I want to spend some time in your wheat field. You’re welcome to my roost. Finally alone.
On one level, Romance postcards from 1907 to 1913 seem innocent enough. On another level, they’re purposeful double entendres intended to convey risqué intent.
In this raucous and experimental episode, Serece Tascione and I review 14 cards from my vintage Romance postcard collection and Serece speculates about what the real message is on the postcards. Basically, I laugh for about 40 minutes.
WARNING: THIS SHOW IS FOR ADULT AUDIENCES AND DISCUSSES THE EXISTENCE OF SEX AND INCLUDES SEXUALLY SUGGESTIVE HUMOR . IT IS LABELED EXPLICIT FOR THAT REASON.
The images below are what we discuss on the show. A YouTube video will be coming soon.
Here’s a book about postcard history and the global phenomenon of Postcrossing writ large. On this episode of The Postcardist Podcast, author Masha Mokeeva and I talk about her book, Postcrossing: Book of Secret Knowledge. Masha walks us through the seven highly researched chapters of the book, including:
Postcrossing. About Postcrossing creator Paulo Magalhães, how Postcrossing works, what types of postcards are exchanged, and about the idea of Postcrossing in the world of ideas.
Text on the postcard. This includes a very entertaining story of Alexander Asarkan, a theater critic who made postcards himself in the Soviet era and made art out of it. Plus, what and how to write on a postcard; why the text is very important.
Stamps and mail-art. How stamps become part of the semantic field of a postcard. Which are valuable, and which are ordinary. About the fact that mail art is conceptual art, and not just decoration of postcards with stickers.
The postcards. How postcards appeared and why they were ahead of their time and became the prototype of social networks. How and why to collect postcard collections. How to store postcards. About postcard people (including an interview with me, The Postcardist!)
Postal history. The post offices in the modern world. How Postcrosser Elya worked in the Russian post office.
Postcrossers. Why people become Postcrossers. Interviews with Postcrossers. Postcrossing meetings.
The card store. A day in the life of Masha’s store, Amelie’s Cards. History of publishing and selling postcards worldwide. Interview with the owner of another store, where she says that the card is a source of inspiration and a sense of magic. Plus, Postcrossers’ life hacks, Postcrosser’s dictionary and 100 topics for the message on the postcard.
Inspirational stories about your favorite hobby, walks into the postal past, practical advice and conversations with experts. And also a comic book about the girl Asya, whose life was forever changed by postcrossing (based on real events!).
Why does the postcard still attract people? What secrets and opportunities does it hold in itself?
The author of this book, Masha Mokeeva, got carried away with postcrossing several years ago and gave up journalism to open her own postcard shop. And that’s what came of it 🙂
Hardcover book in dust jacket, 288 pages, with comics and illustrations.
Russian journalist and author Masha Mokeeva owns a very successful postcard shop in Moscow called Amelie Cards. In this episode, Masha and I talk about the origin of Masha’s postcard business, why postcards are so popular in Russia, the Russian collector Nikolai Tagrin, and the market for postcards in Russia.
This is part one of a two-part series with Masha. On the next episode, we talk about Masha’s book, Postcrossing.
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.
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.
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.
This show is an audio movie. It’s that rich with sights and sounds. And if you use your imagination, you’ll be transported to Mumbai, India. I talked with Bhumika Israni from there. Bhumika is a huge postcard enthusiast (find out what happened to her room), letter writer, and connector. And she’s a medical student who also collects stamps.
This is a show to treasure. And come join us at the Department of Lost Letters.
These are trying times. And with the onset of Covid Summer, where we really can’t travel anywhere, my guest Amina McCain decided to do something about that. To create connections. And that’s where Amina’s Pen Pal Club originated.
In this show, I talk with Amina about creating her pen pal club, writing plays and monologues, acting in musicals, and drawing sketches for her original fashion designs.
All this at age 13. Yes, Amina is a teenager. And an accomplished one.
The essence of this show is that every creative endeavor starts with the word. And that is especially true with postcard and letter writing. So, tune in and be inspired.
In this episode, host Frank Roche is joined by Postcrossing execs Paulo Magalhães and Ana Campos to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the launch of the global postcard phenomenon.
We talk about the origin story of Postcrossing, the challenges of scaling up so rapidly, the dance that Paulo and Ana do for every million cards sent, and how the Postcrossing community organized and developed over the past 15 years.