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!

E80: Postcards and The Department of Lost Letters in India with Bhumika Israni

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.

References in this show:

Bhumika on Instagram

Yellow postcards in India

Paper Jewels of the Raj by Omar Khan

Dead Letter Office (what we like to call the Department of Lost Letters)

from Paper Jewels of the Raj by Omar Khan
from Bhumika Snailmail on IG

E79: Amina McCain’s Pen Pal Club

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.

E78: Postcrossing’s 15th Anniversary with Paulo Magalhães and Ana Campos

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.


Ana Campos talking at TEDxOporto about how postcards connect people 


Show us your happy mailbox on the Postcrossing blog

Postcrossing history

Paulo and Ana and the Postcrossing team

Frank Roche (The Postcardist)  on Postcrossing


How Postcrossing Works
Ana Campos and Paulo Magalhāes of Postcrossing

E77: The Snail’s Mail — Postcards for People Who Love Postcards with Jess Davis and Charlie Davis

This week I’m joined by the talented mother-daughter team of Jess Davis and Charlie Davis. Jess is the proprietor of The Snail’s Mail, a New Zealand-based postcard shop. And Charlie is a postcard designer. Did I mention she’s 10 years old? 

In this show we talk about Charlie’s new postcard design that’s available on The Snail’s Mail store now. Jess talks about the new designs she has available, the challenges of postcarding in the Age of Covid, and lets us in on another creative project she has in development. 

Find The Snail’s Mail here

You can buy Charlie’s “adventure” postcard here

The Snail’s Mail on Instagram

Jess on Instagram

Charlie Davis — 10-year-old postcard designer
Jess Davis: Owner of The Snail’s Mail

E76: Kate Wiggins of Sugar & Kiki

In this episode, I’m joined by postcard entrepreneur Kate Wiggins of Sugar and Kiki. We talk about her postcard store, postcard designing, the joy of writing postcards, and Julia Sugarbaker (Sugar of Sugar & Kiki). 

Sugar & Kiki

Sugar & Kiki Blog

18 Million Thanks

E75: Blaize Sun of Rubber Tramp Artist

Tarantula Hawk Wasp

Who would guess that a postcard connection would result in a discussion of a Tarantula Hawk Wasp? Not me. But in this episode, I talk with Blaize Sun, who is a writer and postcard designer based in Taos, New Mexico. Blaize and I cover topics as varied as where to find postcards in thrift stores, what people expect to get when they get a postcard, what it’s like to not have rural mail delivery….and tarantula hawk wasps. 

Links to what we discussed in E75:

Rubber Tramp Artist website

Rubber Tramp Artist Patreon link

Postcards designed by Blaize (including the tarantula hawk wasp card)

Background on the Tarantula Hawk Wasp and its painful sting

Taos, New Mexico tourism

Mark Routh on Postcards in the Time of Covid-19

Postcards connect people. And now, more than ever, postcards connect us to each other and to an enduring story during the Covid-19 pandemic. I’m joined in this episode by postcard collector extraordinaire, Mark Routh, who takes us through the early days of collecting postcards and stamps and ephemera about the novel coronavirus pandemic that has dominated our world in 2020.

Mark has assembled a very large collection of Covid-related materials. And he talks about the countries and territories that were first to publish stamps and postcards related to the pandemic. Have any guesses what country was first? Or second? Or sixth? Mark tells us. 

This is a look at how a world-class collector assembles a collection. It goes beyond postcards — and is part of an historical narrative. This is a defining moment of our time — and Mark takes us through many considerations for looking at the pandemic through a collector’s lens. Plus, he treats us to an uplifting poem at the conclusion.

You can find Mark at Mark’s Postcard Chat. (He also has a Facebook account that’s great to keep up with daily. He scans four or more cards every day and gives a discussion of the card and source.)

Other items discussed in this show:

Delcampe Collectibles Auction Site

Swiss Post Covid-19 Solidarity Collector’s Stamps

Claire Holstead Poem

Iran Coronavirus Stamp

Isle of Man Stamps and Maxicard

An Post (Ireland) Postcards

Iran issued the first worldwide coronavirus stamp on March 17, 2020
Swiss Post solidarity stamp
Isle of Man Covid-19 postcard
Ireland’s An Post free postcards

E73: Chat with Postcard Designer Magda Wojcicka of Travel Trinkets Canada

“I just couldn’t find cards I liked, so I decided to design my own.” That’s what postcard designer (and professional photographer) Magda Wojcicka of Travel Trinkets Canada said when I asked her what started her creative process to make top flight postcards. 

E72: Sara McNally, Author of The Year I Became Snail Mail Superstar

I interviewed Sara McNally about her new book, The Year I Became Snail Mail Superstar. Sara started writing the book when she was gifted a large postcard collection from her great-grandfather. But what started out being a book about a postcard collection grew into what she says “chronicles a year in which she walked with grief, took a deep dive into her family history, and got to know her great-grandfather through his postcard collection.

Get The Year I Became Snail Mail Superstar

Follow Sara on Instagram

Join the Snail Mail Superstar Club

Check out the great cards at Sara’s Constellation & Co