Alan Brignull's Blog (22)

Trash from Mailart Martha

I'm not often a fan of trashpo but this bit of squished and gilded rubbish from Martha is exquisite. The scan doesn't do it justice.

Added by Alan Brignull on June 17, 2020 at 1:01pm — 2 Comments

Box of Treasure!

A matchbox of trinkets  — thank you Laurence Gillot!

Arrived just in time, separate from torn remains of envelope. Aren't our postal people tolerant?…


Added by Alan Brignull on May 28, 2020 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Yellow Mail from Sabrina

This yellow envelope with a drawing of a yellowhammer arrived today from Sabrina. The picture seems to be a coloured pencil drawing (?) and is absolutely incredibly detailed. Thank you!

The post is still operating here, but many post offices are closed. I'm glad I have a good supply of…


Added by Alan Brignull on March 26, 2020 at 6:47pm — 3 Comments

Good Mail Day indeed

Is there a special postman for strange colourful mail? All these arrived in one delivery, some had been in the mail for weeks. Thanks to Bonniediva, Alan Turner, Petrolpetal, Mary Anne, Ruth Giles and Dovbee

Added by Alan Brignull on February 6, 2020 at 8:50am — 1 Comment

From Richard Baudet

Sometimes I pity the postal workers of non-Latin countries like Russia or China who have to be proficient in more than one script. Ours coped with Richard's calligraphy, though.

Added by Alan Brignull on January 18, 2020 at 10:11pm — 2 Comments

Happy New Year!

Added by Alan Brignull on January 1, 2020 at 7:26pm — 1 Comment

Solid Ball Express Bottled in France Per Luchtpost

What is this all about? Many thanks to Tiny Whisk!

Added by Alan Brignull on May 9, 2019 at 6:42pm — 2 Comments

Pigeon Post from Hannover!

Thanks to Sabrina S for this excellent wood pigeon cut, in a very fishy envelope

Added by Alan Brignull on January 30, 2019 at 6:25pm — No Comments

Mail from Ilya Semenenko-Basin

Thanks to Ilya for this bit of philatelo-constructivist collage, and apologies if I have it upside-down!

Added by Alan Brignull on December 7, 2018 at 10:48pm — 1 Comment

Zeppelin mail from Waikoa Island

An amazing cover which made it by Occussi-Ambeno airship all the way from Waikoa to Wivenhoe in only about six days, if we are to believe the postmarks. So quick that they didn't have time to cancel the one UPU stamp!

Added by Alan Brignull on July 4, 2018 at 10:25pm — 1 Comment

'It's about time' from Momkat

A black sun setting over the ice-cliffs of Antarctica?

Thanks, Katerina!

Added by Alan Brignull on June 20, 2017 at 8:59am — 1 Comment

The Squarist Backlash

After all these circles it was nice to receive some squares in the mail today from The Lone Ant. Thanks!

Added by Alan Brignull on May 23, 2017 at 8:53pm — 1 Comment


This arrived from Ruth Giles, sent the same day as I had sent something to her. Does this often happen to you?

Added by Alan Brignull on February 19, 2017 at 2:03pm — 1 Comment

Canadian Wol

This incredible collaged envelope by Stuart Charlebois arrived today. He writes that it is hard to send work away when it comes out right, which is a familiar feeling and makes me all the more grateful to receive something like this.

Added by Alan Brignull on February 10, 2017 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

New year hairdo from Gu

Louise Brooks' new haircut only cost elevenpence!

Thanks, Gu

Added by Alan Brignull on January 4, 2017 at 5:56pm — 3 Comments

Catty Apo Ton Trello!

Something crazy from Momkat — I recognise that little sticker!

Added by Alan Brignull on November 8, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Something fishy

The latest from Eva in Morocco -- there's definitely something blue and fishy going on in the mail lately

Added by Alan Brignull on July 21, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

Faster without stamps?

Eva in Morocco posted two envelopes to me at the same time — one was decorated with a very colourful carrier pigeon (apparently wearing a Fairisle jumper) and contained a letter. The other was made out of a poster and was sent for the interesting Green March stamp.

Unfortunately the special stamp fell off and is probably decorating the inside of a mail sorting machine…


Added by Alan Brignull on March 29, 2016 at 3:53pm — 1 Comment

Uneggspected mail

What next from Dean the in Seine artist? A cardboard egg tray full of fried eggs arrived in the mail today. Some of them looked a bit off, there's a black yolk, three gold whites and a silver one. Is this a code of some sort? Does he expect me to make an omelette out of them and send it back?

On the other side, pizza with a pun.…


Added by Alan Brignull on March 12, 2016 at 7:23pm — 5 Comments



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