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E98: Two Prolific Postcrossers, Sue Boggs and Jennifer Gilman

The journey of a thousand postcards begins with a single entry on Postcrossing. Or something like that. I’m joined by two prolific Postcrossers for this show — Sue Boggs and Jennifer Gilman. They’re both with the San Diego Postcrossing FB Group — and send thousands of postcards. You can find Sue on Postcrossing as @suegathman; and Jen is on Postcrossing as @jenniferkg.

Topics covered in this show:

San Diego Postcrossers

Christopher Arndt Postcards

Half Price Books

Quantity Postcards

Coast Philatelics

Maxicards

Singapore Post

Postcrossing Meetup Cards

Jennifer Gilman on Postcrossing
Sue Boggs on Postcrossing

E97: Mermaid Tales with Betsy Kirichenko

Our story starts with a headstrong young girl and her collection of found objects. That’s the story of Ariel in The Little Mermaid — and it’s also the story of how Betsy Kirichenko started with her fascination with mermaids and how that led to her collection of mermaid postcards. 

Mermaids and Mailboxes on Instagram

The Little Mermaid Postcard by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

E96: Samantha Cook teaches me New Zealand slang (and we talk about postcards)

When you connect with people through postcards, you never know where that will lead. I didn’t know it would lead to me learning new slang terms from New Zealand at three o’clock in the morning. But that’s what happened with my guest, Samantha Cook, who is also known by her IG handle Princess in a Teapot. We also talked about postcards and Postcrossing and the price of sending mail. And fudge. 

Samantha Cook, aka Princess in a Teapot

E95: Postcard Creator and Master Storyteller Ed Popcheff

I chatted with Ed Pocheff from his home in Speedway, Indiana — home of the Indianapolis 500. Ed designs postcards and really knows how to tell a story. You can find him as @edpopcheff on Instagram.

Ed Popcheff Postcard Design

E94: A Brief History of Halloween Postcards

Did you know trick-or-treating wasn’t popularized until the late 1950s? Or that Halloween was a day of romance in the early 1900s? Or that cabbages featured prominently on Halloween postcards in the early 20th Century? That’s what this episode is about — a brief history of Halloween postcards. 

E93: Mary L. Martin: Owner of the World’s Largest Postcard Shop and Author of A Guide Book of Collectible Postcards

Mary L. Martin owns the world’s largest postcard shop. And just just recently wrote (with Q. David Bowers) A Guide Book of Collectible Postcards. We talk about the process that led to the writing and publication of the book, and then talk about the postcard collecting business in general. You can find Mary’s book along with millions of collectible postcards at marylmartin.com.

I wrote up my initial thoughts about the book here. (Hint: I really like it.)

A Guide Book of Collectible Postcards by Q. David Bowers and Mary L. Martin (2020)

E92: Postcard Enthusiast and Sticker Man — Jim Lynch

I’m joined again by postcard enthusiast and sticker aficionado, Jim Lynch.

Long-time listeners of the show will recognize Jim from episode 60, where we talked about his extensive foray into the postcard world. In this episode, we expand on that topic…here’s a list of what you’’ll here us discuss in this eclectic episode:

You can find Jim on Instagram @jlynch9923

Jim’s postcards from his trip to Muir Woods

Lighthouse Postcards

There’s a terrific article by Benjamin H. Trask on Postcard History titled Coastal Sentinels: United States Lighthouses. I’ve always been captivated by the solitude of a lighthouse keeper’s life. I’m actually somewhere between fascinated and disturbed by what that life must have been like. And that interest continues with lighthouse postcards. I buy them whenever I see them. But what I have pales in comparison in what exists. Trask writes in the intro:

A thread of shoreline with a lighthouse has long been a focal point for artists and photographers as well as a destination for tourists and lovers. At the close of the postcard’s golden era, around the outbreak of World War I, America boasted more than 1,400 lighthouses tended by resident keepers. 

Benjamin H. Trask, Costal Sentinels: United States Lighthouses (2020)

You can find the article by clicking here.

Baker’s Island Lights, Salem, Massachusetts

Postcards from Arftul Geet Creations

I was gifted a set of postcards from Artful Geet Creations. And I made a little video showing you some of the fun designs. You can find Geet’s designs in her Etsy shop by clicking here.

E91: Navajo Writer and Postcard Creator Sylvanus Paul

It’s not every day that we get to hear Navajo being spoken and I’m honored to have been joined by Navajo Nation writer and postcard creator Sylvanus Paul. We talk about how Sylvanus got started with with writing letters and postcards; why he named his Instagram account Letterdoggy; how he writes meaningful messages on his postcards; and how his stand up comedy influences the jokes he sometimes writes on postcards.

Sylvanus Paul