• End-of-Year Greetings, and Thanks

    How is it that December comes around every two weeks now?  Though not usually our favourite month, it brings with it the chance to wish you all Happy Holidays — whichever ones they might be — and a very Happy New Year too.  Lunar New Year follows closely in January, and usually we would be […]

    Date posted: 22 December 2022 | Comment (1)

    End-of-Year Greetings, and Thanks
  • Beyond Postcards

    We had to make some existential decisions.  Leaving aside the obvious question of how and whether to source more postcards from auctions or other dealers, we have been wondering what to do with boxes of (mostly) paper ephemera, all getting older by the day.  Almost imperceptibly, much of this is changing from “useful” to “antique”. […]

    Date posted: 13 November 2022 | Comment (1)

    Beyond Postcards
  • Messages

    We focus so often on the fronts of the postcards but from time to time, if the messages stand out, we’ll mention them.  Now we’re thinking you might enjoy a few minutes of random snooping through long-ago thoughts.   So we took the last stack of cards we entered but haven’t yet filed into their […]

    Date posted: 4 October 2022 | Comment (1)

  • Something for Everyone

    Our good friend Thea was out and about recently, and came across a stack of these books in the discount section of a local shop.   She astutely observed:  “No, there was not a line fighting for them.”    We’re not certain any more where postcards rank on the list of collectible hobbies.  They used to be up […]

    Date posted: 4 August 2022 | Comment (0)

    Something for Everyone
  • Jumping through hoops: Mailing cards

    The good news:  “normal” mail is returning, slowly.  And we mean that in more ways than one.  A few countries with no outgoing service at all for months now allow surface but not air shipments.  Even more important, some major countries where our only air option was the wildly expensive “Speedpost” now allow air mail.  […]

    Date posted: 19 June 2022 | Comment (0)

    Jumping through hoops:  Mailing cards
  • Kerry, Redux — and House Rules

    We wrote about our friend Kerry quite awhile back, and like other good friends he can surprise us in more ways than one.  As he tells it, he was away from home for a musical gig and had some time to kill, so he went into a shop in a small Arizona town and stumbled […]

    Date posted: 7 June 2022 | Comment (2)

    Kerry, Redux — and House Rules
  • Numbers

    We could hit you with statistics like regression analyses and chi squares, or we can invite you to sit back and see the direction this site has taken over its 16 years.  Guess what we chose …       You already know (our) GPS is divided into geographic and theme categories.  It’s not always […]

    Date posted: 9 April 2022 | Comment (0)

  • Creative China

    Nobody could ever say China does things by halves.  That includes postcard folios issued by China Philatelic or any of their subsidiaries.  Someday someone will write the definitive book … and we wish it could be us, but for now, this Blog entry will have to do.  Prepare to be amused.   Here’s how we […]

    Date posted: 18 February 2022 | Comment (1)

    Creative China
  • Paul

    Not so long ago, after we added “https” to help boost web visibility, we (figuratively) sat back and waited for orders to flood in.  Ha!  After 16 years of running the site, we’ve seen highs and lows:  server crashes, structural changes, redesigns, loss of webmasters, mail disruptions.  You name it, it’s happened.   Then Paul […]

    Date posted: 19 January 2022 | Comment (1)