26 episodes

Vanishing Postcards is a documentary travelogue that invites listeners on a road trip exploring the hidden dives, traditions, and frequently threatened histories discovered by exiting the interstates. Named one of the Best Podcasts of 2022 by Digital Trends.

Vanishing Postcards Evan Stern

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 151 Ratings

Vanishing Postcards is a documentary travelogue that invites listeners on a road trip exploring the hidden dives, traditions, and frequently threatened histories discovered by exiting the interstates. Named one of the Best Podcasts of 2022 by Digital Trends.

    5. Postcard from Tulsa - "Carousing at Cain's"

    5. Postcard from Tulsa - "Carousing at Cain's"

    "The Carnegie Hall of Western Swing" is just one of many titles that have been bestowed on Tulsa's famed Cain's Ballroom since its opening in the 1920s. It was from this stage that Bob Wills helped introduce Western Swing to the masses, and decades later crowds continue to flock here to take a spin on its legendary dance floor. In this episode, we'll experience this venue's magic on the occasion of Asleep at the Wheel's 50th Anniversary Tour, and hang out backstage with their legendary front man Ray Benson. Former owner Larry Schaeffer also shares stories of some of the more temperamental artists who've passed through including Hank Williams and The Sex Pistols. Author John Wooley is also on hand to provide a little history, while current stewards Chad Rodgers and Brad Harris talk about how they've guided Cain's into the 21st century. 

    Cain's Ballroom 

    Asleep at the Wheel 

    Twentieth Century Honky-Tonk 

    John Wooley


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    • 28 min
    4. Postcards from Roadside Oddities - "Totem poles, whales, slug bugs and Cadillacs!"

    4. Postcards from Roadside Oddities - "Totem poles, whales, slug bugs and Cadillacs!"

    From "The World's Second Largest Rocking Chair" in Cuba, Missouri, to "The Leaning Water Tower of Groom, Texas," Route 66 boasts no shortage of roadside oddities that are all great for a stop, snap and chuckle. At the same time, it's easy to forget that these sites were all built by people with hopes and dreams, and most always offer a bit more than what meets the eyes. In this episode, we'll visit Ed Galloway's Totem Pole Park, The Blue Whale of Catoosa, and the Slug Bug and Cadillac Ranches to not only learn of their origins, but hear a few stories of how they've shaped and impacted lives. 

    Ed Galloway's Totem Pole Park 

    The Blue Whale of Catoosa

    Slug Bug Ranch

    Cadillac Ranch

    Lile Art Gallery 

    John Wooley

    Books by Linda Ross-Hobbs

    Strong Sense of Place


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    3. Postcard from Miami, Ok - "A foreign field that is for ever England”

    3. Postcard from Miami, Ok - "A foreign field that is for ever England”

    Entering the town of Miami, Oklahoma on Route 66, you'll pass the GAR Cemetery. A resting place for over 20,000, its director Nancy Bro is quick to say that each one of their graves holds a life that meant something for many people. This is, of course, true of all burial plots. Yet GAR is unique as walking its grounds, you will notice a Union Jack flag flying above fifteen WWII Era graves bearing the badges of Britain's Royal Air Force. In this episode, we'll pay our respects at a memorial service, hear the story of how these young men came to rest so far from home, and learn of how this rural community has honored these fallen soldiers for over eighty years.  

    British Flyers History   

    British Flyers Cadets Gallery 

    GAR General Information 

    Nancy Bro on Our American Stories 

    Nancy Bro on The Route 66 Podcast


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    2. Postcards from Quapaw, Gallup and Lupton - "Pottery and Patriotism"

    2. Postcards from Quapaw, Gallup and Lupton - "Pottery and Patriotism"

    Among the titles it's earned, Route 66 is often hailed as "The Main Street of America." But America is a lot of things and absent from many of its popular myths and legends are the stories of those who preceded the pilgrims or Jamestown. Yet it is indisputable that our country wouldn't exist as we know it without them and the same is true of the Route itself. Even today, more than half of 66 passes through Indian country and driving the road will carry you through more than twenty-five tribal nations. While this presence was propagated for many years as a means of luring tourist dollars, in this episode we'll begin our travels by getting to know a few makers of different tribes and backgrounds along the Route whose work not only dispels stereotypes, but reveals stories that are in their own way quintessentially American. Featuring visits to Quapaw, Oklahoma, Gallup, New Mexico, and Lupton, Arizona, contributors include elder leader Grace Goodeagle, potter Betty Gaedtke, artist and educator Teri Frazier, and knife maker David Yellowhorse.

    David Yellowhorse Knives

    Betty Gaedtke's Quapaw Pottery

    The Gallup Cultural Center


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    1. Postcards from The Mother Road - "The Roots of Route 66"

    1. Postcards from The Mother Road - "The Roots of Route 66"

    The name Route 66 has a certain kind of magic. For some, it calls to mind images of muscle cars and neon. For others, the words of Kerouac and songs of Guthrie. But how did this legend come to be, and what is Route 66 to begin with? Featuring a sampling of stories collected over a journey spanning 6,845 miles, we’ll kick off this season long road trip by attempting to answer these questions through the voices of some who’ve witnessed its many transformations firsthand. Contributors include renowned authors Michael Wallis and Jim Hinckley, “The Guardian of Route 66” Angel Delgadillo, Cynnie Troup, Rhys Martin, and more. 
    Michael Wallis 
    Jim Hinckley, Jim Hinckley’s America on facebook, Wake Up with Jim 
    Delgadillo’s Original Route 66 Gift Shop 
    Chief Yellowhorse Trading Post   David Yellowhorse
    Rhys Martin 
    Route 66 Podcast 
    Asleep at the Wheel 
    vanishingpostcards.com 
    Instagram, facebook

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    • 38 min
    Introducing: Vanishing Postcards - The Route 66 Season

    Introducing: Vanishing Postcards - The Route 66 Season

    COMING SOON! Named "One of the Best Podcasts You Should Listen To in 2022" by Digital Trends, Vanishing Postcards returns for a cross country odyssey on Route 66. From the plains of Oklahoma to the beaches of the Pacific Coast, ride along with host Evan Stern as he explores how the past, present and future of The Mother Road is revealed through the people and places you'll find in driving it today. 

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
151 Ratings

151 Ratings

Jennimay ,

Perfect Storytelling

My favorite storytelling podcast. Uses audio interviews with narration to tell the stories of places you haven’t heard before from the people who live there.

bandit84lumber ,

So GOOD!!

Think I’m moving to Texas!! Gotta listen y’all!!

GrfxGuru ,

Love these stories

Every episode has me stop what I’m doing and listening. Simply wonderful and educational.

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