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Episode 115: Postales y Cartas con Ana Clara Padovani

Ana Clara Padovani (IG: postalesycartas) joined me from Argentina for a chat from about postcards, pen pals, books, music…and football. This show is a classic case of “postcards connect people.” Listen to find out how we connected. You can find Ana on IG and on her website. Also, you heard that Ana recommended some songs...

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Episode 114: Postcard Connections with Dr. Justin Kreuter

I’m joined by Dr. Justin Kreuter, who’s known around Mayo Clinic as the Bow Tie Bandit of Blood. His day job includes: Program director for the transfusion medicine fellowship Medical director of the blood donor center Associate medical director of the histocompatibility laboratory Laboratory director at Federal Medical Center — Rochester Alumnus of the Harvard...

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Episode 113: Postcard Potpourri

In which I talk about postcards (and many other things) for 36 minutes, 26 seconds, and 121 milliseconds. Plus there’s some music as an intro and outro. This is the last in the series for National Postcard Week 2021.

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Episode 112: Man on the Moon

In which I talk about Johnny Astro, growing up on the same street where Ray Bradbury grew up, and why I collect space postcards.

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Episode 111: Postcard Experimental Design

In which I talk about polymer physics, design of experiments, rheology, digital calipers, coefficient of friction, bending deflection, stiffness…and why in the hell so many postcards get marred in the mail. 

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Episode 109: Pens & Pencils for Postcards

I’ve tested scores of pens and pencils to write postcards. Here’s where I tell you about it.  Links to pens and pencils I use to write postcards: Blue Sharpie Tombow Staedtler Sarasa Zebra Retro 51 Baronfig Sakura Blackwing Camel

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Episode 107: A Postcard By Any Other Name

I chatted with postcard collector extraordinaire Mark Routh of Mark’s Postcard Chat about what defines a postcard — and how we make a distinction between a postcard and a piece of art. I think you’ll be surprised at the answer. 

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Episode 106: Desperately Seeking Postcards

I went on a trip across nine states and 20 hours of driving. I stopped along the way. I was Desperately Seeking Postcards. This is a show I recorded along the way. 

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Episode 105: A Portrait of the Postcard Artist as a Young Woman — A Conversation with Nicole Carnes

Artist Nicole Carnes joins me on this episode where we discuss a wide range of topics: from her art, her inspirations (Vincent Van Gogh and Toulouse Lautrec), her ambidexterity, and what pictures she visualizes when she gets art inspiration. You can find Nic on Instagram @rockabillynic. Nic’s Etsy store: Fiber and Wooly Arts Midnight in...

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Episode 104: How to Create and Curate a Postcard Collection with Mark Routh

Mark Routh joins me this time to talk about curating his world-class Covid postcard (and associated mail and stamp) collection. He gives pointers to budding postcard collectors on how to start and where to focus to build a collection.  You can find Mark’s work many places, including as a long-time author at Picture Postcard Monthly...

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Episode 103: Make a Wish, Adventure in Place, and Sugar & Kiki’s Snail Mail Bingo

I was joined again by Kate Wiggins of Sugar & Kiki, who you heard on Episode 101 talking about her Adventure in Place Snail Mail Bingo idea. You heard Kate talk about donating a portion of the profits of that Spring Break Adventure Pack to the Make a Wish Foundation.  In this episode, Kate joins...

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Bonus Material for Episode 102: The Questions I Forgot to Ask About Magda’s Long-Lost Postcard

I forgot to ask Magda a few questions about her postcard that took four years and 11 days to get to her. Here’s the answer.

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Episode 102: Magda Got a Postcard That Was Lost in the Mail for Four Years and 11 Days

Madalena Wojcicka of Travel Trinkets Canada left me a message that started with a bit of amazement. She got a postcard at her home in Calgary, Alberta, Canada that had been sent from Spain four years and 11 days earlier. It’s a real mystery. The other part of the mystery is how we covered that...

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Episode 101: Kate Wiggins of Sugar & Kiki on International Women’s Day, Adventure in Place Snail Mail Bingo, Dolly Parton, and The Avett Brothers

Kate Wiggins of sugarandkiki.com has a great idea: Adventure in Place Snail Mail Bingo. We talk about her concept — and the opportunity to help with the Make a Wish Foundation.

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We Made it to Episode 100!

Well, The Postcardist made it to an important podcasting milestone — Episode 100. Here it is.

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E99: In a Postcard Rut

I’m stuck. I’m in a postcard writing rut. I made a show about it.

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E98: Two Prolific Postcrossers, Sue Boggs and Jennifer Gilman

The journey of a thousand postcards begins with a single entry on Postcrossing. Or something like that. I’m joined by two prolific Postcrossers for this show — Sue Boggs and Jennifer Gilman. They’re both with the San Diego Postcrossing FB Group — and send thousands of postcards. You can find Sue on Postcrossing as @suegathman;...

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E97: Mermaid Tales with Betsy Kirichenko

Our story starts with a headstrong young girl and her collection of found objects. That’s the story of Ariel in The Little Mermaid — and it’s also the story of how Betsy Kirichenko started with her fascination with mermaids and how that led to her collection of mermaid postcards.  Mermaids and Mailboxes on Instagram

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E96: Samantha Cook teaches me New Zealand slang (and we talk about postcards)

When you connect with people through postcards, you never know where that will lead. I didn’t know it would lead to me learning new slang terms from New Zealand at three o’clock in the morning. But that’s what happened with my guest, Samantha Cook, who is also known by her IG handle Princess in a...

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E95: Postcard Creator and Master Storyteller Ed Popcheff

I chatted with Ed Pocheff from his home in Speedway, Indiana — home of the Indianapolis 500. Ed designs postcards and really knows how to tell a story. You can find him as @edpopcheff on Instagram.

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E94: A Brief History of Halloween Postcards

Did you know trick-or-treating wasn’t popularized until the late 1950s? Or that Halloween was a day of romance in the early 1900s? Or that cabbages featured prominently on Halloween postcards in the early 20th Century? That’s what this episode is about — a brief history of Halloween postcards. 

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E93: Mary L. Martin: Owner of the World’s Largest Postcard Shop and Author of A Guide Book of Collectible Postcards

Mary L. Martin owns the world’s largest postcard shop. And just just recently wrote (with Q. David Bowers) A Guide Book of Collectible Postcards. We talk about the process that led to the writing and publication of the book, and then talk about the postcard collecting business in general. You can find Mary’s book along...

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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: Stickers (including...

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