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A place where you can leave information about mail art that was returned to you. Maybe we can help each other out. 

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Comment by Jean-Philippe Gilliot on March 24, 2023 at 10:34am

Received back this week but was send in may last year

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on March 23, 2023 at 9:46am

and recently a little package to Athens came back...sigh:

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on March 23, 2023 at 9:45am

Always sad to see "returns" in the mailbox :-(

I sent before Christmas to Russia via Azerbaijan, no can do.

Lost a lot of Euro in postage!

Comment by Carien van Hest on March 23, 2023 at 7:19am

Those returns are pretty disappointing, Greg

Comment by G. Diaz on March 22, 2023 at 10:56pm

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Comment by G. Diaz on March 22, 2023 at 10:50pm

Comment by Carien van Hest on October 14, 2022 at 3:56pm

Returned to sender and so far no reaction from Cliff.

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on July 23, 2021 at 5:37pm

"POSTAL SEANCE: A SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATION INTO THE POSSIBILITY OF A POSTLIFE POSTAL EXISTENCE" -- one of the most bizarre Mail Books I have chanced upon

In the author's (Henrik Drescher) own words, and in his own capitals:

"AT LONG LAST THERE IS EVIDENCE VERIFYING THE EXISTENCE OF THE AFTERLIFE.

THE IRREFUTABLE PROOF OF WHICH IS CONTAINED IN THE PAGES OF THIS BOOK, WHICH IS THE CULMINATION OF FIVE YEARS OF EXHAUSTIVE RESEARCH INTO THE POSSIBILITY OF A POSTAL PORTAL CONNECTING US WITH THE DEAD.

THE PROCEDURE WAS SIMPLE: BY ADDRESSING CORRESPONDANCE TO PERSONS IN THE AFTERLIFE AND AFFIXING POSTAGE SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO PASS THROUGH THE MAIL SYSTEM'S POSTLIFE PORTAL, IT COULD BE DETERMINED WHETHER IT WAS POSSIBLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE DEARLY DEPARTED, THEREBY ESTABLISHING FIRM EVIDENCE OF ETERNAL LIFE IN THE HEREAFTER.

I AM PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT MY FINDINGS PROVE THAT THE AFTERLIFE EXISTS. OF THE LETTERS MAILED, 87% OF THE CORRESPONDANCE WAS NOT RETURNED;"

So Dreschler and 8 of his accomplices mailed envelopes to 100 or so dead people, from all eras, from all countries.  If they were not 'Returned to Sender', he assumed that they were delivered and the recipient was indeed alive; if they were returned, the assumption was that the addresse was dead.

Now wearing your 'Return to Sender' hat, you might think that if the envelopes were not returned to him, the postal authorities had just thrown them away  -- but that would not be a 'scientific' conclusion;

Here are 2 examples  of ones that were 'DELIVERED' (to Alexander Graham Bell and Ray Johnson -- 'using his own mailing system method' ) and one xample of one that was 'RETURNED' (to Jack Kerouac)

Last words from Henrik:" AFTER CAREFUL ANALYSIS OF THE DATA ACCUMULATED I CAN DEDUCE THAT DENMARK IS THE MOST INEFFECTIVE PORTAL TO THE AFTERLIFE. IF ONE WISHES TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE DECEASED, THE BEST ODDS ARE TO MAIL FROM ROME, ITALY, WHERE MY SUCCESS WAS 100% DELIVERY TO THE AFTERLIFE."

(I have a personal story about the Italian postal system -- Non Return To Sender -- that I can tell you if anyone's interested later)

 

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