sep 30, 2019:

Sorry to hear Star is having health issues. I look forward to getting your resend for the 3 piece collage portrait swap.

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