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10 minutes | 25 days ago
Episode 99.5 -- Everything is Going to Be All Right
This bonus episode is a follow up to yesterday's show, and uses the title of a poem by the Irish poet Derek Mahon. I worked my way out of my postcard writing rut. Here's a little more behind the scenes for those of you who asked.
27 minutes | a month ago
In a Postcard Rut
I'm in a postcard writing rut. This show is about that.
59 minutes | 2 months ago
Two Prolific Postcrossers, Sue Boggs and Jennifer Gilman
The journey of a thousand postcards begins with a single entry on Postcrossing. Or something like that. I'm joined by two prolific Postcrossers for this show -- Sue Boggs and Jennifer Gilman. They're both with the San Diego Postcrossing FB Group -- and send thousands of postcards. You can find Sue on Postcrossing as @suegathman; and Jen is on Postcrossing as @jenniferkg. Topics covered in this show: San Diego Postcrossers Christopher Arndt Postcards Half Price Books Quantity Postcards Coast Philatelics Maxicards Singapore Post Postcrossing Meetup Cards
55 minutes | 3 months ago
Mermaid Tales with Betsy Kirichenko
Our story starts with a headstrong young girl and her collection of found objects. That's the story of Ariel in The Little Mermaid -- and it's also the story of how Betsy Kirichenko started with her fascination with mermaids and how that led to her collection of mermaid postcards. Mermaids and Mailboxes on Instagram
91 minutes | 3 months ago
Samantha Cook teaches me New Zealand slang (and we talk about postcard, too)
When you connect with people through postcards, you never know where that will lead. I didn't know it would lead to me learning new slang terms from New Zealand at three o'clock in the morning. But that's what happened with my guest, Samantha Cook, who is also known by her IG handle Princess in a Teapot. We also talked about postcards and Postcrossing and the price of sending mail. And fudge.
53 minutes | 4 months ago
Postcard Creator and Master Storyteller Ed Popcheff
I chatted with Ed Pocheff from his home in Speedway, Indiana -- home of the Indianapolis 500. Ed designs postcards and really knows how to tell a story. You can find him as @edpopcheff on Instagram.
41 minutes | 4 months ago
A Brief History of Halloween Postcards
Did you know trick-or-treating wasn't popularized until the late 1950s? Or that Halloween was a day of romance in the early 1900s? Or that cabbages featured prominently on Halloween postcards in the early 20th Century? That's what this episode is about -- a brief history of Halloween postcards.
45 minutes | 4 months ago
Mary L. Martin: Owner of the World's Largest Postcard Shop and Author of A Guide Book of Collectible Postcards
Mary L. Martin owns the world's largest postcard shop. And just just recently wrote (with Q. David Bowers) A Guide Book of Collectible Postcards. We talk about the process that led to the writing and publication of the book, and then talk about the postcard collecting business in general. You can find Mary's book along with millions of collectible postcards at marylmartin.com.
45 minutes | 4 months ago
Postcard Enthusiast and Sticker Man -- Jim Lynch
I'm joined again by postcard enthusiast and sticker aficionado, Jim Lynch. Long-time listeners of the show will recognize Jim from episode 60, where we talked about his extensive foray into the postcard world. In this episode, we expand on that topic…here’s a list of what you’’ll here us discuss in this eclectic episode: Stickers (including the Antiquarian Sticker Book) Postcrossing Art Throw Down Adult Coloring Books Where’s George Postcard Exchange Sent Postcard Cataloging System SF Postcrossing Facebook Group World Postcard Day Where to Find Postcards Postcards from Singapore Post Food Packaging Postcards Covid Postcards Pandemic Philately FB Group Delcampe Auction Site USPS Cancellation Sorters Travel Trinkets Canada Postcards
48 minutes | 5 months ago
Navajo Writer and Postcard Creator Sylvanus Paul
It's not every day that we get to hear Navajo being spoken and I'm honored to have been joined by Navajo writer and postcard creator Sylvanus Paul. We talk about how Sylvanus got started with with writing letters and postcards; why he named his Instagram account Letterdoggy; how he writes meaningful messages on his postcards; and how his stand up comedy influences the jokes he sometimes writes on postcards.
