Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Collection #3

When I was 15 years old, my Dad gave me a shoe box full of postcards that he had saved since he was a kid. I'm not sure why I developed an attachment to them but over my lifetime I carted them around to every city I lived in. When I became a stand-up comic I spent an inordinate amount of time in airports. I saw a lot of postcard stands over the years and always picked up a couple of cards from whatever city I was in and stashed them in this box of postcards. By the time I relocated to L.A. I decided to buy my own stand but didn't know how to go about doing that. There was no Internet back then. My God, how did we all survive that?

I went to a souvenir shop on Hollywood Boulevard one day and copied down the name of a postcard company whose sticker adorned the base of a stand. I requested their catalog (I actually had to take time out from my very busy schedule of sitting by the pool and place a call to these people. Again, how I - and we all - survived this antediluvian ritual escapes me) and eventually ordered a rack. It's one of my favorite things and people need to stop picking cards out and then putting them back WHEREVER THEY WANT. What are we, savages?

And the stand revolves! Like the bolts in my brain! Wheeeeeeeeeeee.

End of chat.


  1. I too am a total postcard whore, grabbing them by the handful every place I go. I must say using an actual postcard rack to display them is sublime genius though... now I want one!

    I want a tour of your home! For example, I'm dying to know what that Brady-Bunch-esque turquoise piece hanging on the door is...

  2. I love that your home doubles as a souvenir shop. It's so L.A.

  3. D2, Google! They have counter-top stands too. I have a 10 pack one, which means there are 3 horizontal pouches of 10 and one vertical row of 10 packs. I'm SUCH a maniac that McLoserstene's mom sent me hundreds of plastic sleeves for them, only they don't fit the newer cards and are only for the oldies.

    Pope On A Rope is a painting and hangs on the side of the bookcase where all the cars are. (Go read back 5 posts) BTW, I named that installation Pope On A Rope, the artist would probably not approve.

    Jenee, come shopping any day. Although you'll probably just steal shit.

  4. Thank you for filling my work day with your archives. :) (I couldn't resist)

    End of lurking.

  5. Hey Erika, I'm glad you're spending a quality day reading me instead of wasting it on your employer!

  6. surcie8:09 PM

    Does it bug you if your guests touch all your stuff? Because I'd have to pick up the postcards, play with the mics. . .

  7. It's always better to ask if you can touch a collection in someone's home. Usually because there's a lot of money involved...