The World On My Doorstep

An ever-expanding postcard blog

One For A Giggle


SAM_3046Way back in February, I think I nearly wet myself laughing when this little joy for my collection of ‘awful postcards’ arrived in the mail. If you couldn’t already guess, this one is from Ruhan in South Africa and honestly, it just cracked me up! I mean, there isn’t much more to say about this and the little ‘toy’ included in the plastic box. Brilliant! Thank you so much Ruky! I still laugh hysterically looking at this one. It is going on the fridge to attract more attention!

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What Are Friends For?

postcards3_2My best friend, Minjae, in England, sent me this card after I’d had a rough couple of weeks at the end of November. She says “I feel that you of all people will relate and love the quote on the front.” I am not sure whether to be offended or not… Hmm… I can definitely relate! That’s for sure! This card is so simple but really put a smile on my face in a way that only a good friend can. Thanks Minjae!

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The Pointing Man

postcardsAgain from the wonderful Minjae in England comes this great card: The Pointing Man, another of the Tate Modern’s exhibits, although this one is slightly less odd than the Lobster Telephone. We both particularly enjoy the fact that this piece of artwork is called “The Pointing Man”… what an inventive name! Minjae is currently enjoying a little rest and relaxation after she just got her Masters in Archaeology. Clever girly!

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postcards_2_2From one of my best friends back in England, Minjae, comes this spectacularly weird card. I was overjoyed to receive this item from the Tate Modern Art Gallery, named with the original name: Lobster Telephone… Right… Minjae knew I’d appreciate this and wishes me happiness in the “Land of the Waters” (read: Guernsey). Love this girl! Miss you Minjae!

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Something Else Weird…

postcardsAlright Dilyana, what is weirder than your penis-sheathed skeleton card? Oh, right, yeah, this card from Maud in the Netherlands who bought it on a trip to Israel. It shows a water skin, within which the Bar Kokhba letters were found in the Cave of Letters in the early 1960s. Not so weird in itself, but as a postcard image, a little strange. However! That being said! How interesting is this? These letters date back to 132-135 AD during the Bar Kokhba Revolt and show direct correspondence between the Jewish leader Bar Kokhba and his subordinates, documenting historical events. Fascinating! Thanks Maud, for such an interesting archaeological card!

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Something Weird

postcards_2This card arrived with me with just the message “something weird” from postcrosser Ans in the Netherlands. It is apparently an ad card for the new Citroen C2. Well, it is definitely weird!

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Varna Necropolis

postcards_2_3Another addition to my collection of oddities comes from Dilyana in Bulgaria. I love this card because whilst it really appeals to my archaeological side and I do find it fascinating to look at, I also agree with Dilyana – why is it a postcard! This is really up there with my Oetzi postcard! I like the idea that someone on holiday in Bulgaria would choose this card as opposed to a typical touristic view of the country to send to their friends! This gentleman here (well, I assume he’s of the male sex, considering the delightful gold “ornament” below his hips), dates to around 4000 BC and can be found in the Varna Museum of History and Art. Wonderful card! And despite your concerns, Dilyana, not too weird. I wonder if there even is a postcard out there that’s ‘too weird’ for me! Anyone up for the challenge of finding one?

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Bizarre Bugs!


This very strange card comes from 30 year old Nicky in the Netherlands who is in love with the band Apocalyptica. So in love with them, in fact, that she doesn’t say anything else, so I am left baffled as to why she chose this strange card for me! It’s like a weird riddle!


A Hungarian Spa

postcards2_2_2_2One of my weirder postcards in my collection! It’s just so strange that I love it! This one comes from Laci in Hungary and is only my second card from the country. Apparently Bukfurdo is one of Europe’s most famous spas and it is situated only a couple of miles away from where Laci lives. The powers of Hungary’s healing waters were first made famous by the Romans and even today people flock to these places! Great card!

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One For The Collection!

postcards2Any long-term follower of my blog may well remember Igor from the USA with whom I did a direct swap and then postcrossing picked him for me to send an ID card to, initiating further swaps and a new follower for my blog! He has always been very helpful with my deciphering of some of my eastern European (specifically Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian) cards and I really appreciate his kindness. So it was a wonderful surprise to receive this hilarious card from him in the mail the other day to add to my creepy/awful/strange postcards collection and isn’t it just great? He bought it in Tombstone Arizona which was apparently renowned for its ‘justice’ system in the 1800’s… hmm! I just love these tombstones though! Awesome card! I’d be interested to know though (maybe Igor can help here…?) what came first – Tombstone’s name or its nature?