Month: September 2018

E34: Paper Jewels: Postcards from the Raj

Frank talks to Omar Khan, author of Paper Jewels: Postcards from the Raj.

In this episode, Omar discusses his highly acclaimed book tour that started in India, his research for Paper Jewels, and how he got started collecting postcards years ago with a single postcard.

The Paper Jewels “exhibition features 361 postcards from Omar Khan’s collection and the Alkazi Collection of Photography, numerous blow-ups of old postcards (19) as well as relevant old photographs (19), postcard albums (8), videos (4) and other associated materials. It is the first ever comprehensive exhibition of vintage Indian postcards, in the city where much of the early innovation in postcard art and printing during the early years of the medium took place. It covers the period from 1892 through 1947.”

You can find Paper Jewels here. And you can buy the book on Amazon in the U.S. here. And for bonus videos where Omar Khan talks about postcard design and printing, you can watch videos here, here and here.

Also, Omar will be talking at several events in the UK, and one in the US in the coming couple of months. Details for these and all tour events can be found at the Paper Jewels events page by clicking here.

UK
November 3 BACSA (members and guests only) London 12:00 pm
November 6 Nehru Center London 6:15 pm
November 7 Royal Asiatic Society London 6:30 pm
November 9 Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities Oxford 12:45 pm
US
November 17 SACHI/Asian Art Museum San Francisco 2:00 pm

 

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Music in the episode is Japanese Prog by Rushus and is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (aka Music Sharing) 3.0 International License.

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E33: Snail Mail Superstar

Sara McNally, the Snail Mail Superstar, was recently granted her great-grandfather’s postcard collection. So we talk about that and what it was like the first time she saw it. And how that thread from him runs through her, with the Snail Mail Superstar work as well as owning the fabulous Seattle-based letterpress stationary company, Constellation & Co.

This fast-paced show covers postcards, typewriters, letter press printers. And it’s all done with a smile.

You can find Snail Mail Superstar on YouTube here.

And here’s where Sara talks about the postcards from her great-grandfather.

And here’s where you can purchase the postcards we talked about on the show.

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Music in the episode is Japanese Prog by Rushus and is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (aka Music Sharing) 3.0 International License.

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E32: Postcards from Madras and Bangalore

I had the good fortune to talk with Dr. Stephen Hughes from the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, SOAS, University of London. He and Emily Stevenson curated an exhibit of postcards in an exhibit titled, From Madras to Bangalore: Picture Postcards as Urban History of Colonial India. Here’s what the exhibit is:

This exhibition covers a selection of picture postcards from the Indian cities of Chennai and Bengaluru between 1900 and the 1930s; then known as Madras and Bangalore. They were the two most important colonial cities in British south India.  By pairing these together, this exhibition tells a tale of how these two cities, although separated by 215 miles, were linked through a set of common representational and material practices. The exhibit explores how postcard practices imagined, figured and performed a colonial encounter by depicting cities’ monuments, street, people and places.

In the early decades of the 20th century, postcards were at the height of their popularity.  They were an innovative and affordable form of communicating.  It has been estimated that in Britain alone approximately six billion postcards passed through the postal system between 1902 and 1910.

You can follow the exhibit on Instagram: soaspostcard

The exhibit is open until 23 September, Tuesday-Sunday 10:30am to 5:00 PM, Thursdays late opening till 8pm.

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Music in the episode is Japanese Prog by Rushus and is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (aka Music Sharing) 3.0 International License.

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