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Meet Lynda (aka LyndaC) from Canada! She’s a stained glass enthusiast, volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and has been organizing the Ingersoll Postcrossing meeting for the past few years! :)

Here is what she had to say:

How did you come across Postcrossing? What got you hooked?

I saw the name on the Bookcrossing site and then I was on a forum of people talking about Geocaching and someone mentioned it. I clicked on a link and started reading. I found it fascinating. I have always loved mail. This seemed so interesting. You write a nice message that goes to someone and before you know it someone else sends you a nice message. And it comes with pictures. I was hooked immediately!

Show and tell us about your favorite received postcard to date, and what makes it special.
Lynda's favorite postcards

I love all my cards and have many that I call favourite. Inge Look old ladies, Paris, roosters, Royals are all nice to receive. I also like cards of people that make you smile or laugh.

But there are two that are very special to me. I recently received a postcard of the Canadian War Cemetery at Holten, Netherlands. Four young men from Ingersoll are buried there. Around the same time I received a card from Taiwan that I had been looking forward to. A missionary dentist from the town next to mine went to Taiwan back in the 1860's and built a hospital there. Today there is a modern hospital with his name on it but the original still stands and I received a postcard of it. I love that these two cards are a symbol of my town touching somewhere else around the world.

Holten and Taiwan postcards
Have you inspired anyone else to join Postcrossing or start collections of their own?

This month, I gave a presentation about Postcrossing at the local seniors center and I hope that some interest may build from there. I have also hung up signs around town talking about Postcrossing (which Ana and I designed). The little pull off tabs are disappearing so someone must be interested!

What is it your favorite part of the Postcrossing process?
Lynda's postcard stash

Picking the right card for the person I draw when I ask for an address. I keep buying cards – even though you can see from the picture that I have a lot of cards. When I get a name, I look over their profile and try to choose a card that I believe they will really like. It might be a tourist card or an art card or a Garfield – but I want them to like it.

Have you been surprised by any place that you have received a postcard from or sent a postcard to?

I sent a postcard to Norfolk Island and had to look it up just to make sure I was thinking of the same place. It is situated in the Pacific between Australia and New Zealand. There are only 2300 people on the island and there was only one postcrosser when I sent the card.

I was surprised when I got a card of the Bremen town musicians from Bremen, Germany. I didn’t know the statue existed outside of fairy tales.

Show us your mailbox, your mailman/mailwoman, your postoffice or the place where you post or keep your postcards!

This is a picture of my postlady Carla. She delivers mail to me and picks up my outgoing letters from my superbox.

Is there anything that you are passionate about?

I volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. They build house for families. The houses have interest free mortgages and the people earn their down payment by helping build their house and someone else’s. I also lend money to entrepreneurs around the world through KIVA. I belong to the Postcrossing lending team.

Lynda's roosters
Do you have any other interesting hobbies?

I make stained glass windows and decorations. Lately I have been doing it with a ladies group and we donate the proceeds of sales to a shelter for women in transition.

I also collect roosters. Rooster statues, teapots, dishes, salt and pepper, boxes, eyeglass holders, candy dishes, banks, lamps, art, stickers, postcards and even t-shirts. Lately I have concentrated on miniature items. The shelf unit shows the smallest and some of the prettiest items I have collected.


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38 comments so far

DorotheeB, Germany
Thanks for this wonderful story! Great to meet you, Lynda!

KirstenNyk, Denmark
Lovely to read this Lynda! And it's such a coincidence: I have here on my desk a card for you - I won't tell you what's on it ;) - written an hour ago! So now you know that a Danish card is on its way to you! Best wishes!

Absynthe, Canada
there's more to you than I realized! looking forward to seeing you and the others at Ingersoll meet-up.

SuSu29, Canada
Great profile!!!! Congrats Lynda! See you at the meet up in a few weeks :)

renegade_cavalcade, Canada
Wow you're now famous now!! ;) Definitely looking forward to meeting you next week! :D

AntiqueChic, Canada
Great read Lynda! You are a busy and interesting lady! I collect salt and peppers too! See you on the Canada Postcrossing FB Page!

aberline, Australia
Nice to learn about habitat for humanity, sounds like a great idea!

rosenbusch, Germany
Thank you for sharing ....

RinaGouws, South Africa
Hallo Lynda, you are an amazing woman! I read an article in a magazine about postcrossing and joined immediately. Since I've received my first postcard I can't wait for the postman to deliver our post in the afternoon. In far-away South Africa I will pray for you and your humanitarian work.

Nordbaer, Germany
Looking forward to hug you soon, dear Linda!

willyly, Hong Kong
Fascinating story! Looks like you've got quite a number of Canadian followers here with you! Hahaha See you at the meet next week!

minako85, Germany
I love to buy cards, tooo! :) I have a whole cupboard full of cards... and I buy new cards wherever I go! :)
I wish you a lot of fun!!! And go on buying cards! :)

Femmelot, Netherlands
What a nice idea to inspire people at a senior centre for Postcrossing. It makes me think of what I could do :)

cptbennydavid, Brazil
I also have this rooster card, very cool :v

melilot, France
That's funny, I have prepared a postcard with a rooster today - and some hens too - but not for you Linda. In case I have to send you a postcard one day, I'll hesitate : a rooster or a Paris? Maybe both!

sinta, Indonesia
Hi Lynda, nice to see my rooster among your favorites, thanks for sharing! ^v^

sabescan, Malaysia
Hi ! Interesting story and nice collections!

abbyaguas, Philippines
Wonderful story :D

ThePOSTCARDPerfect, United States of America
Nice feature.I think I received a card from her.

Jcchit, Hong Kong
Thanks for sharing! I have received a postcard from Lynda. :-)

eskae, Canada
And Lynda is an amazing knitter, too!! Thanks, Lynda, for sending a card to our local library. Yours just happened to be the first card I picked up. Such a small world!

MacKittens, Germany
Love your Story. Thank you!

Matthew07, Malaysia
Lovely story. Thanks for sharing. :)

Luluz, Finland
Great and inspiring story. Love it!
Greetings from chilly Finland!

zomertje, Netherlands
Thank you for your story, liked it a lot!!!

keldar5, Canada
Congrats on being blogged about Linda! It's great to know that postcrossing is looking at wonderful people.

jjmedusa, United States of America
I had no idea there was a Postcrossing lending team on KIVA! Cool!

YiliLoh, Malaysia
Thanx for sharing! :)

Mama-Bear, United States of America
Great to hear about you! You sound awesome! I learned about Postcrossing through Bookcrossing as well. :)

isagv, Germany
Lovely interview. :)

andrea209, Germany
I'm looking forward to see you in Bielefeld

ipuenktchen, Iran
dear lynda, nice to see you as a spotlight!!! it's always so interesting to read more about the person we swapped before!!! and we got in touch because of LeylaParAvion arrived in time for your meetup, I remember the nice card!!!!!
happy postcrossing, ipue......

Geminiscp, Portugal
Lovely interview and nice cards! :)

Jennifer1962, Australia
Lovely story and inspiring for those who are just starting out as post crossers... Jennifer

Lucysp, Brazil
Congrats Lynda!
You really described the happiness of being part of this amazing project! Happy Postcrossing!

nugget, United States of America
Interesting story. Thanks for sharing!

henhawk-420, United States of America
Where do you find all those different kinds of postcards?????? Paula in Indiana

londonpolly, Canada
Nice to read your storey Lynda. I live in London,I think I heard about a meetup but have been really busy recently with my daughters wedding. If I missed it hope you all had a fabulous time.

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