52 minutes | 5 months ago
Postcards, Burning Man Post Office, and Newfie Tacos with Orla Hegarty
Postcards connect people. And this show is, once again, about another connection. I connected with Orla Hegarty over the past couple of years because of this show and because of postcards. Orla is a dedicated postcard creator and writer, a mathematician, a traveler, and a postmaster for Canada Post in her town of St. Vincent’s, Newfoundland. In this episode, Orla and I talk about postcards. And mushrooms (the edible kind, silly); Burning Man (where I suppose there are other kinds of mushrooms, too); The Salt Path; Punxsatawany Phil and Wiarton Willie; Newfoundland boil ups; Newfie tacos (I really gotta have one now that Orla told me about them); Feminism; stamps; Postcrossing, and the special cancellation Orla does from her post office. Thats’s the thing about postcard connections. It’s a lot more than a piece of paper with a nice design and a note on the back. What I like about the connections is that I am on a journey of continuous learning — about people and cultures and faraway places. That’s what this episode delivers — it’s another opportunity to learn about the world from someone who communicates with great storytelling. Plus, name me another show where you can learn about Newfie tacos and Burning Man postcards in the same show. This might be the only one. As with most conversations, there is just a jumping off point. Let’s start this episode of The Postcardist Podcast chatting about… Determining if mushrooms are edible Burning Man Post Office The Salt Path Punxsutawney Phil and Wiarton Willie Newfoundland Boil Up Newfie Tacos Goedel, Escher, Bach Covid…can we produce a show now where we don’t talk about covid? Feminism stamps Invisible Women by Carolina Criado Perez Postcrossing Special cancellation for St. Vincent's, Newfoundland Marcophily (collection of cancellation stamps)
48 minutes | 5 months ago
Risqué Double Entendres in Vintage Postcards with Serece Tascione
I want to spend some time in your wheat field. You're welcome to my roost. Finally alone. On one level, Romance postcards from 1907 to 1913 seem innocent enough. On another level, they're purposeful double entendres intended to convey risqué intent. In this raucous and experimental episode, Serece Tascione and I review 14 cards from my vintage Romance postcard collection and Serece speculates about what the real message is on the postcards. Basically, I laugh for about 40 minutes. WARNING: THIS SHOW IS FOR ADULT AUDIENCES AND DISCUSSES THE EXISTENCE OF SEX AND INCLUDES SEXUALLY SUGGESTIVE HUMOR.. IT IS LABELED EXPLICIT FOR THAT REASON.
36 minutes | 6 months ago
Masha Mokeeva, Author of Postcrossing: Book of Secret Knowledge
Here's a book about postcard history and the global phenomenon of Postcrossing writ large. On this episode of The Postcardist Podcast, author Masha Mokeeva and I talk about her book, Postcrossing: Book of Secret Knowledge. Masha walks us through the seven highly researched chapters of the book, including: Postcrossing. About Postcrossing creator Paulo Magalhães, how Postcrossing works, what types of postcards are exchanged, and about the place of the idea of Postcrossing in the world of ideas. Text on the postcard. This includes a very entertaining story of Alexander Asarkan, a theater critic who made postcards himself in the Soviet era and made art out of it. Plus, what and how to write on a postcard; why the text is very important. Stamps and mail-art. How stamps become part of the semantic field of a postcard. Which are valuable, and which are ordinary. About the fact that mail art is conceptual art, and not just decoration of postcards with stickers. The postcards. How postcards appeared and why they were ahead of their time and became the prototype of social networks. How and why to collect postcard collections. How to store postcards. About postcard people (including an interview with me!) Postal history. The post offices in the modern world. How Postcrosser Elya worked in the Russian post office. Postcrossers. Why people become Postcrossers. Interviews with Postcrossers. Postcrossing meetings. The card store. A day in the life of Masha's store, Amelie's Cards. History of publishing and selling postcards worldwide. Interview with the owner of another store, where she says that the card is a source of inspiration and a sense of magic. Plus, Postcrosser's life hacks, Postcrosser's dictionary and 100 topics for the message on the postcard.
