Month: August 2020

E85: Anushka Sawarkar, the Postcard Princess of Pune

India Post Mailbox

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.

Beautiful Stamps
Anushka’s Yellow Postcards from India Post

E84: Ben Irving Postcard Project with Tyler Sonnichsen

Ben Irving hanging out in Florida, sometime in the late 1950s

This week, I’m 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 He released his second standup album, Modern Life is Awesome, on RainShine Records in 2018.

Ben Irving Postcard Project on Instagram


Tyler, the Palmer House Hotel 1952 postcard, in the Palmer House hotel banquet room depicted.

The Hotel Sara Sota (Sarasota, FL) 1930’s postcard/ground truthing photo

The Sea Gull Trio at the premiere of WTIC radio in Hartford, 1925. Ben Irving is standing behind the microphone with the violin.

E83: A Big Day with Tiny & Snail

Leah and Grace of 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

Tiny & Snail Dance Party!

E82: 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

Pink Cake from Tiffany’s Postal Treats
Cake Postcards in Many Varieties at Tiffany’s Postal Treats

E81: Elise Barras of Elise Loves Letters

When I referred to The Old Post Office Pub at the start, this is it from Elise’s site

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.

Topics referenced in this show:

Elise Loves Letters on IG

Cork postcards from Portugal

Peak District in England

Mr. Whippy ice cream

The Ancient One 

The Brontë sisters

Yorkshire pudding

Yorkshire tea

The Ancient One
Elise took this picture of a postcard in Lisbon. And sent me a cork postcard!