Swap-bot Time: December 7, 2023 12:29 pm


Date Joined: September 4, 2015
Last Online: December 7, 2023

Country: Australia

About Me

UPDATE 24th JANUARY 2023 If you are my international swap partner, please keep in mind that postage between some countries is still very slow. Therefore please be patient when rating. If I have marked an item as sent, you can rest assured that it is on the way no matter how long it may take! I NEVER FLAKE!!!

HI, my name is Mark. I'm 60 married for 39 years , & we have 2 sons aged 37 & 28. I was born in the UK, but lived most of my life in Australia. Mostly in Western Australia, but we've also lived in Tasmania & Queensland. I enjoy outdoor activities such as canoeing/kayaking & bush walking (hiking), but due to long term health problems I'm not able to do these as often as I'd like. I like older films & TV shows. I like a wide variety of music, including folk from many countries, trad country, old time mountain music & bluegrass, old-time R&R, classical, jazz & lounge. I also play guitar, uke, jews harp, kazoo & spoons (far from professional). I've also recently taken up the Mountain Dulcimer. I read mostly Non-Fiction, but also enjoy some classics.

I've collected postcards on & off (mostly on) for over 25 years, & I always do my best to send quality items to other collectors.


So please message me if you don't receive something & I'll resend. Please note that mail to/from Australia/USA can take anywhere between 9 days & 7 weeks! Mail to/from South America & Eastern Europe can take even longer (The postal service moves in mysterious ways).

I ALWAYS RATE PROMPTLY!!! If I haven’t rated, I haven’t received it! I don’t like giving poor ratings. If I haven’t received your swap, I will always endeavour to contact you before rating.


  • I collect POSTCARDS on the themes of: (In no particular order):

    Traditional crafts/ lifestyles/ occupations.

    Books/ Bookstores/ People reading (Photographic or Art)/ Libraries (Personal or public)/ Postcards signed by authors (Any).

    British comedians (Pre 1980 eg: Morcombe & Wise, Tommy Cooper, Norman Wisdom, Arthur Askey, Jimmy Clitheroe, The Goons, etc).

    Unusual tourist attractions & Roadside oddities (eg: Door to Hell- Turkmenistan, Buzludzha- Bulgaria, Route 66- USA, Musa underwater museum of art- Mexico,
    "Big " things, etc).

    Ghost towns/Interesting abandoned buildings.

    Wooden Indians.

    Pickup trucks/Utes (Pre 1980: Ford, Dodge, Chevrolet, International, Toyota Stout, VW, Commer etc.)

    Old trucks.


    Camper vans.


    Museums (Any kind).

    "Did you know..." Or similar postcards.(With information on the front).

    Ships (Non-military).

    Submarines/ Diving bells/ Deep sea diving.

    British canals/boats/ aquaducts

    Suez Canal, Panama Canal (Especially vintage postcards)



    Aircraft (Non-military). Especially sea planes, flying boats & Concorde.

    Hot Air Balloons, Airships/Zeppelins/Blimps

    Architecture (Not religious, except Himalayan monastaries).


    Musical instruments (The more unusual, the better).

    Pop/Rock musicians (Pre 1970 eg: Chuck Berry, The Beachboys, Hermans Hermits, etc).

    Country music (Pre 1980 eg: Carter Family, Slim Dusty, Johnny Cash, Don Williams etc). Singing Cowboys.

    Folk musicians (Any country). Old time mountain musicians from the Appellation/Ozark Mountains.

    Blues musicians/ Jug bands.

    Australian bush bands/Musicians. British skiffle groups/Musicians.

    Sci-Fi (Pre 1970).

    UFOs/Area 51/ Roswell etc

    Cryptozoology (eg: Bigfoot, Nessie, Mothman, Jackalope, Champ, Tantanoola Tiger, Yowie, Tahoe Tessie, Lake Monsters etc).

    Postcard from The International Cryptozoology Museum, signed by the owner Loren Coleman (Portland, Maine, USA).

    Dinosaurs/ Other extinct animals & birds (eg: Thylacine, Dodo, Moa, etc).


    Unusual wildlife (eg: Aadvark, Okapi, Pangolin, Armadillo etc).

