In October 2015, Pioneer Public TV sent a three-person production team to Uruguay to explore what young people in Uruguay knew about the ongoing 110 year old exchange between Montevideo, Minnesota (pop. 5,000) and Montevideo, Uruguay (pop. 1 million). The title of the documentary that Pioneer has produced from that excursion was borrowed from a book of photographs by Uruguayan photographer Federico Estol of the same name. Montevideo Senior High School students Thomas Hoover and Katie Hillerud are featured in the documentary along with Uruguayan students Sharon Ettinger, Juan Regent and Juan Robles from Montevideo, Uruguay. The Postcards program will contain a short segment from Hello Montevideo. The entire documentary will air on Sunday, May 8th at 7:30 p.m.
David Rambow is one of a very few people in the United States who regularly uses the authentic "wetplate" photographic techniques (which went out-of-style in the 1880s) to produce fine art ambrotypes and tintypes. The Postcards team captured Rambow in action using the tricky and painstaking process to make rich handmade photographs. His unique self taught skill set and passion for his craft has prompted many people from all over the country to seek him out in Pipestone. Rambow has had his photographs featured in several major motion pictures such as True Grit, Cowboys and Aliens and A Million Ways to Die In the West. “Wetplate photography really brought up photography into an art form,” Rambow said. “The challenge is what I love, the challenge of the art and the challenge of teaching people what this art is all about,” he added.
The final segment of this Postcards episode finds the production team interviewing Janet Timmerman, Museums Coordinator for Murray County in Slayton as she describes artifacts on display in the exhibitHomeTown Nine: Town Team Baseball in Murray County. Minnesota baseball historians Peter Gorton and Frank White are also interviewed as they describe the untold history of the black players who were banned from Major League Baseball yet played for the love of the game in small towns all over the state.