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E92: Postcard Enthusiast and Sticker Man — Jim Lynch

I’m joined again by postcard enthusiast and sticker aficionado, Jim Lynch.

Long-time listeners of the show will recognize Jim from episode 60, where we talked about his extensive foray into the postcard world. In this episode, we expand on that topic…here’s a list of what you’’ll here us discuss in this eclectic episode:

You can find Jim on Instagram @jlynch9923

Jim’s postcards from his trip to Muir Woods

Lighthouse Postcards

There’s a terrific article by Benjamin H. Trask on Postcard History titled Coastal Sentinels: United States Lighthouses. I’ve always been captivated by the solitude of a lighthouse keeper’s life. I’m actually somewhere between fascinated and disturbed by what that life must have been like. And that interest continues with lighthouse postcards. I buy them whenever I see them. But what I have pales in comparison in what exists. Trask writes in the intro:

A thread of shoreline with a lighthouse has long been a focal point for artists and photographers as well as a destination for tourists and lovers. At the close of the postcard’s golden era, around the outbreak of World War I, America boasted more than 1,400 lighthouses tended by resident keepers. 

Benjamin H. Trask, Costal Sentinels: United States Lighthouses (2020)

You can find the article by clicking here.

Baker’s Island Lights, Salem, Massachusetts

Postcards from Arftul Geet Creations

I was gifted a set of postcards from Artful Geet Creations. And I made a little video showing you some of the fun designs. You can find Geet’s designs in her Etsy shop by clicking here.

E91: Navajo Writer and Postcard Creator Sylvanus Paul

It’s not every day that we get to hear Navajo being spoken and I’m honored to have been joined by Navajo Nation writer and postcard creator Sylvanus Paul. We talk about how Sylvanus got started with with writing letters and postcards; why he named his Instagram account Letterdoggy; how he writes meaningful messages on his postcards; and how his stand up comedy influences the jokes he sometimes writes on postcards.

Sylvanus Paul

The Postcardist has a New YouTube Channel

I’ve been quietly working on a YouTube channel for The Postcardist, and I’m in pre-production on shows for that format. I’ve been posting some snippets here, but once I get get going I’ll create 15 to 20-minute shows on particular postcard topics. While The Postcardist Podcast sails along with great guests and storytelling, the YouTube channel will be more documentary style with a narrow focus.

Here are some initial topics I’m working on. I’d really love to get some feedback from you on additional topics you’d like to see. You can leave a comment or send me an email at postcardist@gmail.com.

Planned Episodes

  • Episode 1: Shining a light on Hold-to-Light (HTL) Postcards from the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis
  • Episode 2: Examining Mutoscope Pinup Postcards Featuring the Art of Zoë Mozert, Gil Elvgren, and Earl Moran
  • Episode 3: Assembling the World’s Largest Collection of Bigfoot and Cryptozoology Postcards
  • Episode 4: Showcasing a Collection of Postal Stationery from the U.S. and Europe
  • Episode 5: Maximizing the Value of Maxicards

So, that’s the first five. Each of these will take some time to produce because of all the shots and editing. Plus, there’s a lot of research that is going into each one. This will be fun. Let me know what you think.

“You Complete Me” Postcard Project by Artist Ashley Brewer

Postcards connect people. And here’s a really interesting take on postcards creating connections during the pandemic.

Mississippi-based artist Ashely Brewer started a drawing on a postcard, sent that incomplete card in an envelope to people with a return envelope, and asked them to complete the drawing and send the postcard back to her. In return, she got lots of community-created art. I’m gonna try this technique with one person today.

The full article by Wayne Andrews at The Oxford Eagle is below.  

