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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Comment by Gretchen Brautigan on April 15, 2016 at 8:17pm

I just mailed an old record albulm..... Polks music, none the less!

Comment by Michael Leigh on April 15, 2016 at 7:05pm

Some mail art objects and packets going out to John Winsor in Suffolk back in the 90's.  He wrote a nice article about mail art for the Guardian newspaper. Objects included a CDROM,  CD shaped bubble gum ( never arrived ) chopsticks  and a wooden coat hanger.

Comment by Ruud Janssen on April 15, 2016 at 6:41am

in the collection of Guy Bleus - 1992

Comment by Ruud Janssen on April 15, 2016 at 6:40am

sent to a moderator on National TV, and it got shown on TV live.....

Comment by Jennifer Jones (JJalltheway) on April 15, 2016 at 6:30am

Yeeeee!!!! That Bray stamp is just about the greatest thing I have ever seen!!

Most recently for Easter I sent my fellow PDXCC friends packages of Peeps. Marshmallow chicks. They did stay in their store package, I didn't send them loose and sticky. Just a stamp and an address label and they all arrived! I've also mailed tiles, a brick, a flip-flop sandal, a rock, a chocolate bar. I was made for this group!! Who wants to exchange some goodies?

Comment by Mim Golub Scalin on August 13, 2015 at 6:47pm

I was so happy when Positively Postal gifted me with a copy of the book about Reginald. I'm not one for testing the tolerance of the postal service really, though I've sent unwrapped stuff - like a pill bottle with a tag/label attached by a study string. It arrived. And DVD discs that I'd collaged and old timey floppy disks that I'd collage. All recipients received them. Not too challenging. I use the Dean, Artist In Seine method of not putting a return address on those items.

Comment by MISS NOMA on August 11, 2015 at 8:55pm
Comment by John Tingey on August 11, 2015 at 2:21pm

I love the image of the book Heleen. Since writing it I have been fortunate to acquire quite a few more "Brays" including this rather nice rebus puzzle.

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on August 11, 2015 at 12:38pm

A year ago I happened to have sent John Tingey's book on W.R. Bray from the Netherlands to the USA.
The company 'Ripley Entertainment' had a contest about sending strange objects naked in the mail. And I felt obliged, and found it a pleasure, to send them W.R. Bray, to remind them to the fact that this postal hero has been sending interesting objects (including himself) already 114 years before. The Americans didn't know this Englishman so far and were happy to receive this book.

Also for the Ripley contest I sent clapping hands (which made me a winner, so they sent me a book) and tiny objects, which almost all arrived.

I've posted these in the IUOMA 'Odd shaped postcards' group.

Comment by Michael Leigh on July 29, 2015 at 7:04pm


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