Swap-bot Time: January 19, 2022 8:23 am


Date Joined: March 6, 2014
Last Online: January 19, 2022
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 45+ 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.


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

Street art - Banksy

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. UPDATE: I wrote this 6 years ago. Thanks to SB I do lots of drawings now. I also have begin carving my own stamps, which I really enjoy. 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?


Comment: Thank you for the postcards. My favourite are the ones about Emmy Noeter and the David Gentleman illustration. I will save the latter until Royal Mail releases the David Gentleman stamps later this year. All the best! πŸ˜€
Comment: Thank you so very much for the wonderful postcards you chose ❀️❀️❀️
Comment: Thank you, we are supposed to get snow on Sunday. The grocery stores were packed! You hopefully have nicer weather than you expected.
SkaGirl rated for Black and White pc swap #98 on Jan 13, 2022
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for the PC! I don't know why I love this PC so much. I guess "different" is my forte. A snacking girl is my kinda girl! HAPPY SWAPPING!
Comment: Thanks for the fantastic cards!
Response: You're welcome Sarah. Happy new year.
Comment: Thank you David for the great selection of postcards. I think you are right and this is the first time we have swapped. I love these types of swaps as I always get post cards that are different from those in my collection. My favorite is the wine country postcard! Thanks again.
Response: You're welcome "Daisy". So glad you like them πŸ˜„
Comment: Thanks for the PC... Ha we do live near.... How fun is that! I hope your trip to Winona is a good one, snuggle up! Happy swapping...
simcoe54 rated for 3 Blind Vintage Postcards #2 on Jan 8, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the great vintage pcs.
Comment: Wishing you a wonderful new year!!
Comment: This was such a delightful swap to receive - thank you so much! I really appreciate you taking the time to carve out my own monogram rubber stamp!
Response: You're welcome, Cassie. It was a fun swap.
bringitb rated for Postcard Bag Round 6 on Dec 28, 2021
Comment: Received your bag today, thank you for the playing cards! I like that yours is an actual bag! =) Every one that I've received has been different, so I think you're just fine in what you made. As far as I know, postage is the responsibility of the final recipient, but, I'll tuck the stamps in with a note for the final recipient. It's really nice you've included that! I hope this bag gets filled with lots of new postcards for you. =) I'll be passing it along in Round 7!
Ace330660 rated for Art Collab PC #93 (USA) on Dec 21, 2021
Comment: Thanks for resending ! I love the vintage pictures as well !
Comment: Hello from Russia! Thanks for the wonderful postcards! They're very beautiful!! I really liked the postcard with the ballerina. Thanks for the advice, I will definitely add the description in the account :) Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
lovetherain rated for Erotic cards in envelope on Dec 12, 2021
Comment: Thank you David, for all the fun postcards! πŸ˜„
cassie3001 rated for Alphabet themed swap: L on Dec 8, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful L themed swap! It was such a joy to receive it and everything really made me smile! I hope to swap with you again!
Response: Happy to make you smile Cassie πŸ˜„
Comment: Thank you for the great postcards! I love the zine, too!
Response: I'm glad you liked them, Erica. Thank you.
shellbede rated for AMA: Blobimals Mail Art on Dec 4, 2021
Comment: I completely dig the Goggled Grass Skier Blobimal. :) And the zine is fabulous. Thanks!
Response: Lol. I really liked that guy, too. He was just right there! Thank you.
Comment: You picked out some great cards! Thanks!
Response: You're welcome, Mary. Glad you like them.
Comment: Thank you for the nice letter. I really enjoyed reading your answers. You did an amazing job with your self portrait! Happy Holidays!

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kittyhahahotbot on Dec 31, 2021:

kittyhahahotbot on Dec 26, 2021:

DAMN Im drunk and I cant see the scene anymore and Im liking it. LOLOLOL

kittyhahahotbot on Dec 24, 2021:

cassie3001 on Dec 5, 2021:

Cgscdy on Nov 29, 2021:

Ty for the mini zine copy. It came out great! Yours I painted was an original I done different things for each zine. Hope we get a chance to swap again!

myancey on Sep 25, 2021:

Thanks @dvmac

debbiespoms on Jun 11, 2021:

Hey there Dave ! Received the B&W postcards today, via Postcard Hideout group PC tag. Thank you so much and for the 2 extras as well! Loving them!

user6937 on Apr 28, 2021:

Whoops, opened the pressed penny afterwards - a nice extra surprise!!

user6937 on Apr 28, 2021:

PH March WTA - wonderful pc's, Dave (the penalty for early withdrawal made me LOL - reminds me of the RSP's we're forced to contribute to, then get taxed on). Thanks very much for all of them! Glad you're getting "back in the groove" and having a happier mailbox, ergo, you. ;)

Soph on Apr 20, 2021:

PTG: March WTA - Thank you so much for the great postcards I received from you. I love your selection!

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