E55: Love Hearts Project Live

Russ Romano and I did a live radio show from Love Hearts Project‘s love letter writing event. Love was in the air.

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.

Alex Krohn, Frank Roche and Russ Romano record Episode 55 of The Postcardist Podcast at the Love Hearts Project’s love letter writing day.

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Some of the Love Hearts Project postcards


Frank Roche, Alex Krohn and Russ Romano by the hand-crafted sign for The Postcardist Podcast at the Love Hearts Project

E54: Fairy Tale Postcards with Jack Zipes

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.

E53: Postcard Short Story Experiment – The Results

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.

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E52: Postcard Perspectives with Pop Surrealist Camilla d’Errico

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.

Drawlloween Postcard Set

Here are some links and resources we discussed on the show:

Camilla’s website

Camilla’s Patreon page (I’m in her Postcard Club)

Camilla’s Etsy store

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.



Postcard set that started it for me.


Camilla d’Errico

Note: All images in this post are copyright Camilla d’Errico and are placed in this post for editorial purposes only.

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E51: Jess Does DIY…and Postcards

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?

The postcard from the campground


The mountain where Jess’s husband walks the dog each night.


Jess Does DIY…and that includes with curlers when she was a little girl.


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E50: Halfway There

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 postcardist@gmail.com.

Fifty down. And fifty more to go until we’re at a century. So far, so good.


Tom Hanks

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

E49: Shannon McCormick of Take a Hike Podcast

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:

Take a Hike on Apple Podcasts

Take a Hike on Instagram

Take a Hike on Facebook




E48: A Year in Review with Matthew Roche

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.

E47: The Youngest Postcardists Wish You a Merry Christmas

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.

Jax at the mic


Jax does the mic test with ABC 123


Jamo with his Grinch sweater


Jamo writing a postcard


E46: Mailbox Memories with Ashli Ahrens

Ashli Ahrens creates connections with postcards, both as a postcard dealer and as a collector. And host Frank Roche was fortunate to talk to Ashli about how she started collecting postcards; her transition into being a postcard dealer; and how she creates positive ripples in the postcard world.

You can find Ashli on Instagram as @mailboxmemories

Her physical shop can be found in Little Rock, Arkansas, at South Main Creative.

And on her personal Instagram site as @ashcanandwill.

And you can check out The Postcardist Podcast wherever you get your podcasts. And at ThePostcardist.com

Ashli talks about her family’s holiday tradition of using vintage postcards as displays