E31: A Philatelist and a Deltiologist Walk Into a Bar

Which came first, the stamp or the postcard? In this episode, host Frank Roche interviews stamp collector and paper artist, Russ Romano, who creates postcard experiences by creating postcard/stamp intersections.

So much ground is covered in this show. Russ rode a train across the United States and sent postcards to a penpal in Spain. He’s journaled every single day since he was 10. And he has a system to design postcard experiences.

Shows and people we refer to in this episode:

Chloe McHenry (@ParcelTongue) in E11: Mail Art

Kitty in E28: Postcards from the Edge

Lillian Karabaic in E27: Postcards from the Trans-Siberian Railway 

Also, check out Russ’s IGTV feeds. You can find his profile here.


Music in the episode is Japanese Prog by Rushus and is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (aka Music Sharing) 3.0 International License.

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5 comments on E31: A Philatelist and a Deltiologist Walk Into a Bar

  1. RAY HAHN says:

    I love the way you project the communicative concept of “heads-up” and “look them in the eye.”

    1. Frank says:

      Thank you, Ray. This was a fun episode.

  2. Barb H says:

    FYI the combination of a stamp and postcard with the same picture or theme is called a ‘maxi-card, maxicard’ or ‘maximum card’. Apparently according to Wikipedia, the collection of same also has a name, maximaphily. At the moment, 7000 available for purchase on EBay. Love your stories!
    Thank you.
    Barb – a traditional deltiologist and member of the Toronto (Canada) Postcard Club

    1. Frank says:

      Barb, Ive been making a few maxi cards…but now it’s become a bit of a fascination…I was just a postcard guy for a long while, but my stamp collecting friends have shown me the light.

    2. Frank says:

      Thank you, Barb. I’ve created a good number of maxicards…it’s so fun…

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