May 7, 2012

Mobile Rube Goldberg machine for stamping postcards

Filed under: Design by Branko Collin @ 8:40 am

Eindhoven based design studio Hey Hey Hey came up with this intricate mobile device called Melvin the Machine. It stamps postcards. No, that is not a Dutch post box you see in the end (at least not a current one, to my knowledge), although that is a real Hema alarm clock starring in the clip.

Via The Pop-Up City. Video: Hey Hey Hey.

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September 8, 2010

Postcards help against suicide

Filed under: Health,Weird by Orangemaster @ 5:05 pm

A mental health institution in the province of Friesland plans to use an Australian treatment to help people who have attempted suicide: sending them postcards. Six months after the attempted suicide, patients will be sent a postcard from a counsellor, asking them how they are doing and all.

The people at the mental health institution say it works, that patients like having someone think of them. If the patients are in need of more help, they’ll have something to read to that effect on their postcard.

Of course, it’s by no means a cure of any kind, but if it can stop even one person from trying to off themselves, it’s surely worth it explains the article. This postcard has a ‘lean on me’ quality to it.

(Link:, Photo: some card I got once)

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