• End of the year

    Not everything we write needs to educate or explain. Sometimes we just want to catch up with news and notes, or plans, or whatever comes to mind. This is one of those times. We’re looking out the window at a cool, somewhat dreary day, but Mau-Mau the cat makes sure we remember he needs his […]

    Date posted: 20 December 2012 | Comment (0)

    End of the year
  • Customer Stories

    We like it when customers tell us why they want the cards they bought. It adds a human dimension to the process. It also, always, answers the question: who on earth would buy this card? So without revealing any personal details, here are a few of the reasons buyers have shared with us: * Dad […]

    Date posted: 6 December 2012 | Comment (0)

    Customer Stories
  • You’re now on the web forever, if you weren’t already

    We find postcards in all sorts of ways: our own travels, exhibitions, flea markets, yard sales, museums … and friends who keep their eyes open and bring back interesting and unusual additions for the site. It’s guaranteed, if we know someone going somewhere unusual–and we know, unusual for us may be usual for you–we drop […]

    Date posted: 22 November 2012 | Comment (0)

    You’re now on the web forever, if you weren’t already
  • Grades for cards

    Vexing!  We remember a 1964 debate within the United States Supreme Court when Justice Stewart was asked to define hard-core pornography.   His reply was classic, and used to this day in so many situations:  “I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so, but I know it when I see it.”  And that is exactly how we […]

    Date posted: 6 November 2012 | Comment (1)

    Grades for cards
  • Pricing

    What fun this is.  If only postcards could be priced like gold — market rate, standard.  But it doesn’t work that way, of course, and when a piece of artwork more than 100 years old, with stamp and clear postmark, can sometimes be listed at only US$1, you know there are many forces at work.   What […]

    Date posted: 24 October 2012 | Comment (1)

  • Postcard categories: the sky’s the limit

    You might think it would be clear right away. The card belongs in this category, or that one, just do it and move on. Right? Wrong. First, we need to explain something we mentioned elsewhere in the site, that the same card may be entered more than once. That’s why we mention “entries” on the […]

    Date posted: 8 October 2012 | Comment (0)

    Postcard categories:  the sky’s the limit
  • Where the cards come from

    It’s all about critical mass. We went into this knowing we would never compete with jumbo sites. But then, boutique hotels aren’t trying to compete with Hyatt, either. Finding a niche and exploiting it without masses of advertising can be tough. We’re working on it. Meanwhile, as cards go out, we need to bring more […]

    Date posted: 24 September 2012 | Comment (0)

    Where the cards come from
  • From our hands to your eyes

    We like to think we don’t have the personality of the mythological Greek King Sisyphus, but getting cards into the website sure can feel like what he spent all his time doing.  This is a labour-intensive process, usually going something like this:   *  Source cards we want to enter (much more on this later).   […]

    Date posted: 11 September 2012 | Comment (0)

    From our hands to your eyes
  • What to say?

    This will have to be the last entry under “Getting Started”, since we’ve already started.  But it seems like a good place to write about what we will write about later … we’re not the New York Times or even the South China Morning Post so you probably shouldn’t expect late-breaking news.  Over time (lots […]

    Date posted: 29 August 2012 | Comment (0)

    What to say?
  • Better Late than Never

    So here we are, six years into running the website, and we can start sharing the joys of running it with you.  This blog will be about postcards, the website, technical things, sourcing, customers’ stories, our stories, and whatever seems right at the time.   Would it surprise you, to get this far we had […]

    Date posted: 21 August 2012 | Comment (1)

    Better Late than Never