While I’m preparing for „postcard forest” exhibition, I was thinking to write for you a good and helpful article about why and how to organize a postcard exhibition. Then, the idea came up, to invite a professional collector who has deep aknowledge and experience in postcard exhibitions. Why not to learn from a pro? It took some time to find the right person, but finally, I’ve found him!
Mihnea Răducu is a Postcrossing active member… and even more than just an active member. He is the creator of the FLAGS OF THE WORLD postcard serie (FOTW), but we will read later about this. He organized an exhibition of postcards and Coca Cola bottles from around the world.
I’m very proud to have today Mihnea as special guest!
Hello Mihnea and welcome to ManuPostcards!
First of all, tell us something about you, please.
Hello, I will start saying thank you for invite me to this interview. About me: this year (2018) I will turn on 42 yo, I am married with a very supportive wife, and I have a son, Sebastian, now 12 yo. I was born in Curtea de Arges, I am very proud of that and now I live and work in Bucharest.
I would like to ask you when and how did you discover the passion for postcard collecting. How was the beginnng?
The beginning was interesting. I quit smoking in december 2012. And somewhere in feb march 2013 I discovered my albums with stamps from my childhood. And I say: sum of vices must remain equal, I will start collecting stamps. But after a very short time I realize that collecting stamps is almost impossible in Romania. We have here the Romfilatelia who issue stamps like a river, so expensive, so for having money from collectors. And in the summer of 2014 I discovered a contest made by Romanian Post, called Through postcrads you can see the world. And the condition was to subscribe a child between 6 and 14 yo., like a summer project. And we participate and gain 1st,2nd and 3rd places all categories. In one month I manage to have for the contest: postcards from 80 countries from all the world, 42 of 43 from Europe (missing only Alderney, imagine that Inhad Kosovo or Andorra 2 postal administration) and 81 from Romania.
So I discovered amazing world of postcards, first, and only after about postcrossing.
Which topic do you like the most? Do you find easily the postcards from the favorite topics?
Well, this is not an easy question. First … I like what you like. If the sender really like the postcard that he send, the receiver will be happy. After, I really like cards with traditional people, clothes, women . After that I like cards with map and flags, important people and leaders of the world, and famous places and monuments. I consider collecting cards can be so educative, and you can learn a lot about all the world from them. No is mot easy to find what I like, in Romania the offer is not so generous. In book shops you can find cards from 2s Design or Adlibri, but they are quite expensive . And I found a printing company – Terra design , with the owner, Marius Vasiliu, a great photographer, who really make impressive cards for postcrossing too. And nobody with flags. To find a card with flag of Romania was almost impossible. So I make my own company, Postcardsmarket.com SRL organized like a juridic person in Romania, and acting like an online shop. And together with one friend we found that company and start to design/ create cards and sell them via online. And today, after starting with Romania flag, we create a serie, that collectors call FOTW (Flags of the world) that start to begin very famous in the world of collectors But is a small business, and now I must look for solution to expand it ( I must say that I work in Pharma Industruy like Product Manager, and I hardly find time for my hobby).
There are more collectors around the world who desire to organize an exhibition, but they don’t have the aknowledge. That’s why I was thinking to discuss in details about this issue. The aim is to encourage the collectors to organize their own exhibitions, or other events, and sure, to give them a step by step guide, through this interview.
Before exhibition they must start meet other collectors. They must show their collections, because a collection not seen by the world is a poor collection. It is easy to start meeting other people with same hobby. In postcards world we have postcrossing meetings. I must say that those postcrossing meetings reallupy inspire me as well to organize a exhibition. And Imagine that: my first postcrossing meeting was in Budapest in April 2015. I was travelling there for a business meeting Thurdsay and Friday. And I decided to stay over the weekend too to see Budapest too. That time I was working for Gedeon Richter, an Hungarian medecine producer. And , Friday evening I saw a post on facebook that Saturday at noon there will be a postcrossing meeting in city center I look for it and I participate in, of course.. And I like so much, that after returning back in Romania I start organize my meetups too . Till now I was in 38 meetups in Romania, and also international: Poland Krakow, Limoges France, Prague, Germany, Estonia and Lithuania ( mini meetups) and a big event made by me in Chisinau, at Moldova Post main office- with an exhibition too. There, in Moldova, was in fact my first exhibition ( you can read about all in my postvrossing profile, here: https://www.postcrossing.com/user/mihneaR
Why do you consider that’s important to organize a postcard exhibition? Let’s give to the collectors( beginners or advanced) a motivation to think about organizing an event.
As I already said: an collection not visible, not exposed is poor. Basically is not existing for the world, there is only for the owner.
Now let’s summarize step by step, how to organize an exhibition, based on your experience. So, if I want to organize an exhibition, what should be the first step, and beyond?
First, you must think what to expose, and where. Who will be your auditorium? They will have any interest in your expo? You know, is not beautiful what is beautiful is beautiful what I like . But when you organize an expo you must think at how interesting is your exhibition for potential viewers.
Regarding space, a museum can be a good place. As well can be any kind of public place: a library, a post office, why not a restaurant or a terrace.
And you must think how you will expose: on special frames, on tables , on specific places in a museum ( that s why is good to organize in a museum, because they know how to make an expo).
You’ll be surprised that museums are very open to such initiatives…
I hope our readers will be inspired from your experience described above, and will get the motivation to organize an event.
If you know other reasons why it´s good to organize an event based on postcards, please tell us.
As I was saying in an interview for Moldovan Tv post: postcrossing is making the world smaller and better. Is about smiling, about positive attitude, about good thoughts. Before organizing an expo, is important to have a hobby. There are collectors of everything in this world: from napkins to beer caps, from fridge magnets to toy trains, from expensive cars to watches, jewelry, Faberge eggs, antiquities anything can be collectible. In fact this is the key: having a collection is like having foid for thought, to have your mind escape into this specific and beautiful world
Do you have future plans regarding to postcard collecting, or organizing events?
Tell us what are your future plans.
A lot of plans On 9 June I will be part in a postcrossing meetup in Deventer, Netherland, on 16 June will be a postcrossing meeting in Bucharest. On 23 June I will be again im Chisinau, Moldova, for the launch of their postcrossing dedicated stamp ( I am special guest, because I was involved in obtaining as well a Romanian postcrossing stamp, and for that – the owner of postcrossing site Paulo Magalhaes – give me the postcrossing ambassador badge, and I became a Romanian postcrossing ambassador 😉 ) .
On 14 july another meeeting in Bucharest celebrating 12 years of postcrossing existence, at beginning of September I am planning an postcard exhibition in Iasi, there is an initiative of a lady working in a post office, on 9th october – World Post day for sure I will do something dedicated, and last weekend of October I plan to participate in a very big meeting in Bielefeld, Germany… so yes, a lot of plans
At the end, I want to thank you, Mihnea for your kindness and I wish you luck in all your activity!