    Postcard of a Giant Anteater in defensive stance (On hind legs)

    Wildlife (Gorilla's & Sloth's are my favourite animals).

    Unusual marine creatures (eg: Blob Fish, Goblin Shark, Giant Squid, etc).


    Interesting plants (eg: Corpse Flower, Carnivorous Plants, Joshua Tree etc).

    Cacti (Especially Saguaro).

    British Bulldogs.

    Sphinx Cats.

    Volcano's (Prefer erupting).

    Aurora Borealis/ Australis.

    Unusual cloud formations (eg; Lenticular).

    Extreme weather (eg: Lightning, Tornados, Waterspouts, etc).

    Satellite dishes/ Telescopes/ Observatories.

    Astro photography.

    Pyramids/ Sphinx.

    Interesting geological formations/ Caves/ Lava Tubes.



    Meteorites/ Meteorite craters.

    NASA/ Space.

    Science (eg; Wall charts of Botany, Anatomy, Ornithology, etc. Laboratories, Scientist's).

    Curiosity Cabinets.

    Curio shops.

    Maps ( Australian & USA State maps, Antique maps).

    Scooters & Mopeds

    Bicycles/ Cycling.

    Vintage postcards of Unusual Tourists Attractions (eg: Theme Parks, Resorts, Exhibits, etc)

    Postcard of the Enterprise from VULCAN, ALBERTA, CANADA. With a nice, clear postmark.

    Authentic Vintage Black & White or Colour postcards of any themes on my list.

    Anything interesting or out of the ordinary (eg: The most unusual thing/place etc in the town/ area where you live). Remember, something you are familiar with, may seem unusual to someone in another country!

  • If possible, tell me something about what is on the front of the card. I enjoy learning new things!

  • I prefer postcards to be posted naked, unless the swap states otherwise.

  • I have no objection to ZAZZLE or Free postcards, provided they are of subjects on my Wantlist. :-)

  • I also collect BOOKMARKS, SOUVENIR KEY CHAINS & MAGNETS (Not flags).


  • COINS from anywhere


  • PINS/BADGES from Museums & other interesting places.


    NEWSPAPER & MAGAZINE CLIPPINGS relating to UFO & Cryptid sightings.

    Any small souvenir from any Cryptozoology Museum (eg: Bigfoot etc), Space Museum (eg: NASA) or UFO Museum (eg: Roswell) suitable for display cabinet.

    Teeth (From animals, sharks etc) to display in curiosity cabinet.

    Any unusual small item to display in curiosity cabinet.



  • No Homemade Postcards

  • No Washi Tape

  • No glitter

  • Please do not stick anything on or write on the picture side of postcards.


I look forward to hearing from you! :-)


