Does anyone have any stories, anecdotes, facts or anything at all on the subject of how the post office(s) and the post men and women view (or don't view) mailart. Anyone have any interesting or funny stories on this topic? I'd enjoy hearing them.
Once a piece of my mail art didn't arrive at its destination. fortunatley it was in my area and not overseas. Instead of going to the counter at the post office, I knocked on the back door and there was the envelope in all its glory pinned up on their pinboard. I laughed and asked them if I was to get them a colour photocopy of it would they deliver it to the recipient....you are not supposed to send this kind of stuff through the mail, that is why it is here the post master explained to me, I didn't put a return address on it as I didn't have a PO box then.
I did arrive a week later.
That is me who have sent the package of about 9 catalogues of "Mailartissimo" to you from St. Petersburg. To this moment I was already warring about the receiving of them. I am sorry, but I sent the package to the address you gave to me. And you promised to confirm the receiving and give comments or ideas what can be done with the project. As well as you advised me to forward them to the mailart archive of IUOMA.
I hope that you will get all safely and inform me about the fact!&! I was glad to get at least this information.
Yesterday I collected the mail at the P.O. Box and received the parcel with the 9 catalogues! It is a great treasure for the TAM-Archive. Thank you!
At the moment I am filled with all kind of work, but as soon as I find the time I will scann the covers and will publishes the books first on this IUOMA-Platform. Lots of well known names in the catalogues!
in the last years I participated less in mail-art projects so the collection of catalogues of the latest mail-art projects are a very welcome addition to my collection. I have hundreds of books and hundreds (thousdands?) of catalogues of mail-art projects....... Never actually counted them.
So please give me some time to react. The parcel arrived here unharmed and safe!
I can't see why the lamination would be a problem but it sure (in my opinion) spoils the effect of the great paper. I know it's a compromise but why not try sending them out in envelopes?
I visit my post office daily in the course of my job, and know the front desk people quite well. They know me by name, and I've dropped off enough of my mail art at their counter, that they've actually started commenting and asking questions on the occasions when I draw something on an envelope/postcard, and tell me how much they enjoy it when I recieve some that they can see when they're putting it in my box.
So, because I live/work in such a small area, and the PO is so small, whenever anyone mails me anything that can be viewed without opening, it's not only enjoyed by myself, but by up to 5 postal workers as well!
Before I got my address, I had mail sent to me addressed with my name, "General Delivery", and the city/town/zip code. Since then, all you have to do is write "Brad / 57732-0676". If it is foreign, add "USA".
Last week one of our athletes won Canada's first gold medal in the Olympics and Canada Post very quickly issued a commemmorative stamp. Apparently not all post offices got the stamp but our little post office did, and the two postmistresses were bouncing with excitement. They'd already put a sheet in my p.o. box in case they sold out before I saw them.
It's my favourite time of the day, that short walk to the post office... the anticipation, the cameraderie.
Loon Island P.O.
Port Coquitlam, B.C. Canada
When Dogfish, a mail artist and the grand tyee of Tui Tui (located in Seattle, Washington, USA) turned 43, he came up to Vancouver, Canada, because Canada at that time had a $.43 stamp and he wanted to use it on a mailing along with a stamp of his own commemorating his birthday. Anna Banana and I went to the main Vancouver Post Office and he bought the stamps, put them on a large bunch of envelopes, and then asked the cklerk to hand cancel them. The clerck looked at the puile of envelopes and said "Why don't you do it yourself." She handed Dogfish the cancel stamp, he took it all over to a table, and he proceeded to hand cancel all the envelopes himself.
He was really amazed the the clerck would allow him to do that, he said "In the states, they would never give you the cancel stamp over the counter and let you hand cancel the envelopes yourself". After stuffing the envelopes in the mail box, we all went out and had something to eat together.
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