The W.Reginald Bray Appreciation Society


The W.Reginald Bray Appreciation Society

Some say that Reginald Bray is the founding father of the mail art movement. In 1900 this chap even posted himself. This group aims to test the patience of the postal service. What is the strangest object that you have been sent?What is the most bizarre object that you can send?

In the 1980s I once sent my friend a banana in the post.I stuck a stamp on to it,wrote the address in biro & popped it in the postbox.Not only did he receive it but he ate it for his lunch.

Has the postal service got a sense of humour?Together we will find out ...

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Latest Activity: Sep 14, 2020

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Comment by Michael Leigh on October 31, 2019 at 2:04pm

I think I saw this in 2017 but nice to see again and amused to see Bray was deemed "only slightly bonkers" . 

Comment by Jennifer Wallace on October 31, 2019 at 1:42pm

Apologies if someone's already posted this (from 2017):

Comment by Michael Leigh on October 30, 2019 at 2:48pm

Nice finds!  Although they are rather "dull" compared to some they do have a certain something - maybe it's just the fact that Bray posted them and he signed them.  I'd certainly frame them if they were mine.

Comment by Mary Anne on October 30, 2019 at 2:47pm

Of course John, they belong to the world not to me.  Maybe they will add something to the store of knowledge (I thought I had already sent you them ages ago anyway . . . ).

Comment by John Tingey on October 30, 2019 at 1:53pm

Nice cards Mary Anne, I hope you are happy for me to include them on the Bray website.

Comment by Mary Anne on October 30, 2019 at 12:42pm

Here at last are scans of the two Bray cards I have.  Not the prettiest but they have the moniker of the great man so I'm happy.

The thing that has always puzzled me is the hotel card: it would have been just as much trouble to sign the thing rather than cross everything out and re-address.  Crazy Edwardians!

Comment by Mary Anne on October 9, 2019 at 1:12pm

Greetings to No Idea.

That seems to be the scan I e-mailed them rather than the envelope itself - unless they can say different.  

Comment by John Gayer on October 9, 2019 at 12:36pm

re Mary Anne's comment from September 6, 2019 concerning her contribution to World Fake Stamp Day: I declare that this mail art was not lost! The following screenshot from the blog is proof... 

Comment by John Gayer on September 13, 2019 at 8:22am

Mail art history (a note): Postcards on Parchment: The Social Lives of Medieval Books is a delightful study that identifies this group of images for the first time, and explores how these objects functioned apart from the books in which they were kept....Small, intensely colourful pictures offered a brilliant reprieve, and Kathryn Rudy shows how these intriguing and previously unfamiliar images were traded and cherished – shedding light on the everyday experiences and relationships that constituted medieval life in the Low Countries.

Comment by Michael Leigh on September 6, 2019 at 9:55pm

Thanks John - much appreciated!


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