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.

2 comments on E54: Fairy Tale Postcards with Jack Zipes

  1. Jackie griffiths says:

    My mum read me a book the ugly duckling followed by sleeping beauty. The story of sleeping beauty is one of the main threads of my art work

    1. Frank says:

      Ah, such good stories. I remember The Ugly Duckling so clearly as a child. What’s the link to your art?

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