To start, a little bit of personal background.
I reached Mail Art and the IOUMA community via my life-long interest in postage stamps and postal history.
I would like to see we Mail Artists celebrating their -- and others' -- national postal history.We would do so by sending a special 'commermorative' piece of Mail Art to other Group members on the anniversary of the first ever issue of a postage stamp in 'their' country.
For example: the world's first ever postage stamp, the Penny Black, was issued in Great Britain on 6 May 1840. To celebrate the 171st anniversary of this, those of us in any Group-to-be -- perhaps only Brits, perhaps everyone, who knows? -- would issue a Penny Black Commemorative Mail Art piece on 6 May 2011.The same would take place on other dates -- for the US on 14 August, for the Netherlands on 23 May, for Austria and Spain on 1st June, etc.
This could be -- but I don't think that it is necessary -- linked to the activities of the existing IUOMA national (eg Dutch,Greek, Italian, French etc), local (Brittanish) and regional Groups (Hispanic). [No doubt Snooky and Angie will want to commemorate the first ever postage stamp that featured a dog, and others would want mice, cats and other beasties and other things commemorated too]
I recognise that the definition of the date of the first ever postage stamp is not all that easy in some countries -- are we talking about the first federal stamp or the first national stamp? What happens when countries break up and reform? Pre- or post-independance issues? etc.But it should be possible for 'Local Heros' (including David Bowie, of course) and 'Local Experts' do set the date.
That's the basic outline of the nascent Group as I see it now. If the Group gets off the ground -- or in the post (sorry) -- we'd have to think of a name for it like Postal History Commemorative Group.
Let me end, as I began, with another bit of personal background. I don't want to be the leader of this Group, but hope someone else will be.
I see yes ! Thanks. I'll certainly give it a go, Val.
Bonjour M Laurence! There's a Special Envelope Offer from the Postal History Boutique. Choose one of the many on offer.... (you'll have to find out where it is though on this crazy site). Regards, Val
I would love to be part of this group. What do you think would be involved in being the leader though?
Bonjour Jeanine! Things have moved on, and we now have not only a Group (or rather Boutique!) but also a Leader and her deveoted corgi -- yep, Angie and Snooky strike again.
If you want to be the Leader of another Group, I have a brilliant idea that i am just dying to give to someone.
(PS if you join the Postal History Boutique you'll see -- somewhere, I know not where on this crazy website -- a Special Envelope Offer -- choose one!)
Special Envelope Offer?????
Hi Plush+ Rosie!
The Special offer was made (offered?) when we launched the group in mid-December.
The offer has long since expired, BUT at the back of the Boutique i am sure that we can find one for you.
All you have to do is dig around, find out what was on offer, choose one of the options, let me know what it is, and then I will send the Storeman into the Boutique's wharehouse to find find you a Special Envelope of your choice.
Cool! And thanks, Val! I'll head over there now!
I can't remember what I wrote 15 minutes ago let alone on the 15th of December.
Bonsoir! Please see the reply to this from the Boutique's Customer services department.
Regards, Illegible Squiggle