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E25: Postcards in a Digital World

Instagram is the the postcard of this time. That’s what Professor John Murphy said to me as we talked about the intersection of postcards and the digital world. John teaches in the Digital Media & Design school at the University of Connecticut.

We talk about how postcards fit into an instant gratification world, the collection of postcards his father sent his mother on his travels around the world in the military, and how postcards work to connect us in a hyper-connected world.

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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E24: Pinhole Photography and Postcard Swaps

What does pinhole photography have to do with postcards? A lot when the talented photographer, Moni Smith, join me to talk about the art of pinhole photography and her monthly photography postcard swap. I mention in the show that the first 10 people Postcardist listeners who participate in Moni’s postcard swap will also get a one-of-a-kind postcard from me featuring an original photograph I took. Also, if you haven’t rated the show where you get your podcasts, would you please do that?

This show is part of the continuing series on The Postcardist Podcast featuring creatives and artists who participate in and advance the sharing of postcards.

Items referenced in this show:

Moni Smith’s Postcard Swap

Moni Smith on Instagram

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day

Elfster

How to Play the Banjo

 

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

 

E23: The Postcardist’s Wife

Image: The working desk at Postcardist studios.

A pile of postcards here. A stack of postcards there. A wax seal. A rubber stamp. Postage stamps. And boxes upon boxes upon boxes of postcards.

Ever wonder what it’s like to live in a house with a postcard guy? Namely…me? I this episode, you find out. My wife, Sheryl, joins me to about how a Christmas gift turned into a podcast; about putting a postcard writing station in our formal living room; and about how postcards are a part of daily life Chez Postcardist. Plus, we talk about the magic of Episode 23.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it. And if you listen to the show long enough you’ll hear why I titled this show like I did.

E22: Greetings from Karen Commins

I got a Greetings from Karen Commins postcard in the mail and I was fascinated. Here was a new take on postcards: a voiceover artist who uses postcards to market her services. And I was lucky enough to have a conversation about that. But it didn’t end there. Karen, first and foremost, is a storyteller. And what great stories. You can hear about how she:

  • Named a helicopter her class bought with S&H Green Stamps for the local police department
  • Had her first stint on TV — in 5th grade — after writing a winning essay
  • Contacted the biggest name in voiceover work when she was getting started…and Frank Muller wrote back with advice
  • Used Barry Manilow’s birthday as a postcard marketing event
  • Recommends using a return address on postcards
  • Answers the question if Nellie Bly sent postcards in her race around the world that started in 1889
  • Offers a free audio book about Nellie Bly to the first five Postcardist listeners who write here at karen@karencommins.com
  • Sent me down a rabbit hole for stereo viewer cards…yikes!

Thanks so much for being on the Postcardist podcast, Karen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

E21: Pretty Places and Postcards

Postcardist has been out of the studio lately. In this episode, I interview my friend Jessica Mand — writer, photographer, and itinerant traveler. We do this interview in two locations — at a French brasserie to start, with all the clanking plates and music playing in the background; then we transition a couple days later to a bench outside a coffee shop. Both places had lots of noise, but Jess makes it worthwhile in her descriptions of Iceland, her discovery of the prettiest postcard in Hawaii, and  she keeps us guessing about the best restaurant on Nantucket.

This show is once again in the style of two friends chatting about postcards. Here is a photo of the postcard from Hawaii that Jess talks about in the show:

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E20: Postcard Writing Station at Hotel Palomar

We all like getting postcards. And the Kimpton Hotel Palomar has made it easy for guests to write and send postcards from their hotel. In this episode, I interview Jessica Bishop, PR Director for Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants in the Northeast, at the Palomar in Philadelphia. Jessica talks about the idea for the postcard writing station, how much the guests have enjoyed the human connection of writing a postcard, and tells about her own fascination with handwritten mail.

Check out these really great custom postcards Jessica talks about in the podcast. (And for those of you who listened to the show, there’s a little prize inside. Kinda like Cracker Jack…only better.)

At the end of the show, I ask for a little help with an idea I have about postcards and how we could help people. I’d really like to hear from you. And if you’d like to be part of our working group, please let me know.

E19: Postcards from a Bistro

The creativity of the bistro culture worked in 1920s Paris, and it works in present day in Philadelphia. Postcardist host Frank Roche is joined at Parc Bistro by filmmaker Justine Burt. They talk about the hand-drawn postcard Justine creates while they’re eating dinner, how to send chain postcards, and offer observations about a guy who rides by on a bicycle with a ferret on his back.

Justine talks about this doodle postcard in the episode.

E18: Master Class 2 with Mark Routh

Mark Routh joins me once again to conduct another postcard collecting master class where we cover the spectrum from the recent royal wedding to postcard design to QSL cards used in ham radio operations to the Titanic to postcard design to Doctor Who to postcards made by terrorist organizations. Yes, you heard me right…Mark gives us a lesson in the history of those cards and a perspective on collecting them.

You can find Mark’s work at Mark’s Postcard Chat and his monthly column is in Picture Postcard Monthly.

Also, I mention Chloe McHenry’s Etsy work. You remember Chloe from Episode 11. You can find her Etsy page at ParcelTonguePaperCo. Please go have a look. And if you’re inspired, buy one of her cool collages. Here’s an example:

Music transitions for this show are Japanese Prog by Rushus, from the album Stories. Stories by Rushus is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (aka Music Sharing) 3.0 International License.

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E17: Erick Sahler Serigraphs

In this week’s episode, I talk to the graphic artist Erick Sahler, whose art many of you recognize from postcards I’ve posted on the Postcardist Instagram page.

Erick creates large format serigraphs (you’ll have to listen to the show to hear about the definition) in a very compelling style. That “We Build Ships” postcard is hanging in Position #1 right now.

You can find Erick’s work at ericksahler.com. And if you’re looking to buy postcards, you can click here. But I’d say spend some time on his site. And send him a note if you enjoyed hearing him on Postcardist. It’s really nice of an artist to take time of the day to talk about his creative process; and I told him we are lucky enough to have his designs on postcards. Also, Erick is doing a one-man show the entire month of June at Candleberry Gallery in St. Michaels. Click here for details on a meet-the-artist day on June 9.

 

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E16: Frank Warren of PostSecret

This is a special snapshot of who we were in the world for a very specific moment in time.
–Frank Warren of PostSecret, talking about sending postcards in this episode of Postcardist.

In this special episode of the Postcardist podcast, I interview Frank Warren of PostSecret, “an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard.” We talk about Frank’s early start with postcards, the million+ cards he’s received and read, and the connections postcards make in the world.

You can see new PostSecrets every Sunday on the site. And you can see Frank’s TED Talk here. The San Diego Museum of Man exhibit we talk about in the show is here. And Frank has written six best-selling books.

And if you want to send a postcard to PostSecret, here’s the address:

This is a show you’ll want to listen to more than once. Thanks so much to Frank Warren for being on the show.

 

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Music in this episode:

SOLO ACOUSTIC GUITAR by Jason Shaw is licensed under a Attribution 3.0 United States License.  Music sourced from Free Music Archive.