We love those postal additions!


We love those  postal additions!

Some times mail art gets lost in the mail, and other times the mail company is so kind to add something to our mail art. Dynamic art, I love that!

In this group you can post the postal additions to the mail art that you´ve sent or received. Additions by the mail companies which made you smile, touched you or whatever. Additions which are, in fact, part of the Mail Art!

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,,Dynamic art "...

Started by Mariana Serban Aug 15, 2014. 0 Replies

Ilove your idea , Heleen !!Ihave some good pieces too !Continue

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Comment by Heleen de Vaan on July 16, 2015 at 11:27am

(the sad thing is that they made the cow stamp almost invisible...)

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on July 16, 2015 at 11:23am

A great postal and customal addition to the matchbox art package I sent to Tomoe. Picture thanks to Tomoe.

You can see a Japanese customers sticker (they opened it, and then the postal workers had to close / repack it). And if you look close, you can see red stamped letters under the sticker: 'frankering gecontroleerd' = postage checked. So at least three Real Humans have helped this mail art on it's travel (and we helped them to keep their jobs): a Dutch postal worker, a Japanese custom person and a Japanese postal worker!

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on July 16, 2015 at 11:03am

lt would be a good experiment to try them at the outside of the envelope, Katerina, don't you think so? It would be good to know if the Post would send it to the address which is included in the code, or if they will deliver it at the wished place!

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on June 10, 2015 at 11:26am

I like to peel off these postal machine "additions",

usually on mail art from the USA, and recycle them into mail art...

but they have to be inside an envelope so as not to confuse the machine! 

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on June 10, 2015 at 11:23am

So glad you have a postal box number now, TiAr! Hopefully the returned mail will once again get to you!

No Time for "return to sender" :-)

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on June 3, 2015 at 12:00am

Hahaha, I have received three letters like this already.

One for a letter I received from you, Ruud, they mistook it for 'insufficient postage' but the - sufficient postage - stamps seemed to be 'hidden' in the colourful painted envelope.

One for a sent letter to Switzerland, the PostNL controller didn't know the stamp of Vermeer's painting 'the girl with the pearl' was meant, and sufficient, for international mail. A stamp issued by PostNL themselves! :-)

By the way, I couldn't find an emailaddress, so I typed a letter and sent it by snail mail (which, oh irony, costed me 3 stamps :-) ). One of the three times they sent me some postcards to say sorry, the other two times it was just the letter.

For the non-Dutch readers who didn't consult google.translate.com: it is mail from the Dutch mail company as a reply to a complain about a 'port incident', an accusation by the mail company that there wasn't sufficient postage paid for the sent or received mail. A result of their postage checking (see previous picture of the stamp print 'grankering gecontroleerd' = 'postage checked').

Comment by Ruud Janssen on June 2, 2015 at 6:29pm

Got a card postage due from PostNL and complained. This is what I got as a reply (in Dutch:)

Geachte heer Janssen,
Uit uw e-mail begrijp ik dat u een portokaart heeft ontvangen voor een poststuk dat voldoende was gefrankeerd. Ik kan mij voorstellen dat dit vragen bij u oproept, omdat deze verzendkosten ten onrechte in rekening zijn gebracht. Tot mijn spijt kon ik u hier telefonisch niet over bereiken, daarom reageer ik nu graag per e-mail.
Aan de hand van de door u opgegeven betaalcode heb ik de gegevens in ons bestand gecontroleerd. Hieruit blijkt dat uw zending voldoende was gefrankeerd en de portokosten dus onterecht in rekening zijn gebracht. Hiervoor bied ik u dan ook mijn excuses aan.
Om ervoor te zorgen dat het proces stopt en ter voorkoming van een herinnering, adviseer ik u het volgende te doen: verwijder de sticker met de adresgegevens van de portokaart. Vervolgens schrijft u op de kaart: \'Afgeboekt in overleg met KS\' plus de datum van vandaag. De kaart kunt u daarna naar ons terugsturen door die ongefrankeerd in de oranje brievenbus te posten.

Bedankt voor de moeite die u hebt genomen om contact met ons op te nemen, ik ga er vanuit u met dit antwoord van voldoende informatie te hebben voorzien. Als u naar aanleiding van mijn reactie nog vragen heeft, dan kunt u gebruik maken van antwoordformulier.

Met vriendelijke groet,

A Terpstra
PostNL Klantenservice

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on May 14, 2015 at 11:56am

That's great, Eva! That means that Real People have had this mail in Real Hands and have seen it with Real Eyes, instead of the postal machines only :-) 

So this way of sending mail provides Real People of a paid (I hope for them) job!

I've seen one on your blog, indeed. And am curious to know what other kinds of mail have been treated manually, too! If it were only because of different stamp combinations, or also because the stamps were 'hidden' among colours, like on Ruud's envelopes?

Comment by Eva (Mail Adventures) on May 14, 2015 at 9:07am

Heleen, I have received some from you with the addition 'frankering gecontroleerd'.

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on May 13, 2015 at 7:55pm

It is not the first time that the Dutch mail company PostNL checked Ruud Janssen's colourful envelope. I think I've received one or two more times checked envelopes. You can trace this control's traces by the stamp PostNL added: 'frankering gecontroleerd' = 'postage checked':


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