• If 'Pan Am' Takes a Nosedive, It Won't Be For a Lack of Authentic, Vintage Props When the 2011 fall television season made its noisy debut in September, two shows stood out for their potential to generate the same level of retro-cool buzz as "Mad Men." One was NBC's "The Playboy Club," which explored the lives of Playboy bunnies in 1960s Chicago—it was quickly cancelled. The other was ABC's "Pan Am," which followed four stewardesses based in New York City in 1963. After postin…
  • Walker Evans, Preeminent Photographer and Passionate Postcard Collector In 1994, I had the great pleasure of acquiring the complete archive of Walker Evans for the Metropolitan Museum. The archive is quite vast, including 30,000 black-and-white negatives and about 10,000 color transparencies. It includes collections of his business and personal correspondence, both letters he sent as well as those he received. It also includes his library and his collections. He had w…
  • When Postcards Were the Social Network I worked for 35 years as a reference librarian with the Madison Public Library and I just got interested in Madison’s history through my reference work. My husband and I collect antiques of various sorts, and as we would go to antique stores or antique shows in malls, I began looking through boxes of old postcards. I just started buying Madison postcards to learn about Madison history. I’m …
  • Attending the Theatre, Via Postcards Andreas Praefcke (Ravensburg, Germany) collects postcards of old and new theatre buildings worldwide. His complete collection can be seen on his website Carthalia. I spoke to him recently about how he got interested in this unique and interesting postcard collecting theme, how he finds cards, and what some of his favorites are. : How did you become interested in collecting postcards featuring T…