• Reproductions

    Love them?  Hate them?  Couldn’t care?  In our experience, not a lot of folks fall into that first category.   We suppose different people might define reproduction postcards in different ways, but here we’re talking about old cards whose photos have been made into new ones, like the example from Philippines we’ve used to illustrate […]

    Date posted: 28 July 2021 | Comment (2)

    Reproductions
  • U.S. Presidents, The Lot of Them

    Let’s open by acknowledging that a majority of our Blog readers are neither American nor live in the U.S.  Yet still, we have that theme category because … well, just because.   Given that postcards didn’t go into circulation much before the late 1800s, that meant about half of all presidents had come and gone […]

    Date posted: 18 June 2021 | Comment (1)

    U.S. Presidents, The Lot of Them
  • Hospitals

    What could be more appropriate during these trying times than a few words about hospital postcards.  The category is so important, we actually have two:  Hospitals, and Asylum/Sanitarium.  Don’t get bored yet!   No, a hospital isn’t just a hospital.  Browse through the cards and you’ll see several different types:  private, university, state, military, specialised […]

    Date posted: 6 April 2021 | Comment (2)

    Hospitals
  • Of course … the virus

    We thought — like SARS — that COVID-19 would have gone away by now.  Clearly not.  If you’re thinking “what does this have to do with postcards?”, we’ll tell you.         We don’t know where all our readers live.  You probably already know, though, that we’re based in Hong Kong.  Compared to […]

    Date posted: 28 December 2020 | Comment (3)

    Of course … the virus
  • Manga ( 漫画 )

    If you don’t know about Manga, our best advice:  get your cup of coffee and head immediately to the Wikipedia entry that explains everything yet nothing.  The thing is, if you’re Japanese or Chinese or Korean you probably know all this anyway.  If not, of course you might already be a fan.  Or, you could […]

    Date posted: 14 December 2020 | Comment (0)

    Manga  ( 漫画 )
  • Thanksgiving

    For this short entry, we won’t send out the general notice.  If you are seeing it (in a timely way!) you will know the message is especially for you  … as we wish our American readers in particular a very Happy Thanksgiving.  While it sometimes seems there’s not a lot of joy around, we know […]

    Date posted: 26 November 2020 | Comment (0)

    Thanksgiving
  • Ad cards (Part 2)

    A few months ago, we wrote about the ad card we published for ourselves.   Now it’s time to explore the whole category — love them or hate them.   We can’t speak for anyone else, but we like to think of ad cards in three groups.  First, the older ones, whose historical context and artwork […]

    Date posted: 25 October 2020 | Comment (1)

    Ad cards (Part 2)
  • Sand

    Back in the Dark Ages, we had a friend who was a celebrated travel writer.   He was in hot demand, by publications large and small.  No subject, however trivial; no location, however obscure, was beyond his skill.  Except one:  beaches.  He hated sand in all its forms, and more than once we heard him say […]

    Date posted: 21 August 2020 | Comment (1)

    Sand
  • Rojak

    If you’ve spent time in Southeast Asia, you might recognise “rojak” as a kind of salad with everything in it.  The term colloquially also means “a bit of everything,” or — less politely — the dog’s lunch.  And so you are reading a rojak entry now, what comes to mind on this sunny morning.   […]

    Date posted: 19 April 2020 | Comment (0)

    Rojak
  • A cautionary tale

    No, the picture you see isn’t a mistake.  Let us explain, but first:  what’s a cautionary tale anyway?   We can condense Wikipedia’s definition:  there are three essential parts to a cautionary tale.   First, a prohibition;  then,  someone disregarded the warning and performed the forbidden act; and finally, the violator comes to an unpleasant fate.  […]

    Date posted: 25 March 2020 | Comment (1)

    A cautionary tale