Postcards!

31 Jul

There may be a few of you out there who do not get especially excited at the mention of postcards. That is understandable to a degree, but get excited about our postcards. They are nothing like any postcard you have ever received –guaranteed– because as Christine put it, we decided to “get crafty in Siberia” while we were there a few weeks ago.

What have we here?

All throughout this trip we have been taking some pretty great photographs. Many of them, due to limited space, have not been posted to the blog. We have been selecting the ones we think are the very best, and making them into limited-print postcards, which you can have sent to you by going here. This post is to tell you a little more about them.

 

How are they made?

We figured out early on that getting professionally printed post cards was probably not going to happen easily. And besides, dropping off ‘front’ and ‘back’ images to a printing company and returning later to pick up postcards that look like anyone else’s postcards is boring. We draw the line at boring; It just cannot be tolerated. On top of that, I have never been a fan of the print quality of most postcards I’ve come across. They are typically made to be cheaply mass-produced, which is not exactly the end result for which we are trying. Both Christine and I take too great a pride in our work for that. I am going to call this three strikes against a printing company.

Christine, painting on glue

Instead, we found a nice photo print shop in Irkutsk that would making beautiful, durable photo-prints on a semi-matte paper-material that I’m not sure I’ve ever seen before. Whatever it is, I am pretty sure it will stand up even to the Russian postal service and various humans’ sticky fingers.

The problem with normal photo prints, though, is that they are one sided and thin. Not great for postcard use. So solve this issue, Christine crafted a nice looking back side to be in the same dimensions as our photos. Then we bought some glue and went to town. And by went to town, I mean we had “craft-night” in our friend Dimitriy’s kitchen and then later spent days on the train hand-making postcards.

 

Tree, sticking the two sides together

This involved a complex process of lamination (we painted glue on the backs, put the photo fronts on, then left them under a heavy stack of books for a few hours) and edge sealing (a bead of glue) applied with precision edge-sealer (a steady finger).

In all seriousness, though, they are turned out beautifully. We think so, anyway. Anyone who has received one already, would you care to leave comments either vouching for or debunking this claim? Let us know what you thought of yours.

Compression

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selection:

We probably spend much more time debating which photograph to send to each person than we should, but trying to match a picture to a person is a challenging and fun process. Hopefully we are succeeding well enough. Also, each post card is limited in print. So far, only two of each exists and I don’t expect this to change. We have more than enough photos we want to share.

 

Christine, licking out those stamps

Writing:

We have had some trouble in this area; We have been running out of room to write.

Mailing:

Russian post offices look pretty similar to those in the US except for the sale of lottery tickets, cigarettes, and children’s books. However, I have heard stories warning of reliability. If you don’t receive a postcard after a month, it may have been eaten by the Lake Baikal Monster. Send us an email and we will dispatch another!

A mailbox that looks unsettlingly like a trash can

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the Post Office {Почта}

 

Hand photographed, hand-glued, hand sealed, hand-written. Really cool. Tell your friends.

 

 

4 Responses to “Postcards!”

  1. SciFi July 31, 2011 at 7:50 am #

    I couldn’t be happier that Xtine is getting homely in Russia.

    • Christine Armbruster August 4, 2011 at 1:01 am #

      I couldn’t be happier that we both mis-use the word “homely” liberally.

  2. Gail Meucci August 2, 2011 at 12:22 am #

    Christine and Josh,
    I’m impressed with the very personalized and creative post cards! Looking forward to recording one when you return.
    GG

  3. Scott Gore August 2, 2011 at 3:12 am #

    Got my postcard today (August 1st), looks great!

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