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Month of Letters: Day 28

Finally! The last day of this challenge. I think the intent was good, but it takes more time out of your day than what one might expect. I think this would be a great project for people who have more free time than I do. As I’ve mentioned before, after this I’m sticking to doing all my mail on the weekends. If I were to participate again next year, I may reduce it down to one postcard a day. Maybe two.

Anyways, this last batch. The first one is going to someone in Russia who likes local nature scenes–I think I got this one in a tiny convenience store I stopped in while driving around Marin County a while back. The second is going to Belgium to someone who like comics and food (hence the food stamps and decorations and the Superman postcard from the Vintage DC Comics postcard box set put out by Chronicle Books). The third is to an animal lover in France who particularly likes all the animals that I’ve managed to squeeze into this (the postcard is from a set called “The Art of Instruction”). And the fourth is to an old school postcard collector in Germany who had a, um, roundabout way of stating that they didn’t like anything but tourist postcards and no decorations at the back. I also took care to not place any of the stamps over the writing because they specifically didn’t want stickers over any writing. And, you know, all the US stamps are stickers now. They might still not like the stamps, though, because they don’t like art.

Month of Letters: Day 25

Seriously, I feel like everything is due this week–hence why I’m later than usual in posting this. The first postcard is going to an Alice in Wonderland fan in the Netherlands. This is actually from a smaller set published by Dover and not the giant 100 Alice in Wonderland set you may have seen floating around. (I don’t plan on purchasing that box set–I don’t know enough people who are fans of it to justify buying so many unless it’s on sale.) The second is an illustrated postcard of my favorite bookstore in San Francisco–Green Apple Books. It’s going to someone in Kazakhstan. And third is a tiger painting by Eugene Delacroix going to a tiger fan in Russia.

Month of Letters: Day 24

I’m going to reiterate again that I will be glad when this Month of Letters is over. I know the purpose of this is to slow down and communicate with people using a slower medium, but this only works if you unplug from everything else. There’s a reason why I leave writing postcards to the weekend–the rest of the week is just filled with work stuff that seems to multiply overnight.

Anyways, first postcard on this list is going to someone in France who likes Japanese stuff. I’ve also been to Tō-ji Temple before, I particularly remember the visit because it was one of the monthly flea market days and it was raining. The second postcard is to a person in Taiwan who likes butterflies. I had obtained this postcard at a rummage sale–it’s pretty old since the attraction it’s from no longer exists (according to Google, it was replaced with Legoland). And the third postcard is going to someone in Belarus who requested this sent in an envelope. To be honest, I found their profile a little confusing–I think they were requesting postcards that would match some kind of romantic coffeehouse aesthetic theme. I don’t have any coffee postcards on hand right now, so I just picked something else. Hopefully this random illustration will work.

Month of Letters: Day 23

I find it interesting that some parents want to collect postcards for their kids while they are still infants–how do they know that their kids will actually appreciate the postcards once they get old enough to understand? Anyways, that’s where the first postcard (a colorful Tokidoki) is going to–as for location, it’s Italy. The second postcard is another entry from the Animal box going to someone in Australia who likes horses. And the last is a postcard of storks going to a bird enthusiast in China.

Month of Letters: Day 20

For a “happy mail” tag, I chose to send a postcard from the Higuchi Yuko postcard box as well as a number of items I have not scanned in (such as stickers, stamps, and miniature art cards). The whole package is going to Germany. Second is a fantasy tag postcard going to Russia to a person who likes mermaids. Third is another tag, this time the theme was to send a postcard that is not from the country it was sent from. So I decided on a postcard I bought when I had been on vacation in Kyoto (I may have to do a series of posts on this at a later time). It is of Sanjūsangen-dō or the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. I actually did visit this place and in some ways, it’s as impressive as it sounds. That postcard is going to Portugal. And lastly, is an illustrated postcard of lemurs going to another person in Germany who likes lemurs.

Month of Letters: Day 19

It’s raining today and probably one of the few times that I’m glad that I’m working from home today and don’t have to go out unless absolutely necessary. The first postcard for this morning is for a postcard tag specifically for dogs–this one is going to Russia. The second one is for an “eyes closed” tag where you pick up a random postcard. This black and white photo of the iconic Grand Central Station in New York is going to China. And I have another orchid postcard going to someone in India who likes flowers. The last postcard is going to the United Kingdom–it’s also another random one, chosen from a collection of postcards depicting vintage photographs of Southern California because the recipient didn’t have any particular preferences.

Month of Letters: Day 18

A couple years ago, I had found a box of marine life postcards on sale that was published by Phaidon which is more well known in my mind for art books. It might not seem like it in the scan below, but it’s actually an oversized card. This one, a closeup of a sea anemone, is going to someone in Canada who wanted a postcard with this topic. The second postcard going to Greece is another patterned one from the same set of other patterned postcards I posted earlier this month–this one is going to someone specifically requesting patterns. And the third is to a nature lover in Germany.

Month of Letters: Day 12

Today we’ll start off the bunch with another postcard I’m sending to the same organization I did the last two days, this time to yet another department (there’s one more for tomorrow, I think). It’s another William Morris design–I think they’re great for general greetings whenever you have no idea what people will like. The second is Persian duck art going to someone in the United Kingdom who likes ducks. And the third is going to a German museum doing a project on postcards. As I’ve stated before, I don’t really jive with this artist and I’m trying to find excuses to get rid of these particular postcards.

Month of Letters: Day 11

The first postcard for today is actually a birthday postcard going to the Netherlands. I actually have no idea whether or not this person goes to pubs, but they’re certainly already well over the age limit. The second postcard is going to the same organization in the US I sent to yesterday, but this is going to another department. And the last one–yeah, it’s a building on fire but it’s going to someone in Russia who wants postcards on local landmarks and their history.

Month of Letters: Day 7

Below are three postcards I sent off (there are also two birthday cards, not shown). The first is another vintage Valentine’s Day postcard, sent to an artist in England who also likes poetry, the second is going to someone in Switzerland who likes maritime history, and the third is to a stamp collector in France–hence the complete set of new postcard stamps and lack of other decorations.