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Date Joined: March 6, 2014
Last Online: September 24, 2023
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?


PaulaF rated for Zine-Go-Round #28 on Sep 22, 2023
Comment: Loved your stamped envelope...and the stamped (in a different sense) page you made! Thanks for the friendly note as well <3
Comment: Hello, thanks for the awesome collection! I liked all of postcards you’ve sent to me. Hope you have a great weekend!
debbiespoms rated for PSH: Blind Postcards Swap #3 on Sep 20, 2023
Comment: Hello David ! Thank you very much for the swap. I loved all the PC's you sent me. Including the extra. Thanks so much too for joining my swap.
Comment: Hi David, thank you for the PC's I love the selection. you sent. I hope the wedding was amazing. Catch you soon. Cathy
Comment: Thanks for the pc! Look forward to the challenge of a smaller space! LOL We are melting here as well! The humidity! UGH!
luckysweetpea rated for Zine-Go-Round Round 27 on Sep 9, 2023
Comment: Hi Dave! Thank you for sending luluvision's Fact or Fiction zine to me. I LOVE your page! Thank you for the extras you included! Warmly, Ginger
milkiss rated for PS: A Challenging Scavenger Hunt on Sep 2, 2023
Comment: Hello, thanks for the postcards! I really loved everything you sent to me. You made my day. Have a great weekend!
Comment: Thank you for the postcards and extra stickers, I loved them. Everything was just my style. It’s been really hot in Colorado too! Hitting 95+ degrees most days! We had a lot of rain a few weeks back that cooled us off in the evenings. Can’t wait for fall
Labella79 rated for Hometown Postcard Intern. on Aug 18, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful postcard of Camp Cherith. It looks so calm and peaceful, and just the right place to go on a hot summer's day :-) When I was an Au Pair in Illinois, my host dad used to go to a cabin for fishing. I didn't get to see it because he always went by himself. But I thought it must be great to have a place like that :-) Thank you so much for sharing, Wishing you all the best!
Response: Hi Brigitte. Thank you for the lovely rating. Yes, Camp Cherith is a very special place. Our children and now our grandchildren are making many happy memories there every summer. Best wishes to you, too.
elinor rated for Zine-Go-Round #26 on Aug 8, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the zine to work on, I'm glad my last zine could provide some inspiration :)
Comment: Great MAJ! Love your self-portrait especially! We are definitely wilting out here in Tucson - going on 52 consecutive 100+ degree days. And it’s monsoon season - so there’s humidity too!! 🥵 Thanks for the added stickers and stamped envie! Can’t wait to add to this one and pass it along! Stay cool! 😎
STUFFellaneous rated for Art Collab PC #122 (USA) on Aug 3, 2023
Comment: Thank you! Star is 17 miles northwest of Boise. We love it here!!!
kittyhahahotbot rated for Zine-Go-Round #25 on Jul 26, 2023
Comment: Very cute page! Who is that character? Looks familiar.
TaraBird rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt for PCs #228 on Jul 22, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the pcs and cool extras! Really appreciate the thought given to my likes. The wolf pup is adorable ♥
Comment: Thank you for the fun summery beach scene stamped envelope and the wonderful extras. The woman in the old photograph looks like she's about to lunge at the photographer! Ha! The PCs are great, as are the memo sheets and stamped images you so generosly shared. Superb swap.
lawchick rated for BONUS Postcarding on Jul 18, 2023
Comment: This is was the ultimate in happy mail and checked all my boxes! Thank you so very much!
squince rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt for PCs #226 on Jul 8, 2023
Comment: Thank you!
skinny52 rated for PH: Air, Land & Sea on Jun 28, 2023
Comment: You had me at seagulls at the beach!!! I love what you chose for me, thanks very much!! And shelves and shelves of vintage postcards? I'd be in heaven!! Also, I enjoyed the decorated envelope ❣
Response: Thanks Mar. It was fun picking them out for you. Happy Independence Day.
Comment: Thank you for the bear card I love it
Comment: Thanks Dave for passing on the great Art Collab PC & the extra goodies. I’m impressed that U thought to add a score. I know very little about Tennis or digital art. The digital looks so perfect. I’m used to collaging!! I’m gonna have to give this some thought!! I hope to be a SB-er as long as you. I’m loving it so far!!

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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.

9O96O on Jan 20, 2023:

Thank you for sending me a copy of the completed 'Year of the Tiger' go-round zine. It is very generous of you to print it up and mail it. It's a great momento. Everyone did an excellent job!

kittyhahahotbot on Oct 9, 2022:

kittyhahahotbot on Oct 9, 2022:

Boooyah! LOL

simcoe54 on Oct 9, 2022:

Hope you have a Happy Birthday!!!!

DinkySparkle on Jul 12, 2022:

Hello! Just checking in on a great swap partner! Hope you are having a good day. Happy hugs, Allie

BusyB on Jul 10, 2022:

Thank you Dave for the Monet postcards for PH June WTA. I am absolutely delighted to receive your artwork of the watercolor red bird! I also enjoyed your note about your sister. We may move away when we retire in a few years but the PNW is beautiful.

DeboraCreates on Jun 15, 2022:

Thank you for granting my PH: Requests Tag. It is always great to receive zines and PCs from you. I love your zine work!

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