This jam-packed show features Heidi Belinksy, the owner and proprietor of Max & Co Post. We cover the gamut in this show — from antique postcards to writing postcards to the business of selling modern postcards.
This was the second annual event put on by Alex Krohn, the creator of Love Hearts Project. We sat down with Alex, and a number of people who were at the event writing postcard love letters. Hundreds upon hundreds of love letter postcards were written and sent. Want to feel the love? Here you go.
What’s the first fairy tale you remember hearing as a child? And do you know fairy tales are told to you throughout your life?
In this episode, we hear from the world’s preeminent scholar on fairy tales — the author and postcard collector Jack Zipes, who wrote the fabulous coffee table book Tales of Wonder: Retelling Fairy Tales Through Picture Postcards. Jack is the author numerous books, including the definitive translations of two version of the Brothers Grimm tales.
In this episode, Jack Zipes talks about how he started his postcard collection by wandering into a paper and ephemera show in Paris; how he pursued his fairy tale postcard collection; and the discussion that led him to donate his unique collection to the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota. His extensive collection of 3000+ postcards can be seen at the Weisman Art Museum in an exhibition until July 7, 2019.
I sent 147 postcards in the first two weeks of January. The same postcard titled 1967: A Memoir. I had written a short story that was 3,534 words long and 147 paragraphs. So, what would any writer do? Sit down one night with a list of recipients and a random number generator…and get writing.
This show is my observations about what happened. Peoples’ reactions about everything from my handwriting to the stamps to the story. It’s about how much ambiguity people can handle. And it’s about engaging in a story in a deep way. A special shoutout goes to Diane C., who watched the story unfold over the weeks of January and assembled it in order from its misbegotten roots.
And after the results, you’ll hear me narrate Frankie Got Shot. Just another little experiment on The Postcardist Podcast.
Coming up in February are Jack Zipes, the author of Tales of Wonder: Retelling Fairy Tales Through PicturePostcards; Heidi Belinsky from Max & Co Post; and Sissy Cross from Lone Star Letter Writers. Plus…I might just have a little bonus episode coming up for you midweek this week.
Thanks a bunch for listening to the show.
Camilla d’Errico joins me this week on Episode 52 ( a year’s worth of shows!) to talk about her pop surrealist art, her love of postcards, and her creative life.
I became fascinated with Camilla’s art a couple years ago when I got a pack of postcards that featured her very compelling manga-style art. And that morphed into more and more fascination with her art and her energy.
I’m always dazzled to talk to people who are at the top of their field. To hear their origin story…and their drive to continue to deliver on their artistic gift. And when they’re as kind and generous as Camilla is…that’s a good day.
I think you’ll really enjoy the show. A special hello to the legions of Camilla’s dedicated fans who I know will listen to this show. Thanks very much for listening. And don’t forget to send Camilla postcards. She likes those in her mailbox.
Here are some links and resources we discussed on the show:
Camilla’s Patreon page (I’m in her Postcard Club)
As a little bonus for reading down this far, rate the podcast and leave me a comment saying you did. And I’ll throw your name in a hat to win Camilla’s book Pop Painting: Inspiration and Techniques from the Pop Surrealism Art Phenomenon.
Note: All images in this post are copyright Camilla d’Errico and are placed in this post for editorial purposes only.
I called the future. And from what Jessica Davis (@JessDoesDIY) tells me, the future is bright. At least how it is 18 hours in the future. You see, I called Jessica in New Zealand from my house in the northeast U.S. We talked about how she got involved in postcards and letter writing early (peep that picture below of young Jess); her involvement in Postcards from the Edge; and The Snail’s Mail, the new postcard store she created. And we talked about the future.
Postcards connect people. And they connected me to Jess halfway across the world. How far away is your farthest penpal? And how close is the closest?
We’re at Episode 50. Oh, oh, we’re halfway there…oh, oh, livin’ on a prayer. Or at least a postcard. In this episode, I talk about a postcard auction I’m watching; talk some more about penpals and joy; and then talk about ideas. Yep, I’m asking you for ideas. Who should be on the show? What do you want to hear? I’m crowdsourcing ideas. And you can write me on email@example.com.
Fifty down. And fifty more to go until we’re at a century. So far, so good.
Sara McNally, the Snail Mail Superstar
Mark Routh of Mark’s Postcard Chat
Shannon McCormick of Take a Hike Podcast
Magda Wojcicka of Stamp and Away
Gitti of Gitti’s Collection
Fire walk with me. No, wait, that’s something different. How about take a hike with me and Shannon McCormick, the creator and host of the highly acclaimed Take a Hike Podcast. But we didn’t talk about hiking. We talked about odd and provocative postcards, the Postcardist Short Story Experiment, and creating connections with postcards.
You can find Shannon here:
This show features a discussion with Matt Roche about the 2018 season of The Postcardist Podcast. We talk about the 1967 Postcard Short Story Experiment and then talk over the 47 shows of 2018 and what’s coming up in 2019.
It’s been a terrific year at The Postcardist Podcast. Thank you to my many guests and to the cadre of dedicated listeners. You’re the best.
My postcard story starts with writing to my grandmother when I was young. Now I’m introducing postcarding to my grandsons. On this special Christmas show, I interview Jackson and Jameson about postcards. And they make me smile. Merry Christmas.