Received from Roland Halbritter, Germany--Post für Otto

Ein Mail Art Projekt

I recently received this wonderful book full of a vast range of interpretations of the 19th-century figure of world affairs. The Otto von Bismarck mail art call was active for 18 months and Roland received over 900 pieces, no small response to a complex subject. Inside the front cover is an original stamp above the book number--just one way in which Roland personalized each book:

And here is Roland's mail art of Otto:

The mail art I sent is displayed here in the upper-right corner:

Every page is a page to admire:

And the back cover is equally delightful:

To quote Roland: Whether bizarre, ironic, humoristic or critical, all the objects have one attribute in common: they have all been sent through the world-wide postal system and therefore they have all become examples of charming Mail Art...representing a sophisticated quality of democracy."

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Comment by Marie Wintzer on June 14, 2011 at 12:33am
I guess it's safe to call this a whopping success! (oh, and look at those stamps on your first picture!!! love it!)
Comment by Bifidus Jones on June 13, 2011 at 8:36pm
Arttower--good to hear from you--there is no doubt in my mind that the show opening was fantastic. I think it's great that our Otto contributions are on the same page of this book.
Comment by De Villo Sloan on June 13, 2011 at 7:07pm
Yip, I followed this online. RH had great idea & people sent amazing work. Glad to see more of it.
Comment by cheryl penn on June 13, 2011 at 6:37pm
Great blog Bifidus - wow, 900 responses - amazing - for sure a complex subject.
Comment by Ruud Janssen on June 13, 2011 at 4:28pm
a wonderful catalogue indeed, and an excelent project!

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