Hello, dear mail artists!
Could you please help me with my academic work..?
I must give a lecture about history of mail art and mail art itself.
Maybe you could advise me some useful links, and maybe you know some online videos about mailart I could show them?
Thank you very much,
What is Mail Art?
Anything that can be sent through the mail – artist made postcards, books, journals, broadsides, illustrated letters, decorated envelopes, artist trading cards, decorated three dimensional objects, such as shoes, plastic bottles, etc. - can be considered mail art. Artists use a variety of media including, pencils, pens, inks, paints, rubber stamps, photographs, found materials, and ephemera to create their works.
2. Link to interview with John Held, Jr. who is an icon of mail art in the USA.
3. Link to Electronic museum of mail art at University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA
There are embedded links, but not all work. Crackerjacks Kid is a well-known USA artist.
Click on the opening page. Then go to FAQ, Galleries, etc
4. Article in New York Times about Ray Johnson who is credited with starting the Correspondence Art movement.
The complete project has been put in 5 books.
Free available at:
And when you would like to have a hardcopy of the book you can order a print of these books with colour-cover on:
For only about 100 US$ you have the complete set of interview which I worked on for many years. Digital it is even available for free!
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Making Mail Movie lots of history here amid the fluff
And the original MAILART ROMANCE movie, which is featured in bits and pieces in Making Mail Movie, is here: https://vimeo.com/56338098
made a group "Mail-Art History" where I will collect the links and sources. So that will come in handy for others too. It gets a more central place as well.
I'm 73 years old, and the very first piece of Mail Art I ever saw, was shown on TV...an envelope addressed to Robert Ripley % Ripley's Believe It Or Not. The letter was from a viewer. This was in the 1950s. There may be copies of the letter somewhere on the RBION website, if such a site exists.(?)
James L. Weaver
you might look into the work of reginald bray. he doesn't seem to get mentioned much(i only learned about him recently) but he was pushing/testing the post office back in the late 1800s/early 1900s.
I think this can be helpful:
and my site in generell.