Sunday, April 18, 2010

Half a postcard

Ripped kitty postcard

Here is one of my most recent and unique mail anomalies - an international postcard that arrived ripped in half. What a cute little kitty! What does the rest of this illustration show, I wonder?

Half a postcard

I got the half with my address, but not the stamps. Thank goodness her signature is legible, and if she wouldn't have said "greetings from Helsinki," I would have had no idea from whence this came. So, Anu L. in Helsinki, Finland, your postcard did arrive, although it was mangled. (Sometimes, if the US postal service mangles something, it will arrive in a plastic bag apologizing for the damage. This didn't happen - it was just half a postcard in my mailbox.) I can't write you back because I don't have your address. Maybe it was on the top half of the postcard!

I've actually gotten quite a few postcards with no return addresses lately, incidentally... Sometimes I write people's addresses down in a little book, and sometimes I don't. If you want to guarantee a response, give me a return address, even in tiny writing on a postcard. (I put a return address on EVERYTHING.) If you don't use a return address, please do not expect to hear back from me.

10 comments:

  1. RAWR! what a stinker! but that's happened to an important piece of my parents mail. good news is that they were able to put the major pieces into the plastic baggy. and it wasn't like it was some bills or crazy notice, just a bit important, yknow?

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  2. What a pity that you got only a half of this beautiful postcard! And very strange also, as you say. Better of course to get a half than nothing. :) And also this half looks good. :) It clearly is a cat postman in work.

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  3. Hmm, it looks suspiciously as though someone took a fancy to the stamps. I hope it isn't a Postcrossing card and that the ID went the same was as the stamps.

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  4. Sheila, that was my first worry. I confirmed that it was not a Postcrossing card. I have received from this sender before, but didn't write down her address...

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  5. How befitting the little Postal Kittys' expression is. He looks absolutely sad:-(

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  6. You know, at this point I'd almost rather have half a postcard than not. I think the USPS has been stealing many of my postcards - the conspiracy being that it only steals the ones from people who don't send a lot of mail. I get postcards from BIG mail-senders like you (thank you, by the way!), but from friends whom I'm just getting into mail? Nothing. I want my half a postcard!

    That is the strangest thing.

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  7. wow that is a first for me seeing that happen . I dont think I have ever had half a post card dellivered .

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  8. I agree that a missing half of a postcard is sad, but just look how much more interesting the card has become. Mysterious and perhaps even a little enchanting. I bet you couldn't stop looking at it, flipping it from back to front, wondering and pondering, imagining and inventing...

    As for Anu L., I hope you find her soon. Cari

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  9. Strange - I posted a comment on this but it must have gotten lost like Stephanie's postcards.

    I had this happen once, but received the portion of the card with the stamps and my address.

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  10. That's a shame. Sorry that happened.

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