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Jim Lynch (aka jlynch9923) is a big fan of all things Postcrossing, and has even been featured on The Postcardist podcast (in episodes 60 and 92), sharing his enthusiasm for postcards with people all over the world! So we asked him if he’d be interested in doing one of our spotlight interviews too. :) Without further ado, it’s over to Jim!

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

I learned about Postcrossing from other friends in a postcard exchange that I belong to. I had heard of it before that but I never looked into it. Sending and receiving postcards from people from all over the world is what got me hooked.

Do you have any other interesting hobbies?

I love stickers. So I have a lot of stickers and I decorate my Postcrossing postcards with some stickers on the message side. I have also started making what I call “sticker postcards”: I take a food packaging postcard and I fully decorate the front of it with assorted stickers. All I need is a food package, my stickers and my creativity. These are so much fun to make and people seem to love them.

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

Yes. The first postcard from a country that I had never heard of was the Åland Islands. I recently got to send a postcard to Malta. I always love to add another country to my list. I am at 61 countries right now.

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

My mailman knows I am the postcard guy but I don’t feel comfortable asking to take his picture…

Jim's mailbox
Jim’s mailbox
What’s one way that postcards have changed your life for the better?

Postcards help me keep a positive outlook on life. I love to send and receive postcards. I get to send people joy in the form of a postcard and people do the same for me from all over the world. I have a lot of postcard friends in Postcrossing and out so I am blessed to receive a lot of Happy mail. I am involved in the postcard communities on Instagram and Facebook. Postcard people are the best.

Have you met any other members in real life?

I have met other postcrossers. The first time I found a local meetup only the host and myself signed up. We were going to meet at a postcard show. The host had to cancel but I still went to the postcard show. I had a great time and bought a lot of postcards. In 2019 I got to go to a real meetup with about 25 other postcrossers. The host sonataca was super organized. She hosted in one place on Saturday and a second location on Sunday. There was a meetup card and she had raffle prizes. It was held at a restaurant both days. It was such a joy finally meet other postcrossers, share stories and talk about our hobby. During the pandemic we keep in contact with each other through our groups FB page and we continue to send each other postcards. We hope to meet up again soon.

Have you inspired anyone else to join Postcrossing or start collections of their own?

I got to be a guest on The Postcardist podcast twice. After my first episode I told everyone in the postcard exchange that I am in, and many of them listened to it. Some of them were already postcrossers but one member Bill had never heard of Postcrossing. He is now a member and enjoys getting and sending postcards all over the world. The Postcardist podcast has a good sized audience so I hope I have inspired others to investigate Postcrossing.

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

So many people have taken the time to read my profile and send me postcards from my favorites list. I don’t have just one favorite. I especially love the sunset postcards and the black and white postcards that I have received.

Sunset postcards
Some of Jim’s favourite sunset postcards
Black and white postcards
Black and white postcards Jim loves
Is there anything that you are passionate about?

I am passionate about photography, traveling and graffiti. My wife and I try to take at least one great trip every year. Because of Covid that did not happen last year, but we look forward to traveling again. There are so many amazing things to see in this world. One thing I have started doing during Covid was I started making postcards from my own photography. My main concentration has been graffiti. Graffiti Art is colorful and amazing. Plus it can be found in cities all over the world. I have my postcards professionally made by a company called moo.com. So far I just send them to my friends and other postcrossers.

