I have lived all over the USA making and sending mail art more often than not sparking conversation with the postal carriers who deliver like to my door as they express their admiration for the unique works. Since moving to The South however works are getting slapped with postage due stickers even when the affixed postage is in excess of the going rate, disappearing altogether or being delivered to me instead of the intended recipient. *sigh*

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Comment by Lucky Pierre on October 29, 2013 at 4:21pm
One of the tenets of mail art for me anyway, has been the lack of preciousness. Committing a piece to the mail = an understanding that it may get roughed up or transformed in the process and that has been a valuable lesson for me. That said, I still sense some kind of animosity to the work by my new, local branch of the USPS.
Comment by Lucky Pierre on October 29, 2013 at 3:54pm
It is frustrating indeed. So much so that I did exactly as you recommended and had the latest pieces inspected and weighed before posting. It was one of those pieces that got delivered to me and not the intended recipient! The other members of Harrison, Hicks and Jefferson and I have speculated about where the missing pcards as we call them go. We also harbor a fantasy that there is mailman/woman with a growing collection of our art.
Comment by E Coles on October 29, 2013 at 12:34pm

Sorry to hear about your problems with the post. The last place I lived was a new building and we often received our post later than it should have arrived and also had problems with post being delivered to a similar address in the city.

Some of my pieces have never arrived at their intended destination, and I kind of like the thought of my artwork being kept by a covetous post(wo)man, but I hate the thought of it just dropped in a drain somewhere.

As for excess charges, I always go to the post office to weigh my letters before sending them and I would be very unhappy if the recipient then had to pay more to collect their post.

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