Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Quite Slow, but Lovely

If someone tells you that you have a face made for radio, slap him/her upside the head and then go wrap yourself into the fetal position and sob. If someone tells you that you have graphic design sense made for radio hug him/her and then pitch a major feature piece on yourself to Print Magazine.  

In a process that would send chills down the spine of any ADD-afflicted technophile today, people used to confirm radio transmissions with Bauhaus-y post cards, or in more proper terms, QSL cards.  

May Day! May Day! Two months later: Message Received. 

Not efficient. Very beautiful.

The examples here are all for sale on ebay for less than $10.




7 comments:

studioJudith said...

Not efficient but
quite stunning .. .
love the strong graphics blended
with the handwritten notes.

A Day That is Dessert said...

Amazing!

Carol said...

Super Swiss looking. I love these. I collect old French postcards because of the blend of typography and hand writing and postage marks and stamps. These are inspiring.

Paul Pincus said...

so handsome!

Erica said...

My honey (KG6GAL) sends you a kiss for this.

Christian Bartholomew said...

People still do this, though the practice might be dying out with the fading popularity of ham radio next to the internet. My father (79 y.o.) has been a ham operator since the early 60s, and he has stashes upon stashes of these cards from all over the world. Every now and then, one still comes in the mail, trailing some radio contact he probably had months ago.

MatCoes said...

Lovely indeed. If you've never spent time alone in the dark with a shortwave, you've never really traveled.
Please note, though QSL does also stand for Quebec Sign Language, Q codes are a radio shorthand.