ccmmsu rated for A-Z of SCIENCE PC - “R" on Nov 16, 2023
Comment: Hi Mark! Thank you for the postcard. I love the platypus stamps, too. :)
Response: You are welcome. :-)
thebragal rated for CH: Send Coins/Get Coins #3 on Nov 13, 2023
Comment: Love them. Thank you for the extra one. The largest coin you sent is huge! Even larger than our 1 and 2$ coins!
Response: You are welcome. :-)
kaijapapu rated for A-Z of SCIENCE PC - “Q" on Nov 7, 2023
Comment: Thanks again for a great card and swap series 😊
Response: You are welcome as always 😊
pennypuppy rated for WORLD TOURISM DAY 27th SEPTEMBER on Oct 28, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the info on World Tourism Day and thanks for hosting!
Response: You are welcome 😀
Comment: Thank you Mark. Nice stamps on the envie, too.
Response: You are welcome. :-)
Mamabemus rated for Playing Card Obsessed #54 on Oct 5, 2023
Comment: love them, thanks
Response: You are welcome. :-)
Stampalia rated for A-Z of SCIENCE PC - “P on Sep 28, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the postcard from the Australian Antarctic Territory.
Response: You are welcome. :-)
Stargazer008 rated for A-Z of SCIENCE PC - “O on Sep 18, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the cool postcard about oology. And now have a great start into the new week.
Response: You are welcome. :-)
Comment: Thank you for the great PC of aboriginal children.
Response: You are welcome. :-)
ccmmsu rated for A-Z of SCIENCE PC - “M" on Sep 1, 2023
Comment: Another great postcard for my collection. It has two of my favorite themes: vintage and science. :) Thank you, Mark!
Response: You are welcome. :-)
Stampalia rated for A-Z of SCIENCE PC - “N" on Aug 26, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the cool Great Britain stamp postcard! And thank you for hosting a fun swap. I look forward to more.
Response: You are welcome. Two new Science swaps listed today! :-)
Comment: You picked the perfect card for the day! Also, you're handwriting is phenomenal!
Response: I'm glad you liked it. Thank you for the compliment. :-)
ccmmsu rated for A-Z of SCIENCE PC - “L" on Aug 18, 2023
Comment: Hi Mark, Thank you for the awesome postcard for this swap! It's my first Unesco WHS PC -- I may have to start a new collection. :)
Response: You are welcome. :-)
JaneG rated for INTERNATIONAL ASTEROID DAY 30th JUNE on Jul 20, 2023
Comment: Could Brian May get any cooler? He has reached celestial status in my eyes. Thanks so much for the nifty postcard!
Response: You are welcome :-)
dancingtiger rated for A-Z of SCIENCE PC - “K on Jul 11, 2023
Comment: you are right, it is a new word. It does not seem cost-effective though, only 9 executions in 8 years
Response: Hope you found it interesting :-)
Lyndylou5 rated for Playing Card Obsessed #49 on Jul 5, 2023
Comment: Thanks for all the cards Mark! My favorite is the yellow one with the suit symbols on it. It has a very bold look.The postcards are great too. I've never been to Hollywood Blvd, so thanks for sharing that!
Response: You are welcome. I'm glad you liked them. :-)
dancingtiger rated for A-Z of SCIENCE PC - “J on Jun 23, 2023
Comment: he looks like his occupation!
Response: I agree! :-)
JaneG rated for A-Z of SCIENCE PC - “I" on Jun 22, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the fish card! I miss sea creatures here in the desert. Although I've read that dormant "dinosaur shrimp" can emerge during heavy rains. Also, I'm glad you're on the road to recovery. Hopefully it is speedy.
Response: You are welcome. :-) It's 1 month & 4 days since I got Covid. I'm over it now except for a headache that won't go away.
Comment: Thank you for the card! :⁠-⁠) I hope you're having a great June!
Response: You are welcome. :-)
Comment: Oh wow, is it a postcard from 1994 ?? Thank you so much for it ! The stamp is so cool ! Have a wonderful day !
Response: I’m glad you like the card. Yes it is from 1994. These cards are called Maximum Cards because the Picture, the Stamp & the Postmark have the “maximum” similarity of subject. They are usually issued by the postal authorities, eg: Australia Post, when they release a new stamp issue. 😀

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bluehairedmary on May 9, 2022:

Happy Monday from NYUP group!

Stargazer008 on Jul 26, 2020:

Hi Mark, hope your are well. To be honest I am missing your wonderful swaps: these challenging, creative topics. Well I should better say these little treasures in my letterbox! Sunny smiles from Germany, Joana

MamaMangrove on Jun 7, 2020:

Missing your swaps. Hope you'll be back with us soon.

mamajoy on May 5, 2020:

Mark: I'm so sad that you are not doing international postcard swaps right now. I totally understand, but I do miss your creative themes. Stay safe and hurry back. Joy

momto8cats on Oct 19, 2019:

Thank you again, for more surprise bookmarks & the cool alien postcard!

Cariboocarol on Sep 28, 2019:

Hi Mark - we finally made it to Vulcan so a postcard is on its way to you, hopefully with a clear cancellation! Better late than never!

momto8cats on May 3, 2019:

Thank you so much for the surprise bookmarks, erasers, and postcards! That is so thoughtful of you! How did you know the piano is my favorite instrument?

hazelwitch3 on Jan 10, 2019:

Thank you so much for angelling the Ephemera swap and for sending me such a great selection of ephemera! I'm looking forward to crafting with it.

jenmcjen on Dec 9, 2018:


jenmcjen on Dec 9, 2018:

Hi, Mark! WHY ARE ALL YOUR SWAPS SHOUTING!?!? I love your new postcard series, and look forward to participating. :D

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