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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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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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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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E31: A Philatelist and a Deltiologist Walk Into a Bar

Which came first, the stamp or the postcard? In this episode, host Frank Roche interviews stamp collector and paper artist, Russ Romano, who creates postcard experiences by creating postcard/stamp intersections.

So much ground is covered in this show. Russ rode a train across the United States and sent postcards to a penpal in Spain. He’s journaled every single day since he was 10. And he has a system to design postcard experiences.

Shows and people we refer to in this episode:

Chloe McHenry (@ParcelTongue) in E11: Mail Art

Kitty in E28: Postcards from the Edge

Lillian Karabaic in E27: Postcards from the Trans-Siberian Railway 

Also, check out Russ’s IGTV feeds. You can find his profile here.

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E30: Postcards to My Brother

Frank Roche is joined by illustrator Jack McKean, whose Instagram site Postcards to My Brother, documents his quotidian activities with drawings on postcards. Jack talks about his inspiration for the project, how he’s kept going daily for more than a year and a half, and where he gets creative energy.

The key question in this episode: How do you define the front and back of a postcard? It’s not an existential question. If you’re an illustrator and draw on the “back,” does that make the back the front?

 

 

E29: Postcards from the Edge (Part 2)

In this episode, I continue my talk with Kitty, the creator and curator of Postcards from the Edge, an Instagram community built on a simple idea: send-receive-connect. And, of course, they do it with postcards. In this episode, we we talk about the possibility of a postcard meetup; visiting Mexico City; and the photographers Jen Dagley, 3Z Moon, and Rachel Nyssen.

Kitty built huge IG communities that feature curated content, including UrbanRomantix and ArkiRomatix. And now she’s doing the same at Postcards from the Edge, along with her collaborators Gitti, Jess, Elaine and Josh, all of whom are terrific photographers and creatives, as well as being super interactive administrators of PftE. (And now, there’s a Postcards from the Edge group on Facebook.)

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E28: Postcards from the Edge (Part 1)

What happens when a person who creates highly engaged artistic communities gets on the phone with a guy who makes podcasts about postcards? I’ll give you a hint — it’s not a short conversation. (We talked for more than three hours.)

In this episode, I talk to Kitty, the creator and curator of Postcards from the Edge, an Instagram community built on a simple idea: send-receive-connect. And, of course, they do it with postcards.

Kitty built huge IG communities that feature curated content, including UrbanRomantix and ArkiRomatix. And now she’s doing the same at Postcards from the Edge, along with her collaborators Gitti, Jess and Josh, all of whom are terrific photographers and creatives, as well as being super interactive administrators of PftE. (And now, there’s a Postcards from the Edge group on Facebook.)

In a disconnected and social media heavy world, we’re all looking for more of a connection. And if you’re into authenticity, this is your show. In addition to the long conversation Kitty and I had about postcards, we also talk about creative enterprises and the splendor of Silver City, New Mexico. Wondering about items and places we talk about? Here are some links:

Power and Light Press

Syzygy Tile

Lantern Press Postcards

And coming up in Part 2, we talk about the possibility of a postcard meetup; visiting Mexico City; and the photographers Jen Dagley, 3Z Moon, and Rachel Nyssen.

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E27: Ziggy Stardust Sends Postcards from the Trans-Siberian Railway

Lillian (as Ziggy Stardust) at Podcast Movement

Ziggy Stardust and I are talking about postcards.

Okay, it’s not Ziggy, but it’s a striking likeness. I’m in Philadelphia with author, financial consultant and highly acclaimed podcasterLillian Carabaic. We’re talking about postcards; and she’s turning heads.

We’re sitting in the speaker’s lounge at Podcast Movement. Lillian just finished giving her talk — Breaking Through Creative Blocks Like Bowie — to 100+ podcasters in the most dynamic presentation of the four-day conference. She’s dressed in an asymmetrical blue spandex bodysuit festooned with lightning bolts. She’s sporting a magenta wig. Loads of blue eye shadow. And she’s perched atop iridescent six-inch platform boots. Perched might not be the right word — Lillian/Ziggy demonstrated an overhead kick while onstage in those tall boots. You see, she was once a competitive figure skater.

We met a couple days earlier in a keynote session. What were the odds that I got to sit near a storyteller who sent hundreds of geo-tagged postcards that she wrote on the Trans-Siberian Railway? And that we would start talking about postcards at all considering it’s a conference about podcasting? Oh, the odds. Must be like 2,500 to 1. (87.6% of statistics are made up on the spot.)

I wrote 273 postcards on the train as we crossed Siberia and Mongolia. And I geo-tagged them all.

Lillian and I talk about her travel from Dublin, Ireland to Holyhead, Wales on the ferry. Then on a train to Berlin. And Moscow. And on the Trans-Siberian Railway and Trans-Mongolian Railway to Beijing. And then one more train to Shanghai. (I wonder if she was listening to China Girl when her train rattled into The Land of the Red Dragon.) All the while writing postcards and geo-tagging every one of her postcards that she sent to fans who were following her journey.

This is Part 1 of what could be a multi-part interview series. Lillian is super high energy and so much fun. She’s interesting. And she writes postcards. With glitter.

Postcards written on the Trans-Siberian Railway

You can order Lillian’s book, Get Your Money Together: Your Purr-fect Finance Book, here.

Her radio show and podcast, Oh My Dollar!, can be found here.

And you can hire her to give talks and courses about financial planning by clicking here.

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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E26: Postcard Display in LA with Shannon McCormick

In this episode, I talk with aesthete, word traveler, and LA Woman, Shannon McCormick, about the coolest postcard shop in Los Angeles, how she displays her postcard collection, and some ideas about custom postcards we’re gonna create. Check out Shannon’s Instagram page to see her postcard display.

Links to things we talk about:

Soap Plant + Wacko

Griffith Observatory

Postcard Racks

Scuffing on Postcards

Hotel Jagua — Cienfuegos, Cuba

Podcast Movement 2018

Alie Ward’s Ologies Podcast on Deltiology

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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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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