Cannabis Dispensary Postcards

Here’s marketing at its very best. This is a postcard from Serra, which bills itself as “Purveyors of Quality Drugs.” Their Portland store is a long way from the old head shops of the 1970s. My friend who sent this card said the place has a minimalist design aesthetic. Totally chill.

If the quality of this postcard is any indication, they’re running a high end shop there. (See what I did there?) And I started to wonder if other cannabis dispensaries offered postcards as well. If you run one of those shops and want to send me a postcard I’ll feature, hit me up on

Jeepneys in Manila

That’s a Jeepney in the Philippines. They’re a very popular form of transportation around the country, says Jens Meiners in Car and Driver:

Jeepneys are the Philippines’ most popular form of public transportation, and they are a pure anachronism. They got their start as Willys Jeeps left behind when American GIs departed the Philippines at the end of World War II. Filipinos then began recycling them as buses with bodies made from galvanized or stainless steel, fabric covers instead of side windows, and longitudinally mounted benches with room for 20 (or more) passengers. Those beginnings are still apparent, despite the cheeky Mercedes-Benz stars affixed to the front of many modern Jeepneys.

This postcard took almost two months to arrive in the U.S. from Manila. I wonder if it was delivered on a Jeepney.

Obscure Mailboxes, Nellie Bly and How to Drive a Postcardist Crazy

A new episode of the Postcardist Podcast is available. In the most recent show we talk about a mailbox that was found on a rocky outcropping in the middle of nowhere; we ask if Nellie Bly sent postcards during her journey around the world in 72 days; and we discuss a new business idea for passive-aggressive postcards.

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How to Prepare to be a Guest on the Postcardist Podcast

Show Format

Show Opener – 5 minutes: General chit-chat to catch up; I’ll ask you to introduce yourself

Segment 1: 10-15 minutes: Topic A

Segment 2: 10-15 minutes: Topic B

Segment 3: The part where we talk about whatever we want to talk about

Wrap Up – 5 minutes: Let us know where we can find your latest project, website, IG page

Intro / Closer: I’ll record an intro and outro separately. During the show opener I may announce you and give some background on you. I’ll also ask you to say your name and spell it (it’s good journalism…I won’t include that in the show…it’s just for documentation). I may also ask you to pause for a few seconds at different parts of our discussion just so I have space to insert post-production commentary. Please don’t be startled.

Show Recording

Zencastr: For the show recording, I use Zencastr. It will handle the actual recording and give us the ability to talk to each other. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • An Internet-connected computer with either Chrome or Firefox browser
  • Headphones or earbuds with a built-in microphone (e.g., iPhone headphones)
  • A microphone if you don’t have headphones with a built-in microphone (I’ll send you a microphone to borrow for the interview if you don’t have one)
  • Please be sure you are using headphones or earbuds to hear the audio.
  • Also, note your microphone needs to be recognized by Zencastr (visit here for help.)
  • Finally, please don’t leave the Zencastr page until you get a notice that your file was uploaded.
  • I’ll send you the link to the Zencastr session about an hour before we record.

Skype Audio: Same situation as above with Zencastr…the headset/microphone is the most important component. My Skype name is Frank Roche and is included in this link.

Telephone: I will call you from my mobile phone if you’re in the U.S. and from Skype (Frank Roche) if you’re outside the U.S. Please either talk directly into the phone (no speaker) or use your headset.

Media & Bio

What kind of media would you like featured? It’s nice to have a photo of you, but that’s not necessary. Have something nice you’d like me to say about you? Please send me a bio I can read…please go ahead and brag…this is the place where we can say nice things. Social handles are also very useful. Have a blog? Send a link. Have a podcast? Send a link. Have a YouTube channel? You guessed it, send a link.

The Postcardist Podcast Episode 2: The Postcard Love Story of Emil and Bell

The Postcard Love Story of Emil and Bell is now available. Click here to listen. You can also find the show by clicking on iTunes, Google Play Music and on Spotify by searching for “Postcardist.” If you’d do me a favor, would you please rate the show once you have a chance to hear it? Thanks so much.

In the show, I talk about a series of 31 postcards from 1909 to 1912 between two people in the throes of romance. Here are the cards: