Does anyone have any stories, anecdotes, facts or anything at all on the subject of how the post office(s) and the post men and women view (or don't view) mailart. Anyone have any interesting or funny stories on this topic? I'd enjoy hearing them.

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As a child I participated in unwittingly initiated a hepatic Mail Art

experience for the postal systems between our house and the Grandparents. 

In my letter I enclosed a stick of BlackJack gum, which is famous for it's

heavy fragrance of licorish, (I was three years old and wanted to share

with Grandpa). 

 

The mail carrier used to refer to it as he chatted with the Grandparents

through the years.  The entire route's individual pieces were scented

and each customer had required his explanation.  Not to mention that

the lingering scent flavored his vehicle and the mail bag for a surprisingly long time. 

 

Cheerio  ~

 

Wendy SooperDooper Cooper 

 

An Angel In The Post Office - From the Best of Craigslist Fri, 23, 2007

This is one of the kindest things I've ever experienced.  I have no way to know who sent it, but there is a kind soul working in the dead letter office of the US Postal Service. Our 14 year old dog, Abbey, died last month.  The day after she died, my 4 year old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey.  She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her.  I told her that I thought we could so she dictated these words.

Dear God, Will you please take care of my dog?  She died yesterday and is with you in heaven.  I miss her very much.  I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick.  I hope you will play with her.  She likes to play with balls and to swim.  I am sending a picture of her so when you see her you will know that she is my dog.  I really miss her.

Love, Meredith.

We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to God/Heaven.  We put our return address on it.  Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven.  That afternoon she dropped it inot the letter box at the post office.  A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet.  I told that I thought He had. 

Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, 'To Meredith' in an unfamiliar hand.  Meredith opened it.  Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, 'When a Pet Dies'.  Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope.  On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note;

Dear Meredith,

Abbey arrived safely in heaven.  Having the picture was a big help.  I recognized Abbey right away.  Abbey isn't sick anymore.  Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart.  Abbey loved being your dog.  Since we don't need our bodies in heaven, I don't have any pockets to keep your picture in, so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by.  Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me.  What a wonderful mother you have.  I picked her especially for you.  I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much.  By the way, I am wherever there is love.

Love, God

The the picture was attached and it shows Meredith hugging Abbey.

 

This is such a wonderful story I was pleased to be able to share it with the Mail Artists.

 

Wendy 'SooperDooper' Cooper

Dear Wendy, I am sooo touched by your story.

My eyes are filled with tears.   

Thank you very much for sharing!

♥ Geneviève ♥

Dear Mail Art friends:  As you may have noticed in the US media outlets, the US Postal Service is "studying" 3600 post offices in the most rural parts of the country for possible closure.  The study is a formality.  There are also several hundred already in the pipeline not included in that number.  In a few months they will be gone.  I would encourage you to visit these small town gems while they exist or get a postmark from one.  I'm sending a postcard for franking to Veribest, TX 76886.  Towns like Home, Kansas (66438), Timber, Oregon (97144) and Daisy, Georgia (30423).  USPS.COM has the list in it's public affairs section.
i've had wonderful interactions with the post office workers and mail carriers in general most of the time, they enjoy seeing the decorated envelopes and are often more worried about 'ruining' the piece more than i .
this year after my mail carrier stopped me while walking my dogs and asked about mail art, i made her a nice piece and left it with my outgoing bundle. she was so happy and she left me a thank you note on my door. i think mail art is a nice artistic 'shake up' for the everyday blues.
cheers from california

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