“You Complete Me” Postcard Project Connects People During Pandemic – The Oxford Eagle

By Wayne Andrews | Community Columnist The pandemic has impacted all of our lives in numerous ways. How we work, how we play, and how we connect with our community. Social interaction is key to our mental health. Dr. Emma Seppala, author of the book “The Happiness Track” wrote “People who feel more connected to …

A Guidebook of Collectible Postcards

I just got A Guide Book of Collectible Postcards by Q. David Bowers and Mary L. Martin and I can’t put it down. But if I did, I could use it as a paperweight during a hurricane. This book is big — 422 pages, 8″ x 11″ and nearly three pounds — and replete with 1500+ illustrations and photographs. And the writing and research is heavy and top notch, too.

After a foreword by eminent collector Leonard Lauder, the book launches quickly into early postcard history and includes pictures of postcards that illustrate the writing. Plus, each of the postcard images contain suggested prices for VF to Mint grade cards.

The authors make a compelling point to anyone who wants to be serious about postcard collecting. It’s all about building a knowledge base.

Reading this book is equivalent to spending a few days immersed in a postcard convention or show. Hundreds of cards are illustrated, described in detail, and have estimated values.

–Q. David Bowers and Mary L. Martin, The Guidebook of Collectible Postcards (2020)

The chapters in the book include:

  1. Postcards of the Golden Age (1890s to 1910s)
  2. Postcards of the Later Years (1920s to early 1930s)
  3. Postcard Values: Grading and Other Aspects
  4. Building a Collection of Postcards
  5. A Closer View of Postcard Production
  6. Events and Transitions on Postcards
  7. Real Photo Postcards (RPPCs)
  8. Political, Social, Racial, and Religious Postcards
  9. Holiday, Greeting, and Novelty Postcards
  10. Popular Sets of Postcards
  11. Signed Artist Postcards
  12. Advertising and Calendar Postcards
  13. Restaurants, Ice Cream Parlors, Saloons, Gambling, Pastimes, Etc.
  14. Stores, Offices, and Banks
  15. Trades, Occupations, and Professions
  16. Transportation
  17. Stages, Performers, Musicians, Circus, and Related
  18. Movies and Players
  19. Amusement Parks
  20. Sports and Recreation
  21. World’s Fairs and Related
  22. Scenic and View Postcards
  23. Linen and Other Postcards, 1930s to 1950s
  24. Chrome Postcards, Late 1930s to Date

There is also a list of postcard printers and distributors along with another list of U.S. postcard clubs.

This book is one I’ve been carrying around and reading since it arrived. Every day is a learning adventure with postcards. The Guide Book of Collectible Postcards can be purchased for $39.95 by clicking here. (If you ask nice, I bet you could get a signed copy.)

The Guide Book of Collectible Postcards by Q. David Bowers and Mary L. Martin

See Matthew Kirscht’s Halloween Art in this Amazing Animation

In a recent Instagram story, I mentioned I collect Matthew Kirscht Halloween postcards and said I would love to have him on The Postcardist Podcast. I eagerly anticipate each monthly release of Matthew’s Halloween cards, so imagine my delight when I saw this animation of his artwork by Greg Rozeboom. Here’s Greg’s description: 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN, EVERYONE! This year, I combined a spooky jazz song from 1929, ‘Bogey Wail’ by Jack Hylton and His Orchestra, with a collection of hand-painted Halloween postcards by the amazing Matthew Kirscht.

Bogey Wail from video by Nocturnaloner featuring art by Matthew Kirscht
Art of Matthew Kirscht from YouTube Video by Nocturnaloner
Scarecrow by Matthew Kirscht
Halloween Art by Matthew Kirscht

You can see Matthew Kirscht’s art at The Shiverbones Shop.

E90: World Postcard Day

October 1, 2020 is World Postcard Day. I asked Postcrossers to leave voice messages about what they’ll be doing to celebrate. And 20 people answered the call from around the world — from New Zealand, India, Philippines, Greece, Ireland, England, Canada and the United States. This is what they said.

Special thanks to Ana from Postcrossing for adding what they’re doing at HQ on such a special day. #postcardrevolution2020

Here’s who was on the show:

Ana Campos of Postcrossing

Leila

Samantha of Princess in a Teapot

Kerri B of Letters to Kerri

Shannon of Ask Pen

Xander!