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38 comments so far

FellowPostcrosser, United States of America
Postcrossing Ambassador: Spotlight

Nice job, man!
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WesleyW, United States of America
You deserve to be on the home page!
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BeckyS, United States of America
Jim Lynch, now why does that name sound so familiar? Oh yeah, I've heard you sharing your hobby on the podcast The Postcardist. Just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed those episodes very much.
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DebbiePos, United States of America
Very interesting! Thank you for sharing your story. I will check out the podcast and moo.com. I have used Zazzle.com for postcards but thanks for the tip!
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sonataca, United States of America
GO JIM!!!!!!!!!!!! SO PROUD OF YOUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!
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BestWishesEric, United States of America
Jim! It’s a pleasure seeing you here. Great interview!
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BigDaveBishop, United States of America
Right on, Jim!!! Happy PostCrossing!!!
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iamtracylee, United States of America
I love it when I see a username, and I am thinking - I sent him a card last year! What fun!
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pmsobon, Switzerland
Hope I get one of your graffiti personal pic postcards someday!
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sendwashi, United States of America
Glad to see to you featured on the blog, Jim. You deserve it!
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mysweetlife63, United States of America
Great interview! Thank you for sharing yourself with us! Graffiti art is cool!
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ohegarty, Canada
WOOHOO Jim! 'Meeting' you through The Postcardist has been a true blessing. You rock, Mr. Sticker Man. Namaste.
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Flippie, Canada
Thanks for sharing, I love it..
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volvomom, United States of America
Enjoyed getting to learn about you, and find out about another graffiti fan!
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Waldo, United Kingdom
Thank you. Great black and white postcards from your postcrossers chosen above. Share love of graffiti.
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Southernstampqueen, United States of America
Great interview, Jim! So glad we’ve become friends through postcards!
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Ramya, United States of America
Supercool to see you featured! Postal love wins!
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jm1122, United States of America
This was a wonderful interview!
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Nique, Canada
Jim's enthusiasm jumped right off the page. LOVE it!
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wenhsang, Taiwan
It’s great sharing, and I feel the same, especially when people share postcards to convey happiness.
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Talal90Ahmed, Iraq
coooooooool
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Marjie, United Kingdom
I love sunset cards too Jim ... maybe we should swap a couple! Have you heard of The Handwritten Letter Appreciation Society? It's run by my friend Dinah and she is asking for a postcard drop this summer. If you'd like to send her a postcard, contact me for the details. Well done with all those postcards you make too! Marjorie
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suegathman, United States of America
Great to see you featured, my friend! 😀
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janetpost, United States of America
That is awesome that you have been spotlighted! The postcrossing, postcard, and sticker world is a better place because of you! I’m happy to know you! Janet@mailsomesmiles on IG
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manik2642, Bangladesh
Thanks Jim for sharing your feelings. Like you my 3rd liking is collecting used phone cards. Ist is collecting coin's picture stamps only of any country. But for 8 years Postcrossing has given me lot !!!!!!!!!!
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clairebearian, United States of America
Yay Jim!! :) Super cool to see this profile, and I especially love getting to see your mail box!
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BestemorVonnie, United States of America
Enjoyed your interview! You mention graffiti…….I think graffiti on railroad cars is interesting and quite artistic!
“Keep calm and keep Postcrossing!”
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DMXXL, China
wow I think your posting cards are very beautiful! I'd like to exchange them with you!I hope I can draw you! I will take our Chinese characteristic postcards!
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Invitro, Netherlands
Dear Jim,
In fact the episodes of the postcardist podcast with you i found very inspiring!
Your enthusiasm is so nice to hear.....
All the best from the Netherlands 👍
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Luziaceleste, Brazil
Super cool that you are also into doing postcards yourself. Maybe one of these days we can swap. Congrats for the interview, and againg thank you Postcrossing team to bring these people closer to us.
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Dragondust, United States of America
Such a great interview!
Thank you, Jim!
Hope to Postcross with you!
Abby :)
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Adam_SK, Canada
Nice interview Jim! Or maybe I should say, "Mr. Postcrossing Ambassador!"
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sing613, China
I really admire your approach, I wish you more friends and send postcards to each other
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SweetLeo, China
What a beautiful mailbox !It's also great to use photo albums for postcards. Have a good time!
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cjf3848, United States of America
Thanks for sharing…very interesting! 📬
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manencov, Romania
Wonderful interview! Postcrossing gives us so many options and so many friends around the world. I propose to organize as many online meetings as possible all over the world now in the pandemic.
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alison41, South Africa
I enjoyed meeting Jim. Presume he didn't want his pic included? would like to have seen him.
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Sherri16, United States of America
Thank you for sharing where you have postcards made. I have a lot of pictures I believe would make great postcards and didn't know where to turn. You also have great postcards you shared. Thanks again.
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