Meet egni (aka Inge) who lives near Lake Zurich, in Switzerland! Over the years, she has amassed a very impressive collection of cat-themed postcards - especially on the Puss in Boots theme, for which she has a special soft spot!
Here is what she had to say:
- How did you come across Postcrossing? What got you hooked?
I really don’t know exactly. But I think I found a magazine while travelling by train and read about Postcrossing. It sounded interesting, so I took the paper home and left it on my desk. Later I drew up some courage and signed up.
I was curious if I could multiply my cat and Puss in Boots postcard collection (which I've had for many years) through Postcrossing... I always look at the recent postcards page and indeed – many cat cards are sent through Postcrossing!
- Do you have any other interesting hobbies?
I enjoy buying and selling on flea markets.
I collect all about Puss in Boots: Books, figures, stamps, drawings, ExLibris … and additionally, I have a collection of cat figures made of various materials from small to large. Unfortunately I had to stop buying new parts - there is no more place in our home!
- Have you been surprised by any place that you have received a postcard from or sent a postcard to?
Yes! Guernsey and Alderney and Saint Pierre & Miquelon are places I heard about first when I got the addresses to write to the users. And when I received a postcard from the Fiji Islands I was very surprised, plus it was a cat card!
- Show us your mailbox, your mailman/mailwoman, your postoffice or the place where you post or keep your postcards!
All these pretty cards arrived at the same day. My postwoman Anke has as much fun as I.
I save my cards in an old commode from my father-in-law. My cat Beauty is controlling my work.
- Show and tell us about your favorite received postcard to date, and what makes it special.
That's very hard to do. There are lots of pretty, interesting or curious cards I received. To introduce them to more people, every week one this cards is choosen as 'card of the week' and shown on the first site of my little homepage www.sammelchatz.ch. From this site, there are many links to my collections presented in different Picasa albums.
- Have you inspired anyone else to join Postcrossing or start collections of their own?
Oh yes! At first my brother was infected and later a friend of mine, who collects hedgehogs and Santa Claus. After our Regional Daily, Zürichsee Zeitung, published a story about me and Postcrossing, some more people signed up.
- What is it your favorite part of the Postcrossing process?
In short: Anything!
It's fascinating asking for a new address and then study the profile. Great joy to find a suitable card, and then writing more or less in detail to a strange person. And the best part of this process is to read in the Hurray-Mail, that my card pleased the recipient or made his day. And if cards are favorited by other users, it's a great satisfaction as well.
At last - the thrill of opening the mailbox every day and finding pretty cards from all around the world!