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Date Joined: March 6, 2014
Last Online: March 2, 2024
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:

Art cards

Black and white - especially celebrities; especially Bob Dylan; especially Native American or Indigenous Peoples; especially nudes

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

Somehow over the years, I've managed to acquire a number of Hummel illustrated post cards. I'd love to receive more of those.

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?


PrincessLeia rated for Zine-Go-Round #34 on Feb 27, 2024
Comment: Hello Dave, Thanks for sending marika’s REALLY BAD JOKES ZINE. Ill have to find another joke now! Love all the PCs and papers - the train one really confused me with the description on the back talking about U boats and a train on the front! Have a great year of the dragon! πŸ²πŸ‰πŸ²πŸ‰πŸ²
lefroggy rated for PA: Use your paints PC on Feb 8, 2024
Comment: I just got it, thank you so much for the post card, I enjoyed looking at the art work.
Comment: Thank you so very much for the lovely postcards and extra goodies ❀️❀️❀️
Carachea rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt for PCs #248 on Jan 19, 2024
Comment: David, there are not enough words to express how GRATEFUL I am for your thoughtful and generous envelope full of amazing postcards and letter. It's people like you that make this site so awesome. I loved every single card, but my favorite was definitely the cat one. How unique! I loved the story behind it. Your stamped pictures are so cool as well. You're talented! I do hope to swap again one day with you. Take care and keep on shining!
Response: Thank you for the kind words. I hope we can swap again, too.
addieixmarie rated for AMA: Monthly Bird MA-Owl on Jan 12, 2024
Comment: David, WOW!! First of all, thank you so much for this incredible PC!! I can't believe that you carved the stamp that you created this with, that is just incredible. I tried carving stamps once and it did not turn out so well sadly. Also, how wonderful it is to see another Minnesotan! I think that is so cool how you come to my hometown every summer.. I know exactly where that camp is too! I don't live too far from it actually! Quasimodo is such an adorable name for a bird, I just love it! I also enjoy feeding the birds here:) Thank you so very much for this amazing swap. I am so grateful for everything you shared with me and for sharing your incredible carving talent. :D
Response: Thanks Addie. Maybe we'll see in DL some summer πŸ˜„
Manonroberts rated for Erotic cards in envelope #16 on Dec 30, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for the great postcards, I really appreciate you resending! :)
Comment: Thank you David, the letter you included touched me.
Response: You're welcome Marie. Wishing you a very blessed 2024.
ch23 rated for CS: Collaboration PC - Round 2 on Dec 20, 2023
Comment: Looks great! Thank you very much for the extra cards. Happy Holidays!
Hunbun rated for Zine-Go-Round #33 on Dec 19, 2023
Comment: I always enjoy seeing your pages in zines, Dave. Thanks!
young46356 rated for WIYM: WEIRD ART POSTCARD on Dec 10, 2023
Comment: That's some beard, thanks, Rich
marclively rated for Vintage PCs From Your Country on Dec 6, 2023
Comment: THANKS David
Hunbun rated for Zine-Go-Round round #32 on Dec 5, 2023
Comment: Got the zine, thanks!
Comment: Thanks for starting a new one for me! I love what you did with yours! That napkin and your addition to it looks really cool!
Response: Thanks Lisa. Have fun!
Wingy rated for Art Collab. PC #128 (USA) on Nov 27, 2023
Comment: Thank you . Love the extra cards; the iron knight is fantastic. Thanks for a great swap
Response: You're welcome. 😁 Thanks for the heart ❀️
Comment: Thanks for Reisegern's homer MAJ. It'll be nice to finish it and send it back to Germany. Your hand carved red flower is beautiful.....P.S. I like the Ken Brown stamp on the envelope. :D
Response: Thanks Rome. I like both those stamps too, lol
Ikat78 rated for AMA: More Heart Love - October on Nov 22, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the unique card. I also like the vintage pc you included. Have a great day and Happy Thanksgiving if you celebrate.
SFreer rated for CS: Collaboration PC - Round 1 on Nov 21, 2023
Comment: Very cool start! I was inspired as soon as I saw it! Thanks so much for the extra bits! Cool newspaper!
Response: That insulation from an old house thst was being remodeled.
luluvision rated for Zine-Go-Round Round #30 on Nov 12, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the hot girl summer zine. I'll be sure to do something different than my first page in it!
Response: Yes, sorry to send it to you again, I didn't have any others around and I've just sent two new ones out. But it's a fun one, isn't it?
AzEkologi rated for Chunk-O-Cardboard - October 2023 on Nov 11, 2023
Comment: David, First, I love to see gentlemen swappers here online...I always feel we're underrepresented...kudos to you good sir! Second, props on the bike chunk, I can't tell you how much I enjoyed seeing that in the mailbox. This amber ale, if you recall, it's not Fat Tire is is? I do enjoy a good barley-pop beverage and would love to try it. As you said it was two years ago you may not remember, but I had to ask. Best, Rick
Response: It is indeed a Fat Tire brew. Glad you liked it.
elinor rated for Zine-Go-Round Round #31 on Nov 10, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the zine to start, I'll have to think about how best to make a portrait...

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MuggleMom on Feb 13, 2024:

PH- train #49

LOL, your note was funny because ppsssttt I think we all do it, send on items that don't bring us joy. Marie would be proud!



9O96O on Jan 24, 2024:

Thank you so much for contributing to my first Collaboration PC. Here's what it ended up looking like:

I absolutely love the snake that's about to bite the ladies hand. Made me laugh because it's so unexpected.

MuggleMom on Jan 14, 2024:

Thank you for the lovely postcards for Vintage December WTA



kittyhahahotbot on Dec 24, 2023:

Reisegern on Nov 24, 2023:

Thanks for contributing to my Stamp&Pass Postcard. It turned out really nice and I like your fish with the green waves a lot :)


simcoe54 on Nov 4, 2023:

Please check your messages.

MuggleMom on Oct 18, 2023:

Ohhh, thank you so much for the fun goodies you included in the PH Non Touristy PC train. I will delightfully use and share your generosity!!



PinkPengin on Sep 21, 2023:

I truly could not believe the postcard you send me for the Naked Non-Touristy PC Train - I lived in York County, Pennsylvania, from 1982 to 2021 (my whole life, til moving to AZ a couple of years ago). I have been to the York Fairgrounds hundreds of times and yet I do not have this card. I showed it to my family and they couldn't believe it. You really made my day!

9O96O on May 3, 2023:

Thank you so much for contributing your fish section to my Stamp & Pass postcard, Dave. It turned out so well.

9O96O on Jan 20, 2023:

To answer your question, "Is there a difference between a zine and a deco?" A go-round zine as we make them in the ZMACs group is the same as a deco. Both are collaborative, where each person fills out a page of the handmade booklet, and in the end the creator of the zine/deco gets the filled booklet back.

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