39 minutes | 6 months ago
From Russia, with Postcards: A Conversation with Masha Mokeeva of Amelie Cards
Russian journalist and author Masha Mokeeva owns a very successful postcard shop in Moscow called Amelie Cards. In this episode, Masha and Frank talk about the origin of Masha's postcard business, why postcards are so popular in Russia, the Russian collector Nikolai Tagrin, and the market for postcards in Russia. This is part one of a two-part series with Masha. On the next episode, we talk about Masha's book, Postcrossing:Book of Secrets.
52 minutes | 6 months ago
Anushka Sawarkar, the Postcard Princess of Pune
I'm joined this week by Anushka, who has created many postcard connections across the world with her energy in postcarding. We talk about postcard design, postcard connections, postcard swaps, and why I call her The Postcard Princess of Pune.
65 minutes | 6 months ago
Ben Irving Postcard Project with Tyler Sonnichsen
This week, host Frank Roche is joined by Tyler Sonnichsen, who has a huge collection of his great-grandfather's postcard collection from the 1930s and 1940s. Tyler’s great-grandfather, Ben Irving, was a musician. Traveling salesman. Vaudeville performer. And prolific postcard writer. Tyler has his great-grandfather’s postcards…and all kinds of terrific stories to accompany them. Tyler is a PhD geographer and comedian based in Michigan and Florida. He teaches Human and Cultural Geography at Central Michigan University. He's the author of Capitals of Punk: Paris, DC, and the Circulation of the Underground as well as work on the vinyl record industry and the history of Parisian hardcore punk. You can follow more of his writing and research at SonicGeography.com. He released his second standup album, Modern Life is Awesome, on RainShine Records in 2018.
61 minutes | 7 months ago
A Big Day with Tiny & Snail
Artists. Business owners. Comedians. Dancers. Sisters. Those are just a few descriptors for Leah and Grace, aka Tiny & Snail. That's the name of their business and their nicknames. Tiny & Snail is a stationery company led by two creative sisters who have a compelling goal: Bringing magic back to mailboxes with cards that people want to keep. There's magic in the mail. That's Tiny & Snail's tagline. And there's magic in this show. Get writing. And dancing. Tiny & Snail website Tiny & Snail on Instagram
34 minutes | 7 months ago
Postcards and Cake with Tiffany's Postal Treats
Let them mail cake. That's what Tiffany of Tiffany's Postal Treats says. This show combines two of my favorite things: postcards...and cake. Tiffany's Postal Treats on Instagram Tiffany's Postal Treats on Etsy
57 minutes | 7 months ago
Elise Barras of Elise Loves Letters
I'm joined this week by Elise Barras of Elise Loves Letters. Elise tells us about postcard collecting, letter writing, and scrambling to the top of big climbs in the Peak District of England, only to find a Mr. Whippy ice cream vendor at the top. Plus, she tells us about The Ancient One and how to have a proper cup of Yorkshire tea. Sit back, sip your tea, and get ready for some real delight.
59 minutes | 7 months ago
Postcards and The Department of Lost Letters in India with Bhumika Israni
This show is an audio movie. It's that rich with sights and sounds. And if you use your imagination, you'll be transported to Mumbai, India. I talked with Bhumika Israni from there. Bhumika is a huge postcard enthusiast (find out what happened to her room), letter writer, and connector. And she's a medical student who also collects stamps. This is a show to treasure. And come join us at the Department of Lost Letters. References in this show: Bhumika on Instagram Yellow postcards in India Paper Jewels of the Raj by Omar Khan Dead Letter Office (what we like to call the Department of Lost Letters)
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