Episode 113: Postcard Potpourri

In which I talk about postcards (and many other things) for 36 minutes, 26 seconds, and 121 milliseconds. Plus there’s some music as an intro and outro. This is the last in the series for National Postcard Week 2021.

Episode 112: Man on the Moon

In which I talk about Johnny Astro, growing up on the same street where Ray Bradbury grew up, and why I collect space postcards.

Episode 111: Postcard Experimental Design

In which I talk about polymer physics, design of experiments, rheology, digital calipers, coefficient of friction, bending deflection, stiffness…and why in the hell so many postcards get marred in the mail. 

Five types of cards I’ll use in the mailing experiment

Episode 110: Postcards and Postage Stamps

How many stamps do you put on a postcard? 

Episode 109: Pens & Pencils for Postcards

I’ve tested scores of pens and pencils to write postcards. Here’s where I tell you about it. 

Links to pens and pencils I use to write postcards:

Blue Sharpie



Sarasa Zebra

Retro 51





The Pens and Pencils I Discuss on the Show

Episode 108: National Postcard Week 2021

It’s National Postcard Week this week. I talk about it. 

Episode 107: A Postcard By Any Other Name

I chatted with postcard collector extraordinaire Mark Routh of Mark’s Postcard Chat about what defines a postcard — and how we make a distinction between a postcard and a piece of art. I think you’ll be surprised at the answer. 

Damien Hirst York Minster NHS Series

Episode 106: Desperately Seeking Postcards

I went on a trip across nine states and 20 hours of driving. I stopped along the way. I was Desperately Seeking Postcards. This is a show I recorded along the way. 

Episode 105: A Portrait of the Postcard Artist as a Young Woman — A Conversation with Nicole Carnes

Artist Nicole Carnes joins me on this episode where we discuss a wide range of topics: from her art, her inspirations (Vincent Van Gogh and Toulouse Lautrec), her ambidexterity, and what pictures she visualizes when she gets art inspiration.

You can find Nic on Instagram @rockabillynic.

Nic’s Etsy store: Fiber and Wooly Arts

Midnight in Paris

Loving Vincent

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

Nic Carnes thinking abut her next art postcard
Sparrow Postcard by Nic Carnes
Nic Carnes Self Portrait
Graphic Design Postcard by Nic Carnes
Head Full of Bees by Nic Carnes
100 Episodes of The Postcardist Podcast by Nic Carnes
Nic Carnes creating an art postcard

Episode 104: How to Create and Curate a Postcard Collection with Mark Routh

Mark Routh joins me this time to talk about curating his world-class Covid postcard (and associated mail and stamp) collection. He gives pointers to budding postcard collectors on how to start and where to focus to build a collection. 

You can find Mark’s work many places, including as a long-time author at Picture Postcard Monthly and at his blog — Mark’s Postcard Chat