My life’s journey began when, as a child one rainy summer day, I discovered a box of vintage postcards in my grandparents’ New Hampshire barn. Others played pool, ping pong, or tried their luck on the Bally slot machines. What caught my eye were the gorgeous old Fortune Magazines from the 1930s, colorful sheet music, old photographs, and picture postcards. As a publicist and marketer, the adult me realized the visual punch the postcards packed. I began to use postcard imagery for collaging and party invitations.
Then, in 2001, I had a Eureka moment. In a Harvard Square shop, I spotted what appeared to be a vintage postcard image on a greeting card. After learning more from the company’s owner, I decided to launch my own line of greeting cards. In May of 2002, at the now-defunct Stationery Show in New York City, I unveiled the first PostMark Press cards, with postcard imagery on the front and the original, handwritten message printed on the back. For nearly a decade, I was a member of the Board of Directors of the Greeting Card Association where I helped develop the GCA newsletter “Card Talk.”
In 2005, I began licensing images inspired by my ephemera to companies like Leanin’ Tree and Sellers Publishing, creator of the Retro Mama calendar, featuring mid-century images from the PostMark Press archive.