Magda of Travel Trinkets Canada

Bronagh Rafferty

BonnieJean of Post Muse

Wendy of Art Prevails

Shannon McCormick

Bhumika Israni of Bhumika Snailmail

Jim Lynch

Best Wishes Eric

Anushka Sawarkar of Anushka’s Postcards

Ed Popcheff

Harshikha of Harshi’s Postcards

Anita of Postcards & Authors

Ateev Juneja

E89: Postcards, Burning Man Post Office, and Newfie Tacos with Orla Hegarty

A View of from Orla’s Window at Her Office in St. Vincent’s Newfoundland

Postcards connect people. And this show is, once again, about another connection. I connected with Orla Hegarty over the past couple of years because of this show and because of postcards. Orla is a dedicated postcard creator and writer, a mathematician, a traveler, and a postmaster for Canada Post in her town of St. Vincent’s, Newfoundland.

In this episode, Orla and I talk about postcards. And mushrooms (the edible kind, silly); Burning Man (where I suppose there are other kinds of mushrooms, too); The Salt Path; Punxsutawney Phil and Wiarton Willie; Newfoundland boil ups; Newfie tacos (I really gotta have one now that Orla told me about them); Feminism; stamps; Postcrossing, and the special cancellation Orla does from her post office.

Thats’s the thing about postcard connections. It’s a lot more than a piece of paper with a nice design and a note on the back. What I like about the connections is that I am on a journey of continuous learning — about people and cultures and faraway places. That’s what this episode delivers — it’s another opportunity to learn about the world from someone who communicates with great storytelling. Plus, name me another show where you can learn about Newfie tacos and Burning Man postcards in the same show. This might be the only one.

As with most conversations, there is just a jumping off point. Let’s start this episode of The Postcardist Podcast chatting about…

Determining if mushrooms are edible

Burning Man Post Office

The Salt Path 

Punxsutawney Phil and Wiarton Willie

Newfoundland Boil Up

Newfie Tacos

Goedel, Escher, Bach

Covid…can we produce a show now where we don’t talk about covid?

Feminism stamps

Invisible Women by Carolina Criado Perez

Postcrossing

Special cancellation for St. Vincent’s, Newfoundland

Marcophily (collection of cancellation stamps)

And that, my friends, is another episode of the show. Thanks so much to Orla Hegarty for the stories and for all the ideas we were able to cover…just because postcards connect people, and we end up finding out we have lots to share and lots to learn from each other.

If you haven’t sent away for a special cancellation from St. Vincent’s, Newfoundland, I would do that. Here’s an example:

St. Vincent’s, Newfoundland Post Office Cancellation

And as you’ve heard me say, if you want to be on the show — or know someone you think I should talk to — please send me a note at postcardist@gmail.com or direct message me on Instagram.

Coming up soon, I’ll be chatting with Mary Martin about her new book, A Guide Book of Collectible Postcards, that just published yesterday. And I have Sylvanus Paul of LetterDoggy coming up…you won’t wanna miss that show; you’ll hear something I’m gonna guess you’ve never heard before. And I have several more shows in development.

Speaking of development, you heard this episode number…89…which means I’m 11 shows away from the magic number of 100. I’m putting together a retrospective for that episode…but I’d love to hear from you about what you’d like to hear. And I’m wondering if you’d be willing to do a little snippet of a recording for me. I’d love to create an audio collage that answers this question: How have postcards created connections for you? If you’re interested in recording a one-minute snippet for me, you can call this number and leave me a voicemail…it’s +1 (215) 501-7826. 

Okay…thanks for taking time out of your day to listen to the show. I know you’ll keep writing postcards….and I’ll look forwarding to seeing you back here new week with a new episode of The Postcardist Podcast.

Newfie Taco: Baloney and Ketchup Chips
The VW Microbus on a Postcard Orla Made for Me
Postcard from Burning Man