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There are a lot of basic questions on Mail Art that are often asked and answered. This group might be the first place to look for answers. I will do my best to answer, but hope that other members can help out as well.

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Are there fountain pen enthusiasts here?

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Archives that take donations?

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Finding a Print Shop

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Postcard sizes

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paper glues

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What do you put in Envelope?

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Instagram linked to IUOMA?

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Images in Blog Posts

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What is the best way to share . . .

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What is the etiquette re altering other people's art pieces?

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How to rotate a photo

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What do I do with unwanted messages and friend requests

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Airmail themed cover exchange

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How Do You Keep Track of Mail, Sent & Received

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Comment by Heleen de Vaan on January 11, 2019 at 2:23am

Almost 5000, that is exciting!

However, those are not 5000 unique members, I see several people having more than one account (some maybe start a new account after forgetting their inlog things, some because of aliases, etc). So when the Real 5000th member  will arrive, we won't know, will we?

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on January 10, 2019 at 3:02pm

January 10, 2019:

Iouma.ning is listing right now, today: 

All Members (4,997)

Who will be #5000 member?

Let's see in a few days? a few hours?

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on January 10, 2019 at 8:26am

My method-of-madness is to put incoming mail art as a "blog", were I like to show details as well. Then the mail art that I make is posted in my "photos" section, and I don't reveal to whom I sent it. There have been times, like Heleen said, when I will wait for someone to receive it and then post it at "photos".

On the blogs, I usually blur out my address, not that it isn't public on my page, but I often find that it distracts from the sender's lovely art on the envelope or postcard :-)

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on January 2, 2019 at 1:44pm

Message from Bruno in English (thanks to online translators):

"Dear Mailartist Friends, I would like to know from you, if you are also a web artist .. Or if you do not want to mix the mail art with the web. As I already wrote, I believe that the web is a continuation of the mail art.
A fraternal embrace [from Bruno Cassaglia]"

See also:

Bruno, parlando per me stesso, non sono una mail artista del web. Anche se ho scoperto il software di pittura del computer e mi piace, in arte postale preferisco i processi postali e le aggiunte da parte delle aziende postali. Come potrebbe l'internet aggiungerli?
Ma ci sono molti artisti della posta che sono diventati digitali. Li troverai anche qui! Saluti cordiali!

Comment by Bruno Cassaglia on January 2, 2019 at 12:16am

Cari Amici Mailartisti,  mi farebbe piacere sapere da voi,  se vi sentite anche web artist  .. O se non volete mischiare la mail art col web. Come già scrissi, io credo che il web sia una continuazione della mail art. Un fraterno abbraccio . 

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on December 28, 2018 at 7:08pm

G'day Artful Writer,

Welcome at IUOMA!

Good question, you're not the first nor only who is wary of posting personal addresses.
About posting addresses there are no rules either, apart from that thoughtfulness might be appreciated.

About addresses on the internet there is an almost similar question/discussion, see

Speaking for myself, I prefer to post sent mail after the receiver has received it, so the surprise is kept for him or her.

When a mail artist has her or his address clearly written on the public internet (for example here at IUOMA or on his/her personal blog), I would post the mail art completely on my blog, though on instagram I usually blur any address, or I put a paper, with the written single word 'address', over the real address.
When the receiver (and also senders) doesn't have an address in public I sure will blur or cover it when I post the mail art in the internet or instagram.

Comment by The Artful Writer on December 27, 2018 at 5:05am


So I read same very loose rules. I posted a photo of my first outgoing mail art then removed it. It seems it's nicer for the receiver to post a photo of incoming mail. But what about putting up photos of what you send on your social media accounts i.e. twitter, instagram etc? Any rules about that? Bit wary of posting the personal addresses of others. 


Comment by maha on December 22, 2018 at 2:46pm

how  to fix upside image i upload at the post 

tuturial please

Comment by Linda Rogers on December 20, 2018 at 10:11pm

@Carl  I have been guilty of forgetting to sign a card or put a legible return address on something.  Never intended.  There are some people whose practice is to send anonymously sometimes.  I don't think it is meant as spooky. 

Comment by carl baker on December 20, 2018 at 8:16pm

i really dislike getting mail-art from ppl who do not identify themselves!

whats the point? i got an envelope today postmarked denver colo.with no return name/address. mail art is about exchange, its not about some anonymous spooky thing that some think it is, its frustrating, join the union and stop this nonsense please.


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