I have two young children, and live in Ottawa, Canada's capital. I've spent time in Poland, South Korea and Azerbaijan, and have visited other countries.
I have been saving postcards for years and enjoy displaying them. I am particularly interested in cards of UNESCO World Heritage Sites; national, regional or local parks or protected areas; and Soviet cards.
I also like cards of:
- hiking trails
- vintage or Lantern Press-style travel posters
- Sibley Birds of Land, Sea and Sky cards (I have the full Sibley Backyard Birds set)
- black and white photography
- women on bicycles
- unusual museums
- neon signs
- snowy landscapes and Arctic-themed
- beer (specific breweries/brands - I have the retro Budweiser and Heineken cards)
- historic buildings
- art, especially street art
- large/kitschy roadside attractions (Big Bruce the Bull welcomes visitors to my hometown of Chesley, Ontario - see http://www.bigthings.ca/)
- wild animals - especially species for which I've not already received cards, and the Wild Animals of the World series - and birds, especially my missing US state birds (see link below to cards received).
- music-themed cards, especially those depicting vinyl or turntables (I have the Grafofoni Columbia card), as I have over 2,000 records!
- a card depicting your favourite local place.
But these are just hints - most of all, choose a card that you like!
Cards I mark as Favourites are ones that I don't have. To avoid confusion, I don't "Favourite" cards I receive, but I assure you that I'm thrilled each time I find a card in my mailbox.
Cartoon, holiday, pet, multi-view and signature-only meet-up cards are not my favourites.
You could write why you participate in postcrossing, share a quirky anecdote about your day or about the best day of your life, or describe what brings you happiness or something that's on your mind now. What should I be sure to do or see if I visit your town/country? Or describe what you do with the postcards you receive (I always have about 30 posted on the kitchen wall!), or write about other collections which occupy your free time. Somehow, we all uniquely organize our obsessions!
Those are only ideas - overall, it's great to receive cards with lots written on them, no matter the topic!
I appreciate interesting stamps - love them, in fact!
As fellow Canadian postcrossers have so perfectly written, "postcrossing is about communicating to the world and being part of humanity. Take the time to handwrite something either serious or funny, happy or sad, important or trivial... to collect all those wonderful shards and sparks of human kindness and creativity from all over the world."
Thanks for reading, and for whatever you take the time to send!
PS: You can see my many great Soviet, bird, animal, UNESCO (feel free to send a different view of a site already represented), roadside attraction, park and other received cards at https://www.flickr.com/photos/37264621@N04/albums.