A couple of weeks ago, I ran across these old postcards.  I've sent them unrendered to friends, because my messing with them would probably only screw them up.  I'm not sure it's mail art to send an unrendered postcard to someone, even within the broad definition of mail art, but what the hell.

This one might be a man with his outhouse.  Or maybe it's a fish house.  I choose to believe it's an outhouse, because how wonderful to be so proud of an outhouse that someone would put a photo of it on a postcard.

I'm pretty sure this is a picture of Death at Teapot Rock.  I have never been to Teapot Rock before, and I don't plan to, now that I know that Death hangs out there. 

Neither of these postcards had writing or postage on them, so I assume they had never been sent.  I suppose that's not surprising, since I'm not sure what kind of sentiment a photo of an outhouse or of Death would convey.  Not that that stopped me from sending them to friends.

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Comment by Richard Canard on May 3, 2017 at 6:18am

02.05.17 Dare Ms. Pam VanderWiel, ... The problem with me is I agree whole-heartedly with with Ms. Katerina Nikoltsou & Ms. Gu.  SinCelery, Richard Canard

Comment by on May 2, 2017 at 11:55pm

The Godzilla was a good find, the colourful ones, top right change when you move them, I couldn't resist.

I've come to terms with cutting up and using old ephemera, so long as it doesn't merit any real value or is collectable I like to give it a second life, mail art will do that to you!

I've just remade a collage for someone, they liked something I sell as a print but I actually gave away as mail art. I tracked down the same 2 books that I cut pieces from and now they have their own original. 

Some stuff was so mass produced that I figure someone somewhere is saving it for prosperity, this also helped ease my guilt of cutting up books. The 1st cut is always the hardest especially if you were raised like me that you never deface books or fold page corners.

Happy postcard altering!

Comment by Pam VanderWiel on May 2, 2017 at 8:30pm
Ooh, there are some beautiful ones in there. I especially like the Godzilla.

I love the really old ones, though sometimes I feel a little bad about altering them, especially if they have already been sent. As a result, I've got a big stack I don't know what to do with.
Comment by on May 2, 2017 at 8:15pm

I loves old postcards for adding to as well, I had to limit my spend last time I went to a fair or else I'd have gone overboard.

Comment by Pam VanderWiel on May 2, 2017 at 2:35pm
That's a great idea. I've already altered a couple, but I've never considered an add 'n pass...
Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on May 2, 2017 at 1:23pm

Really old postcard/photos! You can send them as they are and ask for 

an "add 'n pass" or "add 'n return" and we would gladly make them

into "altered postcards